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Old 07-17-2014, 08:03 PM   #1
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Wink 2013 XT 250 vs. 2008 TW200

Thinking about a new XT 250? Here are 7 Things to like about the 2013 Yamaha XT250 (as compared to my 2008 Yamaha TW200) - thought someone might be interested!


Faster – The XT is a plenty faster than the TW – you can cruise at 65 mph no problem

Further – The XT can go 140 miles on a tank – twice the range of the TDub

Higher – The XT is fuel injected so mountains don’t matter. TW complains at 9k’

Quieter – The XT at 65mph is still quiet. The TW is W.O.T. and loud.

Slicker – The XT has a clock, 2 tripodometers – all digital - and fuel light – slick!

Smoother – The XT is smoother shifting. But then my TW is an ’08 and has 11k mi : )

Stronger – The XT supports 2-up riding no . The TW…well, ask my bride.


That said, I kept the TW –can’t beat it for super gnarly singletrack rides like the Star Trail in Taylor Park, CO – spent 5 hours sluggin it out with that beast this past weekend. Would not have wanted my sweet shiny new XT on that steep, muddy, rocky slope! Happy trails!
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Old 07-17-2014, 09:44 PM   #2
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I rode a 2007 XT225 for a few years. I enjoyed it's throaty exhaust very much. It was 100% stock.
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Old 07-18-2014, 06:22 AM   #3
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You forgot one point.

Pure unadulterated Fun - the TW wins hands down

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Old 07-28-2014, 04:20 PM   #4
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The TW200 is alot of fun .
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Old 07-28-2014, 04:30 PM   #5
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The TW can only go 70 miles??
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Old Yesterday, 12:33 PM   #6
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We had a TW and my XT250 (2012) out a few weeks ago. Rode them back to back and switched off. I was surprised that there were certain conditions where the TW was superior to my XT at least with stock tires. But the XT is better on the road above 55 mph.
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Old Yesterday, 02:54 PM   #7
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But the XT is better on the road above 55 mph.
To be fair, the TW200 has extreme gearing, stock. It would take a major sprocket change to make the gearing comparable to an XT250, but if you did, that would be a more useful on-road comparison.
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Old Yesterday, 06:11 PM   #8
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Yes BigIron ,but that's alot of terrain to cover over-hill and dale . With a cyclerack ,the range is now in the 200mile category ; more if desired ! .
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Old Yesterday, 06:23 PM   #9
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The TW can only go 70 miles??
I took mine out yesterday, rode 45 miles of pavement wot to get to the trails then messed around in the dirt and headed for home, didn't even hit reserve until around 100 miles.

I've never ridden an XT250 but I imagine the benefits listed above are all very valid, probably vastly more comfortable on the street.

The TW is no fun on the highway but out in it's element it shines!



edit: for the record this pos is a 2003 with 19,000 miles on it, runs like new!
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