Yamaha XT250 The Little Dual Sport that Can | Best beginner dual sport

Yamaha XT250 the little dual sport that CAN! Best beginner dual sport
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Whether commuting to work or hitting the back country for a day of exploring, the ultra-reliable XT250 is a fun loving dual sport that is easy to ride. Light & nimble, with a low seat height, the fuel injected XT250 offers great versatility. Your adventure starts here.

249cc, air-cooled, fuel injected, single overhead cam (SOHC), 2-valve, 4-stroke single produces predictable torque across the entire RPM range for great on- and off-road fun.

Lightweight chassis, long travel suspension and plenty of ground clearance provide a fun ride while the fuel injected engine is super fuel efficient.

Features may include:

249cc, air-cooled, fuel injected, SOHC, 2-valve, 4-stroke single produces easy to use power for daily commuting or exploring the back country.
Electric starting.
Single overhead camshaft (SOHC), 2-valve cylinder head.
Automatic cam chain tensioner.
Direct ceramic composite plated cylinder uses “liner less” bores.
Lightweight, short-skirt, forged aluminum piston.
Lightweight ball bearing mounted crankshaft.
Engine counter balancer.
Multi plate wet type clutch is utilized.
Easy access element-type oil filter & drain plug for fast oil changes.
33 mm Mikuni throttle body fuel injection system.
2.8 litre air box
Maintenance-free transistor controlled ignition (TCI).
Wide ratio 5-speed transmission with multi plate wet clutch.
Upswept exhaust system
Air Induction System (AIS)
Semi-double cradle steel frame.
Rugged, box section steel swing arm
35mm KYB fork with 225mm (8.9″) of wheel travel.
Lightweight aluminum lower triple clamp reduces weight.
Adjustable link Monocross rear suspension with 180mm (7.1″) of wheel travel.
Low 810mm (31.9″) seat height
285mm (11.2″) of ground clearance enhances off road use.
245mm front disc brake with twin piston Nissin caliper provides plenty of stopping power.
203mm rear disc brake is squeezed by a single piston Nissin caliper
9.6 litre steel fuel tank
21″ front & 18″ rear DID alloy rims.
Long, YZ-inspired seat.
60/55-watt, enduro-style, halogen headlight
Compact digital instrumentation.

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Rick Shaw says:

I run my here in the philippines no problem with overheating just finished a 2 month trip 2 up isle of luzon. Last year minduro. Year b4 leyte . Only upgrade was springs cheep to run. Just won’t quit. Great for everything!!!

Mud Brats TV says:

Same reasons i love my dt200r. Great review!

Michael Lovell says:

Nice little bike for really short beginners, super inexpensive… The new KLX250 has a 6 speed and a little more leg room, but it does cost a little more. If you need the lower seat height, then go with the XT, but if you can handle being a few more inches from the ground, I think you’ll like the KLX. Personally, I think beginners need to be able to put both feet flat on the ground, even though they should avoid doing so when possible. The XT definitely makes for an easier reach, but if you have never ridden, and can’t put both feet flat on the ground, you might consider riding something even closer to the ground until you’re comfortable and confident putting just one foot down. As you gain experience, lower seats become less important, and even as a shorter guy, I appreciate the extra distance between the seat and pegs enough to sacrifice an easier reach to the ground. I just think seat height is really important for your first bike.

GhostCreek says:

B… but… its not a T dub.

tosgem says:

I just wish they’d make a newer model XT with fuel injection, a 6th gear, water cooled, and better suspension, and kept the same weight or even lost a few lb. You know, just an updated, contemporary dual sport 250.
I love the idea of a light weight, small 250 that’s reliable enough to do big kilometres reliably. Just the simple life, light weight, easy to take offroad without stress, can do the tarmac. If only such a unicorn existed!

