The official XT225 thread!

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

  1. Speedo66

    Speedo66 Transient

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    Can’t see much of the bike unfortunately but the XT held its own on a small group ride through Wayne Nat’l. Forest in the Hocking Hills area of OH 2 weekends ago. The Wailin’ Wayne Weekend.

    Combination of dirt and gravel roads, muddy trails through the forest, and some on road time on the curvy “triple nickel” OH 555.

    Three 100 mile days of this and it did great, me, not so much. Beat me up a little, at 74 I needed some recovery time. lol
  2. Dno

    Dno Been here awhile

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    Take the xt in that muck any day over the big bikes.
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  3. NewEnglander

    NewEnglander Been here awhile Supporter

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  4. NewEnglander

    NewEnglander Been here awhile Supporter

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    That’s awesome you are out there givin er the beans! You are doing great for 74!
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  5. Speedo66

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    Nah, thanks, but just average. Should’ve been a little faster through the woods.
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  6. Dno

    Dno Been here awhile

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    Have you ever been on 26 heading east out of Marietta? Wonderful and technical with off camber hairpins. Never been on a bike on it. Investigated the rode mid winter. Wanted to come back with drzsm. XT would be awesome also. Great pic in above post. Almost see some envy from your riding pals. Ha
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  7. heirhead

    heirhead worlds worst mechanic

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    Hello,
    Only 68 here and still doing it. You’re doing great.
    Never, should of been faster, ONLY, should of been SLOWER!!

    hh
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  8. CrashBar

    CrashBar Just Wanna Ride Supporter

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    Clarke Tank. 4.1 Gallons, works great. Not much larger than the stock + air scoops
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  9. Michelangelo

    Michelangelo 2 wheel rider...anytime..

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    Brand new to the XT225 world. What other model bikes use the same rear sprocket? TW200, TTR250? Any other different makes perhaps?

    I'm wanting to find a rear aluminum in 48 or 50 T (no I don't want to go smaller on countershaft?What's the deal with the dished vs no dished? OEM XT ones are dished and no one is making aftermarket dished, or does PBI make a dished one in aluminum?
  10. lamotovita

    lamotovita DAMN SNOWBIRD! Supporter

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    Yes.
  11. pumpguy

    pumpguy Adventurer

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    Sunstar offers a 50T dished sprocket in steel. I got mine from Chaparral @ $33.90.

    Sunstar P/N is 2-210450. Chaparral # is 394-1056.
  12. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    I'm curious who else may've had to rebuild their swingarm action.
  13. Dno

    Dno Been here awhile

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    I never did but I did lube linkage. Mine developed play in one bushing almost since new. 30k later the play was about the same. The swingarm pivot bolt I did loosen to make sure it wasnt siezed in the engine case and then torqued back. Ive checked on the parts over the years and last I checked seemed very reasonable. I believe there is a shim stack on swingarm bolt to get clearence right.

    At this point my bike really needs at least complete chassis rebuilt and topend gaskets. Along with rims and spokes from salt rot.

    You could grease everything and its easier to get a good feel with shock disconnected and wheel removed. Wont take long to grease every thing. I think manual states lithium soap grease. The setup is kinda advanced for the bikes nature.
  14. KamperBob

    KamperBob Recreation Engineer

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    Thanks for sharing. Yeah, parts don't seem expensive. I just have to tear it down and see what needs replacing. Mine too needs engine gaskets so it's a scope creep project. I'm curious which "one" bushing was your culpit? Mibe was in storage several years. A few grease nipples are stuck so the whole rear suspnsion needs a complete once over. At 39k miles I can't complain.
  15. underontop

    underontop Been here awhile

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    Hi all. I've done about 10,000 miles on my XT over the last couple of years, all of it up & down a really rough track between home and a nice coffee shop. Just discovered this thread, I'm usually over with the BMW G650gs-ers.
    I wonder if anyone has gotten annoyed enough with the loudish exhaust note when the bike's pulling hard to find a quieter muffler ? I'm not inot performance or weight loss, just quieter.....

    Update on this....I discovered the exhaust discharging straight onto the number plate was the issue...bent the plate corner up out of the way..presto..wish I'd investigated more closely years ago.
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  16. underontop

    underontop Been here awhile

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    I have. Complete set new bushes etc...at about 4,000 miles...previous owner never lubed & let it sit around. I change the oil as soon as it starts losing clarity, and lube the suspension at same time.
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  17. glory racing

    glory racing Been here awhile

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    Getting an xt for the better half to begin riding again. Looks like I have lots of reading to do.
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  18. norton73

    norton73 drinkin' in the garage Supporter

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    Did you sell this tank? I'd be interested in it. Sent you a PM.
  19. CrashBar

    CrashBar Just Wanna Ride Supporter

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    600 miles over the last 3 days, Boston to Brattleboro in the bomb cyclone Wednesday morning, then up the puppy dog route (all dirt) to the Canadian border, then back down for a stretch on section 6 of the NEBDR. In Lebanon NH tonight with another 175 miles tomorrow on the Hampster Route back to the Mass border and then home. 225 kicked ass the whole way, never missed a beat.

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  20. heirhead

    heirhead worlds worst mechanic

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    Bike with new yellow Clarke tank,
    YES I like yellow!!!
    Unfortunately when I would ride my last yellow XT with Hi Viz jacket and helmet,
    I looked like a 250 lb Sunflower to the bees!!
    Got rid of jacket and helmet as got stung in the face many times!

    Happy riding,

    hh
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    One that I have now, first yellow XT
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