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Old 06-03-2013, 07:11 PM   #1
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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.

Mr berreman

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

lost

Getting lost is not always a bad thing.

Vancouver island

Vancouver island

Both the bikes.

The rigs

Wally happy at the days end.

wally

A few words from Wally.

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Old 06-03-2013, 07:15 PM   #2
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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!
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:39 PM   #3
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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.
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Old 06-03-2013, 07:40 PM   #4
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OMG....LOVE the purple....I think mine is a year or 2 newer, so it is the blue.....snore..........
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:00 PM   #5
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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.
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Old 06-03-2013, 08:19 PM   #6
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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.
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Old 06-03-2013, 09:09 PM   #7
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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.
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Old 06-03-2013, 10:55 PM   #8
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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
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Old 06-04-2013, 04:27 AM   #9
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Subscribed. Have a great ride, guys!
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:42 AM   #10
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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.
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Old 06-04-2013, 10:44 AM   #11
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Subscribed. Have a great ride, guys!
Thanks. Should be a good time.
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Old 06-04-2013, 11:33 AM   #12
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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

Will try my best with the updates. keep an eye on the blog if they are lacking here.
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Old 06-04-2013, 01:22 PM   #13
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excellent adventure!

Safe travels. Keep on smiling!
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Old 06-04-2013, 08:39 PM   #14
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Looks like a worthwhile mission!
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Old 06-05-2013, 05:46 AM   #15
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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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