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Old 07-01-2008, 03:30 PM   #301
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Thanks: No flames yet. I'd like to get rid of 2 bikes (KTM & Suz) and find one that can fill both jobs. I know there will be a compromise somewhere but it will save on taxes and insurance. If you are getting headshake, your preload in the rear is too high (stiff). That or, your forksprings are too soft. The steeper your fork angle becomes, the more likely it will shake. Has anyone found out whay the Kg/mm the forksprings are? Guys our weight (192lbs=me) need .46 springs.
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Old 07-01-2008, 04:53 PM   #302
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I'd like to get rid of 2 bikes (KTM & Suz) and find one that can fill both jobs. I know there will be a compromise somewhere but it will save on taxes and insurance.
Based on that, I'd recommend you hold off until the '09s come out and see who comes out with a decent 450 (Yam WR450R, Suz DRZ450, etc.). Your KTM has about the same HP as a 450 4-strk, and your Suz is a 650, so dropping down to a 250 4-strk from those bikes might not meet your needs. I guess it just depends on what you want to do with it. For me, I'm just enjoying getting out and exploring when I get the time, so the 250 is all I need (and it keeps me out of trouble ).

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Old 07-01-2008, 05:59 PM   #303
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:06 PM   #304
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If you are getting headshake, your preload in the rear is too high (stiff).
Maybe that's how I threw myself off
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Has anyone found out whay the Kg/mm the forksprings are? Guys our weight (192lbs=me) need .46 springs.
Service manual says front spring rate = 0.47 kg/mm (pretty close )
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Old 07-01-2008, 09:52 PM   #305
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Great Thread.....

Does anyone know how this bike compares with the KLX250S
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:55 AM   #306
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Great Thread.....

Does anyone know how this bike compares with the KLX250S
Chalk and cheese?
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Old 07-02-2008, 09:27 AM   #307
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Service manual says front spring rate = 0.47 kg/mm (pretty close )
That's just perfect for 200 lb size riders. Most Japanese dualsports are set up for Japanese sized riders.
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Old 07-02-2008, 10:35 AM   #308
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Great Thread.....

Does anyone know how this bike compares with the KLX250S
http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...=643201&page=7
2008 WR250R Diary
There's a thread over on Thumpertalk by a guy whol sold his 2006 KLX250S to buy the WR250R. He listed some pros and cons. Here's a sample:

2006 KLX-250S good stuff
price
skid plate
gas cap
brush guards
seat
slightly more power off idle
snail type chain adjusters
front brake feel

2008 WR-250R good stuff
fuel injection
street handling
top end power
footpegs
Airfilter service much easier

Bikes weighed within 4 pounds of each other on a certified scale he used. The 2009 KLX supposedly has gained weight.

Six speed transmission ratios are similar, but somewhat narrower for 2009 on the KLX.

Dirt Bike magazine is supposed to have a shootout of the two bikes in the next issue, but based on their insipid introductory reviews, I'm not expecting much.
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Old 07-02-2008, 11:53 AM   #309
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Does anyone know how this bike compares with the KLX250S
According to the July issue of Dirt Bike, they are going to compare these two bikes in their August issue after "logging some serious miles on both". It will be interesting to read what is hopefully a non-biased report. The Aug. issue should be showing up any day now......

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Old 07-02-2008, 12:36 PM   #310
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the bike works well as a adventure bike.[see photo above].it carried a 100lb + load of gear very well.
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Old 07-02-2008, 07:00 PM   #311
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love mine so far but have only done commuting on it.
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Old 07-03-2008, 04:05 AM   #312
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http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/sho...=643201&page=7
2008 WR250R Diary

Bikes weighed within 4 pounds of each other on a certified scale he used. The 2009 KLX supposedly has gained weight.

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I think it's more of a case of Kawasaki being honest.
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Old 07-07-2008, 11:27 AM   #313
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Talking Love my WR250R

Just been reading this thread and have to agree with NV.... MAN I LOVE this bike!!!

I use it for trails and dirt roads (not many trails in western ks), and commuting to work. Love how it rides, how it handles, and the power on it. Only thing i am thinking of doing for some serious trail riding in CO (Sand Dunes area and San juan mts) is dropping a tooth on my sprocket to really give me the low end control at low speeds.

Been riding on a dirt track with it and got some air, and rode on mud, and just loved it.
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Old 07-07-2008, 11:52 AM   #314
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WR250R coming down from the big Katoom...

Great thread with a TON of helpful info.

I've been riding a KTM 990Adventure for a couple years. I love that bike and have no intention of getting rid of it. My Dad and I have been talking about doing some riding together that is a little different such as the TAT and some woods riding.

For him the WR sounds like a great fit as he is 5'8" 160 lbs or so. My only concern for me is loading it up to riding something like the TAT (I'm 6', 190lbs and figure I'd have about 30-45 lbs of gear). I read the effective capacity of the bike is something like 400 lbs!

Nonetheless, I am wondering, have any of you guys done any longer touring where you are loaded up with gear?

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Old 07-07-2008, 03:22 PM   #315
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Norshore1, where was this photo taken? and have you ventured off in the Superior National Forest on all the fireroads yet with your bike?


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