XT225 vs. XT250?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by DCUP, Apr 11, 2008.

  1. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    The biggest improvement for either of these bikes is going to be throwing away those cheap chinese tires. They handle terrible. I levered on a set of Pirelli MT21's which come in the exact size for the XT225 and these feel MUCH better. Good to here the gear spread on the XT250 is pretty close to the 225. I love the XT225.
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  2. damasovi

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    Congrats amigo, these bikes are fun and give great MPG. I don't have either bike but a Tornado (250 cc HOnda) and love it, ride it almost everyday, I also have a KLR 650 but only use it for when I am doing the Interstate in the US.

    The more you use it, the more you will love it. go to www.turbocity.com to see what they got. They have some great customer service..

    See you

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  3. DCUP

    DCUP Devout Hedonist

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    Thanks for the input, gents!
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  4. Xandat

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    Marquette here, planning on getting a xt250.
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  5. norvegicus

    norvegicus waiting for spring...

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    I'm in Marquette, very much enjoying my XT225...

    There seem to be quite a few yoopers here...
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  6. DCUP

    DCUP Devout Hedonist

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    Yeah, all 6 of us post here. :D

    My XT250 got just under 70mpg on the last tank, which was only my third fill up. I will fill up again tomorrow and try to post the mileage if it's significantly better.

    Just passed 600 miles and changed the oil tonight. Maybe that'll be good for a few more mpg?

    BTW, it's definitely true that the speedo and odo are off. I have it at about a 5% overage, thus giving a false mpg reading. The above figure is with my own personal adjustment factored it. Anyone else do any calculations regarding the mph error?
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  7. wide open

    wide open in second gear

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    Yeah, your speedo will be off - that's true of most motorcycles. Late model Harleys have pretty good speedos, but try riding one to your hunting camp!

    A few ideas for youse, DCUP:

    1) www.xt225.com - in addition to this fantastic board, the xt225 board has great folk and info about the XTs, including the new 250.

    2) Searching here and on the xt225 board will get you lots of info on racks, which for your purposes sound like something you need. Meself, I'm very happy with my turbo city rack - www.turbocity.com - I think it is.

    3) I don't know what tires come on the 250, but tires on a motorcycle are VERY important to your riding experience and safety. Motorcycles (and skilled riding of same) are all about TRACTION.
    If the 250 comes with half-assed knobbies like the 225, you'll REALLY benefit from better tires. If you're going to be on pavement and smooth dirt roads most of the time rather than single track trails and mud, some dual sport tires like Anakees or something would be good, but you have to find out what fits your needs and your rims - again search both boards.

    4) Most important, and sorry if I sound like some cyber-daddy-nazi, but REALLY learn how to ride! Take MSF courses and read Dave Hough's books at a friggin' minimum. The XT is just a putt-putt - doesn't seem like you could really get hurt on it, but you can.
    Read the face plant section, and do everything you can to make sure we don't read about you there.

    Rant off.

    Enjoy - the XTs are a blast!:deal
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  8. DCUP

    DCUP Devout Hedonist

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    Got 71.25 mpg on this tank after doing my calculations w/odo error factored in.

    I've been on the 225 board and it is good, but not nearly as active as this one.

    The tires seem to work fine for me. I go easy and don't try to test either their limits or my own. An easy, safe (but cold) commute is the name of the game for me.

    I have a rack on order already from turbo city. I gotta call - it should have been here I think. It's been over a week.

    Thanks for the input. I'm always trying to learn more! :ear
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  9. Yooper_Bob

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  10. DCUP

    DCUP Devout Hedonist

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    Looks like a blast, but I can't go. I'll be in grad class all June and working on my final project during July. After that, I'll have my Master's and can breathe easy for a while. :clap
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  11. norvegicus

    norvegicus waiting for spring...

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    I'm up for a ride whenever. Been commuting to work on the XT225 this week, very fun!

    I rode by LakeShore Bike on the way home tonight. Check it out, it's Bike to Work week!

    biketoworkweek.jpg
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  12. Winterfreak

    Winterfreak Been here awhile

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    I was born and raised on Mackinac Island ( parents still live there)... yes for real... Now I live in Colorado. Last week I bought 2 TTR 250's at auction for the dealer I work for. Dual Sports are the big rage since gas went up.

    I use to snowmobile to Paradise, the SOO, Grand Marais, and all over the U.P., now I enjoy the steep and deep of the Mountains here in CO. The off roading isn't all to shabby either.
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  13. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    I think YAMAHA is putting out some very fine products across the board. I got a 07 XT225 last May for my wife and did higher bars, pumper carb, bigger footpegs, and Turbo City rack and a spitfire windshield along with MT21 tires. The bike is awesome. I would literally take it anywhere and be completely happy and confident with it in anything except for hurricane force winds. The bang for the buck is definitely strong for the 250 or 225.
    You can buy this thing, leave it like a pussycat, stock, and never do 1 modification or improve it and have a fine trail/adventure tool. Wow.
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  14. DCUP

    DCUP Devout Hedonist

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    Been to the island many times. Born and raised in Brimley. Moved to Jackson for a few years, then came back 2 years ago.

    Your hunting is pretty good in CO, too, if you are a hunter. I'd love to chase elk there!
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  15. Xandat

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    So how many new xt250s have you guys seen around marquette? I have a really old Xt250 i take out to forestville a weekend or two a month, don't trust it enough to make it street legal (again) and get a title. My friend has a 96 xt225 he uses as his primary vehicle.
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  16. Xandat

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    Anyone know where I can get ahold of a mapsource of alot (or all :D ) of the trails in Marquette/U.P. I just got a 76CS
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  17. Xandat

    Xandat n00b

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    Hey guys thought I'd spread the word over here too, I just started up XT250report.com as a dedicated XT250 forum.
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  18. Reposado1800

    Reposado1800 Juicy J fan!

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    The XT250, TW200 and DR200 seem to be the bikes of choice for commuting college students around here who can't afford the gas money of a car just to get to class. It makes sense.
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  19. damasovi

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    Amigo thanks, it will be cool to have a site for that bike

    Damasovi
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  20. fedswith

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    My wife has not long had her second hand xt250 after selling her new F800R which was just a little bit to heavy for her and is only 5'5".
    She loves the xt250 and so do I. I have just sold my CB1000R and now have a WR450F but enjoy riding the xt250 every time. I keep spending money on her bike I got a FMF slip on pipe off eBay for $300 and was the best upgrade it makes it so much smoother and extra torque is gr8. The pipe makes warm up 2 seconds now. Also got the usual bash plate, hand guards new tires, stock are useless for off road exploring. After owning bigger more powerful bikes I think smaller is way better I wish I had the WR250R instead of the 450 when u r off road the smaller is better every time and more useful around town.
    My wife wishes she had the xt250 from the get go so easy to ride forget the marcho just enjoy riding and having fun.
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