Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. rickypanecatyl

    rickypanecatyl SE Asia adventure tours

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    I just added a pic of a known 700 out the front lumen flashlight to give some perspective to my horrible camera and photography skills.

    It's a camera issue... I need to use my wife's camera to get some real shots but she hasn't been very generous with me taking it out as I seem to always break the drop proof/waterproof models.
  2. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Hey, where is the cheapest place right now to get the EBC Dirt Racer clutch that everybody is using with the 351 kit? And the Barnett springs to go with it?

    Thanks!

    Rob
  3. taranaki

    taranaki Gaucho Marx

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    I'm leaning to the mega bomb - I think it'll be a little quieter for stealth riding.

    - how hard is the install?

    - does it come with a guard or is contact (ouch!@#%^) an issue?
  4. mel brooks

    mel brooks Dirt Chick

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    I just got mine from JC Motors. It was 54.70 but they kinda burn you on the shipping, it was 12.25. Best price I could find. This was in the last couple of weeks.

    http://www.jcmotors.com/
  5. Rob.G

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    Thanks!

    Do you recall what the part number was on it? And what about the Barnett springs?

    Rob
  6. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Nevermind; I found the p/n on that site and Googled it... got it through Amazon.com for $49.xx and then looked up the p/n on the springs and found them for $20.xx. Both on the way now.

    Thanks again!

    Rob
  7. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    But wait, there's more! :)

    Which clutch cover gasket do I need? I see a smaller one for $10 and a big one for $25.

    Rob
  8. mel brooks

    mel brooks Dirt Chick

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    I didn't replace the clutch cover gasket. It was in excellent shape.

    If you're careful, you probably won't need to. THe KLX has the separate clutch cover (unlike my Sherpa) where you just pull the clutch cover itself off, not the entire side cover.
  9. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Thanks! I guess since the bike is still pretty new, they might be salvageable. Since I have time (while waiting on the head to come back) I can order them only if I need them.

    Meanwhile... is the Kreiger Manual Cam Chain Tensioner only available directly from the guy who makes it? I emailed him last night about ordering one and have yet to hear back.

    Rob
  10. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    Patience Grasshopper, he's making those as a sideline while having a job. :D He also has a motorcycle that needs to be ridden.

    And yes, direct from the maker only.
  11. zippets

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    i went with the mega bomb and the Q4 i also purchased the Quiet insert from dennis kirk to put on the pipe it was a 15 minute job

    with this set up im at 86db for the sound it is not much louder then stock

    the bulg is way forward to me i don't see an issue unless the bike falls on you on that side

    i allready decided to fall to the left when possible :p
  12. MrHighbeam

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    I installed a trailtech vapor with dash several weeks ago. I race enduros with my klx and needed an adjustable tripmeter. The whole kit was only 130$ or so and everything works except the water temperature meter which I have chosen to not install at this time.

    The unit is a bargain and is very dependable. I have used trailtech computers in the past and they last.

    I hooked up all the sensors so I have indicators for blinkers, neutral, hibeam, and overtemp. Tach works great, adjustable odo and speedo work great too.

    Nice to know that the speedometer is 100% accurate.
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    zippets WilD&CrAzY

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  14. dmcc67

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    I've tried searching this without success....

    Anyone want to report their average MPG after going to the 351cc?
    I'm considering the big bore sometime this year.

    I commute on my 250, and I am probably wringing it out, but I only get 50mpg average. This is my second KLX250s, my first one got 58mpg average, day in and day out. Both 06's. Go figure.
  15. Rob.G

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    Have you jetted the bike yet? When I got my 2010, I was unimpressed by the mileage. It wasn't until I put a Dynojet kit in it that the milage went UP noticeably... from 50-ish like you're getting now, into the mid 60's.

    If you wring it out on the highway, it's gonna pretty much suck no matter what, but for the slower roads and trails, it'll be quite good.

    I'd like to hear from people on 351 mpg too since I'm ordering my kit this weekend. Bill Blue is in Colorado til Monday so I haven't been a rush to fire up Paypal.

    Rob
  16. dmcc67

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    Just jetted yesterday, went with 125 main, 40 pilot, air screw 2.5 turns, drilled slide, installed adjustable needle clip 2 from top(don't have the number with me, but these were all the Kawasaki parts listed on this forum), air box mods, new air filter. Also put a 1/2 hole in the silencer baffle. It runs out a little better, not an impressive difference though. Haven't checked the mileage with mods yet, keeping my fingers crossed.

    Funny thing is, I never jetted my first bike. It got 58 when new, and then I modified a KLX300 silencer to work with the stock header, and it still got 58. It was definitely lean, but ran ok.

    I'm hoping for a big torque gain with the 351 so it'll pull 6th easier.

    FWIW, this one seems to get 50 even when I baby it. I'm not too concerned, but I'm hoping it stays at 50 or even gets better with the 351.
  17. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    When new my 07 would get in the mid to upper 50s for MPG (high was 58). I was very disappointed with that. I put the 351 on with only ~750 miles. With the number of mods I have done, it's pretty much impossible to say what has impacted mileage and what hasn't. Now I typically get around 65+ MPG (high was 74). I can say for sure that the 351 itself isn't a complete MPG killer - getting jetted with intake and exhaust properly sorted probably has a far bigger impact. The one mod I have done where I did notice an immediate and sustained increase in MPG was the 15 tooth countershaft sprocket. The 351 has no issues pulling 6th gear with the 15 tooth. Others on this thread and elsewhere have said it a thousand times and I couldn't agree more, the 351 makes it a completely different bike. The increase in raw power numbers doesn't really tell the story, because there is such a large increase in where the usable power is available in the RPM range.
  18. Ranger Ron

    Ranger Ron Been here awhile

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    73 mpg (70 mile daily round trip commute).

    Ron :D
  19. dmcc67

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    WOW :eek1 I hope others are getting similar results!
  20. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Ron has things very well sorted out :clap