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Jorge A Rodriguez

Reviewed on September 14, 2023

Motorcycle reviewed 2015 Yamaha XT250 view listing

5.0
Awesome bike all around ... no words to describe how happy I'm. It took me years or riding to realize this was the right bike for me. I'm 60 yrs, 5'7", 190 lbs and it's just perfect balance for on and off-road fun. Bike is 2015, looks incredibly brand new and even better than other actual new bikes. ... read more
Awesome bike all around ... no words to describe how happy I'm. It took me years or riding to realize this was the right bike for me. I'm 60 yrs, 5'7", 190 lbs and it's just perfect balance for on and off-road fun. Bike is 2015, looks incredibly brand new and even better than other actual new bikes. Economical and bullet proof built. I just replaced the tires with new original Bridgestone rubber and very happy with it, no need for anything else. No need for more or less ... Ideal for short to mid range distances, 50 miles or so radius. For far away trips, I just haul the bike in my pickup truck to anywhere I want to ride and rest is awesome fun!!
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JEFF RUSH

Reviewed on June 17, 2023

Motorcycle reviewed 2007 Yamaha TW200 view listing

4.0
This thing is the G.O.A.T., it is a goat too. It is a great starter bike and a great relaxing trail bike. I love commuting on this bike. It's not really fast, but it is really fun. This bike will climb the trails with ease. It has excellent upgrades and after-market support. if you are looking for a hobby bi... read more
This thing is the G.O.A.T., it is a goat too. It is a great starter bike and a great relaxing trail bike. I love commuting on this bike. It's not really fast, but it is really fun. This bike will climb the trails with ease. It has excellent upgrades and after-market support. if you are looking for a hobby bike with a cult following this is your bike.
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John Shelton

Reviewed on February 10, 2023

Motorcycle reviewed 2016 Yamaha XTZ 12GC Super Tenera view listing

5.0
This is a 50,000 miles review of my Anniversary edition Super T... I purchase this bike used for a much older gentleman with 10k babied miles and considered a garage Queen in perfect condition. This motorcycle came with every option from the factory but added accessories was, Russell all day seat, handlebar ... read more
This is a 50,000 miles review of my Anniversary edition Super T... I purchase this bike used for a much older gentleman with 10k babied miles and considered a garage Queen in perfect condition. This motorcycle came with every option from the factory but added accessories was, Russell all day seat, handlebar risers and handlebars along with taller windshield, performance exhaust, tuner, heated grips, two sets of accessory fog and headlights, neon, pegs and bags. Now on to what I do not like about the bike. When idling it sounds like my tractor and when you pull in the clutch the gear indicator goes away, it EATS rear tires every 2000-4500 miles but the biggest issue is that the bike seems top heavy. Now as far as the sound and the gear indicator go are two things I quickly got accustomed to but the heaviness took a lot of practice riding slow and the aftermarket seat sets me up higher so that had to be overcome. After about 2 months of riding and over a thousand miles my entire body feels at home on this bike as it fits me perfectly. The most important thing that I absolutely love is the overall fit and performance suited perfectly for me. With the tuner/commander this bike in sport mode acts like a sport bike and not a crosstouring machine. I will outrun people I ride with, even the sport bikes. Twisties is what makes me smile the most from this machine. The low end grunt raw power, with the way the motorcycle falls into the corners as if it's connected to your eyeballs, makes it effortless to ride 6 or 7 hours. The wind protection, riding position, sheer power, and Rider aids such as ABS, traction control combined with the fact it can all be turned of makes this machine even better. 2016 is very old technology so I can only imagine how great the 2023s are. Now for what the Super Tenera was actually built for... Gravel roads, fire roads, hard packed backcountry roads and the not so good County roads that are not maintained. The only thing I have found this bike sucks at is soft soil / sand / mud... It's heavy so not designed for this environment. I came from the KLR 650 many years ago and call that machine a true ADV Off-roading machine. This motorcycle has traveled thousands of miles on every type of gravel road known and handled them all with ease. So with this said I'm extremely happy with this bike and just got through doing a valve adjustment, drive shaft seal, fork seals and tune-up so for me a machine that can handle 50,000 miles of abuse on back roads in Texas Louisiana and Arkansas is a beast. I thought about a NEW bike and rode many... Even the new Pan America but after spending a half hour I realized it will take so many upgrades that the price was pushing 30 GRAND and then after ridding MY PAID FOR BIKE home I realized just how much I love this bike. I'd like to see a big update for 2023-2024 model.... For now I'll keep my bike for another 20-30k miles. Oh yeah BTW the rear tire situation is my heavy fast right hand... And it doesn't matter if it's a full street, 90/10, 80/20, or 50/50.. they all go slick fast.
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Matt

