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Old 06-16-2008, 10:55 AM   #826
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I've been thinking of getting a used xt225 for the wife but haven't found a decent one yet so I was thinking I may just buy a new xt250. Other than the extra 25cc's are there any other differences. With gas prices, these kind of bikes are hard to find even new around here - went to 2 stores daturday and neither had anything close (street legal).
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Old 06-16-2008, 12:48 PM   #827
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I've been thinking of getting a used xt225 for the wife but haven't found a decent one yet so I was thinking I may just buy a new xt250. Other than the extra 25cc's are there any other differences. With gas prices, these kind of bikes are hard to find even new around here - went to 2 stores daturday and neither had anything close (street legal).
Headlight is round, I think dual discs now and the biggest change is going from a 6spd to a 5spd.
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Old 06-16-2008, 02:20 PM   #828
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Headlight is round, I think dual discs now and the biggest change is going from a 6spd to a 5spd.
The 5speed seems like a step backwards..... Too bad your not anywhere near Ohio, might be selling my wifes. She'd like a bit more oomph available at 60... We could squeeze more outta the little 225, but she'll likely go to a DR650.. plenty o oomph ;-)
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Old 06-16-2008, 06:37 PM   #829
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Had to post this here. I have a 2007 XT225. It seems whenever I go for a ride with my wife on her 2005 49cc Honda Metro scooter, I get the highest gas mileage.Thats understandable, since the Metro tops out about 40 mph, so the XT never works up a sweat. We went for a 39 mile easy putt around some nice slow roads, and some riding in downtown Tacoma, Wa., again at slow speeds.Through the five mile drive at Point Defiance Park etc, etc. Topped off the XT after the ride.Heres the info: 39.4 miles/.369 US gallons=106.78 mpg. Thats a new record for this XT with me on it. I do seem to get higher gas mileage than the average owner does.As an example, my 2005 KLR650 is now averaging about 59.x, and my 2007 Royal Enfield Bullet just got 88.5 the other day.
I will not be getting rid of the XT any time soon.

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Old 06-16-2008, 09:48 PM   #830
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I've been thinking of getting a used xt225 for the wife but haven't found a decent one yet so I was thinking I may just buy a new xt250. Other than the extra 25cc's are there any other differences. With gas prices, these kind of bikes are hard to find even new around here - went to 2 stores daturday and neither had anything close (street legal).
The 250 has a rear disk brake which is nce but also only has a 5 speed transmission which is not so good. The worst thing is the 250 has gained a lot of weight over the 225 - something like 35 pounds. I'd rather have the lighter 6 speed 225 than the porky 250 just to get a rear disk.
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Old 06-17-2008, 01:03 AM   #831
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Thanks for the info. I called the only other shop around here today - no 250 but they do have a couple '07 225 so if I don't find a used one this week, I guess we'll buy a new one.
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Old 06-18-2008, 07:44 AM   #832
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Hey XT gurus,

I have a Super Sherpa, but have recently been riding the husband's XT225 to work (he just doesn't ride).

Does the XT make a lot of valve clatter/ticking? The Sherpa's top end is so quiet compared to the XT.

And yes, I've checked the valve clearance several times and it's within spec.

The bike is fairly new, an '06 with about 800 miles on it.

thanks for any info....
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Old 06-18-2008, 08:39 AM   #833
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Here's my XT225 with my "touring" load. Did a test run with all the gear last weekend through some great roads in the Sierras and threw in a stretch of the Rubicon trail as well.

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=351168

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Old 06-18-2008, 02:10 PM   #834
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I would advise packing a few extra spokes. Ike broke three on a trip into NE Canada.
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Old 06-19-2008, 09:37 AM   #835
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Here is a picture of the filter



06 xt 225, 1000 mi. , oil changed/filter cleaned every couple hundred miles and the filter always looks like this... Still breaking in??? The bike is used mostly on road, but hits the trails every now and then...

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Old 06-19-2008, 09:54 AM   #836
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06 xt 225, 1000 mi. , oil changed/filter cleaned every couple hundred miles and the filter always looks like this... Still breaking in??? The bike is used mostly on road, but hits the trails every now and then...

Thanks! DH
I change my oil about every 1000 miles using Mobil 1 15W40, by bike has over 8000 miles on it, mine still looks like that every time, my wifes XT has almost the same mileage and hers does also.
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:30 AM   #837
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Here we find the difference between made in Taiwan vs. made in Japan. Don't worry they all look like that. So much metal came out of my screen and filter at the first oil change it look like it came off the machine shop floor.
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:32 AM   #838
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Hey XT gurus,

I have a Super Sherpa, but have recently been riding the husband's XT225 to work (he just doesn't ride).

Does the XT make a lot of valve clatter/ticking? The Sherpa's top end is so quiet compared to the XT.

And yes, I've checked the valve clearance several times and it's within spec.

The bike is fairly new, an '06 with about 800 miles on it.

thanks for any info....
There is a huge noise difference between an air cooled and water cooled engine. As long as the valve lash is within spec don't worry about it.
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Old 06-19-2008, 10:40 AM   #839
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I change my oil about every 1000 miles using Mobil 1 15W40, by bike has over 8000 miles on it, mine still looks like that every time, my wifes XT has almost the same mileage and hers does also.
I guess I might ask what component exactly is consistently losing that much material? The tranny gears??? Makes me want to switch to paper filters, but then I might have to worry about oil starvation damage... I know I know, just ride the damn thing

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Old 06-19-2008, 01:57 PM   #840
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There is a huge noise difference between an air cooled and water cooled engine. As long as the valve lash is within spec don't worry about it.
Thanks for trying to help alleviate my worrying, but the Sherpa is air cooled too.

Valve clearance is OK, but I can't help but worry. Sounds like a bunch of nails in a blender.

OK, I exaggerate a bit.


Oh, and the filter looked just like the one above for the first oil change....
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