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    Cool Bought a Brand New 2015 Yamaha XT250 today!

    $5,200 OUT THE DOOR! OTD at MSRP (I'm a poet and I didn't even know it)! That's how it's done lol!

    Why I bought this bike/some things I like about it:

    *$5,200 OTD. I could have bought something used, but I'm tired of people's used shit that they are trying to pawn off...
    *Fuel injection (happy to own my first EFI motorcycle!)
    *32 inch seat height (not a huge deal for me, but I kind of like the low seat; this will make SOME situations easier/better), but still 11 inches of ground clearance
    *291 pounds ready to ride (30 pounds lighter than the CRF250L)
    *I estimate it will get around 65 mpg average in the real world (have yet to test this of course)
    *No commonly reported problems associated with this model. Cam chain tensioners are not known to commonly fail on them...are you listening, Honda!? Kawasaki!?
    *SUPER easy to maintain: valve adjustments (very fast and easy with the screw type adjusters on the 2 valve head), oil and filter, air filter, spark plugs, chains, tires, and brakes. That's pretty much literally it. Easy as pie.
    *Trials-like steering gemoetry
    *Disc brakes front and rear
    *Digital instrumentation with fuel light and check engine light
    *87 octane fuel
    *This information seems almost impossible to find, but from what I've ascertained from various sources, I believe the motor makes about 23 or 24 horsepower at the crank, and about 16 foot pounds at the crank. This means that it will have enough power to pull second gear up big, steep hills off road at 35 mph, which is a sort of performance benchmark that is very important to me. If not with stock gearing, then certainly after going 1 tooth down to a 14 tooth front sprocket, which I will probably do. After doing that, I can still cruise comfortably at 60 mph actual speed all day, which is fast enough for me, if it means better off road performance.

    Did I mention $5,200 OTD? ;D



    When time permits, I'll follow up this teaser with a more complete review with my impressions of the riding experience, actual fuel economy, mods done to the bike, etc. That of course will be after the engine is fully broken in, and after I've ripped up a few hardcore local enduro trails!


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    Nice bike.

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    So why not the WR? Price? Cause you did mention $5200 OTD more than once
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWROG View Post
    So why not the WR? Price? Cause you did mention $5200 OTD more than once
    Could just as easily be the seat height. The more you venture onto the rougher trails the more being able to get your feet down matters. I have a coworker that was willing to sell me his WR for a freaking song but I had to climb onto it via the foot pegs. That bike would likely spend a lot of time on its side if I were piloting it


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    Yeah just looked, 4+ inches is quite a bit of difference.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TWROG View Post
    Yeah just looked, 4+ inches is quite a bit of difference.
    I could always ride it like I used to set roof trusses. Framing upper levels just try to fall to the inside of the structure. If you have to get off the WR just jump off on the uphill side

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    I will say though I sat on a WR at the dealer several weeks ago. When I went to throw a leg over it I was like.........................yeah..............thi s aint gonna work But it wasnt THAT difficult. But once I put my weight on it and sat down it settled quite a bit to where both balls of my feet were touching the ground with my chucks on, Im 5'8"
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