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What is the difference between the on and off road XR250's?

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What is the difference between the on and off road XR250's?

I know the on road has indicators and electric start and road tyres but what bout the gearbox / engine etc?

Im new to XR's and cant decide which one to get...

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The road version of the XR250 that is sold in New Zealand isnt much different from the off road version...they have the same frame/engine/suspension etc. The road version has a larger stator to run the lights and indicators, a larger wiring loom, all road going gear plus a steering lock. The XR 250/400 are in their last year of production so it would pay to check that the 250 will be available this year. The road version usually costs $500 more than the off-roader when buying new. There is also the new XR250ES that has double overhead cams and a drum rear brake and lower suspension.

If you are buying second hand then you will find differences...a large number of second hand imported XR250`s are the tamer version..ie they have lower suspension, steel gas tanks, some have electric start and there are a few of the new "L" `s around that have a different frame and upside down forks.

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In Australia the XR250R is kick start, speedo and has all the lights to be road registed.

The XR250L is the one with eletric start and digital speedo and a few extra's. But looks like a bit more of a nana's bike!

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all of the above as well as the motor is quite different, the cam is a softer cam ,( less aggressive ) than the XR, the gearing is way different.

frame geometry , rake and trail is different ,

weight about as much as an xr400.Rear hub is a cush drive .

the elect system has an abundance of power.

The biggest difference is the weight to power ratio. If you can convert a reg dirt xr to roadworthy, that would be a much better setup.

But again if you commute with the Xrl it will go in excess of 140kmh with stock gearing, i'm not sure you can ever get close to that on a stock xr , and the biggest factor would be engine longetivity.

An Xrl is a pretty tough bike and does not mind having the throttle pinned for an hour at a time, not so sure the same could be said about the XR.

I owned a 93 xrl for 5 yrs i did about 9500km of trails with it in that period , Dual sporting is fine but requires more HP for more serious rides, especially in the open areas .

thats my take

stu

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A DOHC XR250! Between that bike and the Japanese offering, it seems Honda has enough parts to do a great XR for the US market.

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A DOHC XR250! Between that bike and the Japanese offering, it seems Honda has enough parts to do a great XR for the US market.

So WHY WON"T THEY!!!!!!!!!!!! :cry:

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Thanks all for the info!

I am basically looking for a decent off roader that I can comute on - hence the XR.

I was very close to buying a CRF or a WR and getting it road registered until I found out about the high maintainance schedule....

So I started to look at the XR's as they seem to be fairly bulletproof and good for on / off road. I will be travelling for about 40 mins in and out of town to work each day and hitting the river beds / woods / trails at the weekends. Ive owned a few dual purpose machine's in the past, the last one was a Honda CRM 250 AR which I loved!

Im fairly good off road so I wont be wanting the Nanna's version!

I will try and post a few pics up of what is available locally. But a basic guide is if it has the electric start then it will be the road version with lower suspension etc?

Kiwibiker - Sorry for the stupid questions but Im new to New Zealand and things are a little different here!

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This is the road version here in New Zealand.

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And this is a road version but with better bits (280cc / uprated suspension etc)

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And this is the off road (but Ive seen these on the road!)

Confused? Me too!

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Peachvw- You're all mixed up. These are all american models (or similar). The first one has a D/S kit installed, the next one is a 2000-current, and the one after that is a 96-99 model.

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If that first pic is the road version in NZ, it doesnt look any different than our off road version save the better headlight and turn signals.

The last pic is an early 90's model.

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These are the three road registered one's that I'm currently looking at. I was only using them as examples - the early one (last picture) is the type of thing I was considering as the later ones (pics 1 and 2) seem to be more road biased.

What is a D/S kit?

Was the 280cc upgrade available as a genuine option?

Would one and two be good for off road if I fitted a better pipe / tyres?

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d/s kit= dual sport kit, you add all the road stuff

i do not believe the 280cc kit was an option, but more of an aftermarket product.

One and two are fine for offroad the way the way are, but tires for # 1 definately. other than that, they are just an xr

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i use my XR400 as daily communter and it has not let me down

many XR owner in singapore uses it as commuter tools as it has proven to be dArN reliable :cry:

even though it is design as a off road machine

that Tornado is a Brazilian model and singapore got them in, but is pretty rare bike

:cry:

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Thanks for the info Stu,

Looks like the current bike im looking at is a Tornado in SM trim. It looks good but I can see that there might be limitations off road regarding clearance and HP, could I not get around this by doing the Free Mods and fitting a good pipe?

Anyone know the HP differences too?

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