KLR250 thread

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

  1. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    does anyone know the torque value for the valve adjuster lock nuts? I have searched all over with no luck. Thanks!
  2. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    This site is pretty good:

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

    Go to the Tool Kit page. It shows the valve adjustment procedures. I have used this info to adjust my valves. The torque value they list is 18 foot pounds.

    YMMV
  3. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    Very Helpful.....thank you so much!


  4. nnamssorxela

    nnamssorxela ¯\(°_o)/¯

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    Looks like I just picked up DrMoto's old KLR. Bike is pretty much perfect as is (stock with some goodies), minus the rear shock and some chain issues.

    Installed are progressive springs in the forks and a top gun 650 spring (softest 6.6kg spring) on the stock 250 shock. Unfortunately the 250 shock is completely blown with zero dampening. I get nasty wheel hop over bumps, and I can bunny hop the rear tire off the ground!! I just purchased a 650 shock that I will be tinkering with when it gets in.

    I know someone out there sells a spacer for ~$50, but I'm cheap and looking for an alternative. Thinking I might just have the OEM pin turned into a spacer (shorten then bore it out) then use a bolt to sandwich it all together as that seems the simplest.

    Finally, I'm looking for tires. Ideally I'd run a D606, but the only 17" size they have is 130/90 and I've read of clearance issues not only with the exhaust and chain, but ripping knobs off when the tire expands at speed and hits the inside of the swing arm.

    Any suggestions on a primarily offroad tire with decent wear? (not sure how I feel about the mt21 given the reviews I've read)

    Thanks in advance,
    -Alex
  5. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    I've used 5.10 X 17 Kenda K270 (exhaust shimmed outboard one washer) and same size Kenda TrakMaster II rear tires (the latter, shimmed outboard two washers); excellent mileage and versatility on the K270, and outstanding off-road performance from the TrakMaster II (no mileage concusions yet available), matching 3.25 X 21 fronts in both cases.

    I'm amazed at how pavement-friendly the TrakMaster II is, runs smoothly up to Interstate speeds, takes the twisties with some confidence; off-road champ, doubtless. Don't know about mileage yet, but--they're rather affordable. With access to replacements, what? ME worry? :rofl
  6. LadyFire

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  7. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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  8. LadyFire

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  9. KLR250NC

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    Hi guys. I am a new member out of NC. I have ridden dirt bikes as a young'un and have had a GSXR-750. But I finally got smart and just purchased an 02 KLR250. I just picked it up and haven't tagged it yet but I did notice one problem so far. The throttle does not 'release' when I let go of the throttle. It stays wherever I let off of it at. Can anyone help me? I did a few searches but couldn't find anything. Also don't know how to post pictures.
  10. XDragRacer

    XDragRacer Long timer

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    Welcome!

    The throttle is closed by spring tension; two cable are connected to the twist grip, one to open the throttle, one to positively close it. The cable run must be clear and reasonably straight to allow the cables to slide easily in and out of their casings; also, cables must not be pinched (e.g., between the tank and the frame). The throttle cables may need lubrication, if the throttle is hanging up.

    The throttle twist grip barrel must rotate smoothly on the handlebar for the spring tension to "automatically" close the throttle when released.

    You may need to lubricate the throttle barrel, clean out any debris hampering its rotation, or even straighten out any interfering bumps or creases. The rubber grip edge sometimes impinges on the handlebar bracket, restricting free rotation; a sharp knife can trim back the rubber to allow the throttle to snap closed, if this is the case.

    Check out the throttle linkage and let us know how things work out.

    KLR250s forever! :rofl

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    Oh, yes; pictures! Images must be hosted separately, displayed by posting their "IMG" file URLs.
  11. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

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    Mine did that today...right after I crashed on the right side. I keep the levers and mirrors etc. kind of loose so nothing breaks when I crash in the woods.

    Try loosening the screws and sliding it out away from the brake lever about 1/4". That might be all it needs.
  12. KLR250NC

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    Thanks guys. 8gv- yours sounds easier, i will try that first. If that doesn't work, I will look into the others.

    How do you post pictures, anyone?
  13. MILLENNIUM FALCON

    MILLENNIUM FALCON Been here awhile

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    I use photobucket to download all my pictures then up just copy an paste the link in the text of your post. I'm sure there are many other ways to do it but that is how I do it.



  14. lwood10

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    If it runs good ignore my suggestion but if it runs rough or is hard to start most klr owners will need to clean the carb and adjust valves. I had to more than once. Check throttle cable sliding with the cables loose at the carb. BTW: Mine has no return cable anymore.
  15. KLR250NC

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    Here she is. [​IMG]
  16. 8gv

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    Fine looking machine...

    also, a clone of my bike :D
  17. KLR250NC

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    I did move the throttle bracket out somewhat. Fixed the problem. Returns to idle perfectly now. Thanks for the advice.

    By the way- This is a 2002 model with 2019 miles. Scored her for $1600. I don't think I did too bad.
  18. 8gv

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    If you need anything else you'll get good answers here. We've collectively been through it all. :lol3
  19. lwood10

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    Getting ready to change the fork oil on "ole granny". I was wondering how you guys check the level. Manual says to "check level with forks extended and springs out". But also the manual never mentions extending the forks when "changing the fork oil" It just says compress forks to remove oil and then fill after removing springs. Most people said they check level with forks compressed.
    This is a little contradictory. The manual is the Kawasaki Shop Manual with 250 supplement that refers you to the base manual to change the oil. Don't want to put too much in there and blow the seals. I may just put the recommended amount (270 ml) and leave it at that.
  20. HBL

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    I have a '92 KLR250 with a leaking right side cover. I ordered a new gasket and attempted the reinstall last weekend. I was being careful to tighten the cover slowly and uniformly but just as I was finalizing the installation to the final torque spec, the damn cover popped/cracked (vertically) down the entire length of the middle of the cover :baldy

    I have a new gasket and Ebay cover on order for one more attempt before I role it off a cliff. Is there anything about the cover that requires alignment? The clutch mechanism? I am hoping that it was just a weak 21 YO cover, but also want to be certain I don't make the same silly/costly/time consuming mistake a second time if I can help it :shog

    Thanks for any suggestions!