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Old 04-18-2006, 03:00 PM   #1
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Limits of Yamaha XT225?

As of late, this bike has been receiving some attention from myself (at least on the pages of a buyers guide...), and appeals to me on some level, but I'm a bit curious about the limitations of such a bike...

Can this thing really run 60mph for any distance without blowing up, or running full-throttle the entire time?
Would it be insanely uncomfortable for backroads riding of any distance?

<----- (I ride a '76 Honda CB400F with a big-a$$ fairing & screen, so I'm not expecting, nor demanding, great power and comfort...)

Edit - Thanks for putting up with all my consistent ramblings when it comes to new bikes...lots of questions and thoughts on a plethora of models, and I appreciate all the feedback I've received so far...


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Old 04-18-2006, 05:45 PM   #2
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I met this one at the top of Pikes Peak CO. It made it up there under it's own steam... 2-up

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Old 04-18-2006, 06:36 PM   #3
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People tour all over Japan on the XT225 -- it has a reputation for being very durable and good for trail riding thanks to its lightness. I've seen them on the highway here cruising at 100kph so 60mph shouldn't be a problem.
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Old 04-18-2006, 07:07 PM   #4
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If the rider is 6' or more, then no.

Otherwise this bike has good torque for it's size, care of the 2 valve head. It does not rev real high, but has good power for it's size. Here's my XT350
having beaten it's way up the west side of Tomichi Pass, Colorado. Something like 11,500 ft. We had a TT250 with us, a clapped out Suzuki DR350, my bike and a Yamaha XT225. Fitted with knobbies, pipe and larger carb. That XT225 has been over many of the popular trails and passes in the Pitkin - Buena Vista - Aspen triangle. For those that have been up these passes, clearing Taylor, Williams and Hancock, plus made the ridgeback at the top of Mt. Antero....not bad for an XT225.

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Old 04-18-2006, 07:12 PM   #5
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I met a couple in Baja. They flew into LA, bought two bikes, piled as much stuff as possable on them, and then began there trip to Chile.



I dont know if they made it or not, but I give em an A+.

My girl friend has an 04, and it has been the perfect bike for her. Shes 5'4'', and its her first bike.
We'll go on 100 to 200 mile rides, on and off road, and she has no complaints. It will cruse at 60mph all day. The 6th gear is so tall that the motor is not reving too much at this speed. I suspect it to be a 30,000 mile motor.

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Old 04-18-2006, 08:04 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by jlells01
As of late, this bike has been receiving some attention from myself (at least on the pages of a buyers guide...), and appeals to me on some level, but I'm a bit curious about the limitations of such a bike...

Can this thing really run 60mph for any distance without blowing up, or running full-throttle the entire time?
Would it be insanely uncomfortable for backroads riding of any distance?

<----- (I ride a '76 Honda CB400F with a big-a$$ fairing & screen, so I'm not expecting, nor demanding, great power and comfort...)

Edit - Thanks for putting up with all my consistent ramblings when it comes to new bikes...lots of questions and thoughts on a plethora of models, and I appreciate all the feedback I've received so far...

I just compleated my first day of "enduro" training for the police department I work for and they use the Yamaha XT225 exclusivly. The range of officers attending the class was one female 120 lbs all the way up to one 270 lb male officer and everything in between, im 6' 4" 225 myself without my gear. The little bikes performed superbly considering what they are being asked to do, and not one single breakdown, the oldest bikes are 99 models all the way up to 06. Their not nearly as nice as my Duke II, but I am very impressed that they hold up under the abuse we are heaping upon them, very well made for what they are, and will haul by butt down the road at a top speed of 65-70 without a problem, it just takes it awhile to get there.
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Old 04-18-2006, 08:35 PM   #7
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I've got an XT225 and think it's a great little bike but it needs to be ridden in a fairly relaxed frame of mind. I'm about 5'10.5" & 225 # and it'll get me to 70 but it's not a comfy 70. Matter of fact it feels like you should pull over and check the tires or something. Sort of mooshy.

If you throttle back just a tad though it's surprising how competent that little booger is. Beats hell out of the DT-1 250's I've had. Not sure I'd ever consider it a dualsport bike though and can't imagine putting a couple hundred miles on it in a sitting.
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Old 04-18-2006, 08:44 PM   #8
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What are it's limits?

Try here: http://www.loisontheloose.com/index.html

And here: http://www.thumperpage.com/articles/Serow.html

If I had the cash, I'd pick one up.
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Old 04-18-2006, 08:56 PM   #9
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Old 04-18-2006, 09:53 PM   #10
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I did a weekend on one once. Fun little bike with more grunt than I was expecting. However, if I were looking for that type of bike today, I'd get a KLX 250S because of the cartridge suspension alone. The six gear tranny and gear driven counter balancer go down nicely as well. (I wish the KLR 650 came with these features!) It prolly has a few more hp and ft-lbs, though it's likely not all that noticible.
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Old 04-18-2006, 10:02 PM   #11
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My wife rides her '04 100-150 miles in a day with no problems on or off road. Sustained 70 works fine, although 60 is better. I'm 6'4" 185# and I also like it, although it's not the same as my DRZ-400S.
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Old 04-19-2006, 01:09 AM   #12
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By the way, Yamaha bumped the motor up to 250cc in 2005 (based on the tricker's motor) so now it's the XT250X. Maybe they'll release it stateside.

http://www.yamaha-motor.jp/mc/lineup...50x/index.html
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Old 04-19-2006, 05:02 AM   #13
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If the rider is 6' or more, then no.

Otherwise this bike has good torque for it's size, care of the 2 valve head. It does not rev real high, but has good power for it's size. Here's my XT350
having beaten it's way up the west side of Tomichi Pass, Colorado. Something like 11,500 ft. We had a TT250 with us, a clapped out Suzuki DR350, my bike and a Yamaha XT225. Fitted with knobbies, pipe and larger carb. That XT225 has been over many of the popular trails and passes in the Pitkin - Buena Vista - Aspen triangle. For those that have been up these passes, clearing Taylor, Williams and Hancock, plus made the ridgeback at the top of Mt. Antero....not bad for an XT225.

Hey Bake,

What carb and what pipe? I'd like to boost mine a bit but can't find any info.
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Old 04-19-2006, 05:22 AM   #14
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Sherpa?

Just to add some confusion to the pile.....Is the Super Sherpa still available in the US? Kawi just released it again in Canada after removing it from the market for 2005. So now we have the KLX250 (for tall people) and the Sherpa (for short people).

My wife has a 2004 Sherpa and it is a highly competent bike. Last summer we routinely did 250-300 mile days. Mostly a mixture of dirt road and back roads. It's good up to about 125kph (~70mph) - then it runs out of steam. The limit of 250-300 miles is not an indication of the bike as much as the degerating disc in my wife's lower back. We did do 4 of those days back to back.

Something else to think about - the price is about the same.

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Old 04-19-2006, 06:09 AM   #15
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What are it's limits?

Try here: http://www.loisontheloose.com/index.html

If I had the cash, I'd pick one up.
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