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Old 04-21-2013, 07:38 PM   #6346
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Worst mileage due to WOT into the wind was about 55mpg. Average was about 62mpg on the highway.
At home around town I get 65-70mpg.
The KLX on the highway is definitely stretching it's legs all the way. But it will do an actual 80mph(the speedo said 94 once , but it lies) if you get a good draft to help it get up there, not that I recommend drafting.
If you want to pass, better plan way ahead.
Love the KLX, 16000 miles in 13 months. No problems except bad gas clogging my jets. On road or off it just keeps on going, a couple of times without me.
Your report is quite inspirational!

I also have a '12 and I want to travel a bit on it, but haven't yet. I did pick up an IMS 3 gal tank last week(not installed yet). I have had a windscreen on it since day one, I'm older now and can't stand the direct blast anymore. I would like to pick up some side bags, yours look like a good fit. Do you have some kind of bag support under those? or are they just resting on your plastics? Have you done any sprocket changes? And lastly, did you have any oil usage on the trip? Alot of thumpers at those kinds of speed MAY use a little oil(Yep, I'm an ex-KLR owner).

Again, nice report. Thanks for sharing.

Mine last summer...
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:01 PM   #6347
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I too had a windscreen but much smaller, I stole the one off my old EX-500, literally tied it on as a test, it worked so I just left it. It was just enough to get the blast off the chest and over the shoulders.
I didn't have anything under the bags and melted the right side a bit because of it, despite loading that side much lighter. PM Racks has a real nice side rack that will fix that problem, can't wait to get one.
I ran stock gearing for the trip. I have gone to lower gearing for off-road but higher wouldn't work IMO because a good head wind can force a downshift on stock gearing, higher would be even worse. Maybe it'd work if you get a 351 kit, IDK.
And yes there is a teaspoon of oil in my catch bottle, must have vaporized some at high rpm, gone up the crankcase breather tube into the air box, but otherwise no detectable usage.
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Old 04-21-2013, 08:37 PM   #6348
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Ok that's comparable mpg to my tu250 I ride 50 miles round trip a day for work mostly highway indicated 75 not sure how much gauge is off my guess is prob close to 10%. I get around 63 mpg worst was 56 best 70 I'm sure it would get better around town but I have never ridden a full tank not going on highway. And unfortunately there's not really roads here that are less than 65 mph. I'm just trying to get an idea how it compares to other 250s. Lots of mountains here if I go out side of the valley but I does good on them I go up one that's about 1400 ft difference in about 10 miles it holds 4th gear at indicated 70 mph just fine. But I have still always loved the enduro look. I just don't know if I would ever take it off road.
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Old 04-21-2013, 09:44 PM   #6349
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The picnic table did have a roof, which at the time seemed good enough, and it was free. I was so close to falling asleep on the bike it didn't matter and I had earplugs, but do tell. I will be doing a repeat in September.
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Old 04-21-2013, 11:29 PM   #6350
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anyone know where the yellow single kill switch wire runs to? I have found a wiring diagram but I cant see where the wire actually runs to. I dug this out of my parents back yard and am trying to get er going again after 15 years of sitting.
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Old 04-22-2013, 02:43 AM   #6351
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Just wanted to say thanks for this thread, it gave me the idea that I could ride my KLX250 2000+ miles, all for a long weekend of post winter warm weather in Folly Beach, South Carolina...

...Next up is Chicago! Got to go see the girl! Just the motivation I need to try for the Iron Butt Saddlesore. I know the bike can do it, but not sure I can. Came very close on this trip, 900 miles in 24 hrs, but I slept and I didn't have a try for an IB planned. We'll see....
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:31 PM   #6352
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Damn - sleeping under a picnic table - now THAT'S minimalist!
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:44 PM   #6353
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So here's the CRF250L on day 1. I have about 400 miles on it and I have to say I think it's a keeper. I can't imagine needing any more cc's than this for bopping around. The DR200 was great but a bit anemic for me, and this has just enough oomph to keep me happy. I rode my VFR800 today on mostly secondary roads and it seemed like such overkill. Plus there were some crappy potholed tertiary roads I passed by because the VFR suspension isn't made for that. If only Honda would introduce a revised Transalp, I think I would be very happy.
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Old 04-24-2013, 05:48 PM   #6354
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Damn - sleeping under a picnic table - now THAT'S minimalist!
I sleep on them all the time. Keeps you off the ground, are free to use, and often found behind churches were they rarely ask you to leave if discovered.
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:12 PM   #6355
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So here's the CRF250L on day 1. I have about 400 miles on it and I have to say I think it's a keeper. I can't imagine needing any more cc's than this for bopping around. The DR200 was great but a bit anemic for me, and this has just enough oomph to keep me happy. I rode my VFR800 today on mostly secondary roads and it seemed like such overkill. Plus there were some crappy potholed tertiary roads I passed by because the VFR suspension isn't made for that. If only Honda would introduce a revised Transalp, I think I would be very happy.
Nice,keep us updated,1 day and 400 miles!No battery tenders for you!
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Old 04-24-2013, 07:53 PM   #6356
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Simple, but effective throttle lock is a 175 cable tie (zip tie) placed around the grip, snugged up and shortened so it rests against the brake lever. Rotate it forward against the brake at your desired speed; snug it up if it doesnt hold; use a small pointed knife to release the catch if you get too tight or want to remove it for off road. Rotating the throttle off releases it.
Is this a pretty thick zip tie? I can't see regular ones holding.
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Old 04-24-2013, 08:51 PM   #6357
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Is this a pretty thick zip tie? I can't see regular ones holding.
Yes, it needs to be 120-175 lb - zip ties are rated by lbs - most are 50 or under and lower ratings will not hold. I went to 175 to make sure it had enough strength. Harbor Freight sells some white ones rated at 175lbs, but I found them brittle in cold weather(non MC application). I bought mine at Fastenal: $16 for 25 iirc. Gave a bunch away.

Got the idea off a sport bike forum: just google "zip tie throttle lock".
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Old 04-24-2013, 09:31 PM   #6358
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Very cool. I've been thinking of getting something for my XT to hold the throttle briefly.
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Old 04-25-2013, 07:00 AM   #6359
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Ya I googled it and found a vid on a Triumph site that cleared up any questions,good idea thanks,I use a cramp buster and its good but something as simple as this zip tie deal is perfect for long freeway jammin and its so easy to disengage.Sometimes when someone post a good simple idea it's hard to grasp,this will be added to the bike today.
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Old 04-25-2013, 08:38 AM   #6360
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Ya I googled it and found a vid on a Triumph site that cleared up any questions,good idea thanks,I use a cramp buster and its good but something as simple as this zip tie deal is perfect for long freeway jammin and its so easy to disengage.Sometimes when someone post a good simple idea it's hard to grasp,this will be added to the bike today.
Gonna put Throttlemeister out of business.
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