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Old 03-23-2008, 09:38 PM   #616
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Hello QF, Cindy and I have been riding my XT225 2-up since I bought it in May. Together our weight is right at 300 pounds, and I have a rack on the back to carry extra supplies. The bike has performed wonderfully. We rode it from Eagle Nest NM down to Cimmaron and back up the hill, this is a steep scenic highway and very twisty, at high altitude. If you don't need to outrun the rest of the world, this is a great bike. The XT is geared low enough that I have always had enough power for the tough spots off road. On the open road 60 is a comfortable speed, hills will slow us down into the 50 to 55 speed range. I sometimes wish I had a larger engine when I'm on the highway but when I'm off road I think this is the best bike I could have picked.
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Old 03-24-2008, 04:59 AM   #617
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In fairer response, yes the XT will handle 2-up riding with aplomb--at lower speeds. You must remember this is a light bike, so 2-up will SIGNIFICANTLY raise the center of gravity.

Also, it's got fairly mediocre springs and binders. If you're satisfied with not doing Mach1 even, and you are okay with bottoming it out if you're not on a fair surface (track wise) and you are comfortable with scanning far in the distance to make sure you have stopping time, it'll be a reasonable short-distance 2-upper.

I take my wife 2-up on mine with reasonable regularity. We never go very far, nor do we ever go very fast. It handles it rather well.
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Old 03-26-2008, 02:16 AM   #618
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Mornin',

just had a snooze after a bacon butty!

Anyway what can we say about our favourite little Yamaha?

Well the engine's virtually bulletproof, as long as regular oil changes have been made.

It's a bit like working on a Mechano set! Even I can perform all the service work, at home, with simple, quality tools.

The chassis is very forgiving and really easy for newbies to gain experience on, yet remains a fantastic ride for experienced riders, who know that small + light packages = fun.

The seating area is a little compact for regular 'two up' riding but possible for short trips.

OK the suspension is a compromise but is very effective for the core use of this bike.

As mentioned earlier, pop over to our motley crew at

www.xt225.com

and join in the fun.

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Old 03-26-2008, 07:00 PM   #619
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I just bought a 2006 XT225 with 121 miles on it for $2400.

This is my first bike. It's going to be very very very fun.

I read this entire thread while I was shopping and researching which bike to buy. I'm going to have to read it again now.
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Old 03-26-2008, 09:46 PM   #620
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Question Hand gaurds

Just wondering if anybody knows if the Acerbis Rally Pro gaurds fit the stock bars
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Old 03-26-2008, 11:16 PM   #621
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mornin' Dirt Cheap,

they sure do and theyalso fut the XT250.

I've fitted them to my 250 and recommend the optional spoilers as well.

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Old 03-27-2008, 01:08 PM   #622
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mornin' Dirt Cheap,

they sure do and theyalso fut the XT250.

I've fitted them to my 250 and recommend the optional spoilers as well.

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Hey Reggie thanks abunch I will go and pick some up!!
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:16 PM   #623
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Hi Dirt Cheap,

it's always a pleasure to help.
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Old 03-27-2008, 01:20 PM   #624
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I was told the other day that the XT225 cannot have a kickstart installed. She said they checked with Yamaha a few years ago. Anybody have a kick start on thiers???? Also any suggestions on what types of oil to use in cold temps. When I bought my bike back in Jan The dealer neglected to tell me the bikes are shipped with 20/40 weight. Would have been helpful before I took the stupid thing back when it wouldn't start, and I don't know why they were so suprised when I told them it wouldn't start. Anyway got it back last week and it starts ok when it is in the 40's but will not start if it's any colder
My '02 had a kickstart added by the PO - it's easier to kick than it is to use the button.
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:01 PM   #625
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Hey Reggie thanks abunch I will go and pick some up!!
Here is a cheaper alternative http://www.amotostuff.com/Merchant2/...gory_Code=emgo
I have a couple of sets and really can't tell the difference from the Acerbis except the name.
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Old 03-27-2008, 06:52 PM   #626
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Just took delivery of my first motorcycle! woot!

The pilot jet plug is already drilled out, so someone has tuned it.

I bought it from a shop so I don't know the PO.

It started RIGHT up at 33° F or so and runs like a top.

Can anyone tell me if this is an aftermarket handlebar, and if it's a good one? Sorry about the pic quality, my camera was inadvertently set to 1600 ASA so they are grainy...


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Old 03-27-2008, 09:10 PM   #627
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Its not stock, XT225 stock bars dont have a cross bar. Their at least as good and most likely better than the stockers whos bend I dont like. After they get bent the mechanics at my work replace the stockers with bars very similar to yours. I like them much better. Congrats on your new bike im sure you will have fun with it.
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:18 PM   #628
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Can anyone tell me if this is an aftermarket handlebar, and if it's a good one? Sorry about the pic quality, my camera was inadvertently set to 1600 ASA so they are grainy...
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looks like a steel handlebar. Probably better than stock with the crossbar but if you're concened about strength I'd go with an alloy bar. Enjoy the new bike!
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:22 PM   #629
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Here is a cheaper alternative http://www.amotostuff.com/Merchant2/...gory_Code=emgo
I have a couple of sets and really can't tell the difference from the Acerbis except the name.
Hey double thanks again Reggie! Gotta love it when a person can save a few$$$$
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Old 03-27-2008, 10:27 PM   #630
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Congrats

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Just took delivery of my first motorcycle! woot!

The pilot jet plug is already drilled out, so someone has tuned it.

I bought it from a shop so I don't know the PO.

It started RIGHT up at 33° F or so and runs like a top.

Can anyone tell me if this is an aftermarket handlebar, and if it's a good one? Sorry about the pic quality, my camera was inadvertently set to 1600 ASA so they are grainy...


I've had mine for three months now, and haven't even rode it!!!
Just waiting on the parking lots to get cleared up of all the winter gravel to do the motorcycle safety course and then get my license. Anyway hope you have a blast
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