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TOPIC: Review- XT250 First impressions

Review- XT250 First impressions 03 Jun 2017 15:27 #11

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I may have mist it but what year is it. I think it is a very cool Yami enduro. One I could enjoy and pass some modern tech of my own to my kids as my dad passed on my 78 400 to me.
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Review- XT250 First impressions 03 Jun 2017 18:23 #12

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It's really new... Bought it in 2016 but it's a 2017 with fuel injection and RaceTech suspension upgrades.
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Review- XT250 First impressions 04 Jun 2017 06:18 #13

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I almost got a similar one but decided on the XT350 instead. It's hard to get used to the front disc on the road. It seems I'm always over braking and way too soon. It's going to take a bit of time with that front disc for it to start feeling natural, having ridden with drums my whole life. What a revilation though. AND. This is considered vintage by modern standards. For my money the DRZ400 would be the perfect modern Enduro but they are way over budget, even the used ones. I'll be bringing the XT to Endurofest this year as it is now my only street legal Yamaha. Will you be there?

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Review- XT250 First impressions 04 Jun 2017 06:36 #14

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I always plan to make it to the Endurofests... It doesn't always work out though. :S

Hopefully this year I'll have one of my larger displacement vintage two strokes ready for the event as the two strokes are really my first love. (My 1960's 80cc and later DT50's are a lot of fun but just couldn't keep up at an Endurofest... a 125 or 175 is probably the minimum)

Really close to having a decent 1976 DT175c in good shape... (my favorite Yamaha in terms of looks) and there is a fairly nice 1981 DT175 in the garage that isn't too far from done...

CT1 project is first though and unfortunately it won't be a good choice for Endurofest... opposite problem of the little bikes. :whistle:

Hope to see you at a ride someday!

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Review- XT250 First impressions 09 Jan 2019 23:55 #15

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Hi Mark, I've been reading your write-ups and comment on the XT250. I just bought a 2017 XT250 like yours with 22 miles on it. Fuel injected, electric start, high engine clearance, low seat height, and a proven reliable engine! Like you, I really love this thing. And you're right about the compression stops...And the response is so quick...I'm genuinely impressed!
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Review- XT250 First impressions 27 Jan 2019 13:16 #16

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The March issue of “rider” magazine includes an XT250 story about a week long ride through the desert parks in SoCal. The author/rider has great praise for his new new Yamaha and the scenic network of trails and connecting roads. More praise for the 4-stroke Enduro.
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Review- XT250 First impressions 27 Jan 2019 13:29 #17

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Thanks for that Badger52!

I will definitely look into that.
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Review- XT250 First impressions 27 Jan 2019 14:32 #18

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Great thread. The older I get the more attractive a "go button" becomes...

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Review- XT250 First impressions 27 Jan 2019 19:35 #19

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My first and strongest love will always be for the two strokes...

That said, my XT250, while technically a "modern" bike, definitely captures the spirit of the original Enduros. I still love mine and it's one of the bikes I'll definitely keep as long as I can.

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