Long term KLX250S review

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by bmwhd, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. Nobiman

    Nobiman Been here awhile

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    Nice pics Mav!! Looks like you have a cool place to stretch the 'ol KLX's legs. Oh, go ahead and order that Staintune exhaust and have 'em sent to me. I would hate to see you seize the motor in your new bike 'cause you over reved it before it was properly broken in. By the time yours is ready, I'll have the pipes heat stress tested and they'll have a nice light blue patina coloration, then I PROMISE I'll send 'em back to you.:wink:

    Todd, tommorow I'll be heading off to the local Kawi-shop to order the parts that you are using while I'm waiting on the aftermarket guys to answer me on the exhaust. Who knows, maybe the low cost mods will be enough to keep my sweetie on my tail when we're out kick'in around on the Dualsports!:feelgood

    Randy.
  2. megad

    megad Been here awhile

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    Damn, I was hoping the klx was on par with the 250x

    performance isnt really the issue for me, suspension, handling are far more important on these bark buster trails

    I'm using a 2003 kx125 now, some of the hills are too much for it when it's wet, otherwise it works well
  3. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    The KLX will work fine for what you want. However, if you can pick up a street legal 250x for less, I'd go that route as long as you don't plan to ride too many street miles. The KLX is going to be a better choice if you need to hump down the road for 50 miles or so to get to the trails. The 250x is going to be better if you just plan to play in the dirt.
  4. MaverickAus

    MaverickAus Been here awhile

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    From what I have read about the Honda it’s a MX bike with lights, the KLX is a very capable dual-purpose bike, fine for road and trail, so I would echo what Todd said. I took my KLX up some steep hills stock standard (see the pix on page 13) and I was very impressed. It certainly could do with lower gearing for the hills but the point is it made it easily just as it was, no mods, no reducing tyre pressure, nothing, gas it and ride.

    Wow I know this doesn't apply to you megad but I just looked up the price on the 250x here in aus (new) and its $4800 dearer than the KLX :eek1

    Garry
  5. happyboyc

    happyboyc just giv'r

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    HI again everyone........Hope I can clear a few things up for some of you!

    The snorkel (part# 14073-1577) that has been talked about on here is from the following bikes: 92-99 KDX200, 92-05 KDX220, 94-96 KLX250 and 93-96 KLX650 Currently on back order here in canada, cost about $34.00 canadian!

    Pipes: I spoke with MUZZY in Oregon and my contact there confirmed that a KLX 300 full system will fit the '06 KLX 250. SOOOO.....one would assume that any aftermarket full system (muzzy, big gun etc.) will fit the KLX 250. With the larger head pipe and free flowing can it is going to make a big difference. I can't even get my little finger in the outlet of the stock pipe for the north american market (canada, us).

    Rad Gaurds: I checked on the Kawasaki site and the part numbers for the KLX 300, 400 and 250 are all different. If you look at the pictures they also look a little different. Will the rad gaurds from these other models fit...Maybe? Might require a little modification!

    Skid Plate: The skid plate from a 04-05 KLX 300 will definately fit the 250. I tested a Moose plate for a KLX 300 and it fits perfectly.

    Big Bore: I have also confirmed that the part numbers listed to make this little 250 into a 300 from Kawasaki are good and it will work. I checked a couple of other companies for cost on these parts as apposed to kawi but here in canada the price was almost exactly the same! Better to stick with the genuine kawi stuff!!

    My thinkin' is....if you open up the air box, put on a pipe and jet the carb you should easily get 6-8 horse. If you also do the 300 kit thats gotta be 10+ horse! That would put this bike somewhere in the early to mid thirties, now this bike is going to ROCK!!!!:clap
  6. tipstall

    tipstall Been here awhile

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    MaverickAus,

    Do you know how many bikes you sold with your pictures? Count me in as a soon to be owner.
  7. happyboyc

    happyboyc just giv'r

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    Hey Mav...
    Coffs looks like a great place to live, fantastic pics. Bet there are some great beaches in your area. Seen some nice pics from Byron Bay, also home of my favorite bikini maker (wicked weasel). OOHH....sorry, almost forgot this is a bike forum!!! Anyway, Good on ya, Cheers mate etc.:freaky
  8. Nobiman

    Nobiman Been here awhile

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    Now thats what I'm talking about!!! More solid info from one of the gang, thanks Hap!

