xt 250 on the highway?!?!
Posted June 28, 2008 - 01:07 PM
Posted June 28, 2008 - 08:14 PM
Posted June 28, 2008 - 08:39 PM
Posted June 29, 2008 - 05:46 PM
I got mine in april, and I just rode it! My tire is getting there and I have changed the oil every 4 to 600 miles and hot washed the chain then relubed it with that o ring safe stuff. make sure its at the right tension, smoother on the engine I think. My low beam went out. I have 2100 mi on it.
I say your as safe as you think your maintenance is, and a safe speed.
I have a dirt bike visor on my helmet and went by a log truck on the highway about 60+. UNSAFE I almost got blown off the road. The bike is too light to go 60+ all the time.
And it knocks thats the sound of this engine, esp. under stress. Ive taken that cover off on the right side and checked the valves at 1200mi, they didnt need adjustment. I bet a watercooled engine would be quieter !
Just ride it
Posted June 29, 2008 - 05:51 PM
Posted June 30, 2008 - 08:21 AM
Posted June 30, 2008 - 09:59 AM
Posted June 30, 2008 - 09:04 PM
Mine is in break in process so no freeways yet. Just streets. And I'm used to the 55-60 mph thing anyway. If I drive my other vehicle faster than 60 I can watch the gas gauge sprint to E.
Posted August 11, 2008 - 10:15 PM
Posted August 12, 2008 - 07:46 AM
Posted August 15, 2008 - 09:23 AM
With the stock tires I never corner above around 20 because I can feel the knobs rolling and slipping on the road.
Please post when you get your new tires and let us know how you like them.
Posted August 15, 2008 - 10:08 PM
Posted August 17, 2008 - 07:11 AM
I did all the things you mentioned and it helped, the question I think is this going to be what someone wishes to do day in and day out if they frequent the highway ( you seem ok with that). I myself would definitly not enjoy it and I think someone who is asking ahead of time might have the same concerns as well. I realize that you do not mind slowing down hugging the bike and staying far right, but most riders would not want to make that a regular thing and even then its more dangerous than necessary. I think personally I would get a larger more highway worthy bike if I had to commute long interstates around big trucks. For most other types of riding this bike does very well including off road. I might consider a Buell blast about as small as I would consider highway worthy.
Posted August 17, 2008 - 02:43 PM
The tires were not an issue. I must've gotten the only pair of good factory tires. I never experienced a bit of uneasiness. No wander; no wobble.
The vibration of the entire bike made my hands numb and the phantom vibration I felt in my fingers at the grocery store was interesting. But that was after two hours of solid riding.
Speaking of two hours of riding. That seat is not tushy-friendly. Thankfully I can adjust my riding position easily. I can scoot back a bit and lean forward for a while and scoot forward and sit upright for a while. Can't do that on a cruiser or sports bike. Still, I'm getting a pair of bicycle pants with that gel stuff in the butt for rides longer than an hour.
Got hit with rotor-wash of a large helicopter that was landing near the Pacific Coast Highway and got hit by some coastal winds. Not bad. The bike wasn't rock solid, but it wasn't scary either. I'm used to keeping a hold of a tiny scooter during gusty Santa Ana winds. On that thing you feel like Mary Poppins.
Speaking of getting buffeted, a windscreen is a must if you plan on a lot of long distance trips. I got caught in some headwinds and it was fun hanging on tight. My body acted like a sail...and I'm not that big. One spot is like a wind tunnel where the highway goes between a rock and a cliff...yee haw!
My conclusion is this:
The XT250 is not a Harley. If you wanted a Harley ride you would've bought a Harley. The XT250 is a light bike designed to get itself to and from the trail without the need of an expensive, gas guzzling support vehicle. Use it daily as a commuter? Do-able for under an hour. But it takes a mindset that says "I'm in it for the adventure."
What amazes me is that little bikes like this are often packed until they resemble sad, little Mexican donkeys and asked to take someone weighing nearly as much as the bike from one side of a continent to the other...reliably.
That says something about these bikes.
Posted August 18, 2008 - 03:04 PM
Posted August 18, 2008 - 05:36 PM
You may want to check your speedo too. I found mine to be off by 6mph. I drove by a police roadside radar station (the your speed is thing..) several times to find out how far off it was. So when you were doin' 60mph and getting past by horse drawn wagons, maybe you were really doing 54mph.... I'm blaming the vibration on the tires. I use my XT about 85% on the road as a daily commuter (The roads I take are 35mph to 50mph, no sweat for this puppy). The more I ride these Chen Shings on the road the more the side knubs are getting into the straight line ride. I didn't have any vibration until I past the 1000 mile mark (approaching 1800mi now). I'm going to put a pair of Avon Distanzia's on and I let you know if my vibration goes away....
Don't put much faith in those roadside "This is your speed" things. There's one south of Oxnard that clocked everyone at about 20-25mph. My speedo said 55mph and I got clocked at 16mph.
Posted August 19, 2008 - 09:12 AM
Disclaimer: All messages posted by this user are only suggestions. Ride at your own risk.
Posted August 19, 2008 - 01:24 PM
F.W.I.W. I've owned 2 DR650's and both of those were geared down lower for off road use so they also screamed on the highway.
Point = as long as you're keeping things below redline, you aren't going to hurt a thing except your fuel economy.
As for all the concerns regarding getting blown around and not taking a corner fast due to knobby squirm.........
.........no disrespect but, are you guys being serious?
That's just part of riding a D.S. bike I.M.H.O. and it only adds to the excitement. I'd hardly call it unsafe, though! If it's tall and light enough to be capable off-road, that's just going to happen and I'd either learn how to react properly or get a street bike. (I'm sorry if I sound condescending but, I've been riding D.S. bikes for many years and just don't understand this "worry") My little XT does just fine.
Than again, I'm pretty heavy (220lbs) so maybe you'd better start eating at Mc.Donalds more. (insert smiley face here!)
Posted August 20, 2008 - 04:56 PM
Posted August 21, 2008 - 01:21 PM