Long term KLX250S review

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

  1. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    It was the sheetz in weirton that we started at.

    I would much prefer a klx to the 800gs on this ride. It had rained a lot before I went, then rained again on the second day. There was a lot of mud. I'll get more written later on today if I get a chance.

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  2. jdubeemer

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    Can someone recommend a longer shift lever with a larger bar for the KLX 250? I have a 09 with the BB351 and FMF Q4 mostly because I am Six two and 200 lbs. My problem is my size 13 feet. It is fine with regular street boots but when doing the dual sport rides with my size 13 Gaernes it is hard to get my toe under the shifter. I tried rotating it up one notch on the shaft but then it is too high and I have to lift my whole leg to gear up. Not fun. I am not lazy but searching the web is very time consuming and I am 72 so I don't like to waste what time I have left to ride.:D
    I would appreciate your input.
    Thanks in advance.
    Jim
  3. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    Search this thread for "shift lever"

    XR650L will fit it. I have MSR. TNC has a suggestion here....

    http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?p=16784410&highlight=shift+lever#post16784410

    Others have just cut and welded an extension.
  4. jdubeemer

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  5. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    I could not get the MSR XR650L to fit. It needs to be bent out to clear the stator cover. I heated that thing up cherry red and it still would not bend. I ended up cutting mine and welding in another 3/4". That worked out great.

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    I ended up welding a plate inside the shifter to protect the stator cover. That was a good idea, as I dropped the bike a few times on that side and you could see where it contacted the cover but didn't damage it.

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  6. jdubeemer

    jdubeemer Adventurer

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    Do you think the stock XR650L shift lever would be easier to bend or is it steel also? I wonder how TNC handled that situation? Did he use the stock or MSR?
    Jim
  7. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    I'm sure the stock XR lever bends easily.
  8. jdubeemer

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    Thanks I'll give it a try.
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  9. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    Anybody have any ideas for a decent street biased DS tire for the KLX? I've promised Mrs. Stain no more off road till next year and I rode mine for the first time tonight. What a fun little bike - but the big assed knobby tires on it are LOUD and it seems a shame to ruin good knobbies on tarmac...
  10. ScienceOfDirt

    ScienceOfDirt U-Boat Rider

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    Why not just use T-63 tires. They're pretty good on the street, and cheap enough. I run K60s for my street oriented tires, but they're pricey unless you're going to do it a lot.
  11. FlyingFinn

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    IRC GP-1.
    I've used them on anything from DR200 to KLR650 and really love them as a "street oriented DS tire". Economical too, not a bargain basement cheap but ecomomical. They last and grip.

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  12. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    I think maybe you received something other than an XR650L shifter. XR600R or XR650R maybe? Anyway, I recently installed an MSR XR650L shift lever on mine, and it sticks significantly further away from the case than the stock KLX250S lever. In fact I tried a little bit to bend mine closer to the stator cover to close up the gap. And from any pictures I've seen of the MSR XR650L lever installed on the KLX, the situation has been the same...it sticks farther from the stator cover than stock.

    Whatever the case, I found that it is much easier to shift now than with the OEM lever.
  13. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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    My shifter lever did fit too close or too far out (don't remember which). Put her in the vice and gave a good tug and bent her into submission. She sure is not the soft metal stocker and I do worry a little about breaking the shaft on a crash. The MSR is stiff. Should install a shifter snake. Maybe take TNC advice and check Moose?
  14. cjbiker

    cjbiker Nobody's Robot

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    Ah, right. It's been a while since I tried that. You're right, the XR650L shift lever stuck out way too far and needed to be bent in. In any case it was unusable as stock, and I couldn't get it to work.

    If the OEM XR650L shifter is as soft as the one on my XR250R, then it should be a piece of cake to bend.
  15. drm

    drm Been here awhile

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    I use shinko 244s and pretty happy with on/off road performance. They exceed my riding capability on the street. If I were to go more street biased, I would check out the 705s.
  16. DirtyTieDye

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    Im becoming comfortable enough with my bike now to begin considering taking my camera. (As this is my part time gig.) But I'd rather not have to deal with a backpack, unless I absolutely have to.
    I was thinking about going with a pelican on a luggage rack. This leaving room on the side to maybe add a gas tank or saddle bags in the future.
    My question about the Pelican case and luggage rack is two parts really.
    1. What rack and Pelican?
    2. Can the padding inside a Pelican case absorb enough of the bouncing and vibrations associated with riding offroad and protect my gear?

    I know the suspension on these bikes make this smoother for the rider, but how much does the rack and case bounce around?
    I'd be looking to haul around a full body DSLR, 1 maybe 2 lenses, and some other small stuff.
  17. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    Pelican 1500 case should be adequate and I believe comes with foam.

    Look at http://www.pmracks.com. Their stuff is nice and I ordered a set for myself.

    I can't comment on the bouncing, but a pelican with the foam should provide enough protection for camera gear.

    Good luck.
  18. GS750T

    GS750T GS750T

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    C-Stain
    Anybody have any ideas for a decent street biased DS tire for the KLX? I've promised Mrs. Stain no more off road till next year and I rode mine for the first time tonight. What a fun little bike - but the big assed knobby tires on it are LOUD and it seems a shame to ruin good knobbies on tarmac...

    Another vote for the Shinko244's. Only have about 400 miles on them but got caught in the rain twice. Not as squirly as full knobbies on the street in rain.
  19. Earthscape

    Earthscape Have ya got a helmut?

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    How far to the street side do you want to go? Kenda K761 would be smooth on the street.

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  20. C-Stain

    C-Stain Long timer

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    Thanks! :thumb.

    Those might just do the trick - I'll check the books at the shop when I'm back on Tuesday - and probably order myself a set.