It was nowhere near as bad as the other three machines though, and this behaviour is probably an inevitable result of that nasty compromise mentioned at the beginning. Compare the strengths and weaknesses of this bike with others before you decide on your future bike. After the trail test up in the Lake District, I took the bike down to Cornwall and back, and despite the trials tyres which gave me the odd very worrying moment, I thoroughly enjoyed the ride. I added a removable basket to the back. It's high res and every chapter is linkable to the referred page.
Watch those trials tyres if you're into popping wheelies though; I did an involuntary donut in a garage forecourt trying to be a smartass. My only major beef with the bike was why the hell didn't Suzuki fit a chain tensioner — a bike chucking out that sort of torque is gonna eat chains for a pastime. Could use new battery, has small dent on one side of tank. Even the exhaust system is good. Just to be on the safe side Suzuki have fitted one of those as well. It's only natural that sooner or later some of the more logical developments that have taken place should end up on the street — or more to the point on yer actual dual-purpose machine. Ill be happy to answer any questions you have.
Come April and what's all this? Their gearbox layouts must be almost identical but apart from that their dimensions, 66 x 58mm and 70 x 64mm, bear no easy 'bored and stroked' relationship. Neither were we prepared for the hottest day so far this year and we'd forgotten that it was Bank Holiday weekend when every rambler that ever there was decided to go for a walk in the Lake District. It's more at home in wide open spaces and especially mud, glorious mud, where all that low-down torque will find grip. Despite the intricate weaving of exhaust plumbing around the frame tubes the silencer does an efficient job of being unobtrusive and produces an unusual, but pleasant, noise. Now all four Japanese manufacturers produce a four stroke trail bike and we've got the latest in one giant test. The big end is a caged needle roller, the crankshaft supported on ball and roller bearings of a substantial size. One problem here is that the bike's mass is so great that the rider's own efforts sometimes have little effect.
My advice to anyone who buys one is to fit one mucho rapido — it'll be worth it in the long run 'scuse pun. This was, after all, going to be a serious dirt riding weekend and we wanted to be prepared for all possibilities such as bent bikes, people, etc. They're comfortable and nothing higher is needed, partially because the 23 inch front wheel and long forks raise the front end anyway. Category Dual Sport Engine 250 cc Posted Over 1 Month 1981 Honda Xl 250, 2nd Owner. More particularly, I'm especially happy that by some fortunate coincidence 1 wasn't born about thirty-odd years ago in Japan and didn't go to work for the motorcycle division of Kawasaki Heavy Industries when I left engineering college.
Basically this consists of the swingarm and brake stay being parallel to each other and pivoted at each end. It doesn't appear to be made out of cast iron, nor does it wind itself in and out of huge boxes full of intricate baffling systems. Hang in there, I guess it just depends on who gets the holeshot. When the swingarm describes its arc, the plate mirrors it precisely, due to the formed by the swingarm and brake stay. But these days, riders are becoming more selective in what they want from their bike and the off-road handling characteristics of ordinary trail bikes are coming under closer scrutiny.
Its an air cooled single cylinder Honda, engines aren't much more simple than this. Again, Please No Low Ball offers. But what with these two chains and a cam chain whizzing round, there's a lot of tensioning going on which needs to be checked regularly. Instead there's a six-inch wide rectangular console containing a speedometer on the right and an easily spotted mileage recorder and trip meter on the left. Nice couple of days' trail riding, no problem we thought. A steep, rocky, wet climb faced us that proved to be easy compared with what lay ahead. Fresh Oil change with synthetic oil.
Picking myself up, mentally X-raying every bone, I was amazed to find that the goddam s-o-b hadn't even got a scratch on it though for sure it picked the hardest piece of mountainside for its pilot. I'm also open to hear and entertain all offers, please don't be afraid to negotiate with me. It must have taken a brave designer with many second thoughts to have left off the rev counter, an item which must rank as one of the most useless items to have found its way onto street bikes, let alone dirt bikes where you're busy enough looking where you're going without checking whether you're in the right rev band or not. Yet they feel the same. If you've got time, zoom into the Cumbria Council office at Kendal and check with their master map 'cos there are some good byways which aren't marked as such on the map.
Going four stroke is good news to all riders who play around on the dirt as opposed to those who aren't fooling as they're generally easier to control than two strokes. Providing you didn't ask it to do things for which it was plainly not designed, such as crossing the Irish Sea or attempting a trials section, it pulled the less experienced dirt riders like Colin Curwood and myself through unscathed. As the throttle is snapped open, neat fuel is injected into the venturi momentarily richening the mixture to cope with the sudden inrush of air. I recently bought the xl250s and need to change the oil, tire, and air filter so the manual will be a huge help. This system has advantages in that not only are longer travel suspension systems possible but also the inertia of the front wheel mass is moved backWards towards the centre of the bike, which is where it should be. The matt black paintwork with buffed fin edges conceals an overhead cam, twin valve mill with an 85 x 65.
It remains obstinately earthbound unless you exert a great deal of rearward weight transfer and manage some nifty work with the throttle and front brake. The engine is suspended from a single downtube and single top tube, bolting onto the light gauge duplex sub-frame at the rear. That's in general handling, styling and chassis parts. It is a great all around bike, off road fun, around town fun, simple and easy to maintain! Check out the pics they speak for themselves. Despite the congestion, which wasn't so bad anyway, we had a ball.