Reviewed on November 17, 2022

Motorcycle reviewed 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere view listing

4.3
I have owned this motorcycle since it was on the showroom floor. After a lot of research on dual sport bikes - talking to many owners of different brands (BMW, KTM, Suzuki, etc) I was able to confidently purchase this bike as my one bike to do everything - backroads, touring, commuting and not be left wantin... read more
I have owned this motorcycle since it was on the showroom floor. After a lot of research on dual sport bikes - talking to many owners of different brands (BMW, KTM, Suzuki, etc) I was able to confidently purchase this bike as my one bike to do everything - backroads, touring, commuting and not be left wanting. Very little required maintenance, oil changes and tire changes - provided a bike that was always ready to go. The only quibble is that it was built before LED's were standard, requiring some aftermarket additions. I wouldn't hesitate to get on this bike to go anywhere on the continent.
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Carl Rider

Georgia

Reviewed on October 10, 2021

Motorcycle reviewed 2005 Yamaha TW200 view listing

4.5
I love this as a beginner bike. It is so fun to ride because you are always changing gears. It is great on and off road. Very reliable and simple machine. The bike is very light and easy to control. I love the tw200 community. You can have any questions answered on their forums. Cons- I wish it had a slightly... read more
I love this as a beginner bike. It is so fun to ride because you are always changing gears. It is great on and off road. Very reliable and simple machine. The bike is very light and easy to control. I love the tw200 community. You can have any questions answered on their forums. Cons- I wish it had a slightly higher top cruising speed. I wish it was a taller seat because I’m 6’2” with long legs.
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peetpixel

Wisconsin

Reviewed on January 27, 2021

Motorcycle reviewed 2010 Yamaha XT250 view listing

4.3
I think it is heavy for a 250cc but I'm 62. I put close 8,000 miles on it in just a few years. I took it up to Duluth twice and rode it in a day long dual sport ride over widely varying terrain. It's fun but it is dated. I cashed it in for a 2021 Honda Trail 125...the penultimate old-dude bike.... read more
I think it is heavy for a 250cc but I'm 62. I put close 8,000 miles on it in just a few years. I took it up to Duluth twice and rode it in a day long dual sport ride over widely varying terrain. It's fun but it is dated. I cashed it in for a 2021 Honda Trail 125...the penultimate old-dude bike.
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Pipes

Peoria, Arizona

Reviewed on October 23, 2014

Motorcycle reviewed 2009 Yamaha XT250 view listing

5.0
Two years and 2,000 miles later this bike is still running strong!! When I first purchased, I didn't like the way the taillight assembly sticks out so I purchased an LED taillight for a KLR from Amazon and mounted it up under the rear "visor" on the fender. It is protected by the luggage rack... read more
Two years and 2,000 miles later this bike is still running strong!! When I first purchased, I didn't like the way the taillight assembly sticks out so I purchased an LED taillight for a KLR from Amazon and mounted it up under the rear "visor" on the fender. It is protected by the luggage rack and the license plate is attached "vertically" to the rear fender. It looks so much cleaner now! I have trail ridden in Prescott Natl. Forest and in Payson, in all different terrain from rocks, dirt, sand and washboard roads. With its lightweight and centered seat position, it's very agile and maneuverable. It could use more power but it still performs nicely! It's very easy to load/unload in the bed of my truck. I have changed the oil and filter often and the mpg. is still the same. No complaints here!!
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MILAN JADE

