Purchase Report - 2003 Honda XR250 Baja

Discussion in 'General Discussion / News / Information' started by Paul1212, Apr 23, 2011.

  1. Paul1212

    Paul1212 Active Member

    Thought I should post about my “new” motorcycle, and the good service I’ve gotten at S.T. Motorcycle in Chiangrai. I bought a 2003 Honda XR250 Baja there about 8 months ago, and have been very pleased with it (110,000 baht, plus 7,000+ for the excise tax). The bike was newly imported from Japan, so I’m the first owner in Thailand, and seems to be in very good condition. I looked at quite a few other XR250 bikes that were being sold by Thai owners, and most of them hadn’t been taken care of very well. Anyway, the 2003 Baja has the large dual headlights, and has both electric start and kickstart, which has saved me a couple of times when I left the lights on and drained the battery. I’ve added an XR’s Only temperature gauge/dipstick to monitor the bike’s temperature, an Argus Battery Bug (to monitor the battery strength), a light rack (powder coated at Richco in Chiangmai) with LED brake lights and turn signals for increased visibility, and tank guards. I’ve also ordered a pair of Hella ff50 driving lights so I’ll have more lighting distance (the stock light give good visibility close up, but don’t project that far ahead), and am waiting for a friend in the U.S. to finish fabricating brackets for them so I can mount them to the Baja. I’ve been very pleased with the service Seksit at S.T. Motorcycle has given me. He seems to know this bike well, and his labor charges are very reasonable. He’s always willing to answer any questions I have, and patiently explain things to me when I don’t understand. When I asked him about keeping the engine and tire rims clean, he made up a liquid solution for me to use. I had a problem with the bike stalling if I would be driving at high speed (90 kph or higher) and then pull in the clutch for a few seconds (when braking), and he took the time to clean the carburetor without any charge. I’ll try to post a couple of pictures along with this report.

    Attached files 267422=2985-Baja1. 267422=2986-Baja3. 267422=2987-Baja4.
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  3. schackster

    schackster Ol'Timer

    Hi Paul , nice bike. Its good to hear reports about good service and workmanship. Especially when they go that extra mile for their customer. Intersting rack on the rear. What do you carry on it ?
  4. Ian Bungy

    Ian Bungy Ol'Timer

    Bike looks in Great Condition. No Plate? That Rack is a little Overboard for Me but if it serves Your Purpose which must be Transporting some Serious Luggage?
  5. David Learmonth

    David Learmonth Ol'Timer

    Good to hear of a firm offering good service!
    Especially when they are less than a million miles from where I live!
  6. Paul1212

    Paul1212 Active Member

    The bottom part of the luggage rack came with the bike. I had the vertical section added on by a guy in Chiangrai simply to hold the LED brake light and turn signals. He made the section a few inches higher than I wanted, but I didn't mind, as increased height should improve its visibility from the rear. I do carry quite a bit of luggage on it. I have a large heavy-duty plastic box (about 26" wide & 20" tall) that I strap onto the luggage rack, for carrying whatever - a few tools, a rainsuit, a couple of jackets, a pump, spare inner tubes, a travel bag for overnight trips, and for stuff I buy in town.
  7. Paul1212

    Paul1212 Active Member

    Right, no plate. Before I bought the bike, I did some internet research about this issue, and talked with a couple of Thai motorcycle shop owners. The prevailing opinion is that if one pays the excise tax (ภาษีสรรพสามิต), it's very unlikely that the bike would be confiscated. All of the bike confiscations that have taken place, to my knowledge, were done by Excise Tax officials. If you've paid the excise tax and don't have a plate, the worst that can happen is a fine (200-500 baht). Even at 500 baht per fine, it'd take over 100 finings to equal the ridiculous 55,000 baht cost of getting a license. I was told by a Thai motorcycle shop owner that the cost of a license used to be 5,000 baht, and then suddenly the price went up ten-fold. So who's getting all that extra money?
  8. hs0zfe

    hs0zfe Ol'Timer

    Glad you like the deal you got. I'm favoring a new D-Tracker for 45,000 more with a GB and a factory warranty.

    Ride on!
  9. BignTall

    BignTall Ol'Timer

    haha - I've ridden both, you realize what a dog of a motor the KLX has compared to the XR and how much better handling offroad the XR's are. Just my 2 cents.

    Paul1212 - Glad you were treated well by the guys at ST. They are decent folk and have saved my **** a few times.

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