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Old 11-30-2012, 07:54 PM   #1
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Added an XT225 to the stable! Now what?



Added this guy to the stable today, I glanced through the XT225 thread, but what are some of the "must-haves" for this bike?

Gonna use it as an all-arounder to replace the BMW except for long trips on slab. Hopefully plenty of dirt in its future. Taken it around the block a few times so far and it's a blast! (Plus, insurance on it was only $22 a year!)
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:03 PM   #2
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Just ride it,see what you need,every body does different stuff with em. Great commuter bike and backwoods bike as well.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:14 PM   #3
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If you going to use it on the street and off road, get some good tires.Look around, lots of tire choices.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:18 PM   #4
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Looks like shinkos are on there. Good tires. A good time is had with upgraded suspension. Gold valve emulators, springs front and rear are solo nice.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:23 PM   #5
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Needs more mud on it.
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Old 11-30-2012, 08:36 PM   #6
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I use Cheng Shin tires and get about 10,000 miles out of them. Most people don't like them, but they work fine for me on and off road. I have the 4mm thick "monster tubes" in them.

The main upgrades I made to mine are a Clarke 4 gallon gas tank, an Immix Racing rear rack, a kickstarter, and a Cigar Mike centerstand. I don't know if he is still making them or not, but they take any worry out of having a flat tire. I also have a Works Performance rear shock (I weigh 220) and Progressive front springs. These changes raised both ends of the bike about an inch, but the nice thing about it now is it doesn't use up all the suspension travel just from sitting on it. Feels almost as high as a 650. There are also little things you can get that make it a better bike, like a carb mount choke and wider footpegs. Check Procycle and XT225.com. You can also do the Z1 exhaust mod, I bought a Z1 modded pipe on a parts bike and installed it, it is noisier, sounds like a real dirt bike, but I did not notice any extra power. I did have to go up one size on the main and pilot jets, and turn the pilot screw out about 2 1/2 turns.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:29 AM   #7
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Hi Domino Tree,

come and take a look at

www.xt225.com and start enjoying yourself.

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Old 12-01-2012, 07:28 AM   #8
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Go to this thread http://advrider.com/forums/showthrea...ighlight=xt225 read it in it's 500+ page entirety, report back.

Tme well spent.

Good luck with your new bike!
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Old 12-01-2012, 09:33 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the links, I've got a shopping list coming together now :P

Looks like Cigar Mike's out of the game, so no centerstand. That would've been really cool to have.
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Old 12-01-2012, 01:51 PM   #10
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Been riding all morning, and the XT225 is a lot more "agreeable" than the BMW. This thing is *so* much fun! As a little guy (5'8, 135lbs), it seems like I have to fight a bit with the BMW, whereas the XT225 tells me "You know, you could be going about 25mph faster through this turn right now, and you could lean over a few more degrees if you wanted..."

I think the first thing I'm gonna do will be get a 14 tooth and 16 tooth front sprocket. I can put the 16 tooth on there if I'm gonna be doing a lot of higher-speed stuff, the 14 will work if I'm doing mostly dirt, and the 15 it came with will be what's on there most of the time. The 15 seems pretty good all-around, although I would mainly like to drop the RPMs down some at freeway speeds.

The old adage holds true; it's a lot more fun to go fast on a slow bike than to go slow on a fast bike!
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:07 PM   #11
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Been riding all morning, and the XT225 is a lot more "agreeable" than the BMW. This thing is *so* much fun! As a little guy (5'8, 135lbs), it seems like I have to fight a bit with the BMW, whereas the XT225 tells me "You know, you could be going about 25mph faster through this turn right now, and you could lean over a few more degrees if you wanted..."

I think the first thing I'm gonna do will be get a 14 tooth and 16 tooth front sprocket. I can put the 16 tooth on there if I'm gonna be doing a lot of higher-speed stuff, the 14 will work if I'm doing mostly dirt, and the 15 it came with will be what's on there most of the time. The 15 seems pretty good all-around, although I would mainly like to drop the RPMs down some at freeway speeds.

The old adage holds true; it's a lot more fun to go fast on a slow bike than to go slow on a fast bike!
The 16 tooth is not going to work. The bike can't pull it effectively.
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Old 12-01-2012, 02:45 PM   #12
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The 16 tooth is not going to work. The bike can't pull it effectively.
Hmm, ProCycle actually speaks pretty highly of putting a 16 toother on there. With the 15, would it be "safe" to do any real freeway duty at 60mph? I'm not averse to running a motor at high RPMs, but it seems like it might be harder on the motor of a small thumper.

Edit: I just found a chart that says at 60mph it's gonna be doing about 6200RPM, with a redline of 8500RPM. That doesn't seem so bad. Probably gonna drink some oil though.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:08 PM   #13
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The 16T sprocket will reduce RPM's but won't increase top speed because of lack of horsepower of the bike. I put a 14T on mine and top speed is the same as it was with the stock 15T.
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Old 12-01-2012, 03:57 PM   #14
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>"...What to do with an XT225...?"

Re-jet the carb. This makes a lot of difference.
Add a 4 gallon Clarke tank.
Seat Concepts Seat.
Rear rack.
Good for a long-ways then.

Later on you can trim or remove the snorkel and drill the pipe. Given your small size, the stock
suspension will probably work ok for you.

After re-jetting, the stock-geared XT225 easily does 65 on the highway... as long as it's not a big uphill!
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Old 12-01-2012, 04:51 PM   #15
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You'll have loads of fun on the smaller bike...as your already finding out!.On the TW200's folks usually put larger foot-pegs....unknown on the XT's OEM peg's?.
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