The official XT225 thread!

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

  1. timg

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    5'0" with a long torso and short legs :) Cannot even get tips of both toes down on the XT225. Scopio 225 is about the right height at 770mm. Using that as a base the XT needs to loose 50mm height. Some can come from the seat, some from built up boot soles, but bike height needs to loose 20-30mm. Backing off preload is not suficient and niot really the right way to go about it either. Cheers.
  2. moterbiker

    moterbiker Gypsy diver

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    Take some off the seat, slide the forks up in the triple tree, drop the preload and see where you are at. My wife also has a pair of Daytona boots for women that have about an inch built up in the soles but it doesn't interfere with the controls.
    If you need more you will probably have to cut a coil off the spring on the shock.
  3. moterbiker

    moterbiker Gypsy diver

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    Oh yeah, you could also have a pair of 17 inch wheels laced up :evil but then she would never get to ride it, you would!
  4. Jiminy Cricket

    Jiminy Cricket Been here awhile

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    Take out what you can - but if you are doing any kind of offroad work, teach her early how to move her butt around in and off of the seat - show her how to flat foot with her thigh on the seat and one foot on the ground like anyone with a too tall dirt bike.

    The pic of Jimmy Lewis is a little exaggerated, but you get the idea. Full Butt Mobility is key to confidence offroad. You don't need both feet on the ground for balance, just one - and sometimes thinking you need both toes touching down becomes a block to confidence. Happy riding with your partner!

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  5. braindead0

    braindead0 Head Fisherman

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    Just thought I'd mention, my wife got 100MPG outta her XT this weekend ;-)... That was only one tank, but 150miles and 1.47gallons of gas... not shabby..
  6. kdub

    kdub Been here awhile

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    I've been thinking of getting a used xt225 for the wife but haven't found a decent one yet so I was thinking I may just buy a new xt250. Other than the extra 25cc's are there any other differences. With gas prices, these kind of bikes are hard to find even new around here - went to 2 stores daturday and neither had anything close (street legal).
  7. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip Flirting with oblivion

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    Headlight is round, I think dual discs now and the biggest change is going from a 6spd to a 5spd.
  8. braindead0

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    The 5speed seems like a step backwards..... Too bad your not anywhere near Ohio, might be selling my wifes. She'd like a bit more oomph available at 60... We could squeeze more outta the little 225, but she'll likely go to a DR650.. plenty o oomph ;-)
  9. Birdmove

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    Had to post this here. I have a 2007 XT225. It seems whenever I go for a ride with my wife on her 2005 49cc Honda Metro scooter, I get the highest gas mileage.Thats understandable, since the Metro tops out about 40 mph, so the XT never works up a sweat. We went for a 39 mile easy putt around some nice slow roads, and some riding in downtown Tacoma, Wa., again at slow speeds.Through the five mile drive at Point Defiance Park etc, etc. Topped off the XT after the ride.Heres the info: 39.4 miles/.369 US gallons=106.78 mpg. Thats a new record for this XT with me on it. I do seem to get higher gas mileage than the average owner does.As an example, my 2005 KLR650 is now averaging about 59.x, and my 2007 Royal Enfield Bullet just got 88.5 the other day.
    I will not be getting rid of the XT any time soon.

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  10. procycle

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    The 250 has a rear disk brake which is nce but also only has a 5 speed transmission which is not so good. The worst thing is the 250 has gained a lot of weight over the 225 - something like 35 pounds:eek1. I'd rather have the lighter 6 speed 225 than the porky 250 just to get a rear disk.
  11. kdub

    kdub Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. I called the only other shop around here today - no 250 but they do have a couple '07 225 so if I don't find a used one this week, I guess we'll buy a new one.
  12. mel brooks

    mel brooks Dirt Chick

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    Hey XT gurus,

    I have a Super Sherpa, but have recently been riding the husband's XT225 to work (he just doesn't ride).

    Does the XT make a lot of valve clatter/ticking? The Sherpa's top end is so quiet compared to the XT.

    And yes, I've checked the valve clearance several times and it's within spec.

    The bike is fairly new, an '06 with about 800 miles on it.

    thanks for any info....
  13. unrealtrip

    unrealtrip Flirting with oblivion

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  14. creola

    creola Been here awhile

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    I would advise packing a few extra spokes. Ike broke three on a trip into NE Canada.
  15. Dirty Harry

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    06 xt 225, 1000 mi. , oil changed/filter cleaned every couple hundred miles and the filter always looks like this... Still breaking in??? The bike is used mostly on road, but hits the trails every now and then...

    Thanks! DH
  16. moterbiker

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    I change my oil about every 1000 miles using Mobil 1 15W40, by bike has over 8000 miles on it, mine still looks like that every time, my wifes XT has almost the same mileage and hers does also.
  17. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    Here we find the difference between made in Taiwan vs. made in Japan. Don't worry they all look like that. So much metal came out of my screen and filter at the first oil change it look like it came off the machine shop floor.
  18. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    There is a huge noise difference between an air cooled and water cooled engine. As long as the valve lash is within spec don't worry about it.:wink:
  19. Dirty Harry

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    I guess I might ask what component exactly is consistently losing that much material? The tranny gears??? Makes me want to switch to paper filters, but then I might have to worry about oil starvation damage...:cry I know I know, just ride the damn thing:D

    DH
  20. mel brooks

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    Thanks for trying to help alleviate my worrying, but the Sherpa is air cooled too. :evil

    Valve clearance is OK, but I can't help but worry. Sounds like a bunch of nails in a blender.

    OK, I exaggerate a bit.


    Oh, and the filter looked just like the one above for the first oil change....