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Old 04-11-2009, 06:19 AM   #31
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I postponed the purchase of the '09 KLX. Instead, my wife put in new kitchen countertops. $5,500. What a waste.

However, I am rewarding myself for my magnanimity. I'm buying a Russell saddle for my 1200GS.
What happened to your magnanimity?...lol Congrats on the "green light!"
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Old 04-11-2009, 06:45 AM   #32
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Got that, too.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:17 AM   #33
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Good thread. I'm digging my red 2009. Bought it new in May (I think) of 2008.

Almost got 10,000 miles on it now. I may turn it over this month.

I've got quite a few mods, none of which I planned. They just kind of happened slowly from talking to other riders and reviewing the internet:

-TAG XS aluminum bars (replaced the steel ones 3 times before i got smarter)
-GPS, Ram mount
-Cig lighter
-Enduro Engineering barkbusters
-Kenda 760 tires
-Enduro mirror (I pull the stock mirrors for off road stuff)
-13T front sprocket
-Ricochet / Utah SC Skid plate
-E-Bay luggage rack (easy to swap out, I pull it off for off road stuff)
-Wolfman Enduro tank bag
-Replacement generic taillight and subfender (looped a hillclimb)
-Buell Blast blinkers
-Unabiker radiator guards
-Removed seat strap
-Destickered entire bike
-Stainless steel front brake line
-IMS Pro footpegs
-Rear brake pedal "saver" cable
-Removed chain guard and guide (crash damage)
-Clutch and sidestand safety switch removed
-Dirt-Bike-Gear rear fender bag, Moose front fender tube bag

I think that's it...

I'm impressed by how tough this bike is. I drop it off road with some regularity and it has incurred very little damage. Every bit of my plastic is scratched and gouged, discolored... It's awesome!

It is a bit down on power, but I like it's "softer" response to throttle inputs as opposed to the instant raw power some of the bigger bikes have. Once you start revving it above 8,000 rpm, it turns into a different bike anyway.

Re: the hard starting when cold - if you turn the gas off and drain the carb by letting the bike idle until it stalls, the bike is much easier to start the next time. Turn on the gas, choke it, give it a couple seconds, and touch the starter button; mine fires right up every time now.
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:45 AM   #34
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I know the 09 has new plastic and few other do-dads, but isn't it basically the same bike as earlier models at heart?
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Old 04-11-2009, 09:56 AM   #35
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I know the 09 has new plastic and few other do-dads, but isn't it basically the same bike as earlier models at heart?
Sure, but a specific thread makes us feel special.
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Old 04-11-2009, 05:50 PM   #36
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Several changes to the 2009--straight from Rider magazine, 9/08:

1. '09 meets CA emission standards (biggest change).
2. Less suspension travel, and slighter shorter seat height.
3. Thicker wheel spokes, and more street oriented stock tires (Dunlop D605).
4. Improved rear brake--240mm petal rotor (formerly 220mm).
5. Tweaks to carb and radiators.
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Old 04-12-2009, 06:53 AM   #37
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I've got the SF

I'll be watching for all your cool ideas. Glad you started this thread.
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Old 04-12-2009, 07:12 AM   #38
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Meefzah, you've done quite a lot of mods on your KLX.. how about a pictorial tour?

I'm going to add Bill Blue's big bore kit and turn it into a 351 cc.
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Old 04-12-2009, 10:33 PM   #39
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I have thought of the the big bore kit as well but I think I like the way my KLX is just with the mods I have done on it. They are such fun to ride.
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Old 04-14-2009, 06:08 PM   #40
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klx250s price quote

Got a price from a dealer of $5,400 out-the-door. I'm no math genius, but as a CPA I can handle basic arithmetic. I pointed out to the salesman that based on my calculation what he was proposing was pretty much retail: $4,999 MSRP + $350 NJ sales tax = $5,349. He claimed he was $700 below retail, but that there was a "destination charge" of $495. He didn't offer to reconcile the $205 difference between the $700 "savings" and the $495 destination charge -- tags and registration, perhaps? (The conversation was by phone, and I was driving during a rainstorm, so I wasn't able to really dissect the quote.)