Oh wait, it does. It’s called the Yamaha WR250R

Eduardo M says:

5k rider on a 2017 xt250 stock the bike fuel injected makes 17hp
And the mpg is rated at 74mpg but differs with use
But the stock gearing runs 5-8 under true speed (speedo runs of gear box) 16t front sprocket corrects this within 2mph
And exhausts really help cruzing and keeping the stock air filter will help keep the vibes down. The steering stabilizer would be a great addition for highway and loss sand or dirt riding
With all mods in mind and with a light rider and no cargo the xt250 is still completely maxed out at 80 with its comfy spot at 50-65
Reliable is amazing and at great value point
With my time on the bike I’d recommend it to new riders and for someone looking for a great trail bike for most people under 120 to 150 keeping it for the wife and getting a husky 701sm and buying a set of enduro wheels and tires

ijursic says:

These bikes hold their value. The used ones aren’t much cheaper. Simple design. Built in Japan quality. The ones they sell in the Philippines are interesting too. https://youtu.be/E1z6JhiAILs

Roscoe Jones says:

I’ve put 10,000 awesome fun miles on mine and its a great off road bike

Carlos Trujillo says:

I sat on one at my dealer and I am 5’4″ I tip toe and can 1 foot comfortably and not 2 tall that I’m uncomfortable….I’m on the smaller side so I’m considering xt250 or a Honda 250l but seat height is 34.7 so I would have 2 do some modifications to fit 2 my comfort….thanks for the vid

Preston Payne says:

I’ve never road a motorcycle and looking for one, really interested in the dual sports. I sat on this one at a dealer and felt comfortable. I just really want something with power like a 400 or 650 but I know for a beginner its probably not best for me to do so. If I went with this bike is it good for going on a 100 mile or mire trip? I probably should start off small for my first one.

Rocky 'Gal' Boa says:

I love my 2014 XT250! It’s a bulletproof mountain goat. I’m almost 5′, so I barely reach the ground, but it’s the best I’m going to find without lowering a bike and reducing clearance. JNS Engineering just came out with a plug-n-play LED headlight for the 2008 – 2018 XT’s. It looks pretty nice. I have no affiliation with them, but here’s the link to it FYI. http://www.jnsengineering.com/product/xt250-led-headlight/

Seafire says:

Has the same head light as my 1982 xt250 lol

Frank Malone says:

Joe got a request, and can’t remember if u reviewed the new ktm 790. Wondering what ur thoughts r on this. Considering purchasing. Thanks

690 ADV says:

What do you think about the XT250 did I get it right on the best new rider motorcycle? Let me know below. Thanks for your time

PenCil5899 says:

I heard that the 19hp xt250s are the fuel injected ones, and the faster ones have a carburetor.


I dont know how I found this video and I dont know who you are, but I love your enthusiasm! Great review!

greasyzach says:

i almost subscribed, and then you gave a woman credit for something other than serving a man

Dwight Schrute says:

I researched lightweight dualsport bikes and settled on this one. If you can put your ego aside, this is the best bang for the buck out there in the lightweight dualsport category. It is absolutely incredible on single track trails. I’m old school and gravitated towards the air cooled engine. If I get a bigger bike for longer trips…air cooled Honda XR 650L. You don’t need the extra weight or liability issues that come with liquid cooling to do adventures. I live in Phoenix and it does not overheat in the summer either. If you have been considering this bike, don’t hesitate to buy it. Just be realistic about how you are going to use it and you will not be disappointed.

Joaquin says:

690, After my recent 4,000 mile trip from Texas to Montana and back on my street bike I saw a ton of dual sport and big adventure bikes tearing off into the trails and wishing I could go with them. Now I’ve been thinking of dipping my toe in the duel sport arena. As a short rider with zero dirt or trail experience this may just be the ticket for me, I gotta check this bike out! Thanks so much for you review!

Johnny Striple says:

I love my 2015 XT250.

Jest Me says:

Never thought you could get off the one and only , blankety blank ktm . Cumgratulations .

MotoOutdoors says:

I’ve got the Dr200s. It’s got a 3.4 gallon tank an gets 70 mpg on average. I’ve cruised on the highway at 65 mph for 45min before with no issues.

Kimberly Prater says:

Older xt/ttrs are 6 speeds, when did they go to 5?

ImNotStalkingYou says:

awesome bike!

Louie Allen says:

Xt 350 would be perfect

Story Moto ADV says:

we love that damn horse. Great overview. I give this find 100% to Bonnie. I had forgotten the XT existed. On day 1 I rode it 300 miles in 110 degree weather. It busted them out. My hat is off to the XT

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