    Honey! Where's the check book, we're ordering parts for the KLX ASAP!:freaky :lol3

    Randy.
  9. MaverickAus

    MaverickAus Been here awhile

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    :huh interesting, I'm not going to argue however I just checked the parts catalog again @ www.kawasaki.com and they look the same to me, the parts numbers that is KLX400 & KLX250 both quote right rad P/N 39061A and left rad P/N 39061. Is that the P/N you got happyboyc ?

    Wooo hooo maybe I should ask Mr. Kawasaki for a percentage :deal

    Believe me Coffs is a great place to live, great beaches, warm most of the year, scantily clad women and great trails to ride 5 mins from town, Byron ain’t bad either :thumb
  10. Moat

    Moat Been here awhile

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    Hi, folks - I just have a thought or two re; the muffler - I wonder if drilling the baffle plate might be rendering the spark arrestor inoperative? I'd (legally) need a spark arrestor here in Michigan, so that's a concern.

    So, I also wonder if the Aussie muffler has a spark arrestor, and if so - might it make a worthy, (slightly) lower back-pressure alternative to aftermarket offerings? Stealthy, quiet OEM-looking/fitting alternative.

    Just wondering out loud!
  11. Spode

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    Hey KLX guys.

    Re: the KDX snorkel, tearing the snorkel (and airbox lid) completely off is one of the well-known cheap/free mods that KDX riders do to uncork their bikes. I'm sure there are lots of free KDX snorkels laying around in garages. If you know any late model KDX riders, see if they'll give you theirs.

    I might have one laying around in my garage. If so, it's free to anyone who wants to pay postage.
  12. happyboyc

    happyboyc just giv'r

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    Hey Mav....
    Yes the first half of the part number that you just posted is the same but....there is a dash then four more numbers after that, and they are different!! I have access to the kawi dealer site so I get the whole picture!!:1drink
  13. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Mav, look at the complete part number, not just the reference number on the schematic -- should be something like 39061a-XXXX. You may find that the reference number is the same for several bikes, but the complete part number is different. I ran into this several times while researching parts compatibility for my KLR250 -- initial joy, tempered by the ultimate realization that the parts were actually different.

    Hope I'm wrong, though... :puke1


    Edited to add: Doh -- missed the last page. Happy Boy beat me to the info :deal
  14. MaverickAus

    MaverickAus Been here awhile

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    oops :ruskie don't I feel stupid, thanks for clearing that up
  15. nobrakes

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    Finally we got a nice day in North Carolina after nothing but bad weather since I picked it up last Saturday. Back roads got me here.
  16. nobrakes

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    Here's a shot down by Jordan Lake. While just tooling around back roads trying not to go over 4K RPM during the break-in period, I spot what looks like a 100 year old logging road off to my left. I turned around and approached with caution, since I'm a bit rusty from lack of riding for so long. After following it for a while I ended up here. This is the first off-road I've had it - it does great. I went through some pretty soft swampy stuff with no problem at all. It also eats small logs for an afternoon snack - barely felt them as I picked my path around overhung trees and over wooded debris. This bike is hungry for more.
  17. Nobiman

    Nobiman Been here awhile

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    Nice pics there Nobrakes!:wink:

    How many miles does everybody have on thier bikes now? We have 190 on ours. We should have way more than that by now but I've got my KTM down for maintenance right now, so the KLX is also setting idle. The wife did take it to town (only 2 miles each way) to do some errands for the first time by her self and she came home with a big smile on her face from the experience.

    How 'bout some pics of faces so we can all see who we're talking to?

    Here's mine.:D
  18. jeepphamilee

    jeepphamilee Adventurer

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    Well fellers, I have been kicking around the KLX250 or the KLR650. I am happy to announce with the assistance and information from mainly this set of posts that I started the process of getting my very own shiny green machine (KLX250) and I am amped! Thanks for the good amount of input and some real riders point of view.

    Brian
  19. Nobiman

    Nobiman Been here awhile

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    Congrats Brian!

    Ain't nutt'in purtyer then a nu motercicle sit'n in 'th gayrage, aye?

    We're getting quite a group of KLX 250 owners and almost owners here!:clap

    Randy.
  20. MaverickAus

    MaverickAus Been here awhile

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    here I is

    and thats Kilometers guys works out to be 88 US miles ...

    when this baby hits 88 your gunna see some serious shit :evil Dr. Emmett Brown BTTF