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Old 02-28-2010, 06:30 AM   #2326
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The new 225 will be coming home with me Tues.. I called the shop from work today and reserved it .. Pics to follow ..while it's shiney !!
I'll definitely be doing the "brake arm flip" but will "fix" the carb only if needed.. past experience tells me not to do anything at first ..then try small changes one at a time..beginning with the brass plug removal..
I'm not doing any exhaust mods or cutting the airbox either .. just want a nice, quiet, reliable and well fuelled "errand bike" and "take me to the swimming hole bike".
If the need for speed arises, I will not grab the XT keys ..
Hey wfobusa! Congrats on the new bike! I was noticing you are in N Georgia...I am in Cullowhee/Sylva, NC. Lemme know if you ever want to ride together! It would be a lot of fun to actually ride with another XT - I've never had that privilege!
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Old 02-28-2010, 11:39 AM   #2327
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Hey wfobusa! Congrats on the new bike! I was noticing you are in N Georgia...I am in Cullowhee/Sylva, NC. Lemme know if you ever want to ride together! It would be a lot of fun to actually ride with another XT - I've never had that privilege!
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I'll be in WNC by May so maybe we can have a XT225 get together.
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Old 02-28-2010, 01:15 PM   #2328
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fancy,
I'll be in WNC by May so maybe we can have a XT225 get together.
I'd like to get in on that, will bring my '07 over from Greensboro.
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:47 PM   #2329
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Barnone and Baszie...Sweet! I will look forward to it! (We all know great FS roads and trails in the mountains...I am stoked! )
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Old 02-28-2010, 05:58 PM   #2330
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fancyindigo .. Thanks for the invite ! Asheville is my favorite destination by far on my sportbikes via the BRParkway .. gotta love those constant radius turns. I once took the Sylva exit from the parkway and kind of got lost but it was one of the best roads I had ever been on..
I'd like to haul the 225 up to Cherokee in the van, unload it and cruise up to Mt. Mitchell and back..Maybe I'd check out all of the bumpy little sideroads I've been so curious about and the slower speeds would make the sightseeing so much better..
So many roads .... such little time !! I'll be in the area July 5th through the 8th. Get more bang for your buck that time of the year with the sun setting @9:30pm .
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Old 03-02-2010, 05:08 PM   #2331
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I brought the new bike home today ..It's an 07 with 4/10 of a mile on the odometer. Removed the mirrors in order to put in my van. I put a few miles on it but the weather here is in the 30's and the engine never really seemed to warm up. This weekend I'll check that idle jet screw and turn it out 3 turns.. I did put the battery tender lead on and got the liability sticker off the tank. This bike looks simple to work on. Stay tuned for action shots this weekend.
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Old 03-02-2010, 07:49 PM   #2332
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Beautiful bike candy!!!! I hope the weather in N Georgia is better than here - I see a skimming of snow on the ground there. Have fun with this bike!
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Old 03-02-2010, 08:34 PM   #2333
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Something you should know about a new XT225. Mine happens to be a 2007 also.It's just had the 4000 mile oil change.I also ride two other motorcycles, but am riding the XT more than when I first got it.

I did an oil and filter change at something like 60 miles, and again at 500.I'm now changing oil and filter every 1000 miles.It's because this bike only holds a quart of oil, and because it gets pushed pretty hard at times.

If someone hadn't warned me about the amount of crap on the oil filter the first couple of changes, I would have taken this bike back to the dealer for a new engine when I did the 60 mile change. I have never seen so much junk collected on an oil filter on any of the 24 or so bikes I've owned over the last 48 years of riding. But it's always run well and doesn't make any noises to speak of.And by the third change there hasn't been any sign of any crap at all collected on the filter.And the gas mileage! If I keep it at 50 mph and under on longer rides, I easily get 95 miles per US gallon.It's got 105 twice, when my wife used to ride a Honda Metro scooter,and we would go riding together.The scooter topped out about 41 mph.

So if you change your own oil, expect to find some alarming looking stuff on the outside of your oil filter, but don't get too concerned.

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Old 03-03-2010, 01:46 AM   #2334
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Thanks for the warning. I generally flush a new bike out at less than 50 miles and then several more times early in it's life. At a quart per change, better safe than sorry.
Does the oem filter have a screen that is made to be cleaned ?? I assume that this should be changed out for the paper cartridge type right away..
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:44 AM   #2335
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The wire screen type oil filter work just fine for my XT225.
There were some wrong filters packaged by Yamaha in the past that caused oil starved engine failures.
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Old 03-03-2010, 05:58 AM   #2336
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Does the oem filter have a screen that is made to be cleaned ?? I assume that this should be changed out for the paper cartridge type right away..
I used solvent and a toothbrush to gently clean the screen on my oem filter. Then carefully blew it dry with compressed air. Seemed to work ok. I don't know if the paper filters are better or not.
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Old 03-03-2010, 06:05 AM   #2337
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Asheville in May

Don't know how many of you know about it so I will add it in here:
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=521168


Gypsy and I go, we are always on our XT225's.
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Old 03-03-2010, 08:19 AM   #2338
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I don't reuse my oil filters, but many do.If I had compressed air at home I probably would.MY XT doesn't use any measureable amount of oil between changes every 1000 miles. Yeah, it's a bit cold blooded, but the gas mileage is great.If I ride it every few days it starts and runs better.I ride all winter and commute most days on one of my motorcycles. In really bad weather I take my XT.

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Old 03-04-2010, 06:28 PM   #2339
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clutch switch bypass ?

Does anyone know how to bypass the clutch switch ?

(ive checked @ xt225.com already)

thanks

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Old 03-04-2010, 09:24 PM   #2340
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Does anyone know how to bypass the clutch switch ?

(ive checked @ xt225.com already)

thanks

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Follow the 2 wires (sheathed under black vinyl) from the clutch lever perch to where it plugs into the bike harness. Unplug it, then make a jumper wire or use a small cotter pin to "jump" the 2 wires from the harness together.

If the clutch switch is broken simply leave it connected and cut the 2 wires and join them together.
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