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Dirt and Trail July 2018 issue 2

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  • Bikes
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  • Enduro
  • Motorcycles
  • Models
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The bikes: Some

The bikes: Some interesting facts… At a Glance. These are claimed figures but please do note that the consumption was worked out on this trip – gravel and tar riding. The 250 V-Strom’s liquid-cooled, SOHC parallel-twin unit makes 25hp at 8,000rpm and 17.26lbft at 6,500rpm. 188kg. Honda’s liquid cooled single CRF250 Rally makes 24.7hp at 8,500 rpm and 16.6lbft at 6,750rpm, but weighs only 157kg. Kawasaki’s twin cylinder liquid cooled Versys-X 300 makes 40hp at 11,500rpm and 18.9lbft at 10,000rpm, and weighs 173kg. The 169.5 kg BMW GS 310, makes 34hp at 9,500rpm and 20.65lbft at 7,500rpm. Yamaha’s XT makes 22BHP and weighs in at 132KG’s. In no particular order the bikes stack up like this: The Yamaha XT250 Price R59950.00 Single cylinder air cooled fuel injected 250cc four stroke. Fuel consumption: 29.35 kilometres per litre. Like we said earlier, Yamaha has not made a mini version of their famous Tenere’, but they do have this, often underestimated XT. This is absolutely the most basic bike to take part in this feature – no fancy electronics, not wind protection – just a fuel injected four stroke engine in a pretty off-road biased suit. In South Africa, this bike is rated as a farm bike really – but after doing the maffs and seeing what the other manufacturers are aiming at, we figured that it might just fit the bill for our little adventure. The popular XT250 dates back to 1981, and is now in its third generation. It’s been in the same basic form since 2008, with EFI being added in 2013. The renewed interest in small displacement bikes globally should ensure the XT250’s continued run. The XT250 is not intimidating in any way. For a bike you can take into the dirt, the seat height is perfect. The sub-32-inch unladen seat height may sound tallish on paper, but we got both booted feet flat on the ground. Certainly for something you take off-road, this is a confidence-inspiring seat height – and perfect for the shortys out there. The bike is narrow, as is the dirt-bike firm seat, so you don’t waste much of your leg length getting past the bike’s mid-section. Adding to the ease of balancing on twowheels is the XT250’s claimed wet weight of 131 KG’s— 11 kilogrammes less than the taller Honda CRF250L. The suspension is far from sophisticated and the damping isn’t adjustable, so you will have to manage your expectations. At a low-to-moderate pace, the XT250 does its job well— just don’t push it too much. From both a seated and standing position, the XT’s ergonomics work well; hand and foot controls are comfortably situated and contribute to confidence in handling the XT250. It comes with an air-cooled motor, but with electric starting and fuel injection, it has the most important modern upgrades. Fueling is smooth and predictable. The 249cc SOHC single is oversquare so the XT250 has a peppy response off throttle. It’s nothing fast enough to get you in trouble, and modulating the power with the 56 DIRT & TRAIL MAGAZINE JULY 2018

THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS YAMAHA XT250 R59 950 Benefits and Features ▪ Light, nimble, easy‐to‐use and ultra‐reliable make it the perfect on and off‐road machine. ▪ Fuel injected ▪ 33km/l · +27 11 259 7600 · Facebook: Yamaha Southern Africa · Instagram: @yamahasouthafrica · YouTube: YamahaMoto_SA