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#142908 - 09/10/18 12:11 AM XT250 Star of theShow
Chili Offline
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Registered: 08/30/18
Posts: 4
Loc: South Central Texas
So, I attended a Wounded Warriors benefit run hosted by the Yamaha/Suzuki dealer where I used to be a tech. I chose to ride my XT250 over the Stratoliner for several reasons. First, it's brand new to me with less than 250 miles on it, so I am still enjoying getting the feel of it. Second, I bought it at this dealership, and they ship two to a crate, so it's twin is on the showroom floor and I wanted to try to help sell it for them. Thirdly, I am a twenty year patch holder with an international M/C and I thought it would be good for new riders curious about clubs to see that we don't all have to ride behemoths.

I arrived a little early and was surprised that there were already probably 30 bikes lined up an hour before the ride started. The store owners were surprised as well, and scrambled to make everyone feel welcome. They sent someone out for multiple dozens of donuts and orange drinks and were excited about the crowd.

I hung out visiting with the employees, who I know, and the guests that I knew or met that day. Once registered, I received the run map to find out that the trip was mostly open hiway and the route to the second stop went right by my house. I had already did about 15 miles on the hiway to get there, and wasn't really interested in riding 99 miles with a bunch of cruisers that I wouldn't be able to keep up with, anyway. This was compounded by the fact that I am on nights and was supposed to be sleeping.

As I was getting ready to leave, several people commented on how they used to ride dual sports back in the day and they really loved my bike. One guy in particular came up and told me that he had been people watching in the parking lot the whole time and that my XT250 was the most looked at bike in the whole line of fancy Harleys, choppers, Geezer glides and decked out road bikes. This kinda made my day.

I meandered home on slower roads and went to sleep happy.


P.S. I found out last night that my daughter will be quitting her food service job to go to work for the dealership. more Happy.
'19 XT250, '13 Yamaha XV19 '04 Buell XB12R LightningBolt(4sale), '95 HD Springer, I want to swap XB/FZ1

#142930 - 09/11/18 03:34 AM Re: XT250 Star of theShow [Re: Chili]
Reggie Offline

Registered: 07/25/05
Posts: 11645
Loc: Lancashire, England
Hi Chili,

there's a great dealership in the UK at that specialises in imported bikes from Japan. When you walk into the building they have a display of 50cc machines mounted on a shelf that runs around the showroom, at shoulder height. None are for sale but offer conversation pieces for visitors about their first machines as 16 year olds. Great idea.

Glad yours took the limelight.

Team Cabra, Brazilian XT225, Team Ukulele, Japan import XT225, a 250 to be named and loads of 2 stroke Kawasaki AR's!

#142931 - 09/11/18 05:58 PM Re: XT250 Star of theShow [Re: Chili]
peejman Offline
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Registered: 06/03/13
Posts: 3196
Loc: East TN USA
I've considered a few of the benefit rides here, but typically don't for the same reasons... they usually ride 90 mph between beer stops. I've often thought that having a group of muddy dual sports show up for one of those rides would be entertaining.
This shall pass, be still and know.
2006 XT225, UNI filter, ProTaper bars, MSR handguards, SS front brake line, Shinko 241's.

#143307 - 10/20/18 12:30 PM Re: XT250 Star of theShow [Re: Chili]
Gamalot Offline
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Registered: 10/17/18
Posts: 9
Loc: Sullivan County, New York
I hosted a "Get Together" ride here with some members over at the TW forum a few years back. Think we had 8 or 9 riders and not all on TWs but we did have a great time. It really is pretty hard getting like minded riders all together at a specific time and weekend and even worse was all the problems we ran into while riding. I got a little depressed after around the first 10 miles of ride one guy ran out of gas, WTF? He told his son to fill the tank the night before but son had better things to do, go figure. Right after getting the bike fueled up we proceeded on our ride and another rider broke down and we had to tow him back to camp. Some guys like to ride but apparently they don't like to wrench and maintain their bikes. Later on in the ride we stopped for a smoke and drink/P break and another bike had a dead battery we had to jump start every time he shut it off. The ride was originally planned for around 75 miles of mixed back roads, seasonal roads and trails but with all the problems we only got around 35-40 miles in before the day was done. I live right along a very popular cruise road and on any weekend I can see millions of dollars worth of cruisers pass by in huge caravans sometimes with over 100 bikes all in line. I think to myself when I see them about what they are missing. Along my roads there are hundreds of side roads perfectly set up for dual sport bikes and off those roads are some gorgeous seasonal roads and old logging trails only a dual sport can venture through. I find riding the roads to be rather boring unless you can take some of the side roads and trails to mix things up.

If I agreed with you we would both be wrong!


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