Re: CleanMPG reviews the 2008 Yamaha XT250
If I remember correctly from my own days of bangin' around in
the woods on my ol' Honda XL350, a bit of a heavy beast for
offroad but still reasonably functional in both environments,
getting your weight a bit forward, on the pegs, and controlling
where the back end goes with the throttle yields the best control
over bumpy stuff. Sometimes you have to just power through it,
where trying to float in a glide would let the front end slide
around too much. And of course sometimes squirting a big rooster
tail of dirt is just plain fun.
Sounds like this puppy does *way* better than the fiftyish MPG my
ol' girl generally yielded, although the highway MPG was definitely
better after I re-sprocketed the back end with a smaller one that
effectively shifted the whole gearing range up one and didn't force
me to pull 6500 rpm to keep up with highway traffic.