The official XT225 thread!

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by wickerman777, Nov 4, 2006.

  1. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    Personally I would change all fluids, including gas and maybe the tires. Would also do a full service and check brakes etc to ensure they are adjusted correctly before I would ride it.
  2. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    Personally I would change all fluids, including gas would certainly swap the tubes and maybe the tires. Would also do a full service and check brakes etc to ensure they are adjusted correctly before I would ride it.
  3. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    You sound like you are kind of new to this stuff.
    I think CC is going a little overboard with all that at once. His choice.
    I’d just change the engine oil & clean the oil & air filters, check other things for any problem, then ride it. The oil & filters are a must.
    Deal with the rest only as as it comes up. Yeah, if the gas is that old you may have to deal with that. See how the gas smells & how it runs.
    Wouldn’t worry about 5 year old tires at all unless there is an obvious need. It’s not like they are 20 years old. Car rubber ain’t that much different than bike rubber. How old are your car tires?
    That 333 mile XT250 ad is still up. I know it doesn’t mean it ain’t sold. Gave you the link before.
    http://inlandempire.craigslist.org/mcy/3450992622.html
  4. Speedo66

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    Not any more.

    Basically, all the XT225's are the same after they upped the electrical output in 2001(?), so I wouldn't let year make a difference, rely more on condition. Year doesn't seem to make much difference in price, they're all mostly between $1500-2000. Exceptions once in a while, but that seems to be the usual range.

    Expect to pay at the higher end for some accessories such as factory kick start kit which is nice to have due to anemic electrical system. Use heated gear in the winter and you'll be push starting otherwise.
  5. Fire Escape

    Fire Escape Long timer

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    Sorry to get your hopes up.
    The maual WAS available from Yamaha as a free download back then (2006?). Perhaps they figured that they 'might as well' since the bike was being replaced soon. No idea why they no longer offer it. I would have bought one from the dealer had it not been legitimately available on line then. I do that with all the other toys, I figure that it far too easy to make a $100 (or much more) mistake so the manual is a reasonable investment.

    Bruce

    Looking at Yamaha's website, they do still have the manual but it is no longer a free download, they want $79 for it now. It appears that Haynes has a service manual available, being written in English rather than translated, it might be easier to read than the factory one. Good Luck!
  6. OldGypsy

    OldGypsy FoolForDirt

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    A couple of years ago I bought an '04 with 775 miles on it. I assumed the 600 mile service had not been done, so I went the full route on that. The only issue I had with it was the chain was too stiff so that got replaced. Since then have put 7000 miles on it with no issues.
  7. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    I freely admit I am one to go overboard on check a new bike. Don't want to find that hidden issue at 70 on the freeway. I swap out my tubes every 3 years even if they have not failed. Tires I swap out at 6 years even if they are not worn out. Once had a rear tube on my Bonneville go right after a tough stretch of mountain roads and if it had gone a mile sooner I probably would not be here.

    Tires failing on a car typically does not have the same risks as a bike.
  8. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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  9. woofer2609

    woofer2609 Been here awhile

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  10. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    I have a tach... Just is a rare option... And I think you are correct about being a 350... Didn't look that close to see before.
  11. woofer2609

    woofer2609 Been here awhile

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    A factory tach, really, that is super cool! Pics! What's the redline at?
    I've never hit the rev limiter on this engine, but do all the time on the wr250x, for some reason, guess there's no reason to rev above 7000.
  12. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    On my way to Canada for the holidays... Remind me and I will post pics in the new year.
  13. Speedo66

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    This is a pretty old ignition system, do they really even have a rev limiter?
  14. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    It is built into the CDI. It will bounce off of the rev limiter if you really try.
  15. greasespot

    greasespot Adventurer

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    Okay, so there are a million models of bikes. Has anyone figured out what other bike-model saddlebag frames also fit our XT225s?

    TIA,

    Greasespot
  16. pnw

    pnw Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the PM’s regarding the manuals. I ended up buying the electronic version of the factory manual and supplements from green manuals on eBay. It includes the owner’s manual and everything is printable and cost only $7something which is pretty close to free. They send a CD but you can also download it from their site which I did. I guess I’ll just print pages as I need them so it will be OK but I sort of miss just flipping through pages and tossing a book on a chair.
  17. GlennR

    GlennR Playin' in the Fire

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    Don't worry, you probably won't need it for much more than checking the valve clearance & the spark plug model number. That's all I've used mine for so far. :thumb
  18. operaflute

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    I have Ranger Dirt-Bagz/rack and am very happy with them. Not too terribly pricey, either. The XT225 is on their drop down list of models on the order page. Not sure if that answers your question, or if you are specifically looking for a rack designed for a different model that also fits the XT.
  19. maverick1

    maverick1 Adventurer

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    Ok, I picked up a used XT 225 today, a 2001 model and now I have a few questions.
    First, I'd like to change the engine oil and filter, and read that these bike takes 10-w40. Can I use full synthetic10-w40?
    When doing an oil change do I need to get new gaskets for the oil filter and a new drain plug crush washer, or can they be reused?
    Also thinking about changing the brake fluid, anyone know what type is needed/procedure?

    I plan on doing mostly off road rides, can someone let me know what tools I need to carry with me so I don't get stuck on the trail?
    I'll start...spare spark plug and spark plug wrench....
    Looking forward to hitting the trails.
    cheers
  20. woofer2609

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    10w 40 full synthetic should be fine, I'm pretty sure there isn't a crush washer on the drain plug, I've always just tightened to spec ( 7.1ft/lb's IIRC) and never had an issue. Just check the condition of the o-ring on both the drain plug and oil filter cover New o-rings are usually not needed, there are no gaskets. Both DOT 3 or 4 are fine for brakes.
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    I carry this in the black cordura multi pocketed tool kit:
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    Box of spare allen and hex bolts
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    In another tool tube I carry:
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    2 tire irons
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    zip ties
    clutch lever
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    aluminum spray tube of Windex
    bicycle air pump (not pictured, but in tool tube)

    Above the headlight on the cowling I have mounted a small bag that carries two replacement tubes and a tire gauge.
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    I have never been at a loss for tools.