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Old 02-04-2009, 09:00 PM   #1
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The XR250R Thread...

I searched but didn't find a dedicated thread for the lovely XR250R. No year limitation. I just picked up a nice clean 2003 XR250R. So far I'm really excited about it. It is the prefect bike for a n00b like myself. My plan is for this thread to be a place to chit-chat, drool, and index cool stuff about/for our little 250's. Thanks in advance!
















My plans for mods:
1) Cyrca handguards
2) Whipps bashplate
3) Clarke 3.8gal tank

Future mods:
1) Change the rear tail light
2) Nice little rack
3) Quiet her down
4) Raise the bars/new bars
5) Suspension set-up/stiffer springs
6) ???
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Old 02-05-2009, 09:46 PM   #2
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Ok I'll be the first one to ask a oil related question. To do a oil change w/filter change, I've read anywhere from 1.5L to 2.0L to refill. Also to drain the oil do you just remove the frame bolt or is there a bolt under the engine too?
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Old 02-06-2009, 01:04 AM   #3
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Old 02-06-2009, 05:56 AM   #4
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Ok I'll be the first one to ask a oil related question. To do a oil change w/filter change, I've read anywhere from 1.5L to 2.0L to refill. Also to drain the oil do you just remove the frame bolt or is there a bolt under the engine too?
There's an engine drain plug too. You need to drain them both. The oil capacity (with a filter change) is 1.5 quarts.
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Old 02-06-2009, 06:45 AM   #5
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There's an engine drain plug too. You need to drain them both. The oil capacity (with a filter change) is 1.5 quarts.
Thanks. I need to get a service manual.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:24 PM   #6
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So oil/filter changed, air filter cleaned, and I'm all ready to ride the local trails....its snowing.

I'm still getting used to the starting procedure on this bike. I just got to remember to put the switch on the right setting. Spent 15 minutes kicking it over on the "kill" setting.
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Old 02-09-2009, 09:50 PM   #7
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The procedure in the owner's manual says to hold the compression release lever and kick it over several times when cold. I've found that the 250s are harder to start cold than a lot of other bikes. And it helps a lot if you turn off the gas and let the carb run dry when putting it away. The only other advice I have for starting it is to kick hard. I don't bother using the compression release and finding top dead center.
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Old 02-09-2009, 10:42 PM   #8
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just for clarity, what are the differences between the '95 and lower, and '96+ bikes?
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Old 02-10-2009, 08:57 AM   #9
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The procedure in the owner's manual says to hold the compression release lever and kick it over several times when cold. I've found that the 250s are harder to start cold than a lot of other bikes. And it helps a lot if you turn off the gas and let the carb run dry when putting it away. The only other advice I have for starting it is to kick hard. I don't bother using the compression release and finding top dead center.
Thanks for the advice, pretty much what I've been doing. I miss how easy my DRZ400K was to kickstart.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:10 AM   #10
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just for clarity, what are the differences between the '95 and lower, and '96+ bikes?
I'm no expert on this material, but I'm pretty sure that almost every part changed from 95 to 96. It was a full redesign of the bike. Having said that, the overall result is quite similar. All of the bodywork is different, the suspension is different, the motor went from wet sump to dry sump oiling and I'm sure a bunch of other details I'm overlooking.

I'd have to think that the newer version handles better and has some more power, but in the grand scheme of things, an XR250 is an XR250 - these bikes have decent performance, are tough as nails and are friendly for beginning off roaders.
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Old 02-10-2009, 09:47 AM   #11
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Thanks for the advice, pretty much what I've been doing. I miss how easy my DRZ400K was to kickstart.
If your jetting is right, kick it 5 or so times with the compression release in, then choke, NO throttle, and kick from TDC. My would fire every time this way. Once warm, it's a one kicker no matter what.
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If ya'll ever get into the 84-95 RFVC XRs, XLs... I'll be back to chime in.

I deleted the photos, as per original poster's request to remain 96-04.

9-27-09 *edit* ok, someone said it's ok...

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Old 02-10-2009, 02:19 PM   #13
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If your jetting is right, kick it 5 or so times with the compression release in, then choke, NO throttle, and kick from TDC. My would fire every time this way. Once warm, it's a one kicker no matter what.
Thanks, I'll try this next time around. I'm not sure on the jetting. It runs great so I don't really want to fiddle with the carb.

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If ya'll ever get into the 84-95 RFVC XRs, XLs... I'll be back to chime in.

I deleted the photos, as per original poster's request to remain 96-04.
Go for it, post away! This thread needs someone other then myself to be posting in it. I'll edit the first post to include the change.
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:23 PM   #14
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Guess I can't post here.....
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Old 02-10-2009, 02:56 PM   #15
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Guess I can't post here.....
Post away, I changed the first post to reflect this. Seems theres just as many inmates with the earlier XR250's.
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