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I am guessing the UK version of this bike is what we call the XL250R ?
This is the dual sport/road legal version of the XR250R. Or did the UK get a different bike?
I owned a 2003 XR250R. This was the Off Road only version. It had a head and tail light but no signals, brake light. Race bike actually and incredibly capable and long lasting. Honda stopped importing the XR250 and XR400 to the USA in around 2004, the XL's (street legal) stopped in about 2000 or so.
The "L" (XL Version) was a bit heavier, different carb, cam timing and de-tuned a bit from the XR250, still a good bike!
My XR250 had a Wide Ratio 6 speed trans, but off road gearing, not road gearing like the XL version. I think the XL250R has a 5 speed WR trans? I don't recall. Should be able to sit on 65 mph or maybe 70 mph.
If you get an old beater you will most definitely have to go through the suspension and bearings (link, swingarm and head). Well worth it as this bike will be magic on the trails in the Pyrennes if its straight and sprung correctly for your weight. I was so impressed with the XR's off road capability. (this coming off racing two strokes and four strokes)
Excellent on tight, technical trails. Not so good in fast desert riding but no problems really, just a bit down on power. My bike did pretty good in Baja.
(2 trips there) But really was at its best in tight woods, dodging trees and slamming off berms and going straight up ... and straight down ... on very steep trails. Firm up the suspension, you will love this bike. Keep oil in it, do not overheat or over rev and it will last for many years. Good luck, buy a good one, not some old beater. Worth it.
A well set up XR250 eats rocks up ... easy on the rider.
Not great on the high speed stuff but great in rocky trails and deep sand.
A true tight woods bike. Easy to ride fast in these conditions.
Thanks guys, got it for allot less than mentioned here and elsewhere.
To clear up some confusion it is an XLR250
Kick only, with indicators and brake lights
Its a big version of the little bike above this post, with two massive headlights than seriously illuminate anything in front of you, quite unusual for me to be riding at night and see things!
There are some faults-
1>There's a little electrical gremlin associated with the headlights and I presume heat / speed, causing the bike to cut out, and is rectified once the headlights are switched temporarily off...
2> The oversized fuel tank, though designed for the XLR250 from Acerbis has the petcock mounted only one one side about 3 litres above the lobes, so effectively 6 litres of fuel can be used - its actually worse, because about 5 litres on the right Lobe is unusable... any thoughts anyone?
means my magnificent 23 litre tank is useable for only 13 litres!
The headlight surround has a crack in the aluminium and there is an oil leak on the right hand side engine casing but I presume that this is due to a hashed up gasket, as it had a messy silicon budge to keep it from leaking.
Soon after passing my Bike license I realised that under powered bikes were a liability, and I maintain that with this bike, but having a limited amount of power means that I can gain some confidence dumping the clutch and revving like hell....
For the HUMM, I cant see myself making it to Spain from the UK on a 250cc bike.
dont know what the "baja" bit is about, so i googled a pic. probably just the aforementioned headlights. the XL250 is a good reliable bike, wont set the world on fire but if your greenlaning in britain you will have to pick it up ten times and expect it to start afterwards, so its ideal for that. and because you will be dropping it all the time the big tank shouldnt be filled anyway,(ebay a normal tank?) and take the indicators off. and above all, have a laugh
I had an XLR250 last year, got rid because of the kick start and poor starting from the engine being hot. I now use a Yamaha TTR250, fantastic bike, has 6 gears, so with the right sprockets can do 70mph, plus go up mountains, leccy start, plus i fitted additional lights.
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