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Old 03-08-2011, 01:39 AM   #8
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While I was researching the little XR, a friend told me about an article in an old DIRT BIKE magazine. The January 1999 issue had a comparison test of 4 XRs done at Scott Summers ranch. Summers and 6 other riders compared a stock XR250R, stock XR400R, a modified XR280R, and a modded XR440R at his ranch, a 4.5 mile loop, riders with mixed experience. Reprint of their lap times:

Name..............XR250R.........XR280R.......XR40 0R........XR440R
Summers.........9:42.43........9:14.02.......9:17.81.......9:22.95
C.Smith..........10:08.98......10:07.03.....10:09.22......10:20.75
Larocco..........10:40.84.......9:48.50......10:03.62......9:55:17
Ziegfelder.......11:42.69.......10:59.28.....11:17.97......11:14.27
Michaels.........10:53.42.......10:43.28......10:44.34......10:43.18
Parlin.............10:18.00.......10:08.16......10 :06.27.......9:59.67
Jones.............13:39.30.......12:55.84.....12:54.56......12:57.58

This does not suggest that the XR250R is as fast as a modern bike, but if set up right, it would work for me. I figure the 250 kept up for a few reasons, first, because it is smaller, lower, and has a wheelbase 3" shorter than a CRF250/450, a big difference. Also, because it has less power, it was easier to ride, which would be good for me.
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