Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. total_n00b

    total_n00b Bits. Bytes. Bikes.

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    This also works for me at ~200 feet.
  2. griffo1962

    griffo1962 Long timer

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    me to at SL
  3. Valkiera

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    As long as it's above 30, it works for me at 600'. Below 30 she needs some coaxing.
  4. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    Wow, I find usually I have to hit the starter button after turning the key, but otherwise, it's as easy as you describe... :rofl
  5. Shwafish

    Shwafish Adventurer

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    I was thinking the exact same thing. Maybe we missed an upgrade. :evil
  6. TinMan207

    TinMan207 Most often a lurker...

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    There has been a lot of conversation of late about this. I do not know how "wide spread" this issue is but if you google "KLX Cold start" I'm sure you will find many possible solutions.

    I have a pretty good connection with my local dealer and when MY KLX wouldn't start I started asking the same questions.

    Kawasaki knows that SOME of the KLX's don't start when it's cold out. Since they can not sanction modifying the carb's due to Emission standards, their "Fix" is to modify the Exhaust Cam Compression release tab. Some have specified a given amount (.020" iirc), but the information I was given seems a little more precise. They told my buddy at the dealer to shave enough off to get to a compression rate of 95psi (135psi cold). Now, I am no mechanic, so I have no idea if this is a big project or not. I Do know that it seemed a LOT easier to modify the started jet!

    The Starter jet is not removable so it must be drilled. Get a #77 dill bit and open the the hole in the starter jet being very careful to get all the metal shavings out of the carb before you buttoning it back up. The process took about about an hour from start to finish with a competent mechanic - not me.

    It is well documented by others (EmmBeeDee has a good one iirc). Here in Maine it has been well below freezing in the past week or so and my KLX has started every time I have asked it to. Give it the "Choke", turn the key to on, hit the magic button, let it warm up a bit, take the choke off and ride it.

    ymmv
  7. kbuckey

    kbuckey Long timer

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    I suppose I should have added "and it starts upon hitting the starter button." But then I did think this group was smart enough to figure that out! Perhaps I erred in that assumption.... :lol3
  8. 250senuf

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    Reasonable assumption on your part but with this crowd .... :evil

    You know about assume don't you; it makes an ass out of you and me. An oldey that you may have heard before.
  9. kbuckey

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  10. 250senuf

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    :lol3
    but who's counting
  11. Shwafish

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    We got plenty of smarts, they're are all just followed by an ass :mulie
  12. marc11

    marc11 Been here awhile

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    Switching to a pumper carb solves this problem and creates a few others of the single wheeled vareity...:deal
  13. TinMan207

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    :lol3 Understood. I have a pumper carb on my DR, and love it. The KLX is my "guest-bike". Plans are to keep the KLX as close to stock as reasonable (read as CHEAP) while still providing good function. Drilling the starter jet was easy enough and comparatively cheap. :D
  14. Fulano

    Fulano Scooter Trash

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    Hello all, just picked up one of these machines in a trade. It's a '06 with 6k+ on the odo. Neat little bike. PO tore it a new but plug along with the other free mods.
    Have a couple of questions:
    Will another silencer (DG), being more free flowing, add any measureable grunt?
    I am thinking of touring with it so need a bigger fuel cell. Acerbis 3.7 gallon is what I am thinking of. Any fitment issues?
    Thanks in advance for any assistance you can lend.
  15. Lutz

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    Answers in the order asked.
    Yes, noticeable gain should be had, but probably need to jet for it.
    Acerbis 3.7 will be a direct fit.
  16. Edwards

    Edwards Gravel Eddie

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    The Acerbis 3.7 tank interferes with the choke plunger a bit. It is doable, but tight. It has been documented here on one of the threads.
  17. Lutz

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    Oh yeah, I forgot that affects the 06/07 too. Really extremely simple modification - I chose just grind/file off part of the knob and to make it clear. There are other ways as well; all are pretty well documented as noted.
  18. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I did nothing on the choke and found it was just harder to get at than with the stock tank.
  19. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    While trying to shave down my choke knob, I broke the whole thing off. Now I just have the little rod. It's hard to reach, but at least it clears nicely. :)

    I suppose at some point I might order a new choke assy, but then again, maybe not.

    Rob
  20. brieninsac

    brieninsac Been here awhile

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    Hey Rob, maybe you can wrap a little electrical tape around the end to give you something to grab onto.