Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears Steve Harvey Oswald

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    Part of it could be my helmet as well. HJC is fairly loud. Borrowed a scorpion once and it was significantly better (bandit)

    I've got a bunch of amazon gift cards that I need to use up - thought about buying an exo500 or maybe a GT-Air but I have no experience with the shoei
  2. TNC

    TNC Candyass Camper

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    I'm certainly not one of them, but many hearing experts say you have as much chance of getting hearing damage from wind noise on a bike without a good windshield system as you do from many exhausts...within reason of course. Your suggestion of ear plugs is actually a good one for anyone riding just about any bike short of a Goldwing-type, fully faired, highway, land yacht.

    And don't trying arguing by responding to my post, because I won't be able to hear you.:lol3
  3. Landon

    Landon Been here awhile

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    I wear ear plugs everytime I get on my road bike. But when I take the KLX out for trail riding I prefer not to wear them. I have the Q4 and don't think its unreasonable for sound, but I don't do much blasting down the highway at 60 mph either.
  4. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    CL-X6 by chance? That's what I'm wearing now, to replace an older Thor-branded HJC. Wind noise in the new CL-X6 is much more than the old helmet. However, I've found that the vast majority of that wind noise comes from the top vent; plugging this vent (with a finger to prove the point, or a piece of tape to actually ride with) makes the helmet much, much quieter.

    I'm one of the earplugs every ride gang, more so because of wind noise on the highway, and because of intake/exhaust noise on the trail. I work in industry, so I'm well trained in the chronic effects of noise on hearing. Hearing...you'll never miss it until it's gone. And you'll never get it back once it is.
  5. Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears Steve Harvey Oswald

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    I know an offroad helmet will be noisy, but I figured my road equipment would be better. CL-16 maybe? Integral sun visor.

    Either way I wouldn't expect the KLX to bark so much louder than a 1200 bandit with work done (pipe, jets, timing adv, soon head work :evil )

    I think regardless ill be operating with earplugs more often, but it was aggravated by the Q4. If anyone plans on commuting 60+ mph for any distance I would look for other options or get good plugs / a good quiet helmet. Especially of you have geared down - I run factory gearing for commuting duties. 6500rpm ~ 65 mph
  6. FIDOLLAZ

    FIDOLLAZ Dirty D

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    everyone who has heard my 250cc klx with the powerbomb header & Q4 has said they think its quiet.
    I hate loud exhausts & if this were loud it would be listed for sale.
    its def louder than stocker....but quieter than my stock 4 stroke ktms & husqvarna....so the noise is relative.

    ANY KLXers ny/nj/pa/ct want to hear it im always looking for an excuse to ride :rofl


  7. tjrockit

    tjrockit One day closer...

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    Anyone? Anyone? Bueller... Bueller... :ear

  8. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    Well, can't help you there. I don't really care what my bike sounds like; as long as it's relatively quiet and works well, I'm happy. I don't know what the FMF on the KLX sounds like, but I do have them on my KTM, and although they do sound good, quiet they are not.
  9. FIDOLLAZ

    FIDOLLAZ Dirty D

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    OK so when & where is the klx250 rally or cross country adventure?:1drink
  10. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Mine is this weekend. Doing a two-nighter on the mighty KLX250 into the Idaho hinterlands. :evil

    At a recent ADV gathering I attended there were a good handful of them, and all green!
  11. James Parus

    James Parus Adventurer

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    I made the marcelino cam mod today for the intake cam only. It clearly changes the engine behavior and intake sound. it pulls better, hard to explain, but it feels more like a dirtbike.

    more fun to ride, no doubt.

    EDIT: rode some dirt roads... This thing hauls now. it goes very well. I also did some more low speed techical terrain and noticed the engine tendency to stumble has been eliminated. it stays running with less throttle and clutch slipping.
  12. StandingRoomOnly

    StandingRoomOnly n00b

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    In what ways did it change the intake sound? Any air box mods?
  13. James Parus

    James Parus Adventurer

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    intake mods: KDX snorkel. Nothing else.


    Can't really describe how it has changed. it is just little different sounding. Maybe little more dirtbike style sound.
  14. DurtDevil

    DurtDevil Adventurer

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    Early step on diagnosing the misfiring on my bike at higher RPMs, was suggested to check spark plug color. I picked up a new one already, just assuming the existing one needs replacing. But i can't get at the plug in my bike with the extension bits I have, an extension part from the socket, a twisting angle adjuster, and the long socket itself... Tank in the way to get any downward pressure on plug (Clarke 2.8). Haven't taken a tank off before. First time for everything I guess... Is there a trick to swapping out plug or is pulling the tank the easiest way? If so, steps listed out anywhere on how to remove tank? Still the NOOB 4 years in...
  15. Rob.G

    Rob.G Mostly Harmless

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    Pulling the tank is not hard. Remove the side panels and the seat. Remove the one bolt holding the tank down under the seat. Remove the bolt on each side of the tank that you should be able to see through one of the holes in the tank side. Be sure the petcock is turned off. Disconnect fuel line from tank to carburetor. Lift tank off bike.

    Rob
  16. Lutz

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    The spark plug is pretty easy to change with the tank on, even with the big Acerbis tank like I've got, if you use the OEM tool kit. If you don't have the OEM tools, then yeah, pull the tank. It's not hard.
  17. Prophex

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    DRC Edge tail light kit. (You'll have to buy new single-bolt blinkers aswell.)
  18. FIDOLLAZ

    FIDOLLAZ Dirty D

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    Anyone local to nj have the seat concepts or any wide seat i can sit on????
    ::ear:ear:ear:clap
  19. mikezx10

    mikezx10 Happy hooligan!

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    Yo fidollaz, it depends on how local.... I'm in the Spring Valley area often.:D
  20. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Going to look at one, might pull the trigger if the money is right.

    Trying to downsize bikes and split the difference between my klr650 and xr650r. Seem like a good choice? Give up a little highway (klr) and a little high speed off-road (xrr) for a better all around bike I think.

    I'm small btw, 5'9" and 150lbs. Both of my 650's are kind of a handful

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