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afewsketchymoments 06-03-2013 08:11 PM

A couple of xt225s on the long haul.
 
So a friend and I brought an Yamaha xt225 each and plan on doing some touring on them. At the moment we are over on Vancouver island. The loose plan, if you can call it a plan is to head though the Canadian rockies then drop back down into the U.S and make our way to Baja. I will try to keep the posts coming, but don't hold me to it.

My $1100 touring weapon.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/8943606644/" title="Mr berreman by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3757/8943606644_b5f96334cd.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Mr berreman"></a>

Took a hike and a wrong turn. Lost!!!

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/8943003457/" title="lost by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7350/8943003457_5be433d9bd.jpg" width="375" height="500" alt="lost"></a>

Getting lost is not always a bad thing.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/8943028307/" title="Vancouver island by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2862/8943028307_950deeb44f.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Vancouver island"></a>

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/8943015191/" title="Vancouver island by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5458/8943015191_31d0e93b85.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="Vancouver island"></a>

Both the bikes.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/8943040325/" title="The rigs by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2877/8943040325_d0399fbd7a.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="The rigs"></a>

Wally happy at the days end.

<a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/bicyclerust/8943033971/" title="wally by bicyclerust, on Flickr"><img src="http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2890/8943033971_a2da2099cb.jpg" width="500" height="375" alt="wally"></a>

A few words from Wally.

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Harrythekayaker 06-03-2013 08:15 PM

Please do keep the posts coming. I'm interested to see how the bikes perform and any problems you might incur, as I have an XT225 as well. Good luck in your travels!

afewsketchymoments 06-03-2013 08:39 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Harrythekayaker (Post 21560652)
Please do keep the posts coming. I'm interested to see how the bikes perform and any problems you might incur, as I have an XT225 as well. Good luck in your travels!

Wallys ignition coil failed all ready. Which has only around 2800miles on it. Our fingers are crossed that we will be good for a while now. Although I think my bike could do with a carb clean.

redninja 06-03-2013 08:40 PM

OMG....LOVE the purple....I think mine is a year or 2 newer, so it is the blue.....snore..........

afewsketchymoments 06-03-2013 09:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by redninja (Post 21560862)
OMG....LOVE the purple....I think mine is a year or 2 newer, so it is the blue.....snore..........

Mine is a 95 (the one with the purple seat) Wallys is a 96 which has the blue seat.

150ron 06-03-2013 09:19 PM

Very nice, you guys should sign up on xt225. com and post this over there, any issues they will help you out with, and assist you in any way, tell em 150Ron sent you's, aiight.

Very well, looking forward to seeing your trip and pics.

Exploron 06-03-2013 10:09 PM

Have a great ride guys.
I am a former XT225 rider. I guess it was my first small dirt bike. I really liked it, for the most part. It was very capable offroad and would go nearly anywhere. Gearing was perfect. 1st gear was a tree climber and 70 mph in 6th was no problem. Great gas mileage.
I did throw a rear spoke, which seems odd, but I later heard that others had loose spoke issues. Keep an eye on them. I also blew out a countershaft seal from too many wheelies and jumps. That was an easy fix.
The main thing that bugged the shit out of me about the XT225 was the angle of the seat and the serious knee bend to the pegs. The seat seems to keep you crammed into the tank and the peg to seat distance was tiny.
I can't see that being good for any male over a 30" inseam.
They really are great bikes. The seat issue can be remedied.
Have fun and thanks for sharing your adventures.

AirborneAndy 06-03-2013 11:55 PM

I luv the idea of low budget adventure touring... hope you keep us updated on your journey.

Oh... and I had a similar experience with my gear getting toasted on my exhaust pipe during my first long distance motorcycle adventure - it makes for a great story to tell your friends though :lol3

Chris618 06-04-2013 05:27 AM

Subscribed. Have a great ride, guys!

afewsketchymoments 06-04-2013 11:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Exploron (Post 21561491)
Have a great ride guys.
I am a former XT225 rider. I guess it was my first small dirt bike. I really liked it, for the most part. It was very capable offroad and would go nearly anywhere. Gearing was perfect. 1st gear was a tree climber and 70 mph in 6th was no problem. Great gas mileage.
I did throw a rear spoke, which seems odd, but I later heard that others had loose spoke issues. Keep an eye on them. I also blew out a countershaft seal from too many wheelies and jumps. That was an easy fix.
The main thing that bugged the shit out of me about the XT225 was the angle of the seat and the serious knee bend to the pegs. The seat seems to keep you crammed into the tank and the peg to seat distance was tiny.
I can't see that being good for any male over a 30" inseam.
They really are great bikes. The seat issue can be remedied.
Have fun and thanks for sharing your adventures.

It seems to be like a great bike. I am really short, 5,5'' so it is a good height for me. Wally on the other hand is 6 foot. So will be interesting to see how his knees go. So far he is loving the light weight and low seat height though. Although is not that happy about the comfort of the seat itself.
Spokes loose already.

afewsketchymoments 06-04-2013 11:44 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sportrider (Post 21562519)
Subscribed. Have a great ride, guys!

Thanks. Should be a good time.

afewsketchymoments 06-04-2013 12:33 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AirborneAndy (Post 21561883)
I luv the idea of low budget adventure touring... hope you keep us updated on your journey.

Oh... and I had a similar experience with my gear getting toasted on my exhaust pipe during my first long distance motorcycle adventure - it makes for a great story to tell your friends though :lol3


Will try my best with the updates. keep an eye on the blog if they are lacking here.

rootsy 06-04-2013 02:22 PM

excellent adventure!
 
Safe travels. Keep on smiling!

studad 06-04-2013 09:39 PM

Looks like a worthwhile mission!

tuna101 06-05-2013 06:46 AM

Hey Matt, Good to see you here. Did you sell Mr Knowles? Keep the updates coming. Were leaving soon and might end up in Southern BC, will keep a eye out for you guys. Will be driving my truck&camper with one of my bikes on the front carrier. It's getting to hot here in Joshua Tree


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