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Old 12-10-2012, 12:59 AM   #8101
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Unfortunately I lost the 2009 XT250 deal with the 333 miles on it, because when I searched Craigslist I typed in "XT250" instead of "XT 250" with a space, so I never saw the ad until it was too late.
I guess syntax matters when searching Craigslist.

Anyway, I found a 2007 with around 500 miles on it.
Does the low mileage necessarily mean the bike, engine is in good shape?
I guess the brake pads won't have much wear.
Probably has never had an oil change.
What service has to be done on a bike of this age/mileage? Oil, brake fluid, ?????
Probably the original tires. Don't tires go bad/hard with age?
Just wondering what the bike will need to be road/trail worthy.
I hope the same fuel was not sitting in the tank and fuel system for the last 5 years.
Anything you guys can think of would be appreciated.
Personally I would change all fluids, including gas and maybe the tires. Would also do a full service and check brakes etc to ensure they are adjusted correctly before I would ride it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:00 AM   #8102
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Unfortunately I lost the 2009 XT250 deal with the 333 miles on it, because when I searched Craigslist I typed in "XT250" instead of "XT 250" with a space, so I never saw the ad until it was too late.
I guess syntax matters when searching Craigslist.

Anyway, I found a 2007 with around 500 miles on it.
Does the low mileage necessarily mean the bike, engine is in good shape?
I guess the brake pads won't have much wear.
Probably has never had an oil change.
What service has to be done on a bike of this age/mileage? Oil, brake fluid, ?????
Probably the original tires. Don't tires go bad/hard with age?
Just wondering what the bike will need to be road/trail worthy.
I hope the same fuel was not sitting in the tank and fuel system for the last 5 years.
Anything you guys can think of would be appreciated.
Personally I would change all fluids, including gas would certainly swap the tubes and maybe the tires. Would also do a full service and check brakes etc to ensure they are adjusted correctly before I would ride it.
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:56 AM   #8103
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What service has to be done on a bike of this age/mileage?
You sound like you are kind of new to this stuff.
I think CC is going a little overboard with all that at once. His choice.
Iíd just change the engine oil & clean the oil & air filters, check other things for any problem, then ride it. The oil & filters are a must.
Deal with the rest only as as it comes up. Yeah, if the gas is that old you may have to deal with that. See how the gas smells & how it runs.
Wouldnít worry about 5 year old tires at all unless there is an obvious need. Itís not like they are 20 years old. Car rubber ainít that much different than bike rubber. How old are your car tires?
That 333 mile XT250 ad is still up. I know it doesnít mean it ainít sold. Gave you the link before.
http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/3450992622.html
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Old 12-10-2012, 04:48 AM   #8104
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That 333 mile XT250 ad is still up. I know it doesnít mean it ainít sold. Gave you the link before.
http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/3450992622.html
Not any more.

Basically, all the XT225's are the same after they upped the electrical output in 2001(?), so I wouldn't let year make a difference, rely more on condition. Year doesn't seem to make much difference in price, they're all mostly between $1500-2000. Exceptions once in a while, but that seems to be the usual range.

Expect to pay at the higher end for some accessories such as factory kick start kit which is nice to have due to anemic electrical system. Use heated gear in the winter and you'll be push starting otherwise.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:45 AM   #8105
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That would be great but I could only find owner's manual on the Yamaha site and that is pdf read only (no print). Is the factory service manual something that a non-mechanic would reasonably understand? The Clymer I have for the DR350 is good for a layman.

Sorry to get your hopes up.
The maual WAS available from Yamaha as a free download back then (2006?). Perhaps they figured that they 'might as well' since the bike was being replaced soon. No idea why they no longer offer it. I would have bought one from the dealer had it not been legitimately available on line then. I do that with all the other toys, I figure that it far too easy to make a $100 (or much more) mistake so the manual is a reasonable investment.

