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Old Yesterday, 03:17 PM   #1
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2015 Kawi's: KLX 250S no more?

Kawasaki has their 2015's up on the web, here.

In both the list of bikes on the bottom of the page, and in the pull down menus on the left the Dual Purpose category now lists only the KLR 650.

Maybe this just means they have enough in stock and there won't be a 2015 model. But the page does tease with: "More to come"

Given that they have upgraded the Ninja 250 to a Ninja 300 in an attempt to beat Honda in the new-rider market, would it be too much to hope for a KLX 300S? A few years ago they had the dirt-only KLX-300, so they have done this type of transplant before.

And of course the current bike was stuck in no-mans land between the cheaper and FI'd Honda and the more expensive, but higher performance (and also FI'd) Yamaha WR.

A FI'd 300 might get them back into a lot more buyers consideration. They aren't winning any shootouts with the current 250, Honda takes the price/perf and Yami the best of category.

Guess we'll wait and see... I'd be interested if they do.
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Old Yesterday, 04:00 PM   #2
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Here is the NEW 2015 KLR-650, the only remaining Kawasaki dual purpose bike, as you can see on the right of the screen grab. The 2016 KLR 650 looks like the 2014 KLR 650 "New Edition" with BNG (bold new graphics).

Also, the list of 2015 bikes DOES include all these other ones, along with big KLR:

NEW FOR 2015! More to come.
KLR650 <--- someone is missing !
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Old Yesterday, 04:12 PM   #3
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I think the website is behind. Looks like the same bike for 2015;
2013 Beta 250 RR
2009 KTM 450 EXC
2012 Yamaha WR250R
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Old Yesterday, 04:24 PM   #4
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Interesting. Maybe so. Although usually not all countries get the new bikes in the same model year.

Also, it's Australia. Isn't it already next year down there?
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Old Today, 09:58 AM   #5
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Maybe they're going to cheap the 250 down like a Honda to see if they can get a good review

Maybe some "reverted" forks (de-inverted ), 35mm tubes, single steel shock with no adjustability, shorten travel to 8". But put on a comfy seat, highbars with a good bend that "comes back to ya", maybe forward mount the pegs a bit, make it pretty and sell it for $4000... Maybe then the road riding media might like it.

wait a minute I think I just described some Chinese special!
Ever get lost? You know, that good kind of lost - come to a dirt road intersection and you have no idea where you are or which way to turn? I like when that happens!

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Old Today, 01:03 PM   #6
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I suppose that the best guess, if they decide to keep the model, is that they will treat it sort of like the KLR, it's stable mate. The KLR got some mods last year - the "New Edition" that were minor tweaks that improved known issues with the bike. The springs were made heavier, and the seat was reshaped a little. The price point was maintained.
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