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Old 08-18-2012, 12:22 PM   #856
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Bike is mine :) put 40miles on it, 5 putzing around in fields and doing a small hill over and over again. Remember, this is my first dirt bike. I love it! Ive had my fiancé on the back for 20 of those miles and it's so comfy!! I'm 5'8"-5'9" and it fits perfectly.

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Old 08-18-2012, 01:09 PM   #857
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Why is the MSRP less than the 230L ?
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Old 08-18-2012, 01:48 PM   #858
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Why is the MSRP less than the 230L ?
Honda will eat Kawasaki's lunch at this price point. The KLX250S should have shown with FI in NA/NZ/OZ but the penny pinchers prevailed.

Honda's pockets are deep enough to play such games and Kawasaki took their eyes off the ball.
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Old 08-18-2012, 03:24 PM   #859
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After calling around the past couple of weeks the only one I could find that wasn't spoken for was 100+ miles away. Same place I got a great deal on the VFR, Honda East in Maumee. Had them hold it and took delivery today. The plan was for a friend to assist hauling it back in his pickup but that fell through when he called this AM and said he was sorry but a family emergency came up. No problem I told him.


So the only option was was to ride it home. The weather was a little cooler than it has been but comfortable; 71 , partly cloudy with winds 10-15mph. After the trek to the dealership with my significant other we arrived at the dealership to find the place buzzing with patrons so it wasn't a quick in/out as I had hoped. Nevertheless the wait wasn't too bad.


0.2 miles on th odometer


Checking it out



Finally made the purchase and was on my way. Told the wife I was taking the scenic route on route 20 and to go ahead and take the turnpike and I'll see ya at home later. 20 is moastly two lane backroad with small towns along the way. A good breakin route with speeds ranging from 25 to 55 mph. And tons of traffic lights.

Not three miles from the dealership do I stop at a light and along side rolls up a fellow and his pretty rider on a FJR giving me the thumbs up on the new purchase. He asked how I liked it. Said so far so good I've only owned it for about 5 minutes

I haven't ridden anything similar in size to the CRF in a long time to compare it to but the street performance is about what you would expect. Brisk acceleration but not earth shattering. Comfortable at speeds up to 70. That's about the sweet spot. It will do more but feels like it's working too hard to be be up there for extended lengths of time. Now to find some off road stuff!

113 miles later I made it home


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Old 08-18-2012, 03:26 PM   #860
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Honda will eat Kawasaki's lunch at this price point. The KLX250S should have shown with FI in NA/NZ/OZ but the penny pinchers prevailed.

Honda's pockets are deep enough to play such games and Kawasaki took their eyes off the ball.
I think Kawasaki was focusing on the Ninja 250R... the new revamped model looks a bit sexier than Honda's CBR250R and has FI now so it should be a slight step up from the Honda. They probably sell more of the entry level sport bikes than these dual sports so Kawie probably spent their time and money there.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:01 PM   #861
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Some feedback, the seat sucks. I'd love better foam.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:16 PM   #862
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Some feedback, the seat sucks. I'd love better foam.
The seat is a bit on the hard side. I pulled the strap off. I was sitting right on it.
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Old 08-18-2012, 05:20 PM   #863
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The seat is a bit on the hard side. I pulled the strap off. I was sitting right on it.

Agree on the hardness, I'm going to remove the strap also.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:23 PM   #864
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what is the srrap for. i never understood
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:24 PM   #865
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Passenger grab strap. They were always junk, just toss it.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:32 PM   #866
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Passenger grab strap. They were always junk, just toss it.
they are junk... but I was under the impression they were their for picking up the bike when you put it down???
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:37 PM   #867
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:38 PM   #868
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they are junk... but I was under the impression they were their for picking up the bike when you put it down???

You'll probably tear it off if you try that.

Under the fender to lift or get a tugger strap for that task.
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Old 08-18-2012, 06:40 PM   #869
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Why is the MSRP less than the 230L ?

One is made in Japan and the other in Thailand sharing existing parts from a very popular roadbike, over 3000 sold in Australia, not counting USA, Canada, Europe, India, Thailand, etc.
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Old 08-18-2012, 10:39 PM   #870
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After calling around the past couple of weeks the only one I could find that wasn't spoken for was 100+ miles away. Same place I got a great deal on the VFR, Honda East in Maumee. Had them hold it and took delivery today. The plan was for a friend to assist hauling it back in his pickup but that fell through when he called this AM and said he was sorry but a family emergency came up. No problem I told him.


So the only option was was to ride it home. The weather was a little cooler than it has been but comfortable; 71 , partly cloudy with winds 10-15mph. After the trek to the dealership with my significant other we arrived at the dealership to find the place buzzing with patrons so it wasn't a quick in/out as I had hoped. Nevertheless the wait wasn't too bad.


0.2 miles on th odometer


Checking it out



Finally made the purchase and was on my way. Told the wife I was taking the scenic route on route 20 and to go ahead and take the turnpike and I'll see ya at home later. 20 is moastly two lane backroad with small towns along the way. A good breakin route with speeds ranging from 25 to 55 mph. And tons of traffic lights.

Not three miles from the dealership do I stop at a light and along side rolls up a fellow and his pretty rider on a FJR giving me the thumbs up on the new purchase. He asked how I liked it. Said so far so good I've only owned it for about 5 minutes

I haven't ridden anything similar in size to the CRF in a long time to compare it to but the street performance is about what you would expect. Brisk acceleration but not earth shattering. Comfortable at speeds up to 70. That's about the sweet spot. It will do more but feels like it's working too hard to be be up there for extended lengths of time. Now to find some off road stuff!

113 miles later I made it home


NICE!! congrats.
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