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Old 04-29-2012, 05:20 AM   #6871
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No centerstand, I made an adjustable stand out of PVC that fits both bikes and extends from 8" to 18". We change all our own tires, so no fear of the tire change!
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Any chance of seeing some photos/details of that stand?
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Old 04-29-2012, 07:02 AM   #6872
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2009 XT250 Tire recomendations

Hello.

I have just purchased a slightly used 2009 XT250 and am seeking advice on Tires. I had a 2003 Xt225 some time back, It had Kenda 760's on it, they were awesome on the trails and held up well even on the road, the only thing I did not quite like was the road noise they generated. They always gave a distinctive HUM that was quite loud.

So, I dislike the stock cheng shins, they seem to wallow a bit. I am considering replacing them very soon. For a replacement tire, I seek a dirt worthy and street capable tire that provides good overall traction on the street, but with little to no noise. Also, I really don't want to get into any chain lengthening and or mods to to get them operational.
I guess that I would describe my preference as a 70/30 Dirt/street type of tire. I think the Kenda's were more of a 90/10. I enjoy my woods riding more than the street, the street is simply a vehicle to get me to area's of exploration.

Any recommendations based on what I have described is appreciated.

Very nice to be back on board... being able to ride again, just having the XT in the garage as a an escape hatch is very cool. Thanks...

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Old 04-29-2012, 07:49 AM   #6873
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Hello.

I have just purchased a slightly used 2009 XT250 and am seeking advice on Tires. I had a 2003 Xt225 some time back, It had Kenda 760's on it, they were awesome on the trails and held up well even on the road, the only thing I did not quite like was the road noise they generated. They always gave a distinctive HUM that was quite loud.

So, I dislike the stock cheng shins, they seem to wallow a bit. I am considering replacing them very soon. For a replacement tire, I seek a dirt worthy and street capable tire that provides good overall traction on the street, but with little to no noise. Also, I really don't want to get into any chain lengthening and or mods to to get them operational.
I guess that I would describe my preference as a 70/30 Dirt/street type of tire. I think the Kenda's were more of a 90/10. I enjoy my woods riding more than the street, the street is simply a vehicle to get me to area's of exploration.

Any recommendations based on what I have described is appreciated.

Very nice to be back on board... being able to ride again, just having the XT in the garage as a an escape hatch is very cool. Thanks...

Foamy

Not sure about road noise or not, but I'm going to order a Pirelli MT-43 DOT trial tire. Lots of riders are raving about them, saying "I'll never go back to knobbies." The traction is supposed to be great, except in thick mud. I can't remember the descriptions about the street. The price is reasonable, about $65-69. I'll be mounting it on my WR450. I've been running an IRC GP1 on my XT225, which I've really liked, but the price of them has gone up a lot, so I'd get the Kenda version (the 270) or the MT-43. Folks report very high milage with the 270, but I don't know about the Pirelli's milage. I'll report back on the Pirelli after I actually have mounted & ridden one, in a month or so.
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Old 04-29-2012, 04:37 PM   #6874
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Not sure about road noise or not, but I'm going to order a Pirelli MT-43 DOT trial tire. Lots of riders are raving about them, saying "I'll never go back to knobbies." The traction is supposed to be great, except in thick mud. I can't remember the descriptions about the street. The price is reasonable, about $65-69. I'll be mounting it on my WR450. I've been running an IRC GP1 on my XT225, which I've really liked, but the price of them has gone up a lot, so I'd get the Kenda version (the 270) or the MT-43. Folks report very high milage with the 270, but I don't know about the Pirelli's milage. I'll report back on the Pirelli after I actually have mounted & ridden one, in a month or so.
I love the trials style tire too. I have had good luck with the Shinko SR241 $54 for the 4.00 X 18 size. Great tire street or dirt.
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Old 04-30-2012, 11:06 AM   #6875
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Might carry some extra spokes, spoke wrench. Twist tie rear spokes together. Other than that, sounds good to go.
Twist tie the rear spokes together? Explain please. Thanks!
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Old 04-30-2012, 02:20 PM   #6876
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Twist tie the rear spokes together? Explain please. Thanks!
Twist tying the spokes together keeps the broken spoke from doing damage to the tube or the rest of the wheel. Does not do a whole lot to keep it from breaking.

