Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. RockabillySlapMatt

    RockabillySlapMatt Noobie McNoobington

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    Chain cam chain tensioner if on the road it sounds like marbles in a can around 4-6k rpm. Jetting is optional, I think it's a great fun bike. 65mph for 5 hours would be taxing I would assume, perhaps find a small universal windscreen?
  2. sealsam

    sealsam Sam...I am.

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    Found the thread on page 4. Just gettin' back on page 1. :lol3

    Running errands last week...

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  3. jimtheherkdude

    jimtheherkdude Adventurer

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    Bought my '09 new spring of 2011. Its dead stock with 2,000 miles on the odometer now. So far I've only rode on pavement, but I go to/from work 12 miles one-way on the freeway in the summer, and its happy doing 70+ indicated on the GPS. Odometer is about 10% optimistic; approaching 100 miles on the odo, I'm refueling...definitely doesn't have long legs. Will not start when its cold outside unless I direct some heat towards the carburetor for a few minutes. I love the bike...I was a Matchless singles guy back in the day...
  4. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    What do you mean by "cold." There's been quite a bit of discussion recently on cold starting techniques and modifications on another forum. One modification is to ream the enricher (choke) jet out to 0.018" which helps a lot of us (it did for my '06). Some like to run the carb bowl out of fuel when shutting down, then opening the petcock up to refill with fresher fuel before startup.
  5. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    And don't forget the method I use when it's being cold blooded, which is simply to shake the shit out of the bike when cranking it over (with the choke on, of course). I mean really shake the bike, side to side, hard and fast. I mean really shake it.
  6. vamtnman

    vamtnman SS Rider

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    And then there's the trick of SLOWLY pulling the choke out while cranking the engine. Works pretty good for me.
  7. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    For all you with hard starting issues - have you checked your float height? I think it's a rare thing for a KLX to come from Kawasaki with the float height set correctly, and this could easily cause issues, partly compensated for by some of the workarounds described. Don't assume that because no one has ever taken the carb out that it is set at the correct height.
  8. RockabillySlapMatt

    RockabillySlapMatt Noobie McNoobington

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    How do you adjust the float on this bike? Is it in the service manual?
  9. WMD

    WMD Adventurer

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    Hey KLX250s owners, I am in the need of a set of used plastics. You know...when you've just bought a shiney new set of aftermarket shrouds, fenders and side covers and the old ones go in the trash? Please let me recycle it by putting it on a new KLX that a friend just aquired and needs a beat up set for it's work duty (hauling materials for a trail building crew). Then the OEM new stuff goes back on when the bikes returns to street or play mode. Thanks!
  10. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Where do we get a shiny new set of aftermarket shrouds?
  11. goofus

    goofus Swamp Yankee 4Life

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  12. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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  13. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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  14. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    Yes, chapter 2, Fuel System, 'Service Fuel Level Inspection' and 'Service Fuel Level Adjustment'. This is one of those things that, done yourself, you will be sure it's right. If you bring it somewhere and they tell you they did it right, you will really never know. I suspect this is the source of a lot of fueling issues on KLXs.
  15. mvg2

    mvg2 Been here awhile

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    I was looking over a family members newly acquired 07 klx (neat bike!) and ran into a minor snag that I'm hoping someone will be able to shed some light on...

    One of the axle pinch bolts has been snapped off leaving only three nuts on the remaining three bolts. I unscrewed the snapped bolt out of the fork and checked out bike bandit for a replacement. Wrong!! Parts fiche just shows a part number for the axle pinch bolt nut, but not the bolt...

    Question:

    Any one have a part number (or a compatible bolt) for the bolt that the axle pinch nut threads onto?
  16. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    You can buy studs at Ace Hardware, that is where I got mine. The studs are held in with Red Locktite. You must apply heat to soften the locktite to remove the broken stud. I used a heat gun to heat the end of the fork. I also wrapped a wet rag around the fork to prevent heating the fork oil and components. With vice grips to loosen the stud, it is not a bad job to DIY, Get a torque wrench for future pinch bolt tightening. Check the other studs. The PO of my 2007 had stretched two studs almost to the breaking point.
  17. djvx

    djvx Ride Safe!

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    aye aye captain welcome aboard (odometer 1) 1st quote is a helpful one!
  18. djvx

    djvx Ride Safe!

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    I prefer the "cover the exhaust hole" when cranking...thats after the shake method of course. The slow pull choke technique hasn't worked for me and the "empty the bowl" is too much of a PITA. Ive fired mine up in the low 20's.
  19. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    ^ But have you tried a vacuum on the exhaust?
  20. kbuckey

    kbuckey Long timer

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    I must be doing something wrong. I turn the gas on, pull out the choke, turn the key and it starts. Maybe living at 7700 feet helps. Dunno.