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Old 05-30-2008, 01:35 PM   #796
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Get him on here... we'll fix 'em ;-)..

Drum brakes are fine in most cases, my wife can easily lock up the rear... that's plenty...
The fellow rider is me (a gal not a guy).

My drum break "resistance" comes from a few older bikes I've owned. For me, it's not so much about being able to lock it up, it's more about the breaking between "none" and "full lock". I might be wrong - I haven't riden a bike with a "modern" drum break.

Anyway, I am in the market for a used (cheap) dual sport bike +/- 250cc. Perfectly somewhere in the SE (already posted a WTB).
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Old 05-30-2008, 01:38 PM   #797
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The fellow rider is me (a gal not a guy).

My drum break "resistance" comes from a few older bikes I've owned. For me, it's not so much about being able to lock it up, it's more about the breaking between "none" and "full lock". I might be wrong - I haven't riden a bike with a "modern" drum break.

Anyway, I am in the market for a used (cheap) dual sport bike +/- 250cc. Perfectly somewhere in the SE (already posted a WTB).

My wife and both have XT's, the drum just seems to be a non issue. The front brake is the issue, it is TINY! I did add braided lines to both bikes and it helped a little.
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Old 05-30-2008, 02:01 PM   #798
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My wife and both have XT's, the drum just seems to be a non issue. The front brake is the issue, it is TINY! I did add braided lines to both bikes and it helped a little.
The main weakness with drum brakes is fade, if you're using is a whole lot it'll stop performing as well as it should (or not much at all). I've never had problem with the drum brakes on bikes from the 60's.. the tech if fine.

Anybody ever made their own stainless brake lines? I read an article about it a while back.. I'd rather do it myself and get the length/fittings just right..

Ah...never mind..found info. http://www.anplumbing.com/SPEED_SEAL_HOSE_ENDS.html
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Old 05-31-2008, 07:57 PM   #799
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Greetings! Have an XT question...

One of my family members bought a new 06 XT225 around two years ago and it now had 1000ish miles. Fun bike!

I primarily maintain it, and have noticed a large quantity of metal bits collected on the re-usable oil filter every time I change the oil, maybe enough to cover the diamiter of a pencil eraser? I changed the oil at around every 100 or 200 miles since it takes so little... Every time i clean the filter and find small metal bits and shavings I guess, do these bikes have a long break in or should I be worried something is amiss??? BTW I mean the filter, not the strainer thing behind the plug.

I figured it was the gears slowly polishing eachother, but still at 1K???

Bike starts and runs fine, though its a little cold blooded...
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Old 05-31-2008, 10:29 PM   #800
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I primarily maintain it, and have noticed a large quantity of metal bits collected on the re-usable oil filter every time I change the oil, maybe enough to cover the diamiter of a pencil eraser? I changed the oil at around every 100 or 200 miles since it takes so little... Every time i clean the filter and find small metal bits and shavings I guess, do these bikes have a long break in or should I be worried something is amiss??? BTW I mean the filter, not the strainer thing behind the plug.

I figured it was the gears slowly polishing eachother, but still at 1K???

Bike starts and runs fine, though its a little cold blooded...
Thanks!!!
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I'd keep an eye on it. The first oil change you can expect to find a fair bit of metal shavings and the like, the second it should be considerably less and I wouldn't be suprised to find a bit in it for a while. I haven't noticed any appreciable amounts in my wife's last couple, got about 2500miles on it so far.

As far as cold blooded, pretty much the usual. You can fix that easily by turning out the pilot screw (front bottom of carb, might be covered by a brass plug). On my wife's I also shimmed the carb needle around .020" (#4 stainless washer) which helped the midrange a ton.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:06 AM   #801
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DH,
I am not getting any metal bits anymore at 2500 miles. My magnetic drain plug is also metal free.
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Old 06-01-2008, 09:29 AM   #802
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How are you cleaning and reusing your oil filter? Is it the stock/OEM filter?

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Old 06-01-2008, 05:52 PM   #803
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How are you cleaning and reusing your oil filter? Is it the stock/OEM filter?

Thanks, Jon
I have the stock wire basket which I clean with paint thinner, solvent, WD40 or whatever then blow it out with compressed air.

BTW, Yamaha had some mislabeled filters ( XT225/TW200 box with some other bike's filter) that caused major damage on some XT225 and TW200 engines. These filter were the paper element and not the wire type.

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Old 06-02-2008, 11:53 AM   #804
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I have the stock wire basket which I clean with paint thinner, solvent, WD40 or whatever then blow it out with compressed air.

BTW, Yamaha had some mislabeled filters ( XT225/TW200 box with some other bike's filter) that caused major damage on some XT225 and TW200 engines. These filter were the paper element and not the wire type.
You can get paper element filters for the XT-225?

edit: guessed I never really looked that hard... found 'em...
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:20 PM   #805
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fuel petcock

I bought a '05 225xt yesterday from a friend. He's had no problems with it except the petcock, reserve works fine but fuel won't shut off in off position. Anything I can try or do I need new petcock?
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Old 06-04-2008, 12:27 PM   #806
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I bought a '05 225xt yesterday from a friend. He's had no problems with it except the petcock, reserve works fine but fuel won't shut off in off position. Anything I can try or do I need new petcock?
Probably just a messed up o-ring or gasket, should be fairly easy to fix.
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Old 06-06-2008, 08:31 AM   #807
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2000 xt225 less than 3kmiles

Thinking about looking at a 2000 xt225. 1 owner, supposedly in like-new condition, always garaged. What is the going rate for these bike at that age?

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Old 06-06-2008, 08:50 AM   #808
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Thinking about looking at a 2000 xt225. 1 owner, supposedly in like-new condition, always garaged. What is the going rate for these bike at that age?

Thanks.
Mostly depends on your area, out here in Ohio starter bikes (Ninja 250's, XT's and the like) are very hard to come by used.... so they tend to fetch a bit of a premium.

I believe both kelly blue book (KBB.com) and NADA (nada.com) have used motorcycle values. I'd suggest starting there and also checking around in local papers/online/etc.
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:22 PM   #809
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Around here they are going for pretty good money....when you can find one. They are very nice little machines.
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Old 06-06-2008, 12:26 PM   #810
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I paid 2800 for my 05 in 06, it had 800 miles on it. I considered that a very good deal.
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