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Re: XT500

Unread post by scotduke » Wed Mar 14, 2012 11:03 pm

Nice to see the XT back in the dirt. Is it still smoking so much?

We didn't have time for much sightseeing here in NC unfortunately, another time maybe.

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Re: XT500

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Tue Aug 28, 2012 2:38 am

figured I'd bring the XT back to the top again. Comparison photos Yamaha XT and Triumph/BSA T25T
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Re: XT500

Unread post by scotduke » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:21 pm

Cheers Det - both nice looking bikes but the XT has so much more go. Interesting to compare how much more swing arm travel it has too going by the angle of the rear shocks. It's worth noting too how the Yam has so much more clearance for crud build-up between the mudguard and the rubber - someone thought about that - whereas the BSA/Triumph design is an occasional greenlaner.

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Re: XT500

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Wed Aug 29, 2012 12:50 am

The XT is a greenlaner also. Went out just after work to look around my old haunts. Absolutly horrible. The quads have just turned those dirt roads in to ocean waves of whoops. Belie
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Re: XT500

Unread post by scotduke » Wed Aug 29, 2012 11:50 am

Maybe Det but the XT's a more serious greenlaner than the Triumph/BSA then. It'd be interesting to park a BSA Starfire alongside the T25 and compare the angle of the rear shocks and the swing arm travel. The sidestand on the T25 looks pretty good tho. I used to have problems with my Honda when I was in Nigeria as the stand would just sink into the sand all the time and I used to carry around a piece of wood to shove underneath it. A crushed up beer can/Coke can does the job just as well.

Wish I had the chance for some off-road riding. Not many dirt roads to mess about on here in London.

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Re: XT500

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Thu Aug 30, 2012 12:22 am

The Starfire is the street version. There is absolutely no difference between the Triumph T25T and BSA version other than the color and name tags. Have a picture of a BSA but its on a CD backup put away.

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Re: XT500

Unread post by scotduke » Fri Aug 31, 2012 3:23 pm

Yeah, I know the Starfire's the street version. I'm curious just how close the trail and street bikes are in terms of running gear though. I've never really looked. The T25 is a nice looking bike and I see a BSA sometimes here in London. Is the motor as fragile as some say?

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Re: XT500

Unread post by Detour Rd. » Fri Aug 31, 2012 9:34 pm

scotduke wrote:Yeah, Is the motor as fragile as some say?
Believe me, I dont really push it. I let the motor warm up and as your riding it I can feel the motor feeling frisky. 50-55 is what I keep it at. Its very quick around corners and from 2nd the motor picks up nicely. Plain bearing bottom end so it has to warm up. It feels like it could do 70.
Now, if was owned by a crazed European biker it woud be gone in a week. :)
The running gear is geared toward off road. Tranny is silk. Brakes aint bad either as it has a late 60's single leading shoe 650 brake.

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Re: XT500

Unread post by sfb » Sat Sep 01, 2012 11:00 am

Both lovely looking bikes Det.

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Re: XT500

Unread post by Velton » Sat Sep 01, 2012 1:59 pm

scotduke wrote:Yeah, I know the Starfire's the street version. I'm curious just how close the trail and street bikes are in terms of running gear though. I've never really looked. The T25 is a nice looking bike and I see a BSA sometimes here in London. Is the motor as fragile as some say?
Scotty, I used to have a B25SS and the front wheel / brake is different from the B25T and maybe the gearbox sprocket.
8" 2LS and 18" rim vs. 7" (?) s.l.s. and 21" rim IIRC.
As far as I recall the cycle parts were identical except maybe that the B25T had a sump shield?

Fragile? Mine arrived as a basket case and rode fine after being reassembled.
I didn't keep it long due to impending marriage etc. but it went surprisingly well for a BSA 250 and stayed together for a couple of thousand miles, mainly around London and the lanes of the South East, longest trip was to Brighton.
Just being old doesn't make it a "Classic."

Aaaah! Nostalgia is not what it used to be!

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