Where are your XT250's...let's see them.

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by MEDIC-0372, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. sethro

    sethro Been here awhile

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    around 3000 miles, have not established price yet , working on adding up all the extras and pricing accordingly

    Sethro
  2. thumpnokie

    thumpnokie Adventurer

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    Sold it? What are you replacing it with?
  3. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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    Got this instead

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    2007 DRZ400S, definately has its + and -'s compared to the xt250, some things it does better, other things it does way worse.
  4. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    The better's I can figure out, what does it do worse?

    Glad you got one Ron, I knew you were looking, but don't think I knew you got one. I sort of think I might be looking for one next year, unless I decide to get a DL1000 like my buddy just snagged.
  5. 150ron

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    Its a great bike, just taller and heavier, it carries its weight up on top, unlike the xt which has its weight down low, so you feel it more, for the REALLY hard trail the xt was great, this one i need to get used to, but the power this bike has is at least double the xt's, and i use that power all the time now :D

    i was originally gonna lower it, but just raising up the rear shocks nut made it so that i could reach the ground, and dropping down the front forks 1/2 inch helped too, it now fits me fine.

    Also kind of weird coming from a bike with only a couple upgrade items, to a bike that has hundereds of upgrade items available, the bigger tank is great to have.

    I do miss the xt at times tho.
  6. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    is it possible to increase the seat height? I have someone that wants to trade me my atv for an 09 with only 1200 miles. I think at 6'3 that I am to big for it though, if anyone is around that height and could post a pic of you standing by the bike and/or on the bike it would be greatly helpful.
  7. sandalscout

    sandalscout blah blah blah

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    I'm 6'1" with a 32" inseam. I rode my XT250 for about a year and a half and then once I had gotten pretty comfortable riding, I rode a buddies DRZ400 one weekend. I realized very quickly that I was extremely cramped on the XT, and needed about 3-4" added to the seat to really be comfortable. That, and about 2" of risers, and that was after I already had 1.2" risers installed. It just didn't make much sense.

    My buddy and I talked about it over lunch (he's always lining up new bikes for himself), and I decided I was going to get a DR650. That afternoon, another friend called him, and I had a killer deal on a KLR650 by the next weekend. The XT was in someone elses hands by the end of the month.

    If you have anywhere near a 32" inseam, I think you will be very unhappy with the XT, unless it's your first bike. I don't regret getting my XT as my first dualsport (and I only had 500 miles on my previous bike), it was a great bike to learn on, but I also don't regret trading up to the KLR.
  8. FLYNLOMOTO

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    Nice 'Zuk, Ron! Enjoy it. The 400 and big tank will be great on the roads for sure.

    It sounds like it's not a "tossable" or "flickable" as the XT. Unless you are in really tough off road stuff,

    the DRZ should be awesome!

    Enjoy
  9. sethro

    sethro Been here awhile

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  10. 150ron

    150ron Long timer

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    Thanks, have been enjoying it for sure, and yeah, the xt was better on the more difficult trails for me for sure.

    Nice bike!! GLWS.
  11. tennyis

    tennyis Been here awhile

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    I do have a 32" inseam so looks like I will have to pass on it they seem like difficult bikes to sell in my area as well so probably not worth the chance on it. thanks guys.
  12. stevemd

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    I picked up an older one yesterday from the original owner. 1200 miles, rebuilt carb but needs carb mount screw/head thread work and tires because the original 32-year old Bridgestones still on it. Does run but likes the choke probably because of air leak at carb/head gasket.

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  13. The Cameraman

    The Cameraman Been here awhile

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    Hi Stevemd,

    I bought one brand new in 1982.

    So after many different types of bikes since then, what do I ride now?

    An XT225 and an XT250 of course!

    Funny how life comes round in a circle isn't it?

    Regards

    Reggie
  14. stevemd

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    You aren't kidding. Back in 1976, after surviving a Norton Commando, I traded it for a new XT500. Great bike.

    By the way, are there some good on-line parts sources? I will need some carb mounting stuff. I have a Yamaha dealer near by but you know their parts prices....

  15. stevemd

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    I need to get new rubber on the '80 XT250 above. The shoes currently on it are:

    3.00 x 21 and 4.60 x 17

    I see the Pirelli MT 90 A/T is available in:

    Front: 80/90S-21 and 90/90S-21

    Rear: 120/90S-17


    Will the rear Pirelli work ok for me? Which front should I get?

    Thanks, Steve
  16. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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  17. LarryGee

    LarryGee Been here awhile

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    I wouldn't be so quick to pass on that bike.... For guys who are only going to have ONE bike and it needs to do double duty, it makes sense to have a 400 or 650. You need the extra ooomph on the paved roads to get to the trails.

    Sure, they also give you more power on hard packed and dirt but unless you have the dirt experience and are wanting to go balls to the wall ....you don't need all that power. Like Ron said, you give up flickability, you gain oomph.

    I'm 6'1 with a 34" inseam and for me, on the tight trails, in the woods, in the sand, climbing up hills, in the mud and on the hard packed stuff.... it's great. BUT.... I don't ride it to the trails. I trailer it. For me to get to decent trails it's a 50 mile pavement ride one way.

    Is it a little heavy? Yes. Would I rather have a faster bike like a KTM? Sure. Am I willing to spend $$$$ for a KTM and deal with all the maintenance BS ? No.

    If I know I'm going to be riding longer distances, or on a lot of pavement and / or I'm not going to be in the deep, nasty chit, I take the F800.

    This is where have multiple bikes has it's advantages. It's like shoes. You have your boots, your sneakers and your dress shoes..... each has it's own purpose.

    The XT is simple and a blast to ride ON THE TRAILS. Many of us have a tendency to over complicate things with bigger, faster, etc., Don't buy into that.

    Good Luck and Happy Hunting.
    My 2 cents.
  18. Little Bike

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    Here is Kitty Kat - my new little buddy.

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    and the day before......

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  19. Tails_KTM

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    OK, so you inspired me to find an old slide of my first bike, the XT 250, and scan it!
    This is a Euro-spec version from around 1981.
  20. stevemd

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    1980 in my case. I have to pull the carb anyway to replace the carb to head rubber/metal connection. The po had the carb professionally rebuilt but I will check the jet #'s, needle position, float level, etc when I have it off.

    Any one rebuilt the fuel petcock with commonly available parts vs dealer parts?

    Thanks,

    steve