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Re: Can I keep my XT225 a few more years [Re: Craig1] #150538 02/21/21 06:26 PM
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My plan is a 3-wheeler when I can't get on a 2-wheeler.........


2018 XT250 New 06/12/18. Now at 8,300 miles.
Re: Can I keep my XT225 a few more years [Re: Az4x4] #150539 02/21/21 07:01 PM
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Originally Posted by Az4x4

When it comes to light weight, old school, easy to handle and ride, no problem sourcing parts, utterly reliable dual sport bikes the XT225's I've had have proven themselves time and again the best of all possible choices in every way..


^ Why I've been on an XT225 since 1997!


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Re: Can I keep my XT225 a few more years [Re: Craig1] #150542 02/21/21 09:47 PM
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I've had quite a few dual sport bikes, from 175cc to 650cc. I've had one Chinese bike. And true to form, the engine blew up after just a little over 3000 miles. It was a new 2006 "American Lifan" LG200GY-5. Physically about the size of the XT, but with a 200cc PUSHROD engine. It was a copy of a very old Honda design. I had it drop shipped to me in a crate for $1499. It was cheap and cheezy, and had that Chinese look and feel. The plastic was thin and brittle, the welds were extremely poor. I found and fixed a few problems while putting it together. I did everything right. I changed out the Chinese oil for real oil. It started up and ran just fine. I broke it in properly. It was both electric and kick start. But after a few weeks the kick starter stripped out. That was the only real problem I had with it. I had began to think I had scored a real bargain. I rode it in the desert, I rode it in the mountains, even the suspension worked pretty well with my weight. Then one day I was just riding it down a paved road about 50 mph, and the engine seized up solid. After getting a ride home in the back of a truck, and letting it sit there for a couple of days, I decided to find out what happened. It didn't take long. I removed the right engine side cover, and there it was. This engine had a centrifugal oil filter (very common on old Japanese 4 stroke singles) bolted onto the end of the crankshaft. The nut that held it on had come loose, the filter fell off, and the engine lost oil pressure. I later learned that that nut was supposed to have had a lock washer on it with a bend over tab. Mine didn't.. They forgot to install it on the assembly line. I don't know how long it would have lasted had that not happened.


A short time later, in 2008, during the great recession, when i still had a job but many didn't, they were selling bikes dirt cheap on Craigslist. I found and bought a 1994 XT225 with under 2000 miles for about half what it would have otherwise been worth, from a guy who had lost his job and needed money to buy Christmas presents for his kids. I almost felt guilty, but I paid his asking price, so he got his Christmas money. I would have done the same thing for my kids when they were young. I rode it around the parking lot and loved it. I loaded it into my truck, which I was still able to do back then, brought it home, and went over it with a fine tooth comb. I did all the maintenance and checked and adjusted everything. Replaced a few worn parts. That was 15 years and 20K miles ago, and I am still totally happy with it. Yes, I had to spend some money on it, especially the suspension, to make it handle my weight off road. And I did a few other things mostly because I wanted to. I am a tinkerer. But it has never broken down. The engine has never missed a beat. Compression is still within spec for a new engine. No cam chain noise. That time I really did score a real bargain. Replacing the front and rear suspension brought the cost up to about what it would have been worth at some other time.


The CSC bikes are Chinese (so are almost all BMWs) but they are a lot more expensive than what I had, and they have a great reputation on chinariders.net. as well as advrider.com. They are still a third the price of a new Japanese bike, maybe less when you include all the bogus fees Japanese dealers add on. There are no small late model Japanese bikes suitable for dirt road and off road use. There used to be a bunch of them, but they just don't make bikes like that anymore. And the older ones you can't get parts for.


The above is my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
1994/2001 custom built XT225 with a ton of aftermarket parts.



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