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Making My XR250R Street Legal Worth It?

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I really want to get a street legal motorcycle, but I don't have the funds to get a new bike right now. I thought about getting a dual sport kit, speedometer, and street tires so I can ride with a buddy that just got a 600cc street bike. Obviously, I'm looking to go fast, but I do want to enjoy riding my bike anywhere I want. For those that made their 250's street legal, in your mind was it worth it?

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My first bike was an old Yamaha 175 Enduro. It had about 15 hp. Riding on freeways was a freaky experience since the bike would barely do 65 mph.

Now, if you try to go up a hill on a freeway, find a big truck to follow so you don't get run over.

Otherwise, dual-sport bikes are fun. Make sure you can legally do it in OH. You no longer can in CA.

I've ridden my friend's dual-sported XR250R down in Baja on the road. Same deal, no problems until I hit a big hill, then I checked for cars in the rear view mirror and got ready to pull over.

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I don't know what you guys are scared about because by the sound of i over in the US it must be deadly on the roads?

Over hear in Aussie my XR250 1998 is a dream to ride lol i love it because it has plenty of power. I have not met a hill yet that i cant ride up at full throttle and i usually have to back off since i am breaking the speed limit.

These bikes have plenty of power if you know how to use it trust me i bought my bike street legal already but if i didn't i definitly would have.

Hope you do m8 you wont regret it.

Matt

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I will say that it wont be a good highway cruising bike, but with some good tires will be a lot of fun in some tight canyons. Also makes a good bike for riding around town.

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I will say that it wont be a good highway cruising bike, but with some good tires will be a lot of fun in some tight canyons. Also makes a good bike for riding around town.

That is what I will be riding. It will see no highways. Here is where I question if it is worth it or not...

It is my only bike and off road is where it will be most of the time, where I want my Maxxis IT tires on it. When I take it on roads I will have to swap the tires. I do not want dual sport tires. I want motard type tires. I will need an extra set of rims to make the swap easier. Is it worth all this trouble?

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Install all the road legal equipment,change your gearing,im running 14-42.go for it,its pure fun riding my XR all over the place,It cruises nice with the taller gearing.

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That is what I will be riding. It will see no highways. Here is where I question if it is worth it or not...

It is my only bike and off road is where it will be most of the time, where I want my Maxxis IT tires on it. When I take it on roads I will have to swap the tires. I do not want dual sport tires. I want motard type tires. I will need an extra set of rims to make the swap easier. Is it worth all this trouble?

SM wheels are pricey, but will make the bike a lot more comfy to ride on the road.

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SM wheels are pricey, but will make the bike a lot more comfy to ride on the road.

Get another set of OEM wheels for $50ish and get the biggest street tires that will fit on them. Will give you 75% (or something) of SM at 5% of the cost. :thumbsup:

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Don't rev it to high on long stretches. I run a 14/48 on my 250R with a 280 kit and after about 55-57 mph it is just revving high and beating the valves up. Great on the regular roads but freeway is a bit scary only running around 55. Geared right it will be OK but not as good as an L model with a wide ratio gearbox.

Check your oil everyday if you run it up about 55 or more. High revs cause the oil to foam a bit and it blows out the crankcase vent.

Also keep your valves adjusted often, it is the best indicator of their condition. If one gets tight really quick it is a sign of a future valve job.

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