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5.0
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5.0
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4.5
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4.3

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ahilis

Lexington, Kentucky

Reviewed on 2013-11-13

Motorcycle reviewed2008 Yamaha XT250

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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 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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peetpixel

Wisconsin

Reviewed on 2021-01-27

Motorcycle reviewed2010 Yamaha XT250

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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.
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Pipes

Peoria, Arizona

Reviewed on 2014-10-23

Motorcycle reviewed2009 Yamaha XT250

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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 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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Paul

Phoenix , Arizona

Reviewed on 2011-02-03

Motorcycle reviewed2010 Yamaha XT250

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5.0
I have had this bike for a few months now and love it more than my 2003 DR200. This bike is perfect to scoot around town. It rides excellent on the road at 40-50 mph. and is equally at home riding forest service roads. I actually prefer this bike to my Suzuki M50 for riding around town. It is much more nimble and has plenty of power for around town. I would like to add a rear rack and bags for carrying things back and forth to work. Other than that, this bike is perfect right off the show room floor. This would also make a great bike to learn on. It is light and easy to handle. I affectionately call it my mountain bike with a motor.
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John W.

Tampa, Florida

Reviewed on 2010-12-29

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5.0
I bought this bike to be an in-town commuter. Even though this may not have been Yamaha's primary intention for this bike, I have been very impressed with how well it performs on-road. The bike's strengths: light weight/compact design, maneuverability, and fuel economy are what made me choose it initially. However, I did not count on how fun this bike is to ride! There is plenty of power for in-town and even highway traffic. The fantastic ground clearance and dirt bike design mean you can find parking spaces literally anywhere. If I have one complaint it is the stock tires are truly terrible, which is why I took away a star for performance and comfort. I recently upgraded to more street-oriented enduro tires, so hopefully will be giving those stars back soon enough!
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Robert Nichol

Norco, California

Reviewed on 2010-08-03

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5.0
This Yamaha fits my riding style and comfort perfectly! The dealership was great to work with on a new 2009 that they had in stock. They gave me a fair price, answered all of my questions, and went out of their way to make sure I was happy before the sale, and after. This dual sport bike does everything it should and with enthusiasm. After comparing with the Kawasaki KLX250S and the Honda CRF 230L, which they had in stock, the right fit was the Yamaha, and I couldn't be more pleased. In the first 200 miles and following the "Break-in" procedures, I have been on the street, short freeway runs, and on some light off road trails, and the bike has excelled in each area. The 250cc engine is plenty of power, coupled with the light weight of the bike, make it user friendly in any conditions. The bike is made to last, typical Yamaha, with great styling as well. I would recommend this bike to anyone looking for a true, dual-purpose motorcycle.
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