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Offline Rat Man

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Yamaha TT250R-Advice Needed
« on: August 19, 2009, 07:10:27 am »
Hi All,
I need a scoot to get to work and back, which is a commute of +/- 60km return. 25km of that is on dirt ;D. Currently using an old DF200, but the time has come for an upgrade.
I am considering the TT250R, which will let me play a bit over weekends as well. Does anyone have any experience or advice on this bike?
Any thoughts would be appreciated...
 

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Re: Yamaha TT250R-Advice Needed
« Reply #1 on: August 19, 2009, 07:25:43 am »
30 km one way, 25km of that is dirt
or
30km one way with 12.5km dirt?

What's the rest like (unless the rest is 5km one way then it really does not matter)?

If the tarmac section is slowish moving  & dense traffic or urban roads (60km or 80km speed limit) or if it's a road where you don't get pushed over the side if you only do 100 - 110

Djebel200
You can get good second hand ones between R15000 and R 20000.

If you want a few extra horses: Djebel XC (250) or the Yammie. Plenty of good second hand XC's too (Japan imports).

All three are good bikes. The DR200 will be hard to beat if it comes to running cost but will only allow you to break the freeway speed limit if you're of small build and if you don't have a headwind ;D
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Re: Yamaha TT250R-Advice Needed
« Reply #2 on: August 19, 2009, 07:47:48 am »
I have a TTR250 as my second bike. I get anything between 22 and 28 km/l depending on wind and hills. She can cruise at the speed limit with a little extra if needed. My one has a 15 liter tank (standard) which gives me a range of over 300 kms. I often wish that I had a little more power but if you can get your head around the fact that it is a small bike and just live with the very willing little mill, I think that it is a good buy. I weigh 86kgs but my son who is 77kgs loves the bike and has no complaints. Yamaha parts appear to be fairly cheap and I have had no problem with availability. I rode the new Honda 250 R Tornado this weekend and the TTR is definitely better in top-end and power delivery. This bike is also very off-road capable.
 

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Re: Yamaha TT250R-Advice Needed
« Reply #3 on: August 19, 2009, 11:23:16 am »
Thanks for the comments,
I ride 25kms dirt in total, and my concern is that the TT250 may be a bit of overkill for a plain jane gravel road. The rest is a dribble of annoying traffic, and hundreds of speed bumps and then a few open sections
I have also considered the Tornado, so I am glad to see your comments about that. I weigh just under 100kgs (on a good day) but my speed limit is supposed to be 80-100km/h, I just wanted a bit of extra gas to get away from annoying taxis et al, and I need good suspension to carry my extra ...girth!
I have never heard of a Djebel, I will look it up
 

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Re: Yamaha TT250R-Advice Needed
« Reply #4 on: August 19, 2009, 11:46:43 am »
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I have never heard of a Djebel, I will look it up

Go look at this thread in the  The Bikes & Workshop board.  Lots of info and additional links re the Suzuki Djebel 250XC

http://www.wilddog.za.net/forum/index.php?topic=27267.0
 

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Re: Yamaha TT250R-Advice Needed
« Reply #5 on: August 19, 2009, 12:22:33 pm »
Hey Watty and lecap, where can I get hold of a good 2nd hand Djebel?
 

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Re: Yamaha TT250R-Advice Needed
« Reply #6 on: August 19, 2009, 12:26:41 pm »
Hey Watty and lecap, where can I get hold of a good 2nd hand Djebel?

PM send re dealer that has Djebels in stock.  Unfortunately a bit far away from you as it is in Port Elizabeth.  :thumleft:
 

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Re: Yamaha TT250R-Advice Needed
« Reply #7 on: August 20, 2009, 08:59:44 am »
A 200 Djebel at Bikers Delight in Parow. 4500k's, very nice, R18k.
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