The real question is whether a "destination charge" is common for Kawasaki bikes, especially a charge that is roughly 10% of the MSRP?
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Old 04-15-2009, 04:40 AM   #41
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^^^^ what dealership? I've seen them in both Extreme Machine in Millstone on RT33 and at the dealer in Toms River on RT37... try around
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Old 04-15-2009, 10:57 AM   #42
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I have found a dealership here in Kentucky that will sell me an 09' for $4295 + TTL.

Their websites states the following
"No hidden fees,no freight, no setup, no dealer prep, no doc fees. Only add tax & license."

I have not bit the bullet yet, but am saving up to. I don't want to finance it, so it might take a little while.
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Old 04-15-2009, 07:03 PM   #43
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Quick question for you team green experts: My buddy just bought an '09 250s, and wanted to put some handguards on. He went to the stealership and picked up some handguards, but the dealer told him that he needs to buy new handlebars to mount these. Apparently Kawasaki welded about 3" of weight into the ends of the bars? Has anyone mounted guards onto the stock handlebars (and how did you do it), or do you need to purchase aftermarket bars? Forgive my question, I'm a suzuki guy and I dont have the 250s here infront of me to check it out. Thanks!
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Old 04-15-2009, 09:57 PM   #44
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Originally Posted by MeefZah
Good thread. I'm digging my red 2009. Bought it new in May (I think) of 2008.

Almost got 10,000 miles on it now. I may turn it over this month.

I've got quite a few mods, none of which I planned. They just kind of happened slowly from talking to other riders and reviewing the internet:

-TAG XS aluminum bars (replaced the steel ones 3 times before i got smarter)
-GPS, Ram mount
-Cig lighter
-Enduro Engineering barkbusters
-Kenda 760 tires
-Enduro mirror (I pull the stock mirrors for off road stuff)
-13T front sprocket
-Ricochet / Utah SC Skid plate
-E-Bay luggage rack (easy to swap out, I pull it off for off road stuff)
-Wolfman Enduro tank bag
-Replacement generic taillight and subfender (looped a hillclimb)
-Buell Blast blinkers
-Unabiker radiator guards
-Removed seat strap
-Destickered entire bike
-Stainless steel front brake line
-IMS Pro footpegs
-Rear brake pedal "saver" cable
-Removed chain guard and guide (crash damage)
-Clutch and sidestand safety switch removed
-Dirt-Bike-Gear rear fender bag, Moose front fender tube bag

I think that's it...

I'm impressed by how tough this bike is. I drop it off road with some regularity and it has incurred very little damage. Every bit of my plastic is scratched and gouged, discolored... It's awesome!

It is a bit down on power, but I like it's "softer" response to throttle inputs as opposed to the instant raw power some of the bigger bikes have. Once you start revving it above 8,000 rpm, it turns into a different bike anyway.

Re: the hard starting when cold - if you turn the gas off and drain the carb by letting the bike idle until it stalls, the bike is much easier to start the next time. Turn on the gas, choke it, give it a couple seconds, and touch the starter button; mine fires right up every time now.
Dude ... the mod's are happening quickly for me , can you post some pic's of your ride? I'm looking at doing a lot of the mod's you've already done and want more detail ... cig lighter? radiator guards? footpegs? Tell me more!
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Old 04-16-2009, 10:11 AM   #45
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Apparently Kawasaki welded about 3" of weight into the ends of the bars? Has anyone mounted guards onto the stock handlebars (and how did you do it), or do you need to purchase aftermarket bars? Forgive my question, I'm a suzuki guy and I dont have the 250s here infront of me to check it out. Thanks!
Well, I installed Cycra Pro Bend with the U clamp and I wish I had replaced the handlebars, had I known about this.. It's a major PITA to drill through it, I would change the bars in a heartbeat next time, so yes, he's not bs'ing you, changing them out, is a lot easier than drilling through the ends. Oh, and by the time I drilled through, the bars were so hot that they melted the glue holding the grips in place, so I had to replace those too.
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