Bruce

Looking at Yamaha's website, they do still have the manual but it is no longer a free download, they want $79 for it now. It appears that Haynes has a service manual available, being written in English rather than translated, it might be easier to read than the factory one. Good Luck!
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Old 12-10-2012, 01:52 PM   #8106
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Anyway, I found a 2007 with around 500 miles on it.
Does the low mileage necessarily mean the bike, engine is in good shape?
I guess the brake pads won't have much wear.
Probably has never had an oil change.
What service has to be done on a bike of this age/mileage? Oil, brake fluid, ?????
Probably the original tires. Don't tires go bad/hard with age?
Just wondering what the bike will need to be road/trail worthy.
I hope the same fuel was not sitting in the tank and fuel system for the last 5 years.
Anything you guys can think of would be appreciated.
A couple of years ago I bought an '04 with 775 miles on it. I assumed the 600 mile service had not been done, so I went the full route on that. The only issue I had with it was the chain was too stiff so that got replaced. Since then have put 7000 miles on it with no issues.
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Old 12-10-2012, 02:47 PM   #8107
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You sound like you are kind of new to this stuff.
I think CC is going a little overboard with all that at once. His choice.
Iíd just change the engine oil & clean the oil & air filters, check other things for any problem, then ride it. The oil & filters are a must.
Deal with the rest only as as it comes up. Yeah, if the gas is that old you may have to deal with that. See how the gas smells & how it runs.
Wouldnít worry about 5 year old tires at all unless there is an obvious need. Itís not like they are 20 years old. Car rubber ainít that much different than bike rubber. How old are your car tires?
That 333 mile XT250 ad is still up. I know it doesnít mean it ainít sold. Gave you the link before.
http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/3450992622.html
I freely admit I am one to go overboard on check a new bike. Don't want to find that hidden issue at 70 on the freeway. I swap out my tubes every 3 years even if they have not failed. Tires I swap out at 6 years even if they are not worn out. Once had a rear tube on my Bonneville go right after a tough stretch of mountain roads and if it had gone a mile sooner I probably would not be here.

Tires failing on a car typically does not have the same risks as a bike.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:14 PM   #8108
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For those looking for a needs work XT225...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Yamah...#ht_500wt_1182
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Old 12-10-2012, 06:19 PM   #8109
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For those looking for a needs work XT225...

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Yamah...#ht_500wt_1182
Pretty sure that's a 350, looks like two into one exhaust manifold, and I thought only the 350's had tach's
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:39 PM   #8110
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Pretty sure that's a 350, looks like two into one exhaust manifold, and I thought only the 350's had tach's
I have a tach... Just is a rare option... And I think you are correct about being a 350... Didn't look that close to see before.
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Old 12-10-2012, 09:16 PM   #8111
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I have a tach... Just is a rare option... And I think you are correct about being a 350... Didn't look that close to see before.
A factory tach, really, that is super cool! Pics! What's the redline at?
I've never hit the rev limiter on this engine, but do all the time on the wr250x, for some reason, guess there's no reason to rev above 7000.
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Old 12-10-2012, 11:40 PM   #8112
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A factory tach, really, that is super cool! Pics! What's the redline at?
I've never hit the rev limiter on this engine, but do all the time on the wr250x, for some reason, guess there's no reason to rev above 7000.
On my way to Canada for the holidays... Remind me and I will post pics in the new year.
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:25 AM   #8113
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A factory tach, really, that is super cool! Pics! What's the redline at?
I've never hit the rev limiter on this engine, but do all the time on the wr250x, for some reason, guess there's no reason to rev above 7000.
This is a pretty old ignition system, do they really even have a rev limiter?
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Old 12-11-2012, 05:31 AM   #8114
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This is a pretty old ignition system, do they really even have a rev limiter?
It is built into the CDI. It will bounce off of the rev limiter if you really try.
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Old 12-11-2012, 09:24 AM   #8115
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Which saddle frames interchange w/XT225s?

Okay, so there are a million models of bikes. Has anyone figured out what other bike-model saddlebag frames also fit our XT225s?

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