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Re: Are there ways to lower an XT225? [Re: JerryH] #145885 08/18/19 08:50 PM
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Jerry, the Honda Trail 90 or 110 is a great bike if you can find one in decent condition. Had a 90 back in the 60s that was quite the mountain goat. Its low seat height and light weight made it ideal for getting off road into hunt areas, and it could haul a heck of a load on its large rear rack.

Haven't checked with you in a while, but if you decide to sell the '01 XT225 that I used to own I'd be there with cash in hand to pick it up. It would be fun to have that bike once again, knowing that you're the sort of owner that takes care of their bikes and does it right.

The best to you always Jerry.

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Re: Are there ways to lower an XT225? [Re: JerryH] #145904 08/25/19 01:58 PM
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Originally Posted By: JerryH
I know this is an old thread, but I didn't want to start a new one since this one already existed. Since this thread, has anyone found a way to lower the XT? I simply cannot get on mine anymore without standing on something.


Hi Jerry, just seen this thread, my knackered ol' hips & knees give me gyp getting me leg over the back end, I gave up & just stand on the footpeg to climb on, easy peasy for me then. Do same on my big road bikes.

Alternativly fit lower profile tyres, we used to get rear 4.10/60 years ago, dunno if they're still available but I know we can get 110/80 they'll help a bit, stick a 90/80 lower profile on front then drop the front on the forks by 1/2" or so.

The difference in tyre size from a 120/90 to 110/80 gives a drop of 20mm or 3/4" in old money. Every little helps eh.


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Re: Are there ways to lower an XT225? [Re: MikeC] #145957 09/06/19 03:58 AM
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Unfortunately the sidestand mounting bracket welded to the frame will not support my 240 pounds, and would break off. Or the stand itself would break. I was able to go for a 60 mile ride this morning, without getting off, but using a step stool (one of these https://www.walmart.com/ip/Rubbermaid-Gray-Step-Stool-Rubber-Top/122897833) to get on. Once on my weight compresses the suspension to where I can flat foot it. It is easy to put gas in the Clarke tank while sitting on the seat. But I didn't even try to get off until I pulled into my driveway next to the step stool. I'm trying to figure out how to attach a rope to it, so I can lift it up once I'm on the seat, then put it in a basket mounted to the luggage rack. I thought about something smaller, like a one gallon paint can, but I wound up crushing one of those a couple of years ago while trying to stand on it.


The above is my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
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Re: Are there ways to lower an XT225? [Re: MikeC] #145958 09/06/19 06:24 AM
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Ha, love your thinking Jerry. That foot stool would be very stable, less chance of us ending in A&E.

I'm quite compact only 5'-9" but 220lbs kitted up, the Serow stand & peg take my weight ok. A chum used same method on his TTR250 he's 300lbs. I use a stand puck on a curly wire when I park on soft ground, that works ok.....up to now.


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Re: Are there ways to lower an XT225? [Re: MikeC] #146215 10/16/19 02:38 AM
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Unfortunately it looks like my riding is over for now. I have a herniated disc (L4) and the doctor said absolutely no riding, not even a scooter. I had the L5 disc removed at age 20. They told me it was broken and nerves were pinched between the pieces. If they have to remove L4, it will cause a significant mobility loss. They just recently confirmed this problem, just as I was perfecting my way of getting on and off the XT225. The doctors say than I should avoid any kind of impact to my lower back. I have a total of 6 bikes. It would be a shame if I couldn't ever ride any one of them again. I don't think that is going to happen. I'm putting pressure on the doctors to do something.


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Re: Are there ways to lower an XT225? [Re: JerryH] #146222 10/16/19 02:48 PM
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Jerry, sorry the doctors have you sidelined from riding. Best move with your back problems, but still it sucks. Give it time, take care of yourself, work with your doctors and hopefully you'll be back in the saddle one day. Best wishes always. If there's anything you need just holler. You've got friends here, your insight and experience is valued, and for one I'm not that far away here on the Rim..


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Re: Are there ways to lower an XT225? [Re: MikeC] #146233 10/17/19 12:54 PM
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Back injuries can be frustrating, but it's definitely best to give them time to heal. Hang in there.


This shall pass, be still and know.
2006 XT225, UNI filter, ProTaper bars, MSR handguards, SS front brake line, Shinko 241's.
Re: Are there ways to lower an XT225? [Re: MikeC] #146234 10/17/19 01:46 PM
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Bad, sad news Jerry, I hope the Doc's can do something to help you get mobile on your bike. Take it easy for now while they work on it. Best wishes for recovery

One of our chums crashed in Sweden as we left for Denmark 9 weeks ago, he can move his head & one hand now. He damaged the C6 vertebrae. Makes us realise how fragile we are.


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Re: Are there ways to lower an XT225? [Re: Paul49] #146277 10/23/19 02:30 PM
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Originally Posted By: Paul49
...One of our chums crashed in Sweden as we left for Denmark 9 weeks ago, he can move his head & one hand now. He damaged the C6 vertebrae. Makes us realise how fragile we are..

Let your ridding buddy know we're thinking of him, Paul. Best wishes for his recovery. And yes, we're not nearly as durable as we sometimes imagine we are.


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Re: Are there ways to lower an XT225? [Re: Az4x4] #146278 10/23/19 02:32 PM
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Speaking of 'durable', ..anyone heard anything from Reggie of late?


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