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Old 06-17-2014, 07:06 PM   #1
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1995 xt225

I am going to look at one tomorrow in my area. It has about 20,000 miles. Asking price is 1,300 bucks. He says everything on it works just fine, but will need a new front tire soon. It appears very clean.

I am just wanting a beginner bike to zip around town and commute a bit...also some gravel roads. I am 6 foot 3 and about 300 lbs.

Basically, I don't know much about these bikes...what kinds of things do I need to check when I look at this bike? Any common problems with them?
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:24 PM   #2
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check to see if there are oil leaks from the cylinder head, cylinder jug, or the valve cover -- they will wrap any of those parts if they get hot enough..
Always check: all rubber for dry rot.. brakes, suspension... All cables (clutch, throttle, choke)... Do they operate normally, are they stretched or broken? does the throttle stick..

Engine wise, does it clatter much? Does it start easy? XT is very cold blooded. Ask if valves have ever been adjusted...
$1300 for a 95 XT225 with 20k miles.. is a no go... More like $500.. Deduct all parts that need to be replaced.... Go to bikebandit.com and familiarize yourself with prices..

. The $1300 will or may soon turn into $2500 when you add up the price of all the shit you may have to replace. At 20k miles, you will probably need some repairs. That bike has been loved very well, for all 20k miles.

If you are stuck on XT225 look for an 06 or an 07. or CRF230L as alternative. KLR250 if you dont mind kicking... That is, if you want to start off with dual sports.
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Old 06-17-2014, 07:57 PM   #3
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Thanks for the input. The dude did say he just ordered a new sprocket and chain for it (it will come with the bike, but won't be installed).

I am not really stuck on xt225s...but this one is in my town, and I need a "cheaper" beginner bike.

I was thinking of offering 8 or 900 dollars and telling him that is due to the fact that it needs a new front tire, and it will probably need brake pads and shit soon. I also want to pay a person to go through the bike once I buy it.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:20 PM   #4
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You are way too heavy for that bike. Look for something else.
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Old 06-17-2014, 08:26 PM   #5
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You are way too heavy for that bike. Look for something else.
Not only are you on the heavy side but tall. The xt is a really small bike. A big hoss like yourself is going to want to look at 400cc bikes and bigger, not just to carry you at speed, but just bigger for your frame.
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Old 06-17-2014, 09:04 PM   #6
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Okay.
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Old 06-18-2014, 06:42 AM   #7
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Would this thing not even carry me around town? I am not looking for a highway speed bike. My commute includes a speed of 45 mph for about 2 minutes. Would I be asking too much of this thing?
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Old 06-18-2014, 07:44 AM   #8
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I had an xt225 as my first bike and it was great. But I'm 5'9" and 155lbs. I'm sure it would haul you around but it is a small bike. I would recommend looking for a dr350 if you'd like to stay with lower displacement. Larger bike overall, better suspension and a bit more power. You should be able to find one for around the same price or less.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:17 AM   #9
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all bikes are small for a dude your size, pick up a 650.
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Old 06-18-2014, 09:28 AM   #10
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Post the city where you live; we can all take a peek on Craigslist in your local area and post up some suggestions for you.

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Old 06-18-2014, 02:54 PM   #11
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:00 PM   #12
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$500 is right, you can get a low mileage XT in good shape for that price or a bit more.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:06 PM   #13
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http://iowacity.craigslist.org/searc...xt225&sort=rel

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2003 yamaha xt225 $2200
2007 Yamaha XT225 $2800
2007 Yamaha xt225 $3000
You should be able to pickup that 2003 for about $1700.
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Old 06-18-2014, 03:44 PM   #14
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Cool, here's one:

http://desmoines.craigslist.org/mcy/4495522595.html

This was the only larger bike I could find on a real quick search; others may have better luck.

I wouldn't worry about the part saying it "smokes a little." Most likely valve seals or guides, an easy fix if it gets bad enough to matter. It's a Honda. It'll likely run forever.

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Old 06-18-2014, 07:45 PM   #15
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Yeah I've contacted the guy with the 600...someone is coming to buy it on Sunday...
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