Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. Spode

    Spode Malcontent

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    Congrats on a sweet bike, bmwhd...

    Could you take a closeup pic of the instrument pod, please? That little compact fairing and gauge package might be just the item to install on my KLR, I'm looking to get rid of the big uuhgly fairing on it.
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  2. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    I'll get pics up in a few but I wanted to post some impressions on changing the bars and adding the hand guards:

    I wanted more height so I went with an ATV bar (Renthal Yamaha Raptor 80 bend). There’s just enough slack in all the cables and wires to make the swap but I did have to remove the number plate and free up some slack in the wires by removing and re-installing some wire-ties. I also installed Pro Grip 737 gel grips and Cycra Pro Bend hand guards. Turns out the stock bars have plugs welded in the end so changing the bars was a must-do for the hand guards to work. The brake line rubbed on the Cycra inner mount on the left when I first got things bolted up. I re-located one of the brake line guides from the top triple clamp mount to the hand guard mount so the brake line can ride up and down with fork travel without rubbing on the hand guard.

    The Raptor 80 bars added about 1.5” vertical lift while matching the other dimensions of the stock bars perfectly. They make standing on the bike perfect for me now. Plus they weigh about half as much as the stockers which should offset the weight penalty of the hand guards.

    Next up: Pelican 1200, mini-voltmeter, and some flashing LED lighting to the rear…
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  3. charleshmosesii

    charleshmosesii No skills no worries

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    :clap In addition to watching this development, I'm waiting for you to completely trick her out, and then come offer you money for her. :lol2
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  4. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    that seat strap grab thing looks like a pain in the ass.
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  5. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    I thought that too but so far, no problem. My lead butt can't feel it.
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  6. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    :rofl

    I will be making some very careful mods but I'm not going to do anything to take away from this bikes great off-road performance. I added WAY too much stuff to my KLR and made it's marginal off-road abilities even worse.
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  7. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    Pics of the bars, grips, and hand guards:

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    Compare to the stockers in this photo:

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  8. Spode

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    Looks nice!

    That little gauge package is sweet! Now I just need to wait for someone to wreck theirs so I can salvage one for my KLR :evil

    The headlight shell looks a lot like one off a KDX I have an extra one of those. I was going to rig up a digital speedo unit but I'd prefer to have the small analog unit off the 250.

    Nice lookin bike! :thumb
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  9. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    i read somewhere on here or TT that a klx300 larger aftermarket tank will bolt right on, better confirm it though.

    jjeezz , a 3.5 gal would give you a heck of a range.

    small bores are a lot of fun.. :1drink
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  10. dazdconfsd

    dazdconfsd Been here awhile

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    That would be intersting as the radiator shrouds are different and the 300's stock tank gets some of it's extra capacity by being were the 250's radiator fan is.

    I saw both sitting next to each other at a dealer while I was picking up parts. I was looking at details like these out of curiosity.
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  11. HighwayChile

    HighwayChile greetings from Wa state

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    yes, it would be good to confirm it.
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  12. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    I too was hoping the 300R tank would fit but I doubt it. The frame cross members are different.
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  13. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    I ordered the Dual Star flashing LED tail light today. It's made for the KLR650 but it's a direct fit for many other bikes (I have one on my Bonneville America too).

    I measured the KLX tail light internals last night and it should be no problem.

    This unit is expensive but it's the brightest and most noticable I've ever seen on a bike. Way better than those cheapo replacement LED bulb clusters.

    I get many positive comments from my riding buds on this unit. It's a small price to pay for not getting rear ended at a traffic light. Plus it saves watts!

    The Pelican 1200 I ordered will be delivered tomorrow...Hmm...mounting options to consider...
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  14. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    This is the bike I wanted my KLR250 to be... :deal

    I'll be staying tuned. :lurk
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  15. Cauldron

    Cauldron Now in DESMODROMIC!

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    Here is a comparison between the new klx and the old klr.

    Just for comparison...



    ..........KLX ------------KLR

    Weight: 262 ------------258

    Gastank: 1.9 gal --------2.9 gal

    Wheelbase: 56.5" -------55"

    Trail: 4.2" --------------4.61"

    castor: 26.5 ------------28.5

    seat height: 34.8" ------33.7"

    redline: 10,500 ---------9,500

    Cat conv.: yes ---------no

    Clearance: 11.6" -------10.6"

    Forks: 43mm -----------36mm

    Now for the things that are the same:

    All gears in transmission
    3
    2
    1.5
    1.25
    1.050
    .904

    compression ratio
    (11-1)

    6 speed

    Now the weird thing is the final drive.

    KLR has a 15/44 and a 17" rim
    KLX has a 14/42 and a 18" rim

    This looks to be the same...

    The other big differences have to do with the type of frame and the size and adjustability of the shock and forks.

    Not that this is a small thing...:evil
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  16. PackMule

    PackMule love what you do Super Moderator

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    Don't forget the Magic Button, on the KLX. :deal

    Thanks for that comparo. Guess my KLR doesn't fall short as many places as I thought it does. I think the dirtbike-looking forks on the KLX are what give me the impression that it's much more dirt worthy.

    Though, if the KLX is undersprung like just about every other bike from Japan, guess even that might not make such a difference (vs. springing my bike correctly).
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  17. Maritimer

    Maritimer Bikeless Adventurer

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    I've been looking at this bike since the first early announcements a couple of months ago. I'm looking forward to a continuation of your experience with the bike. I'm 6'0" and about 210# with slightly longer legs, so I'm looking forward to seeing how well you fit the bike and if it will haul you around well.

    If I get the bike it will complement (not replace) my DL650. I'm looking at using it almost exclusively off-road (and the pavement between the trails). Aftermarket dual-sporting is getting tricky here in Nova Scotia, so I want a factory street legal bike. I hope this is it.

    Thanks for the information and keep it up!
    Alan
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  18. BikePilot

    BikePilot Long timer

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    For the record none of my jap dirt bikes have been under sprung, but all the jap dual sport bikes have been on the soft side that I've ridden. I actually had to go with lighter springs on my CR front and back to get full travel on a HS course. Stock, the only way I'd see full travel was royally screwing up a large jump (I race MX and HS).
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  19. bmwhd

    bmwhd God Bless Texas

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    While that's an interesting read on the spec comparison, I think it's a tad mis-leading. The suspension and frame on the KLX make it a whole different animal than the KLR250 despite the similarities on paper.

    BTW, ride reports on hold until the frickin' ice is off the streets (at least it never lasts very long here). :vardy
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  20. ADVJake

    ADVJake ***** dweller

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    Sticking the KLX300 head on this, with the 6th gear, would it be a better highway tourer than the drz400?
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