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Old 04-30-2012, 03:17 PM   #6877
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Zip Tie or Safety Wire is what they meant to say
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Old 04-30-2012, 04:33 PM   #6878
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A few days ago someone that has tried a lot of different tires on his XT had a pretty comprehensive post about them.
Looked & looked but I cant find it. Anybody know where it is or who posted it?
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Old 04-30-2012, 05:02 PM   #6879
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Took my little Zombie Apocalypse XT out for a bit of fun this weekend.

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Old 04-30-2012, 07:28 PM   #6880
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Old 04-30-2012, 09:07 PM   #6881
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A few days ago someone that has tried a lot of different tires on his XT had a pretty comprehensive post about them.
Looked & looked but I cant find it. Anybody know where it is or who posted it?
?? This ??

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Old 04-30-2012, 09:40 PM   #6882
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Bluhduh Crap

So I've got a '92 Xt 225 Serow and I just replaced the stock carb with a knock-off Mikuni VM-32 (I believe). First step (after the modifications to make the damn thing fit and function!) was to up the stock (for the new carb) 120 main jet with a 130. Fired up first crack and idles so beautifully it's hard to describe. Off the line she's got more power than before, so much so that I accidentally blasted across the first intersection from the house with one wheel on the ground

But after first gear the problems start. Past about half throttle the bike chokes and stumbles. I can short-shift and slowly work her up to sixty downhill (easy) and fifty or so uphill. And I mean a 1-2% grade at most. Each gear I go up it seems to have less power and throttle range.

After finding the problems I thought: Ok, not enough fuel under load. Larger main jet! I worked up slowly to a 145 MJ (Yeah, I know. Way huge.) Problem got better with 135 and 140 but then worse with 145. She just can't burn THAT much, I guess. I guessed timing (poorly-timed spark firing after up-stroke, not a problem at low RPMs, but more and more pronounced with higher RPMs). Pulled flywheel and checked upper and lower sprockets (upper is cracked horribly and needs to be replaced, but that's $77 I don't have right now ) chain tension was good, timing marks seemed right. Possibly very slightly advanced on the upper sprocket, but there's no way it skipped a tooth. If anything, chain stretch, but to my (un)professional eye, not enough to cause the issues I'm noticing.

So long story short, I've not a damn clue what else could be wrong with it. It seems like a lack of fuel (or too much air?).

Any ideas folks? I'm missing great riding weather here! Missed the last month waiting for the carb, which has been absolutely beautiful here in So. California.

Thanks in advance,

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Old 05-01-2012, 01:39 AM   #6883
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Rear guard options

Since my girlfriend purchased her XT I have slowly been reading through this thread and still have a long way to go all great reading. Just wondering if anyone has come up with a better looking rear guard / tail light combo for there XT, her bike would need a white guard, I think I have seen some people use blue TTR guards?
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:41 AM   #6884
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Reversed front fender

So I tried your idea - and the front fender just flops all over the place. The aluminum mount I made is reasonably stiff but the fender itself has no strength and when only supported from 2 holes it just flops around in the breeze. What did you do to stiffen it?

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Vancouver is wet, North Vancouver makes it look like a desert. We received over 94 inches of rain last year. Blech. Tired of super wet feet, and with no hope of rides in the mountains due to (alot of) snow. Great for snowboarding, not so much for riding....
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Old 05-01-2012, 05:49 AM   #6885
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Does anyone have rear rack laying around they would like to get rid of? PM or email sandjoh@gmail.com Thanks

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