Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    Actually you can use good quality emissions hose of the proper diameter from an auto parts store to replace any of those OEM hoses as they wear out or become brittle. Make sure it's emission qualified, because lots of the rubber tubing from auto parts houses are too stiff and get brittle very quickly. Emissions qualified hose must retain its flexibility and integrity for much longer. Slightly more expensive but way more quality.

    On your cold starting, this isn't too unusual for many owners. Many, like me, have just drilled out the starter jet in the carb to .018"--.020".
  2. philp38

    philp38 Long timer

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    So that hose just goes down by the swing arm like the clear one does? One other question...The PO installed a Clarke tank and the lower handle bar risers hit the tank. Not much but enough for me to wonder if there is a fix? It's an 07 if that makes any difference.
  3. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I should probably do that! They never brought the WR250R over here or I probably would go for that. Kawasaki is definately the biggest brand here, Indonesia and Thailand. Honda has quite a bit more support in Thailaind than here.

    I just read an Australian Dirt Bike magazines test on the KLX450 and it had an interesting perspective. The writer was plugging it at the same time acknowledging it was probably the slowest 450 between the big 4, husky, KTM and Husaberg. His perspective was he thought it was the most reliable and should be in the category of the DRZ400...basically saying it may be slower than all these other 450's but it's lighter and stronger than the DRZ.
    That's making me give more thought to the 450... they are certainly the most common 450 here and only $12,000. They come street legal with lights/blinkers/horn etc...
  4. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    That is very interesting. I wonder if Kawasaki USA will import the KLX450 to the USA? I assume it is also made in Thailand? I have every confidence in product from Thailand after seeing all the latest Triumph's built there ... or components. Excellent workmanship.

    We've all been hoping for a street legal Japanese 450 here in USA. Maybe Kawi will beat Yamaha on this one? I assume the KLR450 is F.I.?

    I could see ditching my DR650 for the KLX450.
  5. aki

    aki Been here awhile

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  6. TNC

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    They used to have the 450 here in the U.S. but not since '08 or '09 or such. Still available in Aus.
  7. 250senuf

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    I thought it was the 400 that used be available in North America?
  8. Lutz

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    The KLX400 was a green DRZ400, literally. The KLX450 was an off road bike based on KX450 architecture. Both good bikes, both no longer available in US.
  9. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    FWIW it's the Dec 2012 issue of "DIRT ACTION" page 92... also has a freeride test. To quote the intro:

    In a shootout with the CRFX, EXC, WRF, TE449, FE450 it was the heaviest and softest suspended - but not by much. However they go on to compare the reliability to the DR400E and point out how much lighter, stronger and better suspended it is. I don't think Kawasaki knew how much more reliable their bike was; originally it was recommended to change the piston every 60 hours!
    (I recently read an old KLX250 manual here in Malaysia... same basic bike as our but conventional forks and no e start and they were calling for 40 hour valve checks!
  10. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    Good to hear from you Aki! The closest fellow ADV/KLX250/Malaysian I know! :lol3

    I'm hoping to visit a friend in Kuching and then the Kelabit highlands soon! Any idea where I might rent a KLX in Kuching? I'd settle for a 150...
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    TinMan207 Most often a lurker...

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    FWIW I don't know sqwat about the KLX450, but I did own a DRZ400 and loved it. The only reason I got rid of it was because it was too tall for my son to enjoy off road, and I decided that for the type of riding that I do the DR650 is s better fit for me. But I did get a KLX250 for a guest bike :D

    and IIRC you were asking about touring on a small bike a while back. You may have found this already, but I thought I would pass along the link to the "Minimalist touring" link anyhow.

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=201349

    Ride Safe!
  12. streakerfreak

    streakerfreak Been here awhile

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    Alright guys, I will start parting out my bike. When I have time I will post an ad with more info. In the mean time send me a message of what you need and we can work out fair prices.
  13. Adv Grifter

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    Right, I know the bike ... but it was Kawi's "off road" version of the race bike, not street legal but had "Green Sticker" status in California. I'm sure some guys plated those bikes. The reviews were really good on that bike ... but I think it was closer to the KX race bike than to a street legal, EPA legal KLX250S. Big difference.

    To pass EPA/CARB I'm guessing different cams/cam timing, lower comp. ratio, lean F.I. map, super restrictive exhaust and maybe even a CAT.
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    Exactly. I wonder if the current KLX450 in Asia/Australia is the same bike?
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    If I had to guess ... I'm thinking it's the non competition model. Set up as a commuter. Low HP/comp, mild cams, cam timing for clean running and high
    MPG. But no worse than current KLX250S or WR250R ... which are BOTH very De-Tuned bikes.

    But a 450 would have more torque and ability to pull taller gearing. So, for me, means a better travel bike. MC business in the USA is picking up some so perhaps more OEM's will seek to expand their Dual Sport offerings?

    BMW just had their BEST YEAR EVER ... much of that success from dual sport/adventure bike sales: R12GS, 800GS, Sertao, G650GS ... and of course the Husky Terra and Strada. (now sold to KTM/Bajaj)

    Both Kawasaki and Suzuki have recently had decent turn over on the KLR and DR650, despite a terrible economy which is still in recovery ... but could fall off the cliff again. :ear Real dirt bike sales are STILL in the toilet, and IMO, won't recover anytime soon. Dual sport is the way forward but the old tired offerings are not going to cut it. (KLR, DR650, XR650L, DRZ400S)
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    Would anyone have an extra .018 drill bit they would like to sell? I would like to drill out my starter jet. I have searched all over town with no luck.
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    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    I bought a pack of ten on eBay for $5 shipped.
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    philp38 Long timer

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    Thanks checking Ebay now.
  19. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Do you have any hobby stores in town. That's where I got mine. $2 for two bits.
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    Sixteen bits for two bits? :huh

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