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Old 12-17-2011, 11:07 AM   #6226
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Glad it's working for you. As a way to keep this thread on the topic of XT225 crap, there's actually a dedicated "Test this!" thread here on advrider:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=584965

Test away
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Old 12-17-2011, 03:22 PM   #6227
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I didn't realize there was a forum just for testing. Anywau here is the link to my first ride report ridden on my TTR225
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showt...3#post17537853
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:44 AM   #6228
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Test2 using smug mug, An interesting tree I saw on a recent ride.
Hey, Paul. That eye candy is sweet. I'm headed for AZ with my XT soon for some winter desert camping and exploration. (I'm in NM now.)
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Old 12-18-2011, 11:42 AM   #6229
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XT250 advice? (Chain adjustment)

Not new on ADV, but new to the XT side....please point me to the XT250 specific thread if this question belongs there versus here

I'Ve noticed my wifes 2009 XT250 chain seems really loose on the bottom when shes riding it. Mostly on pavement...it really bounces around..

Sooo I tightened the snail-shell adjuster by 1 stop, which seemed like a tiny increment, and now the lower chain is tight even when shes sitting on it, but I havent had her ride it yet out of concern that its too tight.

Question is: how tight is too tight? And...will it slacken up when shes on it and its under power? Its got over 4000 miles on it now and received a new rer tire just a few hundred miles back, and the chain seemed looser after the tire change.

Any tips?
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Old 12-18-2011, 12:56 PM   #6230
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Adjust it according to the manual and forget about it.

I noticed the same thing when I was riding next to my wife on her XT225. Chain looked really loose. Stopped and checked it, it was fine.

You are way better to err on the side of being slack than by tightening it. Not much will happen with a loose chain (within reason), but lots of bad stuff can happen with a tight chain. It has that slack in it so when the suspension works, it always has enough slack. If you really want to be anal about it, put it up on a stand, disconnect your rear shock, and move the swing arm through its full range of motion. The tightest point in the movement will be when the front sprocket, swing arm pivot, and rear sprocket are in alignment.

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Old 12-18-2011, 04:12 PM   #6231
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agree

I agree to tight is way worse than to loose. I clean, lube and adjust if needed each tankful.
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Old 12-19-2011, 04:59 PM   #6232
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For my latest ride report on my TTR225 go here
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Old 12-20-2011, 08:01 PM   #6233
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Old 12-21-2011, 11:48 AM   #6234
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Bam!

And finally. I think that's 4 bike specific threads read through now. Did the WRR, DR650 and DR350 thread while seeking my first dual sport. Picked up the WRR but would like to nab an XT for some more relaxed rides and as a backup or play bike for folks. Unfortunately I need to sell my cruiser first which isn't going as quickly as I hoped.

It sounds like the XT would also be a bit friendlier to me with my dirt noobness.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:01 PM   #6235
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I've got one of each--makes a nice duo. My son is still faster than on the XT than me on the WRR...

Dang kids!
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:02 PM   #6236
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And finally. I think that's 4 bike specific threads read through now.

I'm a slow reader....I am still waiting for the movie version!


I'd like to collect a few XT225's, as I can find good deals on them. It's the perfect "guest" bike because they're so easy to ride, and still have no problem hanging with the bigger bikes.
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Old 12-21-2011, 12:08 PM   #6237
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I'm a slow reader....I am still waiting for the movie version!


I'd like to collect a few XT225's, as I can find good deals on them. It's the perfect "guest" bike because they're so easy to ride, and still have no problem hanging with the bigger bikes.
The DR650 is the worst. I haven't kept up on it since I never got the DR. I just checked and I think it's at almost 4k pages. The WRR is creeping to 2k pages.

I'd have an XT now if my stupid Vulcan would sell. Haha.
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Old 12-21-2011, 03:02 PM   #6238
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I had a 87 TW200, A 98 DR650, and 2001 TTR225. The TW was the easiest to ride on and off road mostly due to the wide tires. I sold it as it was not able to keep up with traffic. The DR was a handful! I spent tons of $$$$$ upgrading it. It was great for long distance dual sport touring, Did I mention it was a handful. I eventually sold it as I didn't ride it much and a friend kept after me to sell it to him. I have the TTR and am quite satisfied and learned not to spend so much on upgrades.

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Old 12-21-2011, 07:55 PM   #6239
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The TW200 seems like a great bike, except it's too slow. Wonder why Yamaha doesn't give it a bit more power? They would sell a lot more of them. Being as underpowered as they are sales are really low. Makes no sense to me. How much more would it cost for Yamaha to bump them up to a 250 or 300cc engine....probably nothing!

I wonder it anybody's swapped the engine for a bigger one? I'll go find the TW200 thread....
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Old 12-21-2011, 09:03 PM   #6240
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I had a 87 TW200, A 98 DR650, and 2001 TTR225. The TW was the easiest to ride on and off road mostly due to the wide tires. I sold it as it was not able to keep up with traffic. The DR was a handful! I spent tons of $$$$$ upgrading it. It was great for long distance dual sport touring, Did I mention it was a handful. I eventually sold it as I didn't ride it much and a friend kept after me to sell it to him. I have the TTR and am quite satisfied and learned not to spend so much on upgrades.
Ya, I wish it was possible to make a TTR street legal here. It would be so much easier to find one. I'd still have to sell the Vulcan first though.
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