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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    CyclePedia is your friend:
    http://www.cyclepedia.com/online-manuals/kawasaki-atv-motorcycle-online-manuals/

    I was a total newb 3 years ago, and have used cyclepedia to do A LOT of work (rebuilt my 1st motor, albeit not on my big KLX, tires, chains, bars,etc). The pictures really help
  2. TJWally

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    Thanks, IDRIDR amd 250senuf for the info. I will get onto guts racing and seat concepts when I get a minuite and let you know.

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  3. griffo1962

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    guts told me they don't do one, sc wanted too many $$ and the whole seat sent to them for me.......and sargeant wanted $$$$$:huh, this was some time ago so things may have changed :wink:
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    anyone have an OEM silencer and / or headpipe for a 2006 model you are not using? Please PM me if you do.
  5. mikejjmay

    mikejjmay Been here awhile

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    Just posted this in the klR250 thread, then found the klX 250 thread. Thanks everyone!


    The dealer near here is selling out their 2012 KLX250's at cost (so they say) to get the 2013's on the floor[​IMG].They are asking $4399 (+tax, etc)

    I have a few quesitons, thanks so much in advance for your help.

    Did they fix the breaking star shifter issue with the 2012 model? sounds like its an issue mostly with 09 and 10.

    Is it a good deal? I want a new bike, so i know whats been done to it from day one (had issues in the past), so the "look for a decent used one" doesn't really apply here.

    What does it need off the floor? Im thinking sw motech skid (recommendations?), some kind of hand guards (recommendations?), anything else right away? radiator guards perhaps?

    any other insight would be great. ive never bought a brand new bike before so any break in advice, etc would be appreciated. thank you all so much. looking forward to joining the community of klx riders!
  6. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    I think the Shift Star problem was just on 09's. My 2010 has had plenty of abuse and is fine.

    What does it need? IMO, A skid plate, a Dynojet kit/Air filter, hand guards, a seat of some sort, and some real tires.

    The Dynojet kit improves throttle response considerably, and in many cases will improve fuel economy. I like to add a TwinAir filter (and use NoToil filter oil), and many like to add the KDX snorkel in place of the stock snorkel ($20). The stock seat is awful; the best bang for the buck is the Seat Concepts one ($179) that you "assemble" yourself. And for tires, if you're going to be riding off-road, we've found the Kenda K760 Trackmaster II's to be good for their price (under $100 for a set). If you're just going to ride road mostly, the stockers are fine.

    The first time you drop it, you will likely lose a mirror and at least one turn signal, so be prepared. Hand guards will protect your levers. I like Barkbusters, but if you have the money to spare, the HDB (Highway Dirt Bikes) guards are really nice, but pricey. Look at Double Take mirrors once you break yours. You can get new turn signals on eBay from China super cheap (order several sets so you have spares).

    Rob
  7. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Sounds like a good deal. How and where are you going to ride it? What's your riding experience? What's your height & weight?
  8. rickcorwn

    rickcorwn Been here awhile

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    :y0! PM sent.
  9. dmcc67

    dmcc67 Adventurer

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    Which 250 won't take a 300 cylinder/piston? I can't find this broken down anywhere.
    I have a 2006 KLX250s and am hoping to bolt on a 300 cylinder/piston.

  10. lobolator

    lobolator Been here awhile

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    TNC has an '06 or '07 KLX250 with the 300 jug bolted on.
    It's the 80's KLX that it won't work for.
  11. Lutz

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    '06-'13 (current) KLX250S will accept a '97-'07 KLX300R cylinder. The '93-'96 KLX250R will not accept a '97-'07 KLX300R cylinder; it's the same engine family, but the counter bore in the cases of the early 250R was too small to accept the later 300R cylinder skirt.

    The 80's KLX were completely different, so also will not take accept the 300 parts.
  12. dmcc67

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    Thanks guys. I'm looking forward to bumping up to a 300. Or bigger.....
  13. FloorPoor

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    My brother has the 350ish (can't remember the displacement, 354?) kit on his, it definitely has a lot more low to mid range thump, but it won't rev like it did stock. The 300 hundred kit might be the best balance for that engine, but it all depends on how/where you like to ride.

    The PO of that bike is a friend of mine. He went to the 300, barely broke it in, and then went to the 354. While he liked the lugability of the 354, he was a little disappointed with the loss of top end.

    When he needed cash and decided to sell it at a bargain, I talked my brother into buying it, with the hope that someday he would send it my way when I have some extra scratch. :evil
  14. Rob.G

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    Bill Blue offers optional head porting with his 351 kit that allows it to rev up higher. I plan to do this when I do my kit this Spring.

    Rob
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    Any changes between the '12 and '13 models?
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  17. BroncoDave

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    Just purchased 07 250s did not do much research before buying so have a few questions as bike did not come withmanual.first is there a thread for this bike on this forum or is this one it? Need information on basic maintenance like how to adjust chain slack oil and filter change intervals, and stock suspension settings so I can start from there and adjust. Secondly, performance questions...bike has 2 brothers exhaust which is way way way too loud....looks like it has spark arrestor screen is it possible to change tips to quiet itdown and still keep spark arrestor. I looked on 2 bros website and am a little confused. I wanna be able to ride on state lands and not get a ticket or start fires. Also, bike seems to run good jetting wise except for it loses a little power or pool at about 8500 rpm. Is thatnormal for this bike or is my jetting off. Snorkel is removed but I have no idea what jetting is in it. Plug looks good.
  18. Lutz

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    This thread is pretty much it on this forum. There are other threads about the bike on ADVrider, but this one is the most comprehensive. There is a wealth of information at kawasakiforums.com; if you search there, you'll find your answers.

    I think the 2 Brothers is known as being excessively loud. There may be other "quiet" tips available for it, but if you really want quiet, you may need to look at another brand of exhaust. Depending on you skills/resources, you may also be able to fab your own tip.

    Peak power is at about 8500 RPM, so you should feel a reduction in power as you approach redline. That's not to say you may not have a tuning issue.
  19. Rob.G

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    I would suggest finding a KLX300 stock exhaust on eBay. The headpipe (required) and muffler together should cost you between $100-125 for one in decent condition. If it doesn't include the "quiet" insert (it probably won't) you can find another one for $25 or so. Without it, it's a bit on the loud side. With it, it's still louder than stock, but nowhere near as annoying. I have one on mine and am pretty happy with it. Then you can sell off the loud one to put towards other mods.

    Once you do that and make sure the air filter is clean, see if you still have the hiccup at 8500. It sounds to me like the jetting might not be completely right... but getting the carburetor in and out is a bit of a pain, so it depends on your patience level when it comes to trying different settings. :)

    Kawasaki has a downloads area for manuals, you may be able to find it here:

    http://kawasaki.com/DefaultFrame.aspx?strContentURL=/SITE/VIVEHICLEINFORMATION/VICHOOSEVEHICLE.ASP

    Rob
  20. mel brooks

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