Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. drm

    drm Been here awhile

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  2. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    How about a flexible shaft?

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  3. philp38

    philp38 Long timer

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    I recently picked up an 07 with 720 miles. I went on my first ride today. I really like how the bike is light weight and easy to handle. I noticed that 10500 is the max rpm. While riding today gravel and street that 6 or 7k rpm felt about right for shifting. I'm wondering what kind of range I will get out of the Clarke tank. I think this bike is going to be great on single track. I was going to rejet it but after riding and finding no surging and it also starts great (cold or hot). I'm going to leave it stock for now.
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  4. RockabillySlapMatt

    RockabillySlapMatt Noobie McNoobington

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    Sure is pretty :freaky
  5. total_n00b

    total_n00b Bits. Bytes. Bikes.

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    Nice ride ;)

    I found that mine '10 responded well to jetting and and FMF Q4 (some surging for me, but the jets and pipe were mainly to get a little more power out of it)
  6. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Nice find and good looking seat! I got around 60 mpg out of my '06 in stock condition. Jet kit, pipe, running rich, lower gearing and rough trail riding lowered it to around 45 a lot of the time. I can get 50 to 55 mpg taking it easy, but I think it's still a little rich.
  7. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    When I got my '10, I was never all that impressed with the mileage. It got usually 45-52, which is about what my DR650 got. Not impressive at all. Then I jetted it. I did the DynoJet kit and also a TwinAir filter. Since then, it's been peppier and more responsive, and mileage is now up into the mid 60's. Go figure.

    Rob
  8. philp38

    philp38 Long timer

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    :lol3 That seats on it's way to you. The Guts tall seat was too tall for me.
  9. streakerfreak

    streakerfreak Been here awhile

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    My 2010 KLX250s bought new with 1 mile on it in May 2011 has breathed its last breath with over 50k on the odometer.

    It was my only means of transportation so now I am scrambling to figure out what my next step is. I will let everyone know if I start parting it out. Which seems so far to be the most logical route.
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  10. 250senuf

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    Ouch. Sorry to see that.

    Fix it.

    Look around (eBay etc) for a bike being parted out. '09 - '13 are the same other than the colors.
  11. grahamfitter

    grahamfitter Adventurer

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    Crapola! :cry Well I suppose this is as good a time as any to put in a sales pitch for my solidly farkled 2008 KLR (685 loses no oil). Much more comfy than a KLX this time of year especially with cushy heated grips. Yours for a good price. :wink:

    If you do part out the KLX, put me first in line for radiator guards and large tank if you have them. Plus any unmolested turn signals and tank shrouds.

    Alternatively why not get the engine rebuilt with a 351 kit and restart the clock?

    Cheers,
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  12. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    Wow! 50,000 miles! It seems you have found the ultimate in "long term KLX250S" use. So pertinent info to this thread...
    What exactly happened? Snapped cam chain or dropped valve, or something else? What if any engine problems have you had over those 50k? What was your history of valve adjustments required? We're the valves out of room for adjustment yet? Did it give any indication that it might need valves? OEM cam chain tensioner or manual? Etc, etc.
    It would be cool if you could inspect the rest of the motor for wear...which presumably you would if you decide to rebuild.

    I think a strong argument could be made for a stock or OEM 300 bore rebuild, if enough of the rest of the engine are worth reusing. Good luck with whatever course you take.
  13. streakerfreak

    streakerfreak Been here awhile

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    I will post what happened at another time. This engine is not rebuildable as I need to ask Riverside Motorsports since they are the ones who tore it apart. Found a complete used engine on ebay for $1800 plus shipping. I'm really not sure i want to go that route, but my options are very limited.
  14. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    $1800 is way too much for an engine. You can get a complete entire running bike for that much. http://www.advrider.com/forums/showpost.php?p=20654375&postcount=3348
  15. Dan888

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    Whoa! that sucks !!! Bill Blue would probably give a little something for the cylinder since he will bore everything out anyway.
    I think you could find the parts you need on eBay for a reasonable price. I just got done with a rebuild where I bought a used crankcase, stator cover, transmission, and starter clutch, for just over $200 total.
    Good luck and please let us know what happened.
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  16. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Sorry to hear about your bike streakerfreak! Wow you sure had a lot of miles on it though - I'm betting 90% of the bikes will see those #'s.


    My odometer went out a couple months ago with 54,000 KM on the clock. I know I did 7 stock gas tanks when I bought it before I got it fixed and in the last two months I've done 23 Acerbis 4 gallon (Mine really is 4 - not 3.7) since then. The previous owner used it as a daily driver for 2 years before that but had taken the odometer off the bike so no idea.

    So my useage has been:
    54,000KM - 5,000 KM that was on the odometer before the original owner disconnected it = 49,000 KM.
    + aprox. 1,200 KM before I fixed the odometer; + another 6,000 KM over the past few months

    = Aproximately 56,000 KM I've put on the bike.

    It would be really easy for the previous owner to have put 24,000 KM on in 2 years as he didn't have a car/any other vehicle which would put my bike at aprox 80,000 KM or about the same as yours.

    However, at 29,600 KM on my odometer I installed the BB 351 kit and replaced the timing chain and clutch. (That was the stock clutch and I've done a HD clutch since then.)

    What I'm really impressed with is I've got a little over 30,000 KM on the 351 kit with no issues. (I've never got the jetting right though on the new carb but that's just because I'm not too bright with those things, haven't had the time to try ((it's my daily driver)) and here in Malaysia the mechanics aren't so good at "fine tuning" though they are great at jurry rigging something if they don't have the parts to get something not running running!)

    It's running fine now, and while I'd be bummed if it died tommorow, I wouldn't have the right to complain. This is pretty good for a dirt bike!
  17. streakerfreak

    streakerfreak Been here awhile

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    As soon as I know more I will let everyone know and give a 50,000 mile review of the 2010 KLX250s.
  18. Rob.G

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    Hey... those of you who have replaced your rear spring, what rate did you go with, and what do you weigh? And for that matter, where'd you get it? :)

    Thanks.

    Rob
  19. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Speaking of weight... anyone weigh the KLX? I'm wondering if there really is a 15 lb difference between the 2007 & 2009 models...
  20. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Hey guys,
    I know some of you guys from the DR650 mega thread. I have a DR650 but I'm still kicking around the idea of a lighter, smaller ADV travel bike.

    As I browse this thread I don't see many KLX guys going longer rides ... fully loaded with gear. Anyone? (PS ... have not read every page ... but quite a few of the 500 odd pages)

    Has anyone done serious ADV travels on this bike? Links to Ride Reports?
    Can you carry panniers on the KLX? ... or only Giant Loop type bags? Not seen any pics of KLX with soft panniers.
    How much weight can the sub frame handle in terms of load while riding on very bad roads and dirt wash board ... 8 hours a day, for weeks?

    I'm impressed by the 351cc engine up grades. Sounds like an incredible improvement. I've noticed a few guys with 5000 miles or so ... any high mileage examples yet of the 351?

    How about high mileage stock KLX's? Could a KLX make a trip of 20,000 miles and survive? carrying a load on rough roads / some off road?