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Old 05-04-2015, 09:39 PM   #1
Dawie OP
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XT250 or CRF250l

Hi guys – I’m looking for some input.

I am going to travel through Africa for 6 - 7 months and I have narrowed my choice down to 2 bikes.
I am trying to decide between a Yamaha XT250 and Honda CRF250l. Both bikes will be kept stock standard for the trip.

250 is small but I am not going to be in a hurry. Daily distances will only be around 150 – 300 km.

The XT250 sold in South Africa is still comes with a carburetor, the CRF has EFI. Carburetor or EFI – I don’t really mind. EFI is nicer and has the advantage at altitude but carburetors are easier to fix if something goes wrong.

Price: the XT is much cheaper in SA than the CRF. A big win for the XT!

Power: as far as I can figure out the XT is tested at 16HP and the CRF at 20HP. Big win for the CRF.

Fuel: XT has a 9.8L tank and the CRF has 7.7L. Win for the XT. (Yes there will be a fuel can strapped to the back of the bike for longer range)

Weight: the XT is 132 kg and the CRF is 144 kg. Big win there for the XT.

Service intervals: I think the XT is every 5000km???? , the CRF is every 12000km. Super win for the CRF!

What I don’t know about are the other things like different types of frames and suspension.
For carrying a rider (80kg) and luggage (40kg) – which bike will cope better?

Are there any other things I should take into consideration before I decide which one to take?
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Old Yesterday, 02:30 AM   #2
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This rider's currently travelling around the world on a CRF. Maybe she has some good advice for you.

Best of luck!
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Old Yesterday, 09:04 AM   #3
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Hard to spring a leak in your fins too, +XT250.

Probably both would do great though.
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Old Today, 03:49 AM   #4
Dawie OP
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I just found out that the XT in South Africa (where I will be buying the bike) is indeed EFI. It was just a mistake on the dealers website.

If I recall correctly the XT with EFI is tested at 17.5 HP. So that closes the gap between the 2 bikes a little bit. (A extra 1.5 HP is a lot when your only making 16 HP to begin with!)

Thanks for the input guys- I think I have decided.
The CRF would be better for my long legs if I could afford the larger tank.

But looking at the type of trip I am planning and comparing them as stock standard I think there is a clear winner.

The XT might be down by 2.5 HP but its 12 kg lighter, has a much longer tank range and is a lot cheaper!. Done deal

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