Yamaha XT250 Thread - All things related to the XT from riding to modifications.

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  1. DJSponge

    DJSponge Been here awhile Supporter

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    Did you mousse the front tire? If not, any reason why not?
  2. RL Lemke

    RL Lemke Long timer Supporter

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    Purchased a mousse for the front, then learned that it would not fit correctly.

    Perfect fit is critical to mouse life. Next front tire, I will look for a size that has a mousse to fit. For now, it is a natural rubber heavy duty Michelin inner tube.

    This is the first time I have purchased mousse inserts because of all those who say they melt and are impossible to install. Well, on small bikes they are GREAT. My brother has mouse in both tires of his KTM 250 Freeride. With the long life available because of the bike weight and relative low horsepower, mousse is the best zero flat option.

    The XT250 isn't a 85+ mph highway flyer, so melting isn't going to happen.

    Since my XT250 focus is trail riding, unpaved backroad exploring and only as much connecting paved road as necessary, preventing flats with the mousse is a great option. No more checking air pressure. No flat repair kit needed. Just check gas and ride.
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    Wet and sandy Moab slickrock, wet rock and clay, rounded and sharp angular rock, gravel roads, dirt trails, all are better with this tire than other knobby tires, because I saw how my brother's OE KTM tire did on each of these surfaces. These tires grip in places and off-camber wet situations I expected to slide but didn't.

    The five short highway connecting segments were OK with this tire, though it felt a little squirmy when turning paved switchbacks.

    Superior off-road grip, predictable and confident on unpaved backroads, and acceptable for connecting paved roads, these tires are a great option for those focused on off-road riding.
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  4. AZ Air Hd

    AZ Air Hd Air heads R 4ever!

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    Great thread! Thanks for posting & keeping it going. A lot of useful info.
    The little XT250 is most fun I've had on 2 whls for a long time!
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  5. RL Lemke

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    Thinking about the short time we were on paved roads, without a radar detector, I have to smile. The little XT250 had to work at getting up near the speed limit. For someone wanting to slow down, this is the bike. Relax and explore, leaving the paved roads to the sport bikes.
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    After a rear light replacement type for a 2018 xt250, MX store has a fair range but which one to get, BTW I'm in Australia so USA types wont really help me.
  7. cnydreamr

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    Anything will fix with some work, it depends on if you want a bolt on replacement or custom. Do you want to just get it back in service or customize and slim it down. I've had a drc on mine, now I have a trailer light. FB_IMG_1521130744797.jpg

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    Thanks mate, its to slim it down, I may have something that come on friday so havnt looked at it yet, will post a picture when I open it up
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    Has anyone mounted a fuse block on their FI generation XT.
    I'm going to put on heated grips, tender cable, usb cable. There's not a lot of room under the seat.
    Want are y'all doing?
  10. DJSponge

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    I’m in the same boat...I did put on the JNS headlight to save some wattage. LED blinkers and tail next.
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    How do you like the JNS?
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    zamram Been here awhile

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    ]Might be some room in the tool kit compartment. Located under and forward of the gas tank.

    I did think of that but haven't looked into it.
  13. cnydreamr

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    Just wanted to share my tire change. Trying something a little unusual for this bike. I've put 2500 miles on the stock tires, but i wanted them gone sooner. The new ones are shinko 546 front and 520 rear. Sizes 90/100/21 and 120/100/18 rear. I know the rear is too large, but i took a gamble anyway. The front I'm not sure yet.

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  14. Major_Tom

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    Hey Guys! My girlfriend just recently got an awesome deal on a 2013 xt250 and is looking for upgrade/bolt-on advice. She already has a moose racing XCR rear rack and original owner who used it for MSF schooling threw in gratis a new protaper sport unadilla bar.

    She has been looking around for options and here are what i have come up with:

    Rear Shock Springs:
    Racetech : $149.95
    Hyperpro : EU108.90

    Rear Shock:
    Modoc 250 : $713.90
    Racetech Valve kit : $169.95

    Forks:
    HyperPro springs : EU151.25
    Cogent Dynamics (springs+emulators) : $376.95
    Cogent Dynamics (emulators only) : $187.95
    Racetech Emulators : $159.95

    Bash Plate:
    Procycle (looks to be moose racing) : $89.95
    B&B : $184.95

    Hand Guards:
    Highway Dirtbikes (with mirrors) : $210.00
    Moose Racing (with shields): : $69.90

    Mirrors:
    Doubletake : $95.90
    Procycle : $45.90
    HDB : $50

    This gives her two roads:
    $452.35 of just springs, bashplate, and handguards
    -or-
    $1,091.80 with springs, emulators, bashplate, handguards, and mirrors.
    We arent even considered the modoc shock, but included it for completeness.

    I suppose the main question I have to ask is how many of these upgrades will the next owner pay for upon resale?

    If anyone has any other suggestions or leads please let me know!
  15. flei

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    "I suppose the main question I have to ask is how many of these upgrades will the next owner pay for upon resale?"

    I don't think you are going to like my answer: the next owner won't be willing to pay much at all, if anything, for your upgrades. Most places one can buy a used low mile FI XT (i.e., 2013 or later) for somewhere between $2.5-3.5K and I doubt anyone would want to pay much more. Though a fine bike, and I love mine (a used 2017 with 400 miles that I paid $3800 for in 2018), the XT250 is basically a "starter bike". It isn't a state-of-the-art "trail bike", it's no mx or enduro "race" bike, it's not by any means the most off-road capable "dual sport", and it is not a "street bike". Although suspension upgrades are nice (and can get expensive), most people who would upgrade the suspension would likely prefer to choose the suspension components they prefer for their weight, type of use, etc., anyway. YMMV
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  16. Major_Tom

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    You're wrong. I do like your answer. We bought it for 1k. We had to replace clutch pack because it lived its whole life in friction zone (school bike). If you're saying I can get even close to 2.5k out of it then that's fantastic
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    I would start with handguards and a skid plate and then ride it a bit, to see what bothers her most, and then address those issues.

    I put the Procycle skid plate and a set of Tusk handguards on my daughter's XT250. Both fit perfect!

    I am now waiting for her to dump it and break the mirrors. Then I will install a set of Doubletakes.

    I will only delve into suspension modification if it really becomes an issue. No use throwing money at a problem that doesn't exist yet.
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  18. flei

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    $1K?!? You stole it! For that price, yes, you can get your money out of it.
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  19. Major_Tom

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    Dude likes me, what can I say... :D ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
  20. HunterSon

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    DRC wide footpegs listed for the Serow 250 fit perfectly on my 2016 XT250 as I suspected. Don’t know why they wouldn’t just add XT250 to their list.
    #D48-02-535

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