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Old 02-26-2013, 09:59 AM   #8596
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Spend the 400 get newer not a big diff but better reliability just in age of parts
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:41 AM   #8597
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The newer bike will have a two piston front brake caliper, and a more powerful stator.
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Old 02-26-2013, 10:46 AM   #8598
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I think the change was made in '96? I'd try to find a '96 or newer if you can.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:08 AM   #8599
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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.
We just added a CRF250L in the garage for my wife who already owns an 06 XT225.

To answer your main question, yes the bike can run 60mph and be pretty happy there. Especially if its a smaller lighter person. Going up to a 16t front sprocket helps that out too as long as the weight is kept down. My wife is 120lbs so the XT has no issues carrying her at speeds up to 70mph+ I'm 250 and it can carry me at 55-60mph, but there might be places where a longer hill slows me down or I have to down shift a bit to stay in the power. The XT is pretty reliable and really would make a great first bike.

Since it is a 1992, you are dealing with some things that might just be wearing out because of age vs actual wear, but really other than a few minor things that were pointed out, not much as changed over the years. If they can spend the extra money on ones a bit newer, that wouldn't be a bad thing. We had a '92 model for a while that we bought as a project and ended up selling it still as a project.

I think we are on our 3rd XT225 now.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:12 AM   #8600
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It depends on the mileage he expects to do, to me. A low miles 92 would not be an issue to me if it's meant to be a first bike and just a run about. If he is planning long trips and wants to add electrical gadgets then find a newer one.
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Old 02-26-2013, 11:14 AM   #8601
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We just added a CRF250L in the garage for my wife who already owns an 06 XT225.

To answer your main question, yes the bike can run 60mph and be pretty happy there. Especially if its a smaller lighter person. Going up to a 16t front sprocket helps that out too as long as the weight is kept down. My wife is 120lbs so the XT has no issues carrying her at speeds up to 70mph+ I'm 250 and it can carry me at 55-60mph, but there might be places where a longer hill slows me down or I have to down shift a bit to stay in the power. The XT is pretty reliable and really would make a great first bike.

Since it is a 1992, you are dealing with some things that might just be wearing out because of age vs actual wear, but really other than a few minor things that were pointed out, not much as changed over the years. If they can spend the extra money on ones a bit newer, that wouldn't be a bad thing. We had a '92 model for a while that we bought as a project and ended up selling it still as a project.

I think we are on our 3rd XT225 now.
Fine, say it all better then me!
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Old 02-27-2013, 08:00 AM   #8602
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Fine, say it all better then me!
+1 on the 16T front sprocket and a rejet. It'll fly...mine does 60 easy, all day, and i'm 175. Will go faster but...why... :)
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Old 02-27-2013, 11:38 AM   #8603
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Can It Go 60?

Went to Canada early last fall - about 1800 miles from my house. Me, my riding gear and camping equipment weighed 255#. I don't think I hurt the bike (total miles by the time I got back - 4600), but it sure was a strain to keep it going 60mph. If you're loaded up for camping, I don't think it's more than a 50mph machine.
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Old 02-27-2013, 04:46 PM   #8604
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:11 PM   #8605
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Just made my deal, should have it by Sunday.
Welcome! You're gonna love the bike. Plus yours probably comes in nifty colors. Does it have a kickstart as well?


BTW, I'm pretty sure updated stator and dual pot calipers came in the 2001 model year. Mine is (2000 model year) made in 99, and has the 35w/35w headlight, single pot brake.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:14 PM   #8606
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Tachometer

Someone on here mentioned that they had a stock Yamaha tachometer on their XT225, anychance we can get pics? I wish I had one.
It's funny, I hit the limiter on my wr250r way more often than the XT, even though it has a way higher redline.
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Old 02-27-2013, 05:41 PM   #8607
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Went to Canada early last fall - about 1800 miles from my house. Me, my riding gear and camping equipment weighed 255#. I don't think I hurt the bike (total miles by the time I got back - 4600), but it sure was a strain to keep it going 60mph. If you're loaded up for camping, I don't think it's more than a 50mph machine.
u da man. THAT is a heckuva adventure trip!!
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Old 02-27-2013, 09:36 PM   #8608
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Someone on here mentioned that they had a stock Yamaha tachometer on their XT225, anychance we can get pics? I wish I had one.
It's funny, I hit the limiter on my wr250r way more often than the XT, even though it has a way higher redline.
here is a pic of my stock xt tach(1994 xt225)

[IMG]1994 xt225[/IMG]
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:13 PM   #8609
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I wish I knew what I get on mine. I'm normally filling it with a gas can.
on mine, a 94, i'll normally get 100-110 around town before i have go into the reserve side. last summer i did go a nice ride with some co-workers, appx. 112 miles and still had appx.28 of my tank not counting the reserve. i remember, because that was my first big ride on that bike and when i hit the gas station i only put apps .70-.75 of a gallon. all stock.
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Old 02-27-2013, 10:39 PM   #8610
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u da man. THAT is a heckuva adventure trip!!

If you want to read about it, you can go to:

http://www.xt225.com/forums/ubbthrea...=102399&page=1

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