Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. 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.
  2. Crocodile Tears

    Crocodile Tears Mr. Roboto

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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
  3. 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


  4. tjrockit

    tjrockit One day closer...

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

  5. 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.
  6. FIDOLLAZ

    FIDOLLAZ Dirty D

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    OK so when & where is the klx250 rally or cross country adventure?:1drink
  7. 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!
  8. 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.
  9. StandingRoomOnly

    StandingRoomOnly n00b

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    In what ways did it change the intake sound? Any air box mods?
  10. 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.
  11. 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...
  12. 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
  13. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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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.
  14. Prophex

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    [​IMG]

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  15. 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
  16. mikezx10

    mikezx10 Happy hooligan!

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    Yo fidollaz, it depends on how local.... I'm in the Spring Valley area often.:D
  17. 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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  18. De250r

    De250r Adventurer

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    Im your size and love the way my klx fits me . Ive ridden big 600s. They r just to heavy for me to man handle and kick start sucks. You are gonna miss the torque of those thumpers tho I do. I have way more fun on my klx do to being very confident on it that it's not trying to throw me off and it's very manageable. I did ride a buddies gas gas 300 and that gave me the 2t itch again. Super feather weight feeling. So I'm building my klx a stable mate. 200lb air cooled kdx200 motor in a kx250f chassis I picked up. How awesome will this look sitting next to my 250s. She will b relieved of serious trail thrashing an kept hi geared for commute an back roading/trail riding. [​IMG]


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  19. De250r

    De250r Adventurer

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    Is the misfire due to the regulator needing to be grounded closer to itself as discovered by someone on this huge thread. I've got the same stumble and thought jetting. Then I read about the regulator thing and assume that's what mine is doing. It interferes with my iPod music when it skips anything it only skips at 6-7k so it only when cruising when u want music. At trail riding its not as bad because there is so much revving and gear changes. Have u searches or heard about the regulator skip?


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  20. De250r

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    My how this thread grows


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