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manxie

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XT250 - first steps
« on: October 21, 2018, 05:20:57 PM »
I bought this little XT250 about 12 - 18 months ago, but due to personal commitments it has just been sat in my garage waiting for attention.

Well, a good friend of mine has offered to "do it up" for me, and he came to collect it yesterday. I`ve never had it running so what ever it`ll need, it`ll get. What a lovely little thing it is and can`t wait to ride it around one day and even get a few green lanes done on it.

I know I`ve not been on here for a while but I just wanted to share my story. Cheers  ;) 8)

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2018, 05:48:01 PM »
Evening Steve, good to have you back on the keyboard 👍... looks like a cracking little project, I used to lust after one of them when I was a younger fella. Big bro (propeller) has a very interesting story about one and about the poor young squaddie that was riding it at the time 😥😥
Cheers, Michael

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2018, 06:41:53 PM »
Hi Michael, thanks for your welcome. My mate who is working on it for me, owned one in about 1985?? and I loved his back then. I`m really looking forward to getting it done but now I`m 35ish yrs older and about 8st heavier, maybe it wont be as much fun as it should be  ???  ;D ;D
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1971 MZ ES250/2 TROPHY
1980 Yamaha XT250
1978 Bultaco Sherpa project (not started)
1968 Kawasaki F3 175 Bushwhacker (project in progress)

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2018, 10:16:08 PM »
Looks a nice one Steve - like a mini XT500. I missed out on one years back. Usual story, I should have told the owner I was genuinely interested and it ended up getting sold for £150! There's a book called "Exploring green roads and lanes of Great Britain" - it still turns up quite cheaply on Amazon or Ebay and well worth picking up. The author Ian Thompson owned an XT250 and used it to off-road extensively in Britain and Europe.


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Tony

manxie

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2018, 10:32:05 PM »
Cheers Tony. We have a few green lanes over here to try out when it`s done but I`ll keep an eye out for the book you mention. Cheers, Steve.
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1971 MZ ES250/2 TROPHY
1980 Yamaha XT250
1978 Bultaco Sherpa project (not started)
1968 Kawasaki F3 175 Bushwhacker (project in progress)

manxie

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #5 on: October 24, 2018, 10:34:31 PM »
It`s on the bench …. carb off needing a rebuild before attempting to start to see how/if it runs ….

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1971 MZ ES250/2 TROPHY
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1968 Kawasaki F3 175 Bushwhacker (project in progress)

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #6 on: October 25, 2018, 07:48:41 AM »
Looks like it's survived the years pretty well to me Steve. Hope it runs as well as it looks...
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manxie

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #7 on: October 25, 2018, 09:11:17 PM »
Looks like it's survived the years pretty well to me Steve. Hope it runs as well as it looks...

 :) :) me too, thanks  ;) ;)
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1980 Yamaha XT250
1978 Bultaco Sherpa project (not started)
1968 Kawasaki F3 175 Bushwhacker (project in progress)

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #8 on: October 26, 2018, 09:15:54 AM »
Always liked them - good luck with it.
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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #9 on: October 29, 2018, 12:46:58 PM »
Lovely looking bike Steve  :)
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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #10 on: November 16, 2018, 08:26:41 AM »
I rode 15000 miles a year on one for 4 or 5 years. On road ,off road , commuting etc. 6v headlight was always the main issue but with a good bulb and a cibie lens ( which I may still have) it was nearly OK.
So many good times were had. Shane, XL250R, and I relentlessly slipstreaming each other and in the end had to pull in as I couldn't see from laughing so much.
Took the footrests off the swinging arm and welded on loops to the frame. Only sold it a few years back to a guy who wrote a homemade manual/ journal that I dug out last night. You can have the manual  if you wish. PM me your address.



Cheers
Min
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manxie

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #11 on: November 21, 2018, 11:59:25 PM »
PM sent Min. (sorry for the delay)

The little XT has been running and ridden around some fields to check gearbox / clutch and all seems good. Further strip down has commenced.


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2012 RE 500 Bullet
1971 MZ ES250/2 TROPHY
1980 Yamaha XT250
1978 Bultaco Sherpa project (not started)
1968 Kawasaki F3 175 Bushwhacker (project in progress)

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #12 on: November 26, 2018, 10:40:36 PM »
 :o :o not much left of it now  :-[  :-\

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1971 MZ ES250/2 TROPHY
1980 Yamaha XT250
1978 Bultaco Sherpa project (not started)
1968 Kawasaki F3 175 Bushwhacker (project in progress)

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #13 on: January 15, 2019, 09:49:19 PM »
zorst and barrel knackered  :(

Mint second hand barrel fitted and new NOS exhaust bought

Pics of old exhaust after blasting, expecting to just repaint it but NO!!!!  :o

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1971 MZ ES250/2 TROPHY
1980 Yamaha XT250
1978 Bultaco Sherpa project (not started)
1968 Kawasaki F3 175 Bushwhacker (project in progress)

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Re: XT250 - first steps
« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2019, 09:05:41 AM »
Oh the joys of restoration eh.... money pits. Makes ya wonder why we do it really doesn't it😁👍.... best o luck with the rest of it Steve. IT'll be worth it in the end.. cheers, Michael