Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. streakerfreak

    streakerfreak Been here awhile

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    This is me fully loaded on a trip from Helena, MT to Prescott, AZ using Giant Loop Coyote bag. With that set up I could technically be out for 3 days before stocking up on more water. You just have to pack like a backpacker and you will be fine. Also depends on how much you weigh. I'm 5'10 160lbs.


    Sure it could do a 20,000 trip, but it needs to be a low mileage bike or one with a rebuilt engine. You start getting into high mileage and you start getting into a high possibility of pushing the 249ishcc engine too far. At 50,000 + miles my 2010 KLX decided that it was tired and had had enough. The KLX is a tough bike. It was the bike I learned on, held its own on the freeways and around cities and took everything I threw at on the back roads and trails in MT, WY, UT, NV, ID, AZ, and around New England.
  2. Shwafish

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    I have dirt bagz on mine. They came on it when I bought it used so I can't tell you to much about them except that they work well and fit pretty well. I will post a pic when I get to my real computer.
  3. mikesova

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    The heaviest one they had. ;)
  4. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Thanks for the informative comments!
    Any idea what your total luggage weighs in at?
    Any issues with cracked sub frame ... or anything else cracking?

    PLUS one on starting with a fresh motor. That would be my plan. Possibly a new 351cc kit, pipe, skid plate.

    How does the little KLX do on chain and sprockets? I can get 25,000 miles on my DID VM-2 X ring chain (it's a 525). Seems the NEW generation of
    DID 520 X-Ring Chains would be the hot set up. With Suzuki, the OEM sprockets are best. What about Kawi?

    Last ... Where is the KLX made? Japan? Thailand? Or ...?
  5. pluric

    pluric Gimpy Adventurer

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    We were doing a 700 mile off road weekend when mine decided to die. Turned out a
    a counter balance bearing failed and did a fair amount of collateral damage. New crank and
    as long as it was down did the 351 kit. Big grins now. Huge improvement!!! Maybe a couple thousand
    miles on the 351 kit. It's more a playbike so it doesn't get a lot of use. Trail bike of choice over the DR400.

    Nap time waiting for the rescue trailer.

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  6. streakerfreak

    streakerfreak Been here awhile

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    I would say about 40-50lbs, but I come from years of backing the Appalachian Trail and multi weeks treks through the southwest. I know how to pack light and still be comfortable and clean.

    No issues with cracked frame or anything else, but with the gear and I the added weight to the bike is about what a lot of guys weigh just by themselves before they add gear.

    Within those 50,000 miles I replaced the rear sprocket twice and the front once. Chain each time of course. I can't remember what I used off the top of my head here at work.

    No clue where it is made, sorry.

    Never had any issues carrying beer at least.
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  7. maxjett

    maxjett Try Me Grasshopper

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    I bought my 2007 klx250 a year ago and had the cold start problem. I installed a primer as a fix. Well now one year later I finally removed the carb, drilled out the cold start jet and while I had the carb off removed the plug and richened it up 1/2 turn. Now the bike starts immediately when cold!
    I had to get the .020 drill bit from a local hobby store and buy a whole kit for $15 but it was worth it.
  8. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    My 2009 (Transport Canada approved) KLX250S says "Made In Thailand" on it's frame sticker.
  9. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I checked in about 2 posts above yours with my mileage on both stock and 351cc kit.

    I did a 10K trip last year 60% off road thru Malaysia, Thailand, Laos, Burma up to China...
    There on some kind of weight kick in Thailand with coin operated scales at every gas station (scale loudly announces your weight... don't know if chicks in Western countries would dig that)... I averaged about 17kg in a top box. Frame had broke a couple times; a competent local guy really did it up for me and I could probably case a double with 45Lb weight plates on the back with no issues to the sub frame now. Far beyond the capacity of my 690!


  10. grahamfitter

    grahamfitter Adventurer

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    I'll let others speak to the mechanical aspects but I know for a fact that compared to the Sargent seat on my KLR, which I can comfortably ride all day every day, the KLX seat is a genuine torture device. Your mileage may vary.

    My wish list for this kind of riding is Seat Concepts seat, Acerbis tank, Happy Trails SL rack and Wolfman saddlebags. If I could only pick one, I'd happily strap a duffel on the back of the bike and carry extra gas in soda bottles!
  11. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    The OEM saddle is really a dirt bike style seat, not a tourer or longer commuter stints. I love the OEM saddle for rough off road. It's marginal for longer stationary seating.
  12. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I'm very pleased with my Bill Mayer Saddles seat. :)

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  13. Adv Grifter

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    Most top boxes are rated at around 11 kgs., even on bikes like Vstroms and Tri Tigers. At 17 kgs. , no wonder it broke. Good to hear beefing it up worked out. Nice ride! I've ridden Thailand twice on rented 125's, and a bit in Cambodia in 1992. :thumb I'd love to get back to the region someday.
    Sounds like the DR650 seat. Same deal. Torture rack. I have a Corbin that works well but Seat Concepts do a nice job for less money.
    Mayer does a great job. Best seats out there. Good to hear they do one for the Wee KLX!
  14. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    It was the first major mod I did. I scheduled a ride-in appointment and rode out there all the way from Redlands. A KLX250S on I-10 is NOT a fun ride.

    Rob
  15. Ride Now

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    Here's a link to one of redpillar's RRs. At the bottom of his first post are links to three more rides. Hope this helps. :D

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=717020
  16. streakerfreak

    streakerfreak Been here awhile

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    If anyone is looking for a parts bike, I just put it up for sale. Not ready to part it out yet due to my living situation and the difficulty in doing that.

    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=863582

    Sorry not done a write up on it yet. As soon as things calm down I will let give my $.02.
  17. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    That really stinks! Sorry to hear this. I'm really curious to find out what happened to the engine. Good luck with getting it sold and replacing it!
  18. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Is there another thread for the FI KLX250? I'm going to blame streakerfreak for this but I'm considering getting a new bike. Nothing wrong with mine now but with aprox 50K miles and a 10K mile trip coming up I'm thinking it might be a good idea.

    If I was in Thailand I'd get the CRF250L as a replacement. The new KLX is about $6,000 there and the CRF $4,000. But here in Malaysia they are both the exact same at $8,000 US dollars.

    Last I had looked into it, most of the guys with the 351 FI hadn't got the EFI nailed down yet and I'm just wondering if that has changed. That would make the KLX more attractive with the 351 potential on the FI version. (Mine is a 2008 carbed version).

    It seems the newer KLX and the CRF are more road biased; I'm slightly bummed on that as I was hoping for about the same amount of shift in the opposite direction towards more off road biased.
    Actually less suspension on the new KLX has 2 negatives for me:
    1. Less suspension off road and
    2. (I don't know how true this is) but it probably makes it at greater risk for theft. Lots of bike theft here in Malaysia and I'm one of the worst owners often leaving my keys in the ignition. My friends theory as to why no one has taken my bike is that it is too tall! :lol3 The average man here is probably 5' 4" and very few are used to riding a "full size bike". With my seat it's actually a bit taller than the stock KLX. The new ones appear to be about 1 1/2" shorter...
  19. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    Ricky, have you considered just tearing yours down for inspection and rebuild before it has a chance to blow up? It's a lot cheaper to replace just the worn parts than to repair collateral damage once they let go. However, I understand that parts are not exactly cheap where you are, and good shops not exactly on every corner. Even if it needs a full rebuild, it should still be cheaper than a whole new bike.

    It's nuts how expensive bikes are there...I cringe whenever you bring it up. How much is a WR250R there? I'd think that's a great option for how you use your bike.
  20. philp38

    philp38 Long timer

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