SB, California

Reviewed on July 29, 2014

Motorcycle reviewed 2012 Yamaha WR250R view listing

5.0
It's the most advanced 250 Enduro four stroke of all time. It's light weight, has great off road prowess, good manners on road and is OK on the freeway. I hit 98 mph. top speed. It has a great fit and finish and is a well thought out bike. However, it does have a huge price tag compared to the inferior ... read more
It's the most advanced 250 Enduro four stroke of all time. It's light weight, has great off road prowess, good manners on road and is OK on the freeway. I hit 98 mph. top speed. It has a great fit and finish and is a well thought out bike. However, it does have a huge price tag compared to the inferior competition. It's OK to pay more when you get more.
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ahilis

Lexington, Kentucky

Reviewed on November 13, 2013

Motorcycle reviewed 2008 Yamaha XT250 view listing

5.0
If you read a few reviews about this bike on the web, you'll keep reading the word "underrated." What does this mean? It means that no one who owns and rides this bike underrates it, only those who have not experienced the bike are underrating it. Furthermore, most of those people are unable to ... read more
If you read a few reviews about this bike on the web, you'll keep reading the word "underrated." What does this mean? It means that no one who owns and rides this bike underrates it, only those who have not experienced the bike are underrating it. Furthermore, most of those people are unable to look much further than a bike's displacement when they "rate" one. I've been riding for 19 years, many of them off-road, but when I wanted a primarily-commuter bike for the big city, I did not want to be confined to the pavement. The turn angle caught my attention, the weight, the aluminum wheels, at the time the large disc brakes (front and rear), which now can be found on all the bikes in this bracket, a lightened crank...all of these point to a nimble bike that requires less power rather than providing more. The seat height is friendly to most riders (perfect for difficult, rocky trails and traffic lights)...and the riding position couldn't be more comfortable since it's really a "standard made to look like a dual-sport." A motorized mountain bike. The XT's air-cooled simplicity is another plus, since it doesn't require the extra power that you can get from a heavier water-cooled design. I've ridden the KLX250S alongside the XT and it's tall and clunky in comparison. The KLX provides more power, but it requires more as well so it doesn't have the spirited acceleration that the XT has. The grab handles on the back allow me to easily pick up the back end and swing it around to park it in a tight spot or spin it around on a trail. I should just write an entire article about this bike in order to give it a "proper" rating.
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J

Denver, Colorado

Reviewed on May 19, 2012

Motorcycle reviewed 2012 Yamaha WR250R view listing

5.0
If you are looking for a dual sport bike that is VERY capable off-road and still allow you to use it for your commute to work then this could be the one for you. If you are an experienced dirtbiker/racer then you may not be as happy with this bike. I wanted a bike to ride where my cruiser shouldn't go. ... read more
If you are looking for a dual sport bike that is VERY capable off-road and still allow you to use it for your commute to work then this could be the one for you. If you are an experienced dirtbiker/racer then you may not be as happy with this bike. I wanted a bike to ride where my cruiser shouldn't go. I ride the WR to the trailheads and from there can take off on forest roads, Jeep and ATV doubletracks and occasional singletrack trails. NO problems! If I need to ride roads anywhere in between, no big deal, I'm street legal. I have short legs so the 36.5 inch seat height concerned me but this bike can be lowered up to an inch by turning a nut on the lower shackle of the rear suspension. It can be lowered even more with purchase of a "Yamalink". I found no need to change the factory setting as I quickly became used to the height. Typical road use gets me about 74 mpg. - off road closer to 55 mpg. It can easily be ridden at sustained speeds of 55-65 mph. (and more). The speedometer accuracy (reads too fast by approx 10%) is my only complaint so far but I mount a portable GPS unit on it for my "adventures" anyway so I get an accurate speed from it. Gotta go ride now...
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