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#29173 - 01/31/08 01:19 AM XT350 vs XT225
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Ok, I am wanting to know some comparisons on these two bikes. Since I would not be using the bike offroad to much would the extra power and acceleration be worth it to buy the 350? This will be my first bike and I have found a 99XT350 in good condition but we have not agreed on the price yet. Will this bike be a good deal if I could get it for 2,000 or around? Would both of these bikes have enough acceleration for riding around on rode? I know that they are not sport bikes but I don't want to be lagging behind. Thanks for the help!


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#29175 - 01/31/08 01:27 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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The XT350, is excellent for road. The 225 can handle highway riding, but the 350 would be better at it. The 350 is kickstart only, whereas the 225 has the sweet button and you could add a kickstart if you want. I almost bought a 350 myself, but the guy sold it before I got there, so I ended up with the 225, but I couldn't be happier....
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#29178 - 01/31/08 01:34 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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I am 15 and dont have my permit and I plan on learning to ride on my farm for at least a couple of months before I get on the road, so another question will the XT350 handle the fields well. Also would it be a good first bike? Are there any other bikes that are better than it? I am wanting a combination of MPG, Offroad cababilities, handling and acceleration.
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#29179 - 01/31/08 01:42 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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The 350 is an excellent all around bike. It is pretty much as bulletproof and everything else as the 225, but is a little heavier, and taller. The offroad capabilities are comparable with the 225, but with the 225 being lighter, you can flick it thru just about anything....
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#29196 - 01/31/08 12:19 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Moto Psycho]
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IMHO the XT350 feels a lot heavier to ride, suspension doesn't feel as good on the road or off road (Soggy) and is only a little quicker. Reportedly just as reliable (though carbs can be fiddly).

If you are closer to 200lb then you mass will effect the XT225 on road a little and if you are close to 6 foot tall the XT350 will be more comfortable size wise.

I honestly think you should check out the DR350 and TTR250 as well if you can find street legal versions (in the UK they all are, but dunno across the pond).
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#29197 - 01/31/08 03:18 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: NickR]
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The DR350SE was made in the US as a street legal bike with E start. I think the 1996 and later were the best. I owned a 1985 XT350 and it had about 6-7 more HP more than the 225 plus more torque, weighed about 40 lbs more, and had a top speed of about 85. As NickR says, the dual throat carb is squirrely and the rubber part of the intake manifolds seperate from the aluminum part sometimes. The front forks are the weak spot in the suspension. I put knobbies on mine and it made a big difference off -road. If they had ever brought in the TT350 in street legal form as it was sold overseas, it would have been a winner. I had one I dual sported. Better suspension and lighter that the XT350. The TTR250 was never street legal in the US.
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#29204 - 01/31/08 11:41 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: GlennF]
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I have owned both a 1987 XT350 (gone) and a 2005 XT225. They are both great bikes. I like the 225 better offroad and I liked the 350 better on the road. The 350 handled the highway with ease. My 350 was bulletproof. Here is a picture of my 1987 XT350 when I sold it in 2004. It was 17 years old and still ran like a new bike.
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#29209 - 02/01/08 02:22 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: NJBill]
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What kind of MPG should I expect to get?
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#29228 - 02/01/08 07:59 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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What would you pay for a 1999 XT350 with 5,600 miles? Would 2,000 be about right? Since I am about 6' tall I think a 350 would be a better fit for me.

Would the DR350 beat out the XT350 at MPG and acceleration? Is the DR350 over all a better bike?
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#29232 - 02/01/08 11:14 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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If it's in excellent shape, 1800-2000 should be fair....
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#29261 - 02/02/08 04:35 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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The XT350 has more midrange the the DR350 which is a low end torque motor. I would imagine they would tie in a drag race. The DR350 has much better off road suspension.
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#29281 - 02/03/08 06:21 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: GlennF]
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I bought a XT350 today! This is my first bike and so far it has been alot of fun. I have a helmet, but right now I am looking at other riding gear. I will have a little while, becuase I am only going to ride it in my field for a couple of months. The bike is pretty heavy for riding in the field. I am learning how to shift and everything.(I have never even been on a motorcycle before today). Hopefully I will get a lot better in the up and comming months.

Heres a pic

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#29290 - 02/03/08 01:04 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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Nice looking bike.

Don't wait too long on the armour. At least pick up some knee pads from Harbor Freight for $5 and soccer shin pads. I think elbow pads aren't too bad costwise either. They will save some skin if you take a tumble. And you never know. Its cheap insurance.

My daughter was learning and took a tumble in the front yard, jammed her foot (tennis shoes), scraped this and that. Didn't have protection on. So be prepared.

Again, nice looking bike. I'm sure you will enjoy it. Welcome to the circus.
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Have an '06 XT225. Got it for gas and to keep miles off the new Tundra. Been riding since 14. Last enduro bike was a HD Sprint back in the early 70's. Didn't realize how much I missed the trail riding. Got a '89 Kawa KX500 recently to play with too.

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#29292 - 02/03/08 01:40 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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Nice XT350. As I mentioned earlier, I owned one of these a few years back. It is a great bike that will last forever if maintained. Good luck!
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#29447 - 02/08/08 04:57 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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You got the right kind of bike to learn on which is to your credit.

I suggest you spend a few more bucks and get some training at a dirt bike school. It will make a big difference in how you ride, both on and off the road.

Ditto on the safety gear. Get a pair of mx boots. You are going to drop the bike at some time. You need to be prepared.

