KLR250 thread

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bad Company, May 10, 2008.

  1. DualSportDad

    DualSportDad Long timer

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    sorry to ask such a noob question but....... i've been looking for a good beginer bike for my girlfriend. i cam e across a klr 250 for a good price but no elec start. how hard or is it even possible to add electric start?
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  2. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    There's an electric start kit available for the Mojave 250 ATV, which uses the same engine, but it's very expensive and difficult to fit. My wife has no problem kick starting her 250, but if I had to do it all again I'd look for a good used DR350 with a button.
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  3. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    I might as well get a shot of my wife's bike in here. It's a '92 KLR250 that's set up for the trip to last weekend's WARP trip in Kernville, CA. My wife's a real trooper, and rode the thing 883 miles over the course of 3 days, smiling the whole way.

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  4. seabiker

    seabiker Adventurer

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    I've the opportunity to check out a 04 KLR250 xcept it's a long drive. Only trouble is I've no idea if it'll fit my size and would like to know before I drive out to check it out. I'm 5'7. Will this bike be ok for me? I tried out a super sherpa and that was fine with leg room to spare.

    thanks
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  5. shrubitup

    shrubitup Uncouth Sloth

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    You can always reduce the preload on the rear shock such that it compresses further from stock which will get you closer to the ground.
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  6. MaverickAus

    MaverickAus Been here awhile

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    I'm 5' 7" and the KLR250 is an ideal height for me
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  7. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    My wife is 5'4" and has a short inseam. We put Kouba links on the rear to drop it down about an inch, and it's perfect for her. You should have no trouble with the stocker, IMHO.
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  8. wsdbikes

    wsdbikes New Max is Mad

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    picked up a 01 KLR 250 for cheap. kinda ugly in a cute way.

    hauls my 200+ pound ass up to 70 on level ground, very nice on gravel and single track though there is NO power to loft the front end at all.
    Also geared really low which is ok on the trails but, even there its a bit low. 1st is really a granny gear. Anyone know the stock sprocket sizes?
    It is also pretty sluggish. has an old aftermarket silencer on it that is not very effective. I'll be swapping it out for something quiet.

    Really a pretty nice little bike. I want to get my wife riding it and I think the power delivery is really good for a beginner. Biggest issue is getting her to embrace the kick only starting.

    Any standard upgrades folks do to these or weak spots that need to be addressed?

    Thanks for reading this, if you got this far.

    Thanks for the links on the first page. great info on those sites
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  9. Jeremiah

    Jeremiah Been here awhile

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    The "twofiddy" has had lots of local fun so far and am planning a longer trip up to Alleghany State Forest this summer.
    I've found the bike performs well stock but some open the air box and rejet for a little more power. I haven't seen the need yet - but there are several big brothers in the stable to satisfy those urges.

    Some sites I've found useful:

    http://www.klr650.net/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=41

    http://home.earthlink.net/~klr250informationexchange/index.htm

    http://klrworld.com/forums/index.php?board=76.0

    http://www.thumpertalk.com/forum/forumdisplay.php?f=377
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  10. wsdbikes

    wsdbikes New Max is Mad

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    My new 'little burro' KLR 250. One little blemish:uhoh Need a new headlight cover

    first farkle- Storage

    Dont laugh? it was a Free upgrade and provides a ton of storage and a platform to carry other stuff.
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  11. EYY

    EYY n00b

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  12. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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  13. wsdbikes

    wsdbikes New Max is Mad

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  14. EYY

    EYY n00b

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  15. MWValley

    MWValley Gadget Guy (ret.)

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    Good luck, I hope you got the KLR jr. Nice bike.

    Buy an owner's manual from Kawasaki. They're not much money and besides, that's copyright protected material. Somebody makes a copy of their own, and gives you the copy...they're stealing. I hate people who steal.

    My two cents anyhow. Ride well, love the kick starter. It's easy to use and looks cool. :evil
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  16. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Are you talking about an owner's manual, or a shop manual?
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  17. Bigger Al

    Bigger Al Still a stupid tire guy

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    Hey ValveCrusher, check yer PM's!!:wave
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  18. Hannda

    Hannda Short, fat, bearded, slow

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    What is a 2004 KLR250 with 6,000 miles on it worth? No dents in the tank but some scratches on the plastics. Oversized tires - same TKC80s as go on a KLR650. Just tuned up and ready to ride. Any ideas? I'm pretty sure my wife is going to put hers on the market and I have no idea what to ask. Was going to start at $2,500 and hope for $2,250 but saw here that someone bought a 2005 for $1,500. Your opinions would be appreciated, it'll help her decide whether or not to sell it.
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  19. EYY

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    I just realised that i had been adjusting my valves to .002" rather than .20mm lol whoops, that explains why it was so damn quiet! no damage done...... well there shouldnt be anyway haha....
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  20. ddbuffalo

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    I noticed a KLR250 for sale locally by the original owner who had a motorcycle shop install a larger (370cc) engine. Assuming this was done by a professional shop, is there anything I should look for or think about involving a bike like this? thanks
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