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Re: Possible upgrade to new bike [Re: Paul49] #146952 01/29/20 05:53 PM
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Originally Posted By: Paul49
.....How do the two bikes compare? The crf is as rare as the xt in the uk...

Yamaha's XT225 and Honda's CRF230L are much the same as far as light weight single cylinder small displacement dual sport bikes are concerned. Both run 223cc carbureted engines lashed up to a 6 speed transmission. Low seat height is essentially identical, as is overall bike size.

Weight sees the Yamaha slightly lighter in stock form than the Honda, but not by much. Easy enough to shed the bit extra the Honda comes with if that's a priority. I removed the California mandated emissions baggage the CRF came with. That made a real difference. If I wanted to go lighter yet I'd replace the factory exhaust with a light weight performance exhaust system. So far I haven't felt the need to do that.

The main difference in my view is the CRF230L has disc brakes front and rear, while the XT223 rolls with a rear drum brake. Other than that these bikes are much the same performance and quality wise. Great for what they're designed to do. Simple to service, upkeep and customize. Both are 'keepers' in every sense of the word!..


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Re: Possible upgrade to new bike [Re: GripTwister] #146953 01/29/20 06:50 PM
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Thanks for the info', so no real preference either way but for the disc brake. Strange that you get a drum rear brake on the XT, my 2005 brazil XT model had same, my current 1995 Serow is a Japan model with disc rear brake. Seems crazy to have them different.


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Re: Possible upgrade to new bike [Re: Paul49] #146954 01/30/20 12:16 AM
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I've wondered why Yamaha saddled their XT225 with a rear drum brake as well. Possibly it was less expensive to build that way, or maybe they had a warehouse full of unused rear wheels with drum brakes that they figured they could use on the XT225s and recoup their investment. No idea really, but a lot of possibilities come to mind..


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