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Minimal Toolkit #154933 04/14/24 02:50 PM
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I found a slightly used XT250 for sale in Florida, and I am about to pull the trigger. The plan is to fly down and ride it home to Alabama. I'm looking for advice on the minimal toolkit to support that ride. Thinking of tire irons, a spare tube/patch kit, and whatever is needed to adjust the chain. So given that, what tools should I take?




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Re: Minimal Toolkit [Re: Rob R] #154934 04/14/24 08:13 PM
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First I'd ask how far is it? Can you make the trip in daylight?

I hope you plan to avoid interstates as extended trips essentially wide open will burn it up in short order.

I'd take stuff to fix a flat, adjust the chain, diagnose electrical gremlins, and some spare oil.

I'd take a snack and some sort of hydration.


This shall pass, be still and know.
2006 XT225, UNI filter, ProTaper bars, MSR handguards, SS front brake line, Shinko 241's.
Re: Minimal Toolkit [Re: Rob R] #154939 04/15/24 03:51 PM
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I'd definitely agree with peejman! These bikes are not meant to be on highways at 70mph for hours at a time!

So, looking at your post, and doing a little deducing, I'm guessing the bike is "priced right" for you to fly out and ride it back. That tells me its priced low to sell quick or because the bike's either got high miles or been beaten like a red-headed stepchild! While high miles wouldn't concern me as much as the other possibilities, I would find it incredibly hard to justify flying out to get a used xt250 and ride back several hundred miles on backroads!

Of course, this is all a moot point if you're flying out to get a brand new bike, but again, I wouldn't take a brand new bike and "break it in" on a road trip! Maybe a larger displacement bike that's comfortable holding high speeds at lower rpms, but not a 250cc dual sport bike, again, they just aren't built to run for hours at speeds over 55mph.

Perhaps it would be cheaper if that really is the only bike you want, to just drive down an then rent a tiny uhaul trailer when you get to FL, those trailers are usually capable of being towed by most every vehicle out there, and the bike should fit inside with minimal issues(mirrors removed, maybe rotate the handelbars down).

And, if you have a bigger truck, get a bike hitch like the link below for 200 bucks and strap it on for the drive home!

https://www.amazon.com/dp/B002MGKN2A/

Bottom line is this, if its a used bike, you don't know what issues the bike may have lurking, and while these bikes are relatively well-built and last a long time (mine is a '93 and still runs good), getting stuckwith a mechanical or electrical issue on a bike will be quite hard to get replacement parts in the middle of nowhere.


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It's about 700 miles, and I will not ride at night. The bike is priced right but only have 700 miles on it. I'm going to be down there for a business trip, and I love riding long distances, so not interested in driving it back. Just wondering what size wretches to pack to tighten chain and take care of routine still that may happen over a couple days ride.




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700 miles, wow. I'm guessing that'll be several days. Take plenty of pics and post up a ride report!

I don't know wrench sizes for the 250, I'd assume a basic metric set of wrenches and a couple JIS screwdrivers would cover most things.

Is it fuel injected or carbureted? A spare fuel filter might also be a good idea.


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2006 XT225, UNI filter, ProTaper bars, MSR handguards, SS front brake line, Shinko 241's.
Re: Minimal Toolkit [Re: Rob R] #154942 04/16/24 12:46 PM
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Originally Posted by Rob R
..It's about 700 miles, and I will not ride at night. The bike is priced right but only have 700 miles on it. I'm going to be down there for a business trip, and I love riding long distances, so not interested in driving it back. Just wondering what size wretches to pack to tighten chain and take care of routine still that may happen over a couple days ride..

Hey, Rob! ..With just 700 miles on it the bike should be a good one, depending of course on how its original owner(s) cared for it. I'd imagine that a bike with that little use would have its original tool kit available. But that's not a given, and bringing an expanded tool kit along to ride home with is smart.

Riding 700 miles in two days on a well prepped XT250 is certainly doable, but it isn't a ride I'd have ever tackled even back in my younger tougher riding days! So, more power to you for contemplating doing it, and as Peejman says make sure you video your ride home and share it with the rest of us, 'cause that'll be a memorable video to say the least!

The best to you as you plan and prep for this ride, Rob. Words of advice and caution aside, if your heart is set on it, and you're confidant in your abilities, then go for it and keep us in the loop as the adventure progresses!..


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Originally Posted by Rob R
Just wondering what size wretches to pack to tighten chain and take care of routine still that may happen over a couple days ride.


Personally, I'd be more worried about the "wretches" sharing the roads with you! Good luck!


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Email seller, check if tool kit's in place.

Padded cycling chuckies. Can of chain lube. Hydration pack.

Cruise at 55mph, job's a good'n, two days.


Current: 1958 Ariel 650 FH, 2014 Tiger Sport1050, 1995 XT225 Serow, 2016 Tiger 800 XRx.

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