The official XT225 thread!

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

  1. JerryH

    JerryH Long timer

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    Noisier bike is not any safer. 99% of drivers don't see or hear motorcycles, so you have to see them. Your best defense, besides being as VISIBLE as possible (I wear a white helmet and an orange vest) is to assume you are invisible, and everyone in a car/truck is out to get you, and ride accordingly. I'm 54, been riding on the street since I was 16, have owned 46 bikes, counting the seven I have now (2 are XT225s) have ridden over half a million miles, have never had anything but the stock pipes on any of the bikes, and have never been in an accident. Yes, part of that is just plain luck, but most of it is skill, experience, and the right attitude. Have you taken the MSF riders course?
  2. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    Personally I found the bike to be running so lean at stock that I re-jetted it even before I add any of the discussed mods. I would not for a second attempt to add performance mods and not re-jet. Re-jetting is easy and the jets are cheap. Hell if I can figure it out then, you could probably train a monkey to do it. And besides that I doubt any of the performance mods are worth a damn if you do not re-jet to take advantage of them. If your desire to not re-jet comes from fear of messing with a carb, I am sure you could find someone on here who can help you with it. If you were closer to me I would have you pop over and we could have it done in a couple hours max.
  3. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    +1, I have a few less years riding and although I have had just about as many bikes, I trick most bikes out and add aftermarket pipes. I would say that a few times my loud pipes have made a difference but not to moving cars. Loud pipes are great lane splitting traffic at the Mexican boarder lines to get people out of the way, otherwise they are just for the rider to enjoy.
  4. tuna101

    tuna101 Been here awhile

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    Anybody know if someone has crash bars for the XT225
  5. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    x10 on MSF!!!

    My assumption is EVERY OTHER VEHICLE on the road is trying to kill me. Not on purpose don't impress your widow. Be visible out there! :thumb
  6. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    Still in progress- so far so good:D I'll post a full report when it is all done.

    We rejetted mine this weekend- it's really not that difficult- the worst part was figuring out how to get the carb of the bike- it's all back together now and the bike starts like a charm:clap

    Hey, does anybody know if #6 was important?
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  7. gbacque

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    No, but why would you need them? It's not a shiny chromed out cruiser or a sport bike with plastic that will break in an off.

    On a related noted. The xt crashes very well as long as you are moving forward. Got kicked off trail and almost hit a small tree. Did the right thing and looked where I wanted to go so I missed the tree. The bike on the other hand did not completely miss the tree catching the bar and stopping me dead (tight trees, couldn't have been going over 10mph when I left the trail). Then the bike fell over and cracked the 1/2 moon bracket that holds the clutch/mirror assembly. If it's moving forward the mirrors break away and don't damage anything. That's why the right side mirror is a CCW thread.

    From now on I'm folding the mirrors in when I'm off road. Thinking reusable zip ties. Any better suggestions?
  8. nuggets

    nuggets It's all my fault...

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    I generally take the mirrors off for off road riding. They are easy to remove and install without tools.

    Also, one of the first things I did when I got my bike is to make sure that the controls are a little loose on the bars. You want them snug enough so that they will not move during normal use, but will move in a crash. You should be able to move the controls if you grip them firmly with your hand. That will save your levers and perches from some crashes.

    I also do not understand the need for crash bars. The bike crashes very well. Biggest issue in crashes is the forks getting twisted in the triple clamps.
  9. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    #6 was a beer break... You missed out!
  10. LisaS

    LisaS Dubious Adventurer

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    Dang...... is it too late to go back and take care of that?
  11. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    Never too late... But since you missed it the first time... You gotta drink two now! Call it a penalty!
  12. bmwroadsterca

    bmwroadsterca RadioFlyer

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  13. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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  14. gbacque

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    DAMIT PO held out on me. :baldy

    Easy fix, put wheel between your knees and twist them back like with a bicycle. If that doesn't work a V in a tree will. :rofl

    Good tip on slightly loose on the controls. Bark busters protect them for the most part but there are cases where they could still be damaged. As for mirrors I don't want to remove them because then I have to do something with them. I have been riding around on the tails with the bags and camping gear. More like trials for luggage system. Even loaded up I can toss the little xt around like it's a bicycle.
  15. RichBeBe

    RichBeBe All Hail Seitan!!!

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    Not as much with the XT with its spindly forks, but years ago someone taught me a method that really helps align and make the forks stay aligned more often.
    Loosen the axle, and lower triple tree pinch bolts completely. Loosen the upper bolts enough that they just hold the bike up. Hold the front brake and really push down on the bike a few times. It will self align then tighten the upper clamps, lower clamps, and then axle.
    With that I have not mike XT forks out of alignment without crashing, just trail riding.
  16. Tom S

    Tom S Can I ride it?

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    No. That won’t work unless you never want to go much over an idle. If you really want to open up the intake & exhaust you will probably have to change the main & pilot jets.
    I couldn’t find the the exact explanation I wanted but this should do.
    What you are calling your "fuel" screw is the air screw. Sometimes known as the 'idle air screw'.
    http://justkdx.dirtrider.net/carbtuning.html
    A quote from that link that is the short & simple answer.
    I can guarantee that loud bike will not help. Started riding in 1958 & had & do have both quiet ones & loud ones.
    Here is my rant about trying to keep from getting run down on the road. I think some of this stuff does help but there are no guarantees.
    I said that I don’t wear bright clothes but I probably should. Read & heed.
    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=19387961&postcount=3




  17. Dirt2Street

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    Here in Illinois the MSF course is required to get your license.
  18. Crazy Canadian

    Crazy Canadian All who wander r not lost

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    After a long time of working on my XT... A day I never thought would come, might be coming quickly. I may soon be XT-less. I have been looking into getting an electric bike and having stopped into the local Zero Motorcycle dealer today found out that I can trade in my XT for $1500 for the bike, $2500 off for a carbon credit for trading in a gas bike and a $1500 from the state electric vehicle credit. So that is a whopping $5500 for my little XT... True I will have to pay out $8000 for the new bike but I think an electric DS will be a good addition to my stable. Besides I can always go pick up a 2002 or new XT down the road and get the better electrical capacity I am missing now.

    Oh yeah and I get to keep all the accessories I have added so when I do get that 2002 or newer I'll have everything i need already. I will miss my XT but this sounds like too good of a deal to pass up! I still have to get approval from the better half but I can't see how she could say no.

    Looking at the ZF9 version...

    http://www.zeromotorcycles.com/zero-ds/specs.php
  19. deserteagle56

    deserteagle56 deserteagle56

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    Agree completely on loosening the mirror/lever brackets to prevent damage. Been doing that for 40 years and it's really effective.

    As far as the mirrors, someone makes handguards with mirrors inside them so they are protected. But they were really expensive so I adapted some folding mirrors to my handguards. There is more vibration than with the stock setup but they still work. As soon as I get into trees or tall brush I fold in the mirrors and they're completely protected.
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  20. Speedo66

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    Yeah, but with that Zero you'll have to put a clothes pin with a baseball card in your spokes so it'll still make putt-putt sounds. :lol3