09 KLX250s Thread

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

  1. taranaki

    taranaki statale

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    Which tail rack?


    The Borrego from Turbo City or the one on ebay from El Cajon?

    Borrego is $99 and shaped to accomodate at Tour Master tail bag.

    The $79 rack from the guy in El Cajon is cleaner looking and made from thicker tubing.

    Anyone with experience with these racks?
  2. scobib

    scobib Magic Chef

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    We just popped the Nomadic racks on our KLX's and they're light, fit well, and seem quite nice... Also installed some Barkbusters VPS hand pro and Ricochet bashplates... All were quite nice pieces...
  3. Durden

    Durden Freak!

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    I bought the Nomadic off ebay and I love it, really great build quality, and nice powder coating.

    I also bought the Ricochet skidplate but noticed it says its for an 06-08 KLX, will it fit the 09? Im out of town and dont have a chance to try to fit it.

    I also got a 1G rotopax gas can, it arrived today and I love it! www.rotopax.com they are amazing quality and fit perfect on the nomadic rack.

    I also have a set of ContiEscapes, Cargo Net, 15T countersprocket, Wolfman tank bag and some other goodies sitting here, 2000Km from by bike..
  4. scobib

    scobib Magic Chef

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    Yes, the '06-08 will fit on the '09... We just installed two of them and they fit like a champ!
  5. Durden

    Durden Freak!

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    Great Thx, thats what I was hoping to hear. Its well built and much lighter than the Moose plate I bought for my KLR (Im guessing the size difference). Im planning a 7000KM trip next year on the KLX, I know the KLX is tuned down to be more relieable, guess I will find out!
  6. scobib

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  7. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Been here awhile

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    I use my bike for a 20 mile commute 90% of the time. The other 10% is ADV touring (camping gear) and trail riding. I have been thinking about getting the 250 so I can do more exploring and get off of the main fire roads. I am a little worried that I will find it too small or under powered. I am wondering how guys like it after riding 650s....
  8. BeenThere

    BeenThere Been here awhile

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    I just recently switched from a KLR650 to a KLX250S. The 650 was much nicer on the road being heavier and more powerful. I find the 250 adequate on the road, but a little lacking in power. I'm going to install the 351 kit though and that will take care of the power problem.

    Being retired I don't commute, but the 250 is my regular ride for everything else. What's most important to me is how much more relaxed I am on the 250 over the 650. The 650 was very top heavy so I was always fearful I might drop it whether it be while riding trails, or even in parking lots. And, I knew I couldn't pick it up by myself when I did drop it, (dropped it 7 times in the dirt).

    I'm glad I made the switch.:D

    Norm
  9. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    I can still pick up my KLR, but I don't enjoy it. :lol3 But I find that I'm far more comfortable off road on my Sherpa than on my KLR due to the top-heavy-ness of the KLR. I did a ride on my Sherpa that turned me back on my KLR - and my riding hadn't improved between the two attempts. But what has me looking at the KLX is its having a similar weight and hangling characteristics to the Sherpa while still having a full size frame and ergos more closely related to the KLR. I'm debating selling the KLR and buying the KLX and installing the 351 kit ~ so it's nice to hear from someone who's already muddled through the same mental debate and reached the same conclusion I'm leaning toward. Thanks for posting.
  10. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    Yep, my recent annual 2-week Colorado trip finally convinced me to go to a lighter DS bike over the KLR650. I've ridden KLRs for decades and have had loads of fun riding them in a manner and in places where they weren't ideal. Even after extensive suspension and tuning mods, the bike is still up around 400 pounds. I'm going lighter in the form of a KLX250, DRZ400, or WR250R dual sport...just kinda depends on what I find for the money.

    I don't ride my KLR any more than I have to on pavement, so why in heck am I trying to herd a 400 pound pig? I haul my KLR to riding places all over the western U.S., so there's just no reason to deal with this water buffalo anymore. I want to stay street legal without aftermarket kits and such, but being that there are some good candidates like the KLX available, there's no reason for me to continue my weigh lifting program.:D
  11. Durden

    Durden Freak!

