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Ugly Duckling 2013 XT250

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While owning an XT225 I remember seeing a post here about the Bronco version which was only sold in Japan. Ah to have the looks of a classic yet the reliability of a modern machine. 

Suzuki has their beautiful little TU250X, which they did a great job with visually. 

Inspired by these I pondered doing something retro with the XT225, but it was fully original and I couldn't bring myself to making a mess out of it, yet did find some inspiration in the process. 


The 2013 Yamaha XT250. Modern, fuel injected and not typically cheap on the used market. Also a rather handsome year in my opinion, as far as modern bikes go. Not something I'd tear apart to make cosmetic changes with my lack of experience and skills.
 

But what if a $1,400, mechanically sound, 2013 XT250 pops up not too far away, which also happens to be a top contender for world's ugliest XT250?
 
 
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Replied by darinm on topic Ugly Duckling 2013 XT250

Of course I couldn't resist. It had some DMV back fees, but at that price, at worst, it would make a hell of a trail bike I wouldn't mind dropping on a regular basis. 

 
 

It's not quite as bad in person, at least that's what I'll keep telling myself.
 

Have done a little riding and am quite impressed so far, the sum is greater than the parts. I expected to like it less than the lighter, six speed XT225. Currently it's proving me wrong, it's an absolute blast to ride and the 5 speed gear spacing is superb. Was able to pull me uphill at an indicated 68mph, not sure how accurate the speedo is and if it has stock sprockets or not.

Compared to the WR250R information on aftermarket mods ect is scarce. Returning it to original cosmetics is out of the question as all the parts would have to come from Yamaha for north of $1,400. Finding an old style tank that fits on the weird frame may be impossible, since it has a big Y in the frame between the tank and headtube. Unsure of what the future for it will be, all I know is it's way too fun to rip around on.
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Replied by KennyV on topic Ugly Duckling 2013 XT250

That looks like a really fun project. I'm looking forward to the progress. You mentioned a retro XT, this is what I was hoping for. There was a rumor back in 18 that Yamaha was coming out with a retro XT500. This was a concept. I went to a Yamaha dealer to find out if it was actually going to happen? I was ready to sign up for one but answer was no, just rumor.

 
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Replied by Schu on topic Ugly Duckling 2013 XT250

I couldn't resist when Yamaha came out with the SCR950.
Trust me.....it's no scrambler, but it draws a lot of interest.
Several times I have been asked what year it is.
I get a blank look when I tell them it's a 2017.
 

 
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Replied by KennyV on topic Ugly Duckling 2013 XT250

The similarities between the XT225 and Super Sherpa are interesting.

 

 
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Replied by MarkT on topic Ugly Duckling 2013 XT250

I love my fuel injected XT250.  Truly has the original "enduro spirit" with a few modern conveniences, better range and economy, and the capability to maintain modern highway speeds if needed. 

For the price they sometimes sell for new (like when I bought mine), you can't beat it for the fun you'll have.
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Replied by darinm on topic Ugly Duckling 2013 XT250

Schu: Yes, that's a beautiful bike. I'd love to do something ~1975 250 style with the tank, but the frame is tragically limiting, under the entire gas tank is no center rib but instead a V starting at the rear of the tank so it's going to be hard to fit anything with classic lines.

KennyV: Same as above, and I was really intrigued by the Super Sherpa, even before getting the XT225. They sure are hard to find and at least out west, you may as well buy a brand new XT250 for the same price people are asking. If you like classic takes on modern bikes, these guys in Argentina do nice work maybe a little to cafe racer but still has the spirit of the 70s; 

 


MarkT: I do remember you commenting on enjoying yours. So far from just a few rides, it may fit the bill for me better than the WR250R. Yes the WR has more power, better suspension and is faster, but I want to go explore and see things, I find that on the WR I don't see much because it begs to go fast and is not too smooth at low speeds, even after a lot of work. Were I doing longer rides, it would certainly get the nod. I like the idea of long adventure rides, but in practice I just like to hop on and poke around for an hour or two and then be done. And then of course that power delivery is different too, the XT has it down low, the WR high up, hard to believe the rev limiter is 13k, never yet hit it on mine. The WR is impressive, not once has the bike limited my speed, she will go faster than I can ride no matter what the condtions, but I'm in the camp of it's more fun to run a small bike at WOT than a big bike at 1/4 throttle mindset. And although they are both 250cc machines, the WR is gigantic compared to the XT, both for frame size and engine power.
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Replied by TreasureState on topic Ugly Duckling 2013 XT250

"But what if a $1,400, mechanically sound, 2013 XT250 pops up not too far away, which also happens to be a top contender for world's ugliest XT250?"

I am sure the brown vinyl pillow diamond quilt cross bar pad was pretty kitsch in the 70's . . . 
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ha believe it or not, it's actually leather from an old couch, same with the seat, which is surprisingly comfortable
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Replied by darinm on topic Ugly Duckling 2013 XT250

Got it out for a nice ride before ordering parts and starting work and on it. Old fire lookouts are one of my favorite riding destinations.
 
 

Back home, changed the oil & filter. It's odd the AIS system (Air Injection System) on the WR250R you can hardly see, while on the XT250 it looked like an oversight, tacked on at the end, ugly, exposed hoses all over the place.  Most of that stuff probably hides behind the "air scoop" plastics the XT250 normally wears.

Previous owner cut off some of the rear mud flap stuff, but didn't bother "detabbing" the frame at all, hell they left sharp protrusions from what they did cut off. So there is lots of grinder time in my future to try and get parts of the frame clean like an old enduro would be. They sure do tack little tabs on all over the frame of these new bikes...
 

AIS removed and cylinder looking cleaner already, blockoff plate and gasket from a Yamaha ATV.
 

Tank off and paint stripped. I don't think any other tank will fit this unique frame so it'll be a matter of trying to make it look as good as possible with the stock tank.
 
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