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Old 05-18-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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Best choice for a 6'2 rider: XT225 or KLR250

I know the topic of XT225 vs KLR250 has been discussed to death, but I have a more specific question about these bikes. I'm looking for my first bike mainly for a dirt road commute. I have it narrowed down to these 2 bikes but want to know if at my height the XT would feel really small and uncomfortable. Also fuel economy is a big concern, I'm sure the XT gets better MPG but is it that much difference?

I do not see myself doing any highway riding but some on a single lane paved road with a speed limit of 55 mph.

Can't decide which bike to go for, any advice is appreciated.

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Old 05-18-2013, 09:30 AM   #2
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Yes, you would be cramped on the XT225. My wife rides one (Write2ride) and she's only 5'3". I have a KLR250 and a DR650 and I'm 5'10". I am comfortable on both the KLR and DR, but feel cramped on the XT. The KLR is a bigger and taller frame compared to the XT. The seat height is also considerably taller. The only reason the KLR isn't my only bike is because of the kick start only. I have had my eye on a KLX250 for a while now, it seems to be the best of both worlds.

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Old 05-18-2013, 09:37 AM   #3
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Yep, an XT 225 will be way too small. I'm 5'8 and it feels like a kids minibike when I am on one.

Good, inexpensive dualsport bike would be a DR350SE for your size. Try and find a 95 or later to get e-start.

KLR250 is about the same size as the DR350, but the suspension is softer and it will struggle to hit 65mph.
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Old 05-18-2013, 11:44 AM   #4
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Not sure where you got your info about a KLR250 not being able to hit 65mph. Mine will cruise at 75mph (GPS, not speedo) and still have some left over. True, I wouldn't want to do hours of slab on it, but it will run the 75mph speed limit here in Montana no problem. The XT225, well, that's another story since it gets really squirrely at anything over 70mph.

I would second the recommendation of a DR350 though, I'd love to find a '97+ DR350SE in good condition.

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Old 05-18-2013, 11:48 AM   #5
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Old 05-18-2013, 06:54 PM   #6
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Setting aside which motorcycle would fit you best, these are pretty different bikes. The KLR is a heavy 250 dual sport, at 312 lbs. with a full tank. The XT225 goes 268, so the weight difference is more than 30 lbs. See What do they really weigh?

And in a Dec. 1990 comparison test in Motorcyclist, the KLR blew away the other 250s on the highway with the most power and the lowest vibration (it has dual counterbalancers). In their performance testing it hit 76 mph in the quarter mile, so it's safe to say it doesn't actually struggle to reach 65.

If I was looking for a used 250 Kawasaki I'd probably buy a Super Sherpa. Good six-speed transmissions on all three bikes, but the XT225 is widest spread of the three, KLR the narrowest, and Super Sherpa about in the middle.

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Old 05-18-2013, 08:49 PM   #7
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Thanks for all the feedback. The speed of the kKLR250 is plenty for my first bike and the commute, I won't need to go 75 on the kind of roads I'll be riding on, so the 350 would be a bit more than I need, and fuel economy is a big factor.

I've looked into the Super Sherpa because of the good rep it has but they are damned hard to find, and their price is a bit higher for equal year and miles KLR, I guess because they are somewhat rare. Plus their seat height is an inch shorter than the KLR.

So, looks like it's the KLR250 for me. And I'm stoked because it sounds like a great versatile bike and fun to ride.
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Old 05-19-2013, 04:25 AM   #8
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I'm 5'9" and recently bought my girlfriend a klr250. You should be fine on it. I trimmed the seat for her short legs and feel ok on it. Before that I felt perfect. I've done some tough trails that I really had no business being on and it wasnt too bad. Weight isn't as bad as it sounds due to the lower seat. Highway is fine. Stock gearing feels perfect. Rear brake sucks.

A giant loop coyote fits, this is going to be her adventure ride. I kinda want to buy another one for me now.

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Old 05-19-2013, 07:35 AM   #9
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