Originally Posted by Janizary
As the owner of many small-displacement bikes over the last 20 years I've always known about the 'huge' MPG these little 250s are capable of, even with a 200+ lb rider like myself.
My current 'trail bike', an '05 Kawasaki KLR-250 can bring back fantastic MPG when used in city, or highway only. I use it primarly for scooting about desert trails, many times at lower speeds, and often at higher RPMs when climbing hills/mountain trails, and it still returns 60-65MPG with what I would consider to be horrible FE conditions.
All that said, even with 20+ years of motorcycle experience with everything from dirt bikes, to light-displacement enduros, to sport bikes, to larger touring bikes, I find myself shying away from riding my bikes on the highway. Too many folks just drive too crazy and just don't 'see' you on the bike, or just don't care (probably a combination of both). I'd like my boys to have me around for a bit, so I pretty much steer clear of the freeway nowadays.
In the market for a trail bike that I can mount my GPS on and do some exploring..
Is this a good deal? I like the low miles and accessories that come with it..
I like most everything about the bike, if could change one thing on the bike by snapping my fingers, I would make the transmission a 6 speed.
Oh, and a second thing that needs to be addressed is that the carberator is set very lean from the factory.
This apparently was also the problem with the XT225.
People figured out how to adjust the fuel and air screws to make it better and I know that this will be the case with the 250 as well.
When starting the engine cold, you have to use the choke for a long time compared to other bikes. But, once it is warmed up it runs great.
I go the bike, thanks!