You should also be prepared in becoming a motor cycle nut. Your friends and relatives will not understand you or that grin on your face.
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#29454 - 02/08/08 08:54 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: BikinBud]
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I wish I had a field to practice in for 2 months, I'd be there from sun up to sun down.

Please post video when you can drift the rear with both feet on the pegs! Ha ha, baby steps...baby steps.

When you've mastered it please let me know how you do it!
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#29461 - 02/09/08 12:10 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Doc250]
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I suspect that you're eventually going to be spending more time on the road than the dirt. I'd suggest that you first try to take the Basic Rider Course offered nationwide by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. It's money well spent and required for people under 21 to get a motorcycle license here in California.
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#29550 - 02/11/08 12:20 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: BillV]
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 Originally Posted By: BillV
I suspect that you're eventually going to be spending more time on the road than the dirt. I'd suggest that you first try to take the Basic Rider Course offered nationwide by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation. It's money well spent and required for people under 21 to get a motorcycle license here in California.


Yea, I am wanting to get some safty gear but I really don't have much money right now, so I am going to try and get a job but it will be tuff with me being 15.

I am doing good so far in the field. I did lay it down the first day, but I haven't so far after that. I would be out there everyday but the weather changes so much, and it has been raining and cold lately. It is alot of fun, and I haven't stalled it in at least a couple of days. \:\)

I am going to look into the safty course and try and take it over springbreak. To get my permit in MO and being under 16 they require you to take a training course, but it does not cost anything. So I am wondering if it is the same as the other safty course. If you take that one you don't have to take the driving test to get your full license. I am going to go to the license place and look into it in a couple of days.
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#29551 - 02/11/08 12:24 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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Oh yeah, If anyone would be so kind to help me find some good low priced gear that would look good with the bike I would appreciated it much.

What kind of gear do you wear?

Would regular street bike gear look go out of place to wear while riding my bike?

Thanks
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#29554 - 02/11/08 06:24 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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I appreciate that the course could be a significant expense for a 15 year old. Try leaning on your parents. It's in their best interests too.
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#29562 - 02/11/08 03:19 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: BillV]
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 Originally Posted By: BillV
I appreciate that the course could be a significant expense for a 15 year old. Try leaning on your parents. It's in their best interests too.


Well they told me that I would have to pay for everything that had to do with a motorcycle so. . . I am going to have to pay for it but they would probably lend me that money if I did not have enough money for it when I had a good time to take it.
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#29620 - 02/13/08 02:31 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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I pretty much buy all my gear from Rocky Mountain ATV/MC and Motosport . They have good deals, no tax, and free shipping on orders over $100. Plus, they always have closeout deals....
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#29746 - 02/19/08 12:22 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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 Originally Posted By: Riderman
Well they told me that I would have to pay for everything that had to do with a motorcycle so. . .

Right on dude, glad to see Im not the only one in such a situation! payin your own way will make every part of it that much more satisfying - plus no one can tell you you cant play with it cause its your damn bike!
a great selection on a first bike - looks awesome!
so youve got a helmet - do you have goggles for it? I would suggest Scott if you dont
you gotta getcha some ridin boots (MSR VX-1 on rockymountainatc.com for 90 bucks, cheapest good boots youll find) as ankles, feet, fibia, an tibia are the most common breaks/fractures that happen on bikes, right next to wrist and head injuries (unless youre wearin the brain bucket.)
dont forget ATGATT!
have fun with it man, dont sweat the expensive stuff - itll come with time, but do get you some protective gear. oh and dont ride it on the street until you get a permit/licence - I did and ended up going to court and having to pay about 300 bones in fines an court costs!
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#29765 - 02/19/08 11:48 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: allagainstall]
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Dunno if you have a job or not, but I had a paper round and wash various neighbours cars and used the money from them to buy a battered Honda TLR 250 trials bike when I was about 14. I managed one summer of use on it, did a couple of beginner competitions, before it got stolen and I could not afford to replace.
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#29809 - 02/21/08 08:48 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: NickR]
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Well I am hoping to get a job today. I have an interview at Wendy's this afternoon. Is buying gear for the motorcycle dealers a good option. . becuase I have no idea where else to get it. I would like to try on most of the stuff especially the boots. I ordered a leather jacket for a hundred bucks shipped and looks to be pretty nice for the money but I had to send it back, becuase it was to small. Oh and I do have goggles for my helmet.

It seems like it has been forever since I have road it. It has been cold and rainy out for at least a week. Now it is sleeting and freezing rain out so they cancled school!

I'll let you know how the interview goes as it is about time to go to it now.
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#29821 - 02/22/08 02:42 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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Riderman...

Go to your local stealership and try on the gear you want to buy. Then get online to buy it....
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#29822 - 02/22/08 02:58 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Moto Psycho]
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 Originally Posted By: Moto Psycho
Riderman...

Go to your local stealership and try on the gear you want to buy. Then get online to buy it....


That sounds like a good plan. \:\)
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#29862 - 02/24/08 10:55 PM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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Hello everyone, I am interested in learning how to change the oil in the bike. Would I be better off finding a shop to do it for me? I have no idea . . so any help would be appreciated!
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#29867 - 02/25/08 02:36 AM Re: XT350 vs XT225 [Re: Riderman]
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Riderman,

It is a simple task. Just look at the Manual provided when you first bring up the Home Page.

I am sure there are some postings of how to do it as well. Clean the oil filter while you are at it.

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