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Old 11-09-2012, 01:59 PM   #31
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Hi there,

I think I have finally gotten down to the few bikes I'm considering to purchase to scratch the enduro itch. One of them is the XT250.

Do any of you happen to know if the horsepower has increased with the 2013, fuel injected model? I can't find any specifications online anywhere. The carbed version supposedly made 16 horsepower and 13 ft/lb of torque. I like the fact that apparently the bore is coated, the crank bearing is larger, and the piston has been redesigned. But... I can obviously save about half of the purchase price by picking up a used 2008 or 2009 model with hardly any miles on the clock.

Are all of these 2013 changes worth the added price if I were to buy one new? Fuel injection on a bike like these that take a while to warm up on a cold day when using a choke is appealing to me. But, everything I own right now is old, carbureted, and I am used to it and I'll deal with it if there's not a huge difference in power output and projected long term durability of the engine.

Thanks!

the new fuel injected models make 2 more horsepower, they make 18 compared to the previous carb'd models 16.
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Old 11-09-2012, 03:45 PM   #32
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Just for discussion, per our own Montesa_vr's outstanding thread:

3.90 Yamaha XT225 (6 speed) 19.69
3.78 Honda CRF230L (6 speed) 19.12
3.63 Kawasaki Sherpa 250 (6 speed) 18.30
3.46 Yamaha XT250 2008 (5 speed) 17.50
3.36 Yamaha WR250R/WR250X (6-speed) 16.99

While I get that simple-is-good, I would have a hard time buying a new XT with the Honda available. Among $5k and under bikes, it looks like a peach. The weight is a concern, but for road use it doesn't matter at all, and most of these bikes don't see much single-track where the extra pork would really suck.

A used XT is another story, if it fits (hey are pretty small).
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Old 11-09-2012, 04:48 PM   #33
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Just for discussion, per our own Montesa_vr's outstanding thread:

3.90 Yamaha XT225 (6 speed) 19.69
3.78 Honda CRF230L (6 speed) 19.12
3.63 Kawasaki Sherpa 250 (6 speed) 18.30
3.46 Yamaha XT250 2008 (5 speed) 17.50
3.36 Yamaha WR250R/WR250X (6-speed) 16.99

While I get that simple-is-good, I would have a hard time buying a new XT with the Honda available. Among $5k and under bikes, it looks like a peach. The weight is a concern, but for road use it doesn't matter at all, and most of these bikes don't see much single-track where the extra pork would really suck.

A used XT is another story, if it fits (hey are pretty small).
I think Yamaha targeted the crowd that needs simple as priority number 1. It is good to go without needing one modification.
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Old 04-06-2013, 09:47 PM   #34
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howdy xt fans
i currently have a 94 xt225 w/ 11500+ miles. I've been comparing the new crf250l and xt250. it seem in order for honda to keep the cost down, they put on some cheap stuff... i've been reading the cfr250l thread. anyways i really like my xt. i'm the 3rd owner, i changed the oil/ filter and air filter, plus adjusted the valves. She runs like a champ, i had it on the freeway for the first time last week -70mph.
i just want to know how you'all like the new xt250 F.I.?

i tried to post a pic., but for some reason it is not wanting to display.
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Old 04-07-2013, 07:15 PM   #35
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Old 04-24-2013, 06:02 PM   #36
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http://www.yamaha-motor.com/sport/pr...74/0/home.aspx
they went FI and only $100 more.
air-cooled and FI.
great easy 250 DS to learn on and continue down the road with!

wondering how many others we'll see across the mfg lines that are FI this next year?
Hey guy hows it going , we are gonna be making a rack for this bike and need a set of grab bars for awhile , anybody wanna help
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:14 PM   #37
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So how do you all like you 2013 FI version of this bike? Im really having a hard time deciding between the Yamaha Xt250 FI or the Honda crf250L fuel injected. What would be better off road??
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Old 06-11-2013, 11:37 PM   #38
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2013 fi

Only put about 230 miles on mine since picking it up new last week, but the FI is great. No surprises and starts every time. Cable throttle, so it's very progressive and smooth delivery. I couldn't be happier for a little 250.

From what I've read the CRF, KLX, and XT put out the same rwhp except the XT is stupid simple to maintain and went 140 miles before the reserve light came on and still had over half a gallon left in the tank.

Oh, and the dealer I went through dropped the price $400 below the MSRP of the CRF for me. Couldn't say no to $1000 of the MSRP!
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:42 AM   #39
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Only put about 230 miles on mine since picking it up new last week, but the FI is great. No surprises and starts every time. Cable throttle, so it's very progressive and smooth delivery. I couldn't be happier for a little 250.

From what I've read the CRF, KLX, and XT put out the same rwhp except the XT is stupid simple to maintain and went 140 miles before the reserve light came on and still had over half a gallon left in the tank.

Oh, and the dealer I went through dropped the price $400 below the MSRP of the CRF for me. Couldn't say no to $1000 of the MSRP!
Dang what a deal you got!!! I have heard that it gets only 18 horsepower, which is fine. Do you know if there are any mods you can do to this bike to give it more horsepower??
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Old 06-12-2013, 11:46 AM   #40
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Anyone know when the first service date is to get the valves checked?? How many miles?? Is it hard to check them yourself and do on this bike? I have really never done valve checks before..
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Old 06-12-2013, 03:24 PM   #41
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Anyone know when the first service date is to get the valves checked?? How many miles?? Is it hard to check them yourself and do on this bike? I have really never done valve checks before..
The first valve clearance adjustment is due at 600 miles and then every 3000 miles after that. I've never done an adjustment on the XT250, so I can't tell you how much hassle it is to remove the fuel tank or whether there are hoses or other things in the way, but the actual process is pretty simple.

First remove the valve covers, then rotate the engine so that the piston is at top dead center on the compression stroke, meaning both valves will be completely closed. Then check the clearance with a feeler gauge, and if adjustment is necessary, loosen the locknuts, change clearance, and retighten. There are go/no-go feeler gauges to make measuring a little more black and white.

After you learn how to do it it really isn't any more difficult than adjusting the chain.
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Old 06-12-2013, 04:09 PM   #42
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Dang what a deal you got!!! I have heard that it gets only 18 horsepower, which is fine. Do you know if there are any mods you can do to this bike to give it more horsepower??
A head to head test on MCN for the '13 CRF250L and KLX250S gave 18.XXhp at the wheel as well. I'm not sure how the FI system is setup to adapt for mods though. It may require a remap for exhaust, air box, or internal mods if there is a remap for that stuff... I don't think the majority of XT owners go beyond exhaust and carb tuning for the '08-'12 models.

If you are wanting more power, you are better off buying a bike to suit those desires. Even for 18hp it is still a fun little scoot.

I bought this bike for the combination of simple engine and FI. It reminded me of the XS650 I once had with easy valve adjustments.
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Old 06-13-2013, 04:17 AM   #43
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Anyone know when the first service date is to get the valves checked?? How many miles?? Is it hard to check them yourself and do on this bike? I have really never done valve checks before..
Here you go, with pictures, too:

http://www.xt225.com/forums/ubbthrea...t&Number=96870

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Old 06-14-2013, 03:59 AM   #44
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My wife has ridden her XT 250 from Cairo To Cape Town.
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Old 09-18-2013, 01:07 PM   #45
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Been researching these bikes to pick one up for my wife. What has sold me on the xt vs the honda is the valves. Being able to adjust them anywhere i want, with hand tools and not needing shims. I'm willing to give up a tad of the bling factor for ease of maintenence.
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