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    Ditto, Im a bit disappointed at how uncomfortable the KLX is on long trips, but the fact its a mx bike, its what you could expect. On the KLR I could make 750km in one day easy. That being said, the KLX is soooo much more fun in the city and on the trails. I havent dumped it yet, which speaks to how easy it is to control on the trails.
  12. Dirtnadvil

    Dirtnadvil Been here awhile

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    I also have a Sherpa as a second bike but it is really for my son. I did ride it up in the mountains this week and it made me realize how much I dread/avoid tight trails with the KLR. I can pick it up if its on flat ground, but what a bitch! I am looking for something lighter so it is easier to load in the back of a truck without help. Are any of you guys located in So Cal? I would like to swap bikes for a few miles if I could.....
  13. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    The 351 kit on the KLX is WONDERFUL, honest. It's apparently not any faster (same tranny) but the engine doesn't work as hard to do the work and it has much more power through the rev range. I've ridden Bakes (now Bobcat's) and Bill Blue's. Bake had the 351 kit with the stock carb and stock pipe. Bill had a pumper carb and a free-er breathing pipe. Bill's, with the pumper carb, felt like a 2 stoke - amazing burst of power (you'd never have known you were on a bike that left the showroom floor as a 250 4stroke) when you got on the throttle. But Bakes felt perfect. Smooth, linear power that you could feel as being well beyond the stock 250 (I'd ridden Charla's stock 250, then Bake's 351 then Bill's 351 with the pumper carb one after the other in the span of an hour - best way to test them out I can think of, all readily comparable).

    Food for thought.:deal
  14. redpillar

    redpillar Been here awhile

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    I just finished a 3500 KM trip on my KLX over a period of 12 days. the seat is stock but I used a piece of blue foam from a camping mat cut to fit and a sheep skin and I was able to pull off a couple of 480 KM days, and about 10 days of 200 km and over. There were a few times that I would have liked a different seat but I never quit riding because I was too uncomfortable. If I was to do it again I would look into a Renazco seat but the bike did it's job. I would also probably go for the 351 kit as well. Mine is stock except for being piped and jetted and it was fine on everything but the faster highways. A bit slow but it caused no big problems. I was able to cruise at 85 to 90 km anywhere I went even long 7% uphill grades with about 40 to 50 lbs of gear on board.
    I have been looking at a larger cc bike like a 610 Husky but after this trip I think I will hold off as I am very happy at how the bike handled the trip.

    Here is a link to the Trip Report

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=502085
  15. sparrowfall

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    Does anyone know if the kick start kit (99999-0073) available from Ron Ayers etc will fit the '09 model?

    I've searched and found plenty of posts about fitting it to an 07 & earlier but wasn't sure about the 09.

    thanks!
  16. TomN

    TomN Long timer

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    Well I am leaving in 2 days for a 7 day trip, stock seat no extra padding, i'll let you know how painful it is :rofl
  17. Chuck289

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    Please do let us know.
    Good luck and godspeed
  18. sparrowfall

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    tks ironwheel... i'm comparing two fiddy road legal trail bikes here in Oz and the 09 KLX looks (and felt) like a sweet sweet bike. Only hurdles I can see it's lack of kicker and pissy little tank.
  19. taranaki

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    Has anyone here fit these to a KLX 250s?

    I have Acerbis Rally Pros now. Iffy fit and not enough room for heavy gloves.
  20. capt_enduro

    capt_enduro tool whore

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    My daily driver is an 800, but I still get an ear-to-ear grin every time I get on the KLX. It's very light and easy to flick around, especially after stepping off a much larger (and more top-heavy) bike. Not a lot of room for gear though. It has plenty of power for trail riding and single track - tons of grunt to get the job done. On the pavement, you can flog it all day long at 70 mph (thanks to the six speed trans). Not good on the superslab, but it's perfectly at home on those two & four lane roads that the interstates were built to bypass.

    60 - 70 mpg (less if you flog it) - it's an awesome commuter bike, although I don't drive mine to work much anymore (I'd rather have my laptop, rain gear, etc. in the panniers than on my back).


    :D