We just picked up our new Honda CRF300L project bike, and as of end of May, the bike has only about 100 miles on it. As weather permits, we are trying to get some rides in to see what we like and don't like. The photos shown above are the bike in completely stock form. We already have a few initial ideas of what we'd like to do to the bike, and here's a quick list... please note that this list will change as we ride the bike more and figure out what it needs.
Currently there are not a lot of aftermarket parts available for the bike. Luckily some parts from the CRF250L will fit it, so we will initially focus on test fitting those parts. Eventually you will see exhaust systems, EFI controllers, skid plates, tail light kits, and other parts become available for this mostly new bike from Honda. Stay tuned!
The stock mirrors will be one of the first things we replace... they provide descent visibility, but they can do some damage if you drop the bike and one of them breaks off, especially on the front brake reservoir side. We'll be putting the much more durable DoubleTake Enduro Mirrors on right away. The stock footpegs will also get replaced... they are narrow and prone to bending if you drop the bike. We are going to try out DRC Ultra Wide footpegs as well as Zeta Aluminum footpegs, both of which are larger/wider than the stock pegs, which will make them much more comfortable when standing up on the bike. They also have have more teeth for added grip. The stock clutch/brake levers are super long and prone to damage. We'll be replacing them right away with shorter Zeta Pivot Levers which are much more durable AND they are adjustable for reach.
The bike comes from the factory with handlebars that have threaded inserts in the ends (why Honda?????), so that means installing handguards on them will be a challenge. Aftermarket handguards come with long bolts and inserts that slip right in the ends of a standard hollow handlebar, but that threaded insert is now in the way. And unfortunately the long bolts that come with handguards are too large to fit, but we have a solution, so see our CRF300L Handguard Guide for details . On our project bike, we will eventually replace the stock handlebars anyways...they are cheap steel and also very low in height. Once we do that, we will be able to fit a wide variety of handguards like the ones listed below...
As mentioned above, the stock handlebars on the bike are cheap steel, very low in profile/height, and have threaded inserts in the ends, which makes installing handguards a challenge. We will be replacing our handlebars with aftermarket aluminum bars, probably Pro Taper Contours in the 1 1/8" size and either the Woods High bend or CRF High bend (which is what we also run on our CRF450RL). Those bars will be much more durable, and the taller height is more comfortable, especially when standing. To install oversize handlebars, you will also need to use Pro Taper's Universal Solid Mounts, which sit down in the stock 7/8" handlebar mounts and allow you to mount the 1 1/8" bars. Your stock controls, grips, etc will fit right back on the oversize bars just fine, since the handlebars taper back down to 7/8" on the ends.
The bikes big ugly orange stock turn signals must go! We're going to install smaller aftermarket LED's, along with a rear fender eliminator kit once one becomes available. Up front, I think we're going to do Zeta handguards with their integrated LED turn signals.
The bikes stock IRC tires are probably OK for mild mannered riding, but I've never been a big fan of OEM tires from IRC, so we will be replacing ours right away. We're going to go with a 50/50 street/dirt tire since our bike will probably split it's time between street and off-road riding. We'll either be going with Michelin Anakee Wild tires or Mitas E-07 Tires.
Seat: The stock seat will eventually get replaced too, I'm sure Seat Concepts will have one available very soon, which will be much more comfortable for long rides.
Gas Tank: The standard CRF300L has a very small 2 gallon gas tank, so we're looking forward to IMS and/or Acerbis offering a 3 gallon tank.
Suspension: The suspension is very soft and non-adjustable, so we're hoping Race Tech or somebody offers some upgrades!
Protection: The bike will need a skid plate, radiator guards, and other protection. Flatland Racing, Moose, and others will more than likely have something soon.
Cargo Rack: We'd like to add a cargo rack out back to carry a tail bag and other luggage.
More as we think of it...
Stay tuned for more updates...
NOTE: All parts listed will fit a 2021+ Honda CRF300L
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