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2005-10-07 2002 Yamaha XT225 Dual Sport View Listings

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I have 20 years experience as a motorcycle rider and I must say that this bike is the one I enjoyed the most. Got it used in spring 2005. Reliability has been excellent. Only problem with this bike is starting it in cold condition but can be cured with some work on the carburetor. Performance is good, you have to recall that it is still only a 225cc engine, it's not a 650cc. Comfort is okay for a dual purpose bike, but on the long runs, your butt will hurt. Quality overall of the bike is excellent. Maintenance is very easy to do also. For me it is one of the best "bang for the buck" bikes out there. Very fun to drive, either on the streets or dirt. Life is all about compromise and the XT225 is one of the best in this department.
- Jon, Quebec, Quebec

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2005-08-26 2002 Yamaha XT225 Dual Sport View Listings

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I owned a 1973 Suzuki TS100 and a 1976 Suzuki RM125, and then went almost 25 years without a bike. I purchased my XT225 new in 2002. If you just want a light, fun to ride, reliable, and capable trail and dual sport bike, it is hard to do better. To me, this bike is the modern day version of the early seventies Japanese enduros (TS, DT, XL, etc.) except with better suspension. I ride on side streets in southeast Michigan, and have also had my bike in the trails of northern Michigan. I have climbed some pretty steep hills, and there was no drama involved--just sit a bit forward and twist the gas. The bike just scampered right up the hills. It is not a motocross bike and is not made for jumping or riding at speed through whoops, but for trail riding and dual sport riding, it is excellent. If you search the used bike ads, you will not find many XT225s for sale, and there is a reason that people tend to hold on to them. I have had many compliments on the appearance of my stock XT225, and the craftsmanship on the XT225 is excellent. The one upgrade that I am considering is a change to Pirelli MT21 tires, since northern Michigan is mostly sand. If you do a search on the Internet by typing "250 Serow", you will find that Yamaha has just updated the XT225 for the Japanese market. Not sure how long it will take for this new version to reach the U.S. market, but it will definitely have some big shoes to fill. Good luck in choosing a bike.
- Tom, T, Michigan

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2004-06-22 2002 Yamaha TW200 Dual Sport View Listings

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This is a great bike for beginners and I should know being a 37 year old mother of 2 who has never ridden an adult sized dirt bike(my kids have a 50(suzuki) and an PW 80). I hopped on and was able to immediately take it for a spin which REALLY impressed my spouse. The fact that I am 5'3" and 130 pounds does make the bike a little heavy and hard to control(such as backing up). My husband is now looking for one for himself since he is the only one in the family without a dirt bike.
- New Rider Girl, Crouse, North Carolina

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2004-03-11 2002 Yamaha TW200 Dual Sport View Listings

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This bike is a dream bike... (In the dirt) it looks so small and squeamish, but it's a blast to ride. I can take corners with heavy traction, while my friends with 650's (dual sport) can't catch me. Power sliding is slower than actual traction (in this case). The pavement is a different story though... It moves along with the others till about 60mph, then it's, "see you later guys, I'll catch up to you later... and pass you when you're getting a speeding ticket" I know its just a thumper bike, but I really enjoy riding it...It's loads of fun, because it's so easy to handle. It also seems to run on air, and never fail. It's quite frankly, a little monster.
- Me, Yes, New York

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