09 KLX250s Thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by TomN, Nov 5, 2008.

  1. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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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.
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  2. TomN

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    Aww too bad, well if you want to bring the GS out for a sand ride let me know.

    Put my new bars and barkbusters on, I am ready to ride!

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  3. TomN

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    Ooo took the 09 KLX out Sunday for a ride in the NJ sand, can't beleive how much more fun it is to ride off-road than my old KLR. I was riding faster and not even thinking about it, a lot more fun and a lot less stress!

    Mine is very hard to start in the cold too, putting my hand over the exhaust helps.

    I got new bars so the barkbusters would go on easier.

    I also got a Spitfire windshield for xmas, very nice on the road. Easy to put on too!
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  4. drklr

    drklr MotoTrvlr

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    Have a '07 which is also hard to start in the cold. Read on the other KLR thread about rocking the bike back and forth while cranking it. Has seemed to make a difference.
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  5. TomN

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    I tried that on Sun but did not help :dunno

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  6. TomN

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    FYI:

    turbocity now has all kind of racks that fit the 09 KLX
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  7. GB

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    Having done about 4 years worth of dirt riding on the KLR650, the KLX by comparison is so much more fun.. :thumb
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  8. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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    Got the green light from the CFO (wife) to purchase a new, '09, KLX250S.

    I'd rather not pay the $4,999 sticker. What's a reasonable price to pay in US$?
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  9. GB007

    GB007 Been here awhile

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    I have been doing off-roading on my XChallenge and TE450 which are great bikes! But I just added the 09 KLX250S to my stable, and what a pleasure!!! Being able to ride slowly, smooth, it's just really fun! Reminded me of my old CT70 I used to have. What a great bike! :rofl

    Now I can put both feet flat on the ground!!!
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  10. GB007

    GB007 Been here awhile

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    5K otd in California
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  11. armycopter

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    What happened to your magnanimity?...lol Congrats on the "green light!"
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  12. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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    Got that, too. :evil
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  13. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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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. :clap

    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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  14. Kawidad

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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? :dunno
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  15. MeefZah

    MeefZah Curmudgeonly

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    Sure, but a specific thread makes us feel special.
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  16. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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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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  17. mugwump

    mugwump Been here awhile

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    I'll be watching for all your cool ideas. Glad you started this thread.
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  18. GB

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    Meefzah, you've done quite a lot of mods on your KLX.. how about a pictorial tour? :deal

    I'm going to add Bill Blue's big bore kit and turn it into a 351 cc. :patch
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  19. redpillar

    redpillar Been here awhile

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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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  20. NJ-GS

    NJ-GS Been here awhile

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    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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