Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,957
    Location:
    CT exile now in NH
    Thanks, we'll see how it goes.
  2. monkey wrench

    monkey wrench Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Oddometer:
    124
    Location:
    somerset. ca
    if you decide to lower, I have a short kickstand I'd be willing to trade for the standard length.
  3. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

    Joined:
    Jan 21, 2008
    Oddometer:
    1,420
    Location:
    Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    Do any of you guys use a vapor or endurance or some other aftermarket computer?

    I'm fining my speedometer speed sensor is a weak link - it's gone thru 3, they are a small part and yet the dealer wants $220 USD!
    How reliable have trail techs computers been? How many/which sensors are you able to hook up?

    Rick
  4. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,957
    Location:
    CT exile now in NH
    Wilco
  5. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

    Joined:
    Jan 14, 2010
    Oddometer:
    2,340
    Location:
    Fulltiming in an RV! Currently NW Oregon
    Hey, any of you guys with 351 kits that still have your stock jug... PLEASE consider sending them to Bill Blue and getting your core charge back. I was on the phone with him today and he's turning down work from people who won't send in their cylinder, because he's out of cores.

    I just got myself a core from another bike, and am shipping it off tomorrow. I will also be sending him my original jug as a credit towards the head porting work I'm going to have done too. So with luck, I'll be installing the 351 kit on the 24th or 25th of this month, and shipping off my other parts to him soonafter for the headwork, since I don't have a spare head to send in with the spare jug.

    So, again, if you still have your stock one, or access to one, please consider sending it in.

    Rob
  6. monkey wrench

    monkey wrench Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Oddometer:
    124
    Location:
    somerset. ca
    in fact, I have lowering links I'd be willing to part with as well.
  7. ITHAPPENS

    ITHAPPENS Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2012
    Oddometer:
    33
    Location:
    Ottawa
    I found it too high with the stock seat and my inseam is about the same, 175lbs and 5'6". Purchased the 2" Kouba Link and lowered the front as much as possible. Easily flat footed but found the chain rubbing the chain upper roller unless having excessive pre-load. Re-installed the originals and cut down the seat, worked pretty well and height was Ok (Balls of the Feet). Recently sprung for the Seat Concepts low seat and am pleased with the results. I think being a NOOB he will appreciate being able to get at least this low, perhaps also the 1" Kouba Link???

    PS: Didn't see a big difference in handling either way on the street but think the seat is a better idea (Mod or New)
    Also mine is a 2011, perhaps slightly lower stock than the 2006?
  8. 8gv

    8gv Long timer

    Joined:
    Nov 22, 2009
    Oddometer:
    2,957
    Location:
    CT exile now in NH
    How big, how much?

    I didn't really just post that on ADV did I?
  9. doxbike

    doxbike Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Nov 8, 2007
    Oddometer:
    323
    Location:
    Lagunatic Beach
    Okay, I've tried several different phrases, but can't find the thread that has all the "free mods" instructions. just several mentions of them. Anybody got the link? Thanks
  10. goofus

    goofus Swamp Yankee 4Life

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2012
    Oddometer:
    81
    Location:
    Cobalt, CT
    Agreed- I'm somewhere between 31-32" and I just lean it onto one foot at a dead stop. I'd rather be a bit higher for clearance on the trail than lower to flat-foot both feet. If I'm putting my feet down at all on the trail, I'm doing something wrong.
  11. goofus

    goofus Swamp Yankee 4Life

    Joined:
    Apr 4, 2012
    Oddometer:
    81
    Location:
    Cobalt, CT
    I'm still totally stock carb. That bog only happens for me when I first take off, once I've been up to 6/7K RPMs, it doesn't happen for the rest of the day.

    Cold starting- for some reason, it was REALLY bad to start in the 40s/50s when I first got mine brand new last spring, but this year I did not have nearly as much trouble with the choke and starting in the same weather. Could be Stabil sitting in the tank, not sure.

    Overall, that engine is very predictable once warmed up and runs great. I'd hesitate to fiddle with jetting just to overcome the minor starting issues in the cold.
  12. De250r

    De250r Adventurer

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2011
    Oddometer:
    76
    This bike needs to be rejetted and piped. Unless u like mellow. I road mine stock and liked it. Opened up the intake and exhaust and jetted and love it.


    Sent from the back woods of vt via patchy Internet
    Live free and ride hard
  13. Bama67

    Bama67 Cooler in real life

    Joined:
    Dec 31, 2009
    Oddometer:
    395
    Location:
    Enterprise, AL

    Agreed, I have the KLX250sf model, and recently did the rejet/FMF Q4/remove snorkel.

    Every KLX250 owner really owes it to them self to do this to the bike. It will be the best $400 you ever spent on a bike in terms of reward.

    As much as I love the added power, the ability to crank the SOB without almost killing the battery is worth the price paid by itself.
  14. BroncoDave

    BroncoDave Long timer

    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2012
    Oddometer:
    5,963
    Location:
    Tobyhanna, PA
    On subject of seat height .... On my bike, when I get on when it's on the kickstand, it compresses to the point it will throw you to other side if you don't put kickstand up and I can touch with both feet. Does this seem average for this bike? I asked previous owner if he lowered and he said no. Going by seat height specs I should not be able to touch ground on this bike and no I'm not 400 pounds. Jetting questions.... Bike had 2 bros pipe and was jetted snorkel removed...I just put on fmf pipe since other one was too loud, I think my jetting is off a little bit since I don't know what is in there or what belongs in there, can someone tell me what jet size would be appropriate with this exhaust and no snorkel so when I take the carb off to see what jets are in it, I will know if they are close or not. I think I'm a little rich and I'm at 2000 feet. I'm only getting 80-90 miles before hitting reserve.
  15. monkey wrench

    monkey wrench Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Dec 20, 2012
    Oddometer:
    124
    Location:
    somerset. ca
    the dyno jet website has some info on mods and jetting. i dont remember what main jet they recommend for your set up. something close to 130. changes to carb depend on what rpm range you're rich in too. idle, mid or wot. you should use the look of your spark plug to determine if you are rich or lean. mpg has too many variables.
  16. BillMoore

    BillMoore Been here awhile

    Joined:
    Oct 21, 2011
    Oddometer:
    373
    Location:
    Snohomish, WA
    Mine has 1.5" lowering links, but the sag was adjusted some to stiffen the rear back up, so the net lowering was only about 1". I'm 145 lbs, my kickstand has not been modified, and I can sit on the bike with the kickstand down with no danger of toppling the bike. My guess is that it is lowered, and the rear sag is way too soft.
  17. zippets

    zippets WilD&CrAzY

    Joined:
    May 8, 2009
    Oddometer:
    50
    Location:
    rochester hills Michigan
  18. zippets

    zippets WilD&CrAzY

    Joined:
    May 8, 2009
    Oddometer:
    50
    Location:
    rochester hills Michigan
    I purchased this lowering links he is a local guy in Michigan they go from 0 - 4" lower then stock http://www.ebay.com/itm/181083781684?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649

    [​IMG]

    i also purchased a seat concepts seat cover that makes the seat wider and shorter for longer rides I LOVE IT

    [​IMG]
  19. taranaki

    taranaki Mister Natural

    Joined:
    Dec 7, 2005
    Oddometer:
    1,925
    Location:
    Pahrump, NV
    '09 with a jet kit. For around $60 more is the MegaBomb worth it?
  20. zippets

    zippets WilD&CrAzY

    Joined:
    May 8, 2009
    Oddometer:
    50
    Location:
    rochester hills Michigan
    i went with the mega bomb