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Old 07-25-2011, 01:27 PM   #4336
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Tire wear

Quote: Thanks for the pictures and the mileage - when I purchased my NX250 used it had 12,500 miles on it. Since then I've put 500 miles on it and my rear tire is completely bald now. There is absolutely no tread left except for on the side part where it never touches the road. I've just ordered a new TW40 tire and it should be here in the next few days. My bike had a brand new TW39 front tire when I purchased it and so far it is showing little to no signs of wear. It almost leads me to believe that my rear TW40 tire had 13,000 miles on it

If you do any off road riding, be carefull. I tried to use a little to much gas going through a mud hole. I found out the hard way, "If you let the mud dry, and brush them, Mesh Jackets can be put in a washing machine".

That rear tire, didn't have much grip going through the mud.
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Old 07-25-2011, 01:28 PM   #4337
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Quote: Thanks for the pictures and the mileage - when I purchased my NX250 used it had 12,500 miles on it. Since then I've put 500 miles on it and my rear tire is completely bald now. There is absolutely no tread left except for on the side part where it never touches the road. I've just ordered a new TW40 tire and it should be here in the next few days. My bike had a brand new TW39 front tire when I purchased it and so far it is showing little to no signs of wear. It almost leads me to believe that my rear TW40 tire had 13,000 miles on it

If you do any off road riding, be carefull. I tried to use a little to much gas going through a mud hole. I found out the hard way, "If you let the mud dry, and brush them, Mesh Jackets can be put in a washing machine".

That rear tire, didn't have much grip going through the mud.
I don't do much off-roading at all, maybe a dirt road here and there and a few hard packed trails is the extent of my off-roading.
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Old 07-25-2011, 03:45 PM   #4338
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The rear OEM trailwing that was on my '89 NX,
had around 13,400 before i replaced it, according to the odometer.
The front OEM trailwing on mine lasted until 20k when it was replaced with the Shinko244, early in this thread.

That 244 lasted until 35k, when it was replaced with another 244. I had a brake failure which i believe might have shortened the life a good bit on the front.

The rear OEM tire was replaced with the 17" XL wheel, and runs ChengShin C858, which gets around 5500 miles before it's totally slick.(90% road)
Traction is great offroad, it's smooth on the road, and it's cheap. I got the last one(6x bulk) for $35 each in 4.60x17.

The 244 front and C858 rear is the cheapest combo i could find, and works great on, and offroad.

When i run out of C858's(long time)i'm going to try the 244 rear with a 244 front.

your mileage may vary!



I never liked the Trailwing(Deathwing) traction in any offroad situation, and it was barely withstandable on the paved road.
You just can't push that tire without some slip, or sometimes, a great deal of sliding issues..
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:03 PM   #4339
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Should I?

Found a frighteningly clean '89 NX250 with 4,700 miles at my local dealer for $1,999. I'm normally not one to buy a 20+ year old bike from a dealer, but these are so hard to find and this one's in great shape.

I'm thinking I can probably get it for $1,800 out the door. Any thoughts? Too much for a bike this old, even though it's clear that it's not been abused over the course of its life?

I looked at a Tengai a few months back (what is it with me and old, rare dual sports?) at a dealer in the bay area. They wanted $1,400 and it was an absolute pile. So I'm thinking the price on this NX isn't too far off.
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Old 07-26-2011, 10:51 AM   #4340
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I wouldn't use miles as my sole means of judging an engines condition.

A Philips screw driver and you can have the speedo cable off in about the time it takes to sneeze.

And a speedo unit that old, I wouldn't be surprised if a drill can turn it back.


Compression is what I'd use... B/c what good are low miles if the oil was never changed?
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:42 PM   #4341
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Found a frighteningly clean '89 NX250 with 4,700 miles at my local dealer for $1,999. I'm normally not one to buy a 20+ year old bike from a dealer, but these are so hard to find and this one's in great shape.

I'm thinking I can probably get it for $1,800 out the door. Any thoughts? Too much for a bike this old, even though it's clear that it's not been abused over the course of its life?

I looked at a Tengai a few months back (what is it with me and old, rare dual sports?) at a dealer in the bay area. They wanted $1,400 and it was an absolute pile. So I'm thinking the price on this NX isn't too far off.
What kind of riding do you expect to do on it?

I don't push mine much. Some old roads and trails, but nothing hard. Paved secondary roads and sometimes highway for short distances.
I would not trade my NX250 for the world.

Some what soft suspension, so taking a passenger would not be an option for me.
My NX starts right up hot or cold. I can take right off after a start. ( with some choke )
I get around 80 MPG. I don't think new bikes get quite that milage.

If it were for sale here in N.H. I would expect a real low milage NX to be between $1,000 and $2,000 ( from a dealer. )
Less if a private sale. ( Dealers have to pay overhead and do some kind of warrantee risk. )

Just make sure you ride it before buying. A bike that old and low miles, may have gummed up carburator issues.
Change and flush brake fluid. ( If buying from a dealer at that price, I'd insist that the brake fluid be done. )
It's fixable but just do a good check before you buy.

FWIW: I bought my 1989 with 7,200 miles and needing a carburator cleaning and minor plastic repairs for about $1,000 last fall, private sale. ( I thought I got a real buy. )
After fixing plastic and cleaning the Carburator, it runs and looks great.
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Old 07-26-2011, 06:46 PM   #4342
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Found a frighteningly clean '89 NX250 with 4,700 miles at my local dealer for $1,999. I'm normally not one to buy a 20+ year old bike from a dealer, but these are so hard to find and this one's in great shape
I paid $1500 for mine in decent condition with some bits missing and barely running. I paid more than the bike was worth according to the nada guide because it is the only one I've ever seen in real life. I've easily spent $250 in parts for the bike. Considering it's rarity, I don't think $2000 is a terribly high price IF the bike is 100% complete and ready to ride, runs perfectly, suspension is in good shape and the rubber bits in good order.
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Old 07-26-2011, 11:09 PM   #4343
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Appreciate all the thoughts guys....thanks!
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:27 AM   #4344
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it is all about what it is worth to you
if the bike is complete and in good shape
I think it is worth the money
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Old 07-27-2011, 07:31 PM   #4345
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I paid $1500 for my NX250 in a private sale. It had 12,500 on the clock when I purchased it. The plastics were in good condition but had some scratches and smudges on them but other than that the bike was perfect and ran great. I think I might have overpaid a bit but doesn't really bother me now.
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Old 07-27-2011, 11:48 PM   #4346
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Old 07-28-2011, 03:28 AM   #4347
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Wow! That photo is priceless! Especially with an inmate looking at buying a low mileage one.

FWIW, a clean NX250 with decent plastics for under $2K is a good deal. Jump on it, you wont regret it.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:18 AM   #4348
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Old 07-28-2011, 01:30 PM   #4349
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NX250 Tire question

I’m thinking of putting a set of “more street” compatible tires on my 1990 NX.

Stock Bridgestones take:
90/100-19 (Front)
120/90-16 (Rear)

My 1989 NX had a Duro 130/90-16 mounted on back when I bought it last fall.
The bike seems to handle ok with the larger tire on back.
( Has stock TW39 90/100-19 on front.)

The Kenda K671 series tires ( more street type ) come in sizes…
100/90-19 (Front)
130/90-16 (Rear)

Do you guys think it would be possible to use the Kenda K671’s to use on street?

I find I use the 1990 more on road than off road.
I can still have the 1989 for my off road excursions.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:51 PM   #4350
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