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

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by RL Lemke, Sep 23, 2018.

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  1. jtice

    jtice Been here awhile

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    Betting its in this huge thread somewhere but....
    Looking for a good place to buy a 16t front sprocket for my 2020 xt250.
    Thanks
  2. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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  3. Jayjohn

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    I am thinking about putting a 16 tooth on my XT. Most of my riding is gravel roads not steep off-road trails. To get to these roads, there is a bit of sealed road travel. How do the XTs perform with a 16T sprocket?
  4. KLX250s

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    When I bought my XT w/88mi it had the 16t installed. I wasn't happy at all with it. Too tall of a gear w/no real benefit. The XT just doesn't have the power to fully utilize it. No extra top end, loss of some grunt in lower gears. Stock gearing is way more enjoyable to me for street riding and practicle. I can see where a 14t would help a lot off road to make it more of a dirt bike.
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  5. NicKel78

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    100% agree

    The XT doesn't have the horsepower to make practical use of a 16T unless in low elevation AND flat terrain.
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  6. swamp

    swamp Shut up. Ride.

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    mine has stock gearing. it's pretty good all-round. 20211011_133300.jpg
  7. Milano.B

    Milano.B Been here awhile

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    I rode a friend XT225 with 14T. That Japanese goat can climb wall, very impressive.
    It is the Jeep equivalent of having low gear for crawling.
    But it is no longer a DualSport bike (read 'versatile') as it buzz too much on the freeway.

    James XT225 has 16T and 80/20 tire to ride street with his wife.
    He said he is at a disadvantage compared to mine, stock gearing 15T XT250 and Trail Wing tires
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  8. HotWasabi

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    Hi gang,

    I just picked up a 2019 XT250. Was wondering what the consensus is for replacement of the headlight for LED; I want to gain a few watts for heated vest.
  9. tom c

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    I switched out the OEM headlight for more visibility and for power savings, added the Bikemaster heated grips and also have a heated jacket. I have one of those USB ports that displays battery voltage, which I can monitor while I ride. If I run the grips and jacket at full blast the charging system can't keep up, but if I run grips and jacket at less than full power I seem to be OK. I haven't done much cold weather riding on her yet but I'm hoping to put some miles on her in the New Jersey Pine Barrens in November.
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  12. twinrider

    twinrider Pass the catnip

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    I also tried a 16T and came to the same conclusion. I'm back to the 15T, best all-round choice. Which is no doubt why Yamaha chose it. That said, the 16T does have fans in the FB group.
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  14. HotWasabi

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    That's my plan also. How did you mount?
  15. millman84

    millman84 Been here awhile

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    That one looks like it will work. H4 is the size of the bulb in the XT's headlight, and is also used in a lot of other motorcycle. The XT has plenty of room behinds the headlight for the heatsink along with the driver.
  16. rangermate

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    The video on the link you provided shows the Cyclops being mounted to an XT250, so it is my guess it will work.
  17. tom c

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    I just ziptied it to the handlebars - voltage is displayed upside down but is readable while I ride.
    The Bikemaster heated grip controller has five heating levels - the lowest level is the highest I've ever needed.
    My heated jacket uses a pulse width modulator controller which cycles the heating circuit on and off. The control knob changes the percentage of time the heating circuit is on.
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  18. georgej

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  19. surly357

    surly357 Cochetopa dreamin'

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    Looking at aftermarket handlebars, dawned on me I have no clue what the stock 'rise' is on a XT... (2021). I'd just compare, but not much in stock locally. Anybody know the 'official' dimension?

    Hurt my hip mountain biking shortly after purchasing mine- I'd sure hoped to post some Fall XT/colorful aspen pics... I think I'll finally be comfortable 'assuming the position' again on my bike next week. ;-)
  20. twinrider

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