2013 XT250 w/ FI

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  1. eakins

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  3. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    I am not so sure about that. The XT250 is a high fender version of the Tricker which was an awesome bike. The XT with a tail rack is rtw ready right out of the box.:evil
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  4. FreckledAvenger

    FreckledAvenger Trainee Stunt Double

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    After this bike was announced I wondered how long it would take for Yamaha to bring the XT250 FI model to the US (and potentially Oz) that has been available in some markets for a while ...

    At the moment the Australian Yamaha site still lists the carbed version of the XT - no guarantees they do the same here I suspect ...
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  5. Rick

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    Damn, should have waited a year.... I do love my 2012 XT though. I don't have any issues with the carb either but that Honda looks awesome.

    What's even more awesome? The Honda 250 is $500 cheaper than the Honda 230! Uggh, I'm seriously irritated right now.

    Looking at the specs of the Honda 250, there are some things about it I don't like and this is where the XT is perfect for me.

    <table class="specs" summary="dimensions"><tbody><tr><th scope="row">Seat Height</th> <td>34.7 inches</td> <td>
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    </td> </tr> <tr> <th scope="row">Curb Weight</th> <td>320 pounds</td></tr></tbody></table>
    Too tall and too heavy.
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  6. jon_l

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    The XT looks pretty-much same other than fueling. FI, 2/10 gallons of gas, and 3 extra MPG is nice!

    Maybe Kawasaki will announce FI for US/Canada next, since many overseas are already FI. I sure hope so, more choices are good!
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    cool!
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  8. rivercreep

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    I unloaded my 08 after it's finish started to go south after only 1 yr of winter commuting.
    The other 2 problems were a lack of cornering clearance (very easy to scrape the pegs) and finding proper jets for their damn Tekei Carb was a P.I.A. when it came to trying to find a proper pilot jet.

    F.W.I.W. I'm glad they fixed one of the problems with the addition of the F.I. (although once sorted, the tekei did allow easy starts in the sub-temps we have in Pa.)

    I have to say, it thrills me to no end to see air cooled bikes getting F.I.

    B.T.W. I currently love my 2011 TU250X...it's also seen a full winter of salty road commuting and still looks new. C'mon Yamaha...get your shit together with your finish and I might be persuaded to buy a WR250R next.:deal
    Just can't beat F.I. for easy winter start-ups.:freaky
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  9. 150ron

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    That is awesome to see, i like it.

    i have a 2009 XT250, and have been really happy with mine, with a main jet upgrade, air/fuel screw to 3 turns out, jet needle shimmed, and a aftermarket exhaust, it always starts up instantly and can cruise at 65-75mph easily, great bike, with this new FI system, it will only get better.
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    Enter the Ninja! :clap
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    fo sho!! :D
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  12. a1fa

    a1fa Throttle Jockey™

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    5 speed, next.. still prefer the good ol girl xt225 with wide ratio 6 speed.. duh
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  13. Chaplain

    Chaplain Been here awhile

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    The 2013 xt250 looks like it is filling a niche.
    Under 300lbs wet (291 per Yamaha).
    AIR COOLED (yeah!)
    FI - I love my FI Suzuki TU250.
    Screw and lock-nut valve adjustment (This is what it has, right?)
    And a seat height that fits real people.
    I'll bet that most of these will be ridden mostly on roads. But sometimes I run out of pavement, and really don't want to try the TU through a water crossing. A dual purpose bike is supposed to get all dirty, right?

    The insurance is going to be cheap. You can do the valves yourself without a box full of shims and messing with camshafts and chains. This is going to be easy on the pocketbook.

    Oh yeah - the headlight is ROUND. (wish the speedometer was too.) And, a six speed would be really neat.
    The question is, do I want one enough to go out and get one.
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    I just picked up a 2013 xt.its my first real bike and loving it. Loving the FI and no choke. Just need to replace the crap stock tires. Wobbles like hell at 60.
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  15. ping

    ping Been here awhile

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    I read that the xt250 has the raptor engine..put in a external gas filter for your FI.
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    Why? Sorry im a newb
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  17. rivercreep

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    That opinion is subjective at best.:D

    I'd rather have an older tech engine that's got the pros of reliable/simple air cooling with the + of F.I.
    The XT is not only lighter, but it also has more ground clearance (despite a little less suspension travel) and it has the benefit of no radiators to smash and simple to inspect/adjust screw/lock-nut valve adjusters. (and a bigger tank than the Honda)

    F.W.I.W. I'm no Yamaha guy (after having owned my 08 XT250) but, I'd still buy it (espescially now) over that wet Honda pig.

    B.T.W. Guys with wobbles, it could also be the wheels aren't in true. (mine weren't, it's not just the tires)

    Now, if Suzuki would bring the DRZ250S air/oil cooled model back to the US as a D.S. street legal model...everyone else could really take their 250 D.S. models and stick-em!:deal
    I mean, it's a baby DR650 = what's not to love?
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  18. freetors

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    The XT250 was too expensive even when it was carbed.

    I'll second that I like the 225 better with it's 6 speed. I even think it looked better too...
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  19. a1fa

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    Both wife and I liked our XT225 so much that we just bought her an 07! The last of the good run! I'd like to sell my BMW G450X and pickup another XT225 to punt around with. G450X is not good for punting around. It's good for hooliganism and impressing ladies with wheelies.
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  20. RigaDorje

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    I'm interested in buying the 2013 XT250. According to the Yamaha website it's been available since June, but I spoke to a couple of dealers (DC area) and they said Yamaha would be shipping it to them by December :huh. Someone suggested that's perhaps because they're not high-volume dealers.

    Does anyone know of a good Yamaha dealer in DC/Maryland/Virginia that might carry the 2013 XT250?

    thanks
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