Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. philp38

    philp38 Long timer

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    Thanks checking Ebay now.
  2. 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.
  3. 250senuf

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    Sixteen bits for two bits? :huh

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  4. aki

    aki Been here awhile

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    It has been a while since my last post. I know a guy renting KLX150 in Kuching Khairul aka Burung 0103892031 / 0168514814. He is a friend of mine, just mention my name he might give you a discount. :D

    Are you planning to go to Bario?
  5. aki

    aki Been here awhile

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    KLX450 is KXF450 with lighting & blinkers for road worthiness. It is a powerful bike and weighs less than my KLX250S but unsure the difference. I rode my friend's bike and it is far, far powerful and I can confirm that it is not a detuned version.
  6. 250senuf

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  7. aki

    aki Been here awhile

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    Yours truly.:D
  8. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Great deal!
  9. zeeko

    zeeko shiver me timbers

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    I have a KLX 250SF that I would swap out for that KLX450 ANY DAY! If anyone has one here in Thailand that they hate and want to get rid of....I'll get in line. :1drink
  10. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    You guys don't have the 450 in Thailand? If I was in Thailand I'd probably be riding around on a CR250CRM. Longevity of the KLX250, 35 lbs less, 50% more power and the suspension of well... a CR! :lol3
  11. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I need some new fork tubes... are your's in decent shape? I keep blowing thru seels every 2 months or so...
  12. zeeko

    zeeko shiver me timbers

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    They have the 450 here but it's the off-road only version and you don't get a green book with it so no license plate (legal one that is). I probably would have gone with the CR but I couldn't find a second hand one at a decent price. The Honda Dream 100 wasn't really cutting it for me so picked up my first Kawasaki. Also, I plan on taking some long trips and think maybe the KLX is a little better suited...I guess I'll find out!
  13. Jon

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  14. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    This is very good news! I'm impressed Kawi did this! But I wonder if that model with those specs will ever get past EPA/CARB regs here in the USA or the stiff Euro lll requirements in Europe?

    If it's really a "race bike with lights" ... then SIGN ME UP!!! :clap:clap
  15. Adv Grifter

    Adv Grifter on the road o'dreams

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    Rather than buying new fork tubes $$$$ ... I would suggest having your tubes Polished at a Pro metal polishing shop. You may have some little nicks or cuts in your tubes ... they might be cutting your fork seals.

    If the tubes are straight ... then polishing them might fix the seal problem.
    (I did this on my former WR250 two stroke race bike)
    Good luck
  16. aki

    aki Been here awhile

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    The cons on KLX450 is the maintenance since it is a race bike & fuel consumption. I still prefer KLX250S for my style of riding.

    I am in the process of doing Honda XR250 (2000) kick start which is way lighter & more enduro biased.
  17. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I'll check into the metal polishing but don't know if I'll have any luck finding something like that over here. I shouldn't write while frusterated but at the moment I'm overwhelmed with how you can get 1/2 ass quality on everything here for 1/10th the price but when/if you want something done well it doesn't happen often.


    I was just at the Kawasaki dealer and saw a KX250 next to the 2012 KLX250 and it got me thinking:

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    I'm wondering how hard it would be to put a whole KX front end on the KLX. My wife's in Texas at the moment for the next week and looking on Craigslist I could get her to bring me back some forks/tripple clamps/wheel/axle for much less than new fork tubes would cost over here.

    FWIW the 2012 KLX in the pic has only +/- 10" of fork travel, my year has 11" where the KX next to it has 12" so the length difference wouldn't be as great as the 2 in the pic.
    Anyone heard of anyone doing that before? I'd love the KX forks if it was doable...
  18. 250senuf

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    It's been done, don't recall where I read about it. In the Kawi forum somewhere? Planet KLX?
  19. Lil' Steve

    Lil' Steve PussyWagon™ Chauffer

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    Guy selling his KLX300 in the Flea Market has a KX250 front end on his bike. Shoot him a PM to see what parts/mods were needed.
    http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=856901
  20. ua99003

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    Just installed a 3.0 gal IMS tank. What kind of fuel range can I expect from my 2012 klx with dynojet stage 1,120 main and kdx snorkel under normal back road riding ?