___The 2008 Yamaha XT250 is home for a week
John Covell (General Manager) and Jim Parpan (Service Manager) of Lake County Power Sports.
Spec fuel tank capacity: 2.59 total gallonsUS cap including the .5 gallon reserve.
First Fill up actual: 2.326 gallonsUS on top of another ~ .45 gallons of reserve still left.
Picked her up with .8 miles on the odometer. She ran out of fuel in the parking lot at 1.1 miles as I was driving back and forth behind the shop while getting used to her. I drove 4.0 miles on reserve and added 2.326 gallon topped off. Total cap is more along the lines of 2.75 gallonsUS. There is a tank and carburetor Evap canister so it is the CA model vs. the non-CA model with no EVAP canister.
Tire pressure specs
Front Tire Pressure: 18 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 22 psi
Manual Max Spec (for those of us that weigh over 198 pounds)
Front Tire Pressure: 22 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 25 psi
Front Tire Pressure: 32 psi
Rear Tire Pressure: 32 psi
Oil sump cap: 1.27 quarts w/out Filter replacement. I think I will head over to Walmart and pick up some manual recommend Mobil1 10W-30 Synthetic after I run the first tank through. After consulting with the dealership of course
0 to 600 miles -- Avoid prolonged operation above 1/3 throttle. I do not think that will be a problem
600 to 1,000 miles -- Avoid prolonged operation above 1/2 throttle.
After 1,000 miles, the engine oil and oil filter cartridge or element must be changed/replaced.
1000 miles and beyond -- The vehicle can now be operated normally.
To avoid the possibility of excessive exhaust emissions, never leave the Choke on longer than necessary. The time necessary depends on the ambient air temperature as shown below
Above 50 degrees F requires about 7 seconds of Full Choke.
Below 50 degrees F requires about 35 seconds of Full Choke and about 2.5 minutes of ½ Choke.
Warm Engine requires no Choke.
Right at home in the large open off-road spaces.
You have to be in 5th gear by 25 mph for FE so she is geared really short. Commonplace for any bike actually let alone one with just 249 cc’s.
There is this little button called a kill switch that I renamed the FAS switch
No tach unfortunately but does include two trip odometer’s and a clock.
Mirrors are a bit on the small size for view to the rear.
Soft first 2 to 3” of travel to absorb the little road imperfections. Off-road tires can be a little rough as you can feel one knob to the next on the pavement vs. a road bike tire. Expected of course. Surprisingly comfortable for the novice rider actually.
Yamaha gave the XT250 plenty of off-road ground clearance (11.22” unloaded) but in doing so, the pegs to seat distance place your claves to thighs in a sport bike bend even though you are sitting upright. I will let you know about this one after a few more hours.
I have no idea yet but oh how I wish this had an OBD-II port to plug in some FCD instrumentation. She practically idles along at 26 to 30 mph so I suspect there is going to be some big numbers available given the size of the ICE at maybe 1,700 RPM (total guesstimate) at those speeds? I have internal ratios, sprocket teeth and will do the rear tire height for the RPM calc’s at various speeds later.
The full review will be a while but to start the blog, the above should suffice.
Individuals behind the scenes
I would like to thank both Michael Schmitt and Meredith Penrod of the Yamaha Motor Corporation for pulling some very large strings to have this bike shipped out from CA and setup for the review. I would also like to thank John Covell, the General Manager of Lake County Power Sports for picking up the temp registration last night and taking me to his dealership to pick up the bike this afternoon. And of course the working setup of the bike including the walk through by Jim Parpan, the Service Manager of Lake County Power Sports.