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Old 02-23-2013, 07:20 AM   #8581
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Perhaps your vest by itself didn't pull too much power, also I believe your year had a 35 watt bulb, rather than a 55 as the later years did. I know the earlier models had a less powerful charging system, but maybe it was enough with the lower wattage bulb.

If I ride with my full jacket liner and heated gloves on, they will eventually kill even a new battery. If I shut them both off a few miles before I stop, the battery will fully recharge itself, so I don't see any issues with the charging system or battery.

I believe the system is adequate for it's intended purposes, but not sufficient for additional heavy power uses.
yeap, mine is 1994 w/ 35watt headlight. the charging system is WEAK! hopefully yamaha fixed that in the newer models. when weather is nice and no snow on the ground, i'm always on my bike. i work graveyard 7pm-7am; riding to work and home with dimming headlight when stopped, me no like. that is why i would love to upgrade all my lights to LEDs and a H4.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:32 AM   #8582
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I believe the system is adequate for it's intended purposes, but not sufficient for additional heavy power uses.
Well DUH!

That's why I only used a vest and didn't run heated grips, gloves, pants, socks, and a coffee maker.

You keep using more power than the bike can provide, you'll eventually be replacing the stator.
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Old 02-23-2013, 07:42 AM   #8583
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the charging system is WEAK!
Believe what you want to believe.

I guess I had the only good one Yamaha ever made.

I'm done wasting my time here.
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Old 02-23-2013, 10:01 AM   #8584
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Greetings, Fellow XT225 riders.

I hope someone can help me with my 2003 XT225 which has only 12000 kms.

It starts up after 2 or 3 cranks, idles normally and revs up normally. But after a few kilometers of riding, the idling speed drops when stopped in traffic and then dies. It starts up again, idles normally but then the same thing happens again: idling speed drops and engine dies. There is no problem when running at high revs. Only when stopped in traffic and the engine is idling. After several carb overhauls and really thorough cleaning using an air compressor and carb cleaner, the problem is still there.

I have checked fuel flow from the tank and there is no problem there. I visually inspected the rubber intake manifold which has been reported to crack up and leak after 5 years but mine still looks very good. When the engine was idling normally in the garage, I sprayed WD40 on this intake manifold to see if some of the WD40 would be sucked in and if the idling would be affected but it did not.

I have ruled out any ignition problems because if it was, the problem would affect the entire rev range. But I could be wrong, of course.

Anyone experience the same problem? I am running out of ideas for a possible solution. Would appreciate hearing your thoughts.
spray the boots with starting fluid and if it idles up then you have a leak.

but that is not your problem. I like the coil suggestion. Is float adjusted properly to allow the bowl to fill and idle off the low speed circuit only? pop the tank top and if it idles then theres not enough tank venting? just tossing them out there
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:42 AM   #8585
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I recently bought a new OEM Yamaha foam replacement air filter.
After examining it, I can't tell if it was oiled from the factory, or if I need to oil it?
Does anyone know if they come pre-oiled?
If it is oiled, it is only very lightly.
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Old 02-23-2013, 11:54 AM   #8586
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I recently bought a new OEM Yamaha foam replacement air filter...
I bought one as well. It did have a light oil coating but I wouldn't trust it. Since I use NoToil I went ahead and cleaned it with solvent and then applied my oil. If you're using a petroleum-based oil I'd just apply the new oil without cleaning.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:18 PM   #8587
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Is cleaning the new filter element prior to putting the no toil on necessary? My new Yamaha element felt dry.
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Old 02-23-2013, 02:32 PM   #8588
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Should be fine.
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Old 02-24-2013, 01:37 PM   #8589
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Rode 125 miles today, mostly dirt roads. And, broke the elusive 100 mpg barrier, 100.2 mpg :)

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Old 02-24-2013, 11:38 PM   #8590
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You need a volt meter. All voltage checks should be done with a fully charged battery. If it's a wet battery, make sure the electrolyte is over the plates.

Remove the side cover so you can get to the battery terminals. Check voltage at the battery terminals with the key off, it should e 12.4-12.6 volts. If less than 12.4, your battery may be failing.

Start the bike and check the voltage again. With the bike running, it should be 13-14 volts. You might have less voltage than this when idling. If you increase the RPMs a little, it should come up to 13-14 volts. Mine would have have 13.4 volts even at idle with my heated vest on.

If your readings are less with the bike running, there is a problem somewhere. It could be anything from a bad stator to a loose or corroded connection.

Faulty grounds/loose and corroded connections are a fairly common problem, especially on a bike that's been stored outside or exposed to other wet conditions.

Your headlight dimming when the flashers are used could very well be a faulty ground in the lighting circuit. Finding faulty grounds and loose/corroded connections can be a very difficult thing to do.

Good luck.
Thank you. I have seen some wires that look as if electrical tape has been used for some reason or another....i am the third owner. I shall do some investigating, hopefully it wont be to painful.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:27 PM   #8591
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Rode 125 miles today, mostly dirt roads. And, broke the elusive 100 mpg barrier, 100.2 mpg :)

Your right wrist is gentler then mine... I only get about 60 at best.
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Old 02-25-2013, 04:44 PM   #8592
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Your right wrist is gentler then mine... I only get about 60 at best.
I think the worst I've ever gotten is around 70
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:32 PM   #8593
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I wish I knew what I get on mine. I'm normally filling it with a gas can.
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Old 02-25-2013, 05:41 PM   #8594
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I think the worst I've ever gotten is around 70
I think my problem is how hard I crank it to get there... I crank it too hard off the line I think. Not to mention having to carry my fat ass up the hills!
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:51 AM   #8595
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Hey guys

I currently ride a 2013 Honda CRF250l. I am bike shopping for a friend, and came across an old XT225. Just wanted to consult you guys and see if it fits the bill. I did some research, but mostly found info on the new ones.

The bike in question is a 1992 XT225 with roughly 3,000 miles. Asking price 1,200 USD, but I know how to negotiate.

If will be his first bike. He wants the following

-Reliable
-Parts available
-Highway capable (Doesnt mean it has to be good at it. Just able to cruise 60mph without hurting the bike)


That's honestly about it. As long as he can cruise 60 mph, it doesnt need frequent repair or service, and he can repair/service when it needs it, he will be happy.

Thoughts?

EDIT: Just to add, I can find some roughly ten-twelve years newer for $400-$600 more.
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