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Old 01-21-2013, 12:10 PM   #5926
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The XT250 is the current model. I'd recommended the 225, since they're still easy to find with low miles and low prices.

The WR250R has a huge following, but they are much more money.
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:11 PM   #5927
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Back to talking about the fun and practicality of motorcycles of 250cc and less...

I'd never ridden off-road before, but had a blast trying out the new WR250F. I would love to get a dual-sport bike now, but it's not feasible for me to have more than one bike right now and I know I'd regret getting rid of the TU... Sigh.
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AtlasExp is correct I think they stop making the XT225 in 2007, Your ride on the WR250F was a low end enduro bike not a Dual sport. The WR250R or even a XT250 is the Dual sport line.


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XT250 you mean?
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:19 PM   #5928
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You can almost pick up 2 xt250s for the price of a wr
Yes the Xt250 is about $4900 and a WR250R is $6700. I bought mine as a 2011 left over for $4961 about the same for and XT250. But the forum is not about how cheap we can go, but about information(all the info) on touring with thumpers in the 250cc class and under
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:27 PM   #5929
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Yes the Xt250 is about 4900 and a WR250R is 6700. I bought mine as a 2011 left over for $4961 about the same for and XT250. But the forum is not about how cheap we can go, but about information(all the info) on thumpers in the 250cc class and under
Yeah Id just figured Id comment on it because alot of people look at 250s for upfront cost savings . The WR (unless you get a deal) is priced close to alot larger bikes , I could have picked up a honda NC700 for what a WR retails for last year . Now that doesnt factor in the smile factor of WR over a cheap big bike . The WR is a nice bike , a really nice bike but its priced at 1.5 times of all the other 250s on the market .
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Old 01-21-2013, 12:31 PM   #5930
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Yes the Xt250 is about $4900 and a WR250R is $6700. I bought mine as a 2011 left over for $4961 about the same for and XT250. But the forum is not about how cheap we can go, but about information(all the info) on touring with thumpers in the 250cc class and under

He said getting a second bike wasn't feasible right now, so I mentioned an affordable alternative. (Although as somebody pointed out the 250F isn't a street legal dual sport model.)

Some folks like em' new & some folks don't care.
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Old 01-21-2013, 01:24 PM   #5931
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He said getting a second bike wasn't feasible right now, so I mentioned an affordable alternative. (Although as somebody pointed out the 250F isn't a street legal dual sport model.)

Some folks like em' new & some folks don't care.

I like to buy mine pre scratched!
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Old 01-21-2013, 05:15 PM   #5932
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I'm also enjoying my XT225. Went to the NY International Motorcycle Show on Sat. and looked at the new Honda 250 dual sport.

Very nice, not too high a seat, FI, and only $4500 MSRP. But it felt considerably heavier than the XT. If you check the stats, the XT is supposedly 268 wet, and the Honda is 320, 50+ lbs, a major difference, especially in the woods.

As much as I wanted to like the Honda, I think I'll be keeping the XT.
I don't understand why the new CRF-250L only weighs 26lbs less, wet weight, than the XR650L's wet weight? They couldn't get it any lighter? Disappointing to say the least
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Old 01-21-2013, 06:32 PM   #5933
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I don't understand why the new CRF-250L only weighs 26lbs less, wet weight, than the XR650L's wet weight? They couldn't get it any lighter? Disappointing to say the least
Ive heard of guys tearing down perfectly good bikes, welding in gussets to prevent cracked frames from loading for long distance touring in rough terrain. If a stronger frame is the reason my 250 cc weighs almost 300 lb dry, I don't mind.

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Old 01-21-2013, 07:12 PM   #5934
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Hmmm I have had no power issues I must be doing something wrong?

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Yes, the xt225 and the xt250 are worlds different.
The xt250 is not very popular being heavy and low power.
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:25 PM   #5935
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How does that XT250 handle highway speeds? Do you have a horsepower figure?
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Old 01-21-2013, 07:37 PM   #5936
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I don't have a HP figure, it cruises nicely at 55mph this was a picture of a week long 1300 mile ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. I go much lighter on weekend trips if you keep the weight to around 35-40lbs you can't even tell it's there i have had a blast on this bike.

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How does that XT250 handle highway speeds? Do you have a horsepower figure?
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:23 PM   #5937
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I wonder which is faster: TU250 or XT250.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:44 PM   #5938
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I have an XT225 with a lot of mods. The frame is an '01, so that is what it is registered as, but it has parts from a '94 and a '99 on it too. I have '99 and '94 parts bikes including one like new 1200 mile engine. It has a Works Performance rear shock, Progressive front springs, Clarke 4 gallon tank, a BryanSwens rack (not made anymore, very similar to the Immix Racing rack) a Cigar Mike centerstand (also probably not made anymore), a kickstart kit, choke relocated to the carb, Renthal bars (2" taller than stock) wide footpegs, a Z1 modded pipe and rejetted carb and several other homemade mods.

For touring I based my luggage system on a milk crate (real, not Walmart) bolted to the rear rack. I made some extensions to the rack to make it longer, and attached a huge rigid bag (part of a T-Bag setup) behind the milk crate, and soft saddlebags to the sides of it. I also use the Tusk tank pannier (which can carry an extra gallon of gas in Gatorade bottles) or other things if you don't need the gas, and an MSR front fender bag which holds 2 new tubes. I have 2 fairly large ABS pipe tool tubes mounted to it. Somehow, $1000 for a complete Happy Trails pannier and top box setup just didn't make sense for such a small bike (that stuff is HEAVY)

To me, for a small displacement dual sport, this is THE bike. And I have enough parts to keep it going for a LONG time. Yes I've spent a small fortune on the 3 bikes and all the aftermarket stuff, but the fun factor is off the scale. I would not even consider any other bike in this displacement class, unless it was the Suzuki DR200SE. The XT250, CRF250L, WR250, or KLX250 just don't appeal to me at all.
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Old 01-21-2013, 08:45 PM   #5939
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Or if you want to jump into the 21st century:
WR250R:At the dealer

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Very nice setup!


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Potash Rd




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Old 01-21-2013, 09:02 PM   #5940
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Spotlight,
That's a nice looking bike & setup.

Klay,
Lightly loaded my XT225 will hit 82 mph "indicated", which folks say is actually about 75. I don't know, but it sure feels faster than 75 when you're passing semi trucks on the interstate!! 40 or 50 miles is about all a 1/2 crazy rider can take, maybe a real nut could do it all day!?
It's just not a big enough bike for the interstate, but it's very happy pushing those same speeds for hours at a time on a nice country 2-lane. The 4-lanes are just too windy, and intense for the XT225. I'm sure the XT250 is the same. A wind shield would probably help, a little.

Most folks probably don't like to push their bikes that hard on a regular basis. The engine is very happy running between 60-70 indicated. I'm sure it would last a long time at those speeds.


I'd also like to hear more about the TU250.
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