The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
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I have an XT225 that is fine at high revs but at lower revs suffers from a huge lack of power. I have to slip it into first gear to get up the steeper hills even with just me on the bike (80kg). I used to be able to get up those hills in 2nd or even 3rd gear before.
I don't know if this is related or not but it also has problems starting from cold. Fortunately I live on a hill so it is very easy for me to bump start it. It coughs and splutters for the first 100m but then it is ok though it does have a tendency to die if I don't keep the revs up a little.
The trouble is that I live in a sleepy little place in Thailand and the mechanics here don't really have much of a clue regarding bigger (imported) bikes. And, to be honest, I am not the most mechanically minded person either.
several things to check. first is very simple. check your sparkplug, replace it is probably the best bet.
next, is the carburetor. it has two important jets in it, a main, and pilot jet. the pilot jet basically runs things from idle to about 25% throttle, give or take, and the main is from there on, or a certain engine speed and above.
if either,or both are dirty, you're not going to have a good running bike. remove and blow them out if you can with an air compressor. if you cant see light through them, they arent clear.
also clean the bowl of the carburetor as well. any dirt or sediment in there, will get stirred up while the bike runs, which will result in poor performance and rough running/lack of power.
also, have the valve clearnces checked. its a pretty simple job, but must be done with the motor cold, like dont even start it in the morning kind of cold. a valve out of spec will make a bike lose power if it isnt sealing entirely. easy adjustment.
Check the air filter, just remove it and see how it runs- better or worse?
Have a good look at the inlet rubber between carb and head check for cracks or splits.
Poor starting points to weak running, air leaks or blocked jets, first things to check.
Sounds to me like you may be running too rich and the bike is bogging down under low rev load. Check the colour of your plugs (biscuit brown is good, black is rich, whiteish is lean) and adjust the pilot needle / float hight accordingly. A give away is if blipping the throttle in neutral you produce excessive brownish smoke from the exhaust. Other than that check your coils are not breaking down under load.
Alan, you need to post your questions on XT225.com.
These guys have a lot of experience in setting up your bike. They come from the factory set very lean. There are simple mods to rectify this as well as information on getting the jetting right for riding at altitude. give them a try.
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