New Member KLX250S owner/Oregon

Discussion in 'Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet.' started by Master Cylinder, Apr 15, 2018 at 9:07 AM.

  1. Master Cylinder

    Master Cylinder n00b

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    Hello from Klamath Falls, Oregon!

    I'm a noob to ADVrider and just wanted to introduce myself and say hello. I'm a long time street rider (since the late 70's) and just recently purchased a KLX250S. My off-road skills are pretty rusty since the last DP bike I owned was a DR350S I acquired in 1992 which I put on 4,000 miles of mostly street. Before that I owned a 1980 Yamaha IT250 smoker which I rode in the desert around Victorville/Lancaster area which was a great bike! (I lived in So. Cal for most of my life til' moving to Oregon a little over a year ago.) So it's been about 25 years since my tires have touched dirt.
    I'm going to need a lot of advice from KLX250S owners on prepping the bike for the LA2Barstow2Vegas event in late November. Also, I'm going to make a couple runs to the dunes to get a couple days worth of riding in the sand as that comprises a lot of the LA/Vegas event.

    I'm looking for any DP riders in the Klamath Falls to ride with off-road as it's never a good idea to venture out alone. I did a 50 mile woods run yesterday on mostly fire roads and my off-road skills definitely need work. That's all for now! Jim
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  2. AVAST

    AVAST Adventurer

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    Wow, talk about jumping in with both feet. Welcome!
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  3. Master Cylinder

    Master Cylinder n00b

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    Doing the LA-Barstow-Vegas after not dirt riding for 25 yrs is kind of jumping in with both feet! It's on my Bucket List and have wanted to do it ever since I learned about it watching "On Any Sunday." I'm HOPING to be ready by November as I'm retired and able to put in lots of hours before then. If I'm not ready I'll shoot for next year. Also, I'm considering enrolling in an "Enduro" school to get my technique down as I sure am rusty and can improve greatly with some personal instruction. Just have to find a school not too far away. The bike will need to be brought up to spec also to do the kind of riding I'm looking at. First things first, I need to find a local riding buddy so I can venture out safely...just in case. That would allow me to venture out further, improve my skills and build up my endurance and gain a new friend.
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  4. peterman

    peterman cop magnet

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    death wish,,,LA--->Vegas ,,,unrehearsed and out of practice. have your wife standing by the phone with the rescue truck.
    What are you doing in Klamaty Flats? I escaped there at a young age, but I could tell you lots of stories of the old days. Some of the best un-interrupted dirty road connections anywhere,,KFalls to anydamnwhere on dirt,,,mostly.
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  5. Master Cylinder

    Master Cylinder n00b

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    Yes, LA-Vegas is a big haul, but not impossible, and I won't do it unless I'm truly ready for it. My biggest concern is all the deep sand I'll be encountering along the way. Peterman, have you done the LA-Vegas run?
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  6. Gryphus1

    Gryphus1 I'd rather be riding

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    I'd suggest riding at Millican Valley, or East Fort rock. These are designated OHV areas both of which have sand
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  7. HellsAlien

    HellsAlien a has-been that never-was

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    Welcome to the PNW asylum.

    I did LA-B to V years ago on a DR350S, and I don't recall much sand. But I'm so old I don't recall much anyway. Heavy desert sleds have been doing this ride forever, just air down a bit for sand, sit back and stay on the gas. Mount some really soft grippy hand grips and get your gloves sorted out to avoid blistering from death-grip on the bars for 2 days.

    I do recall riding over the Tehachapi mtns into a ice storm, the Joshua trees were all white with frost, and I wasn't wearing much more than a jersey top. The last part of the twisty powerline road into Vegas sucked, lots of loosened rocks and I was dog-tired by then. The DR sucked on that kind of terrain.

    The best part was coming over the last hill early evening and seeing the beam of white light shooting straight up from the top of the Luxor pyramid, will never forget that. Soo glad to get off of that bike!

    We stayed in a hotel that was scheduled to be imploded in a week or two, they wouldn't let us ride our bikes up to our rooms! So instead, a bunch of the LAtoBeaVers kept their moto boots on and we kicked the shit out of all the walls, doors, lamp fixtures, etc. Was hilarious at the time; with the fatigue by then one beer had the effect of three.

    You are in a good riding area once the weather starts to give you a chance, go for it. Get some good hip/shoulder/elbow armor too. Work on the loose nut between the seat and bars, farkling the bike is fun but that can wait.

    Consider starting in Vegas, leave the rig there, ride the Mojave trail/Death Valley, that sort of stuff, do Thanksgiving somewhere, then re-up the bike with oil/tires and do the LA/B to V. The piston from my time doing this is parked with all the other messed up pistons on the shelf at See See Coffee in PDX.
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  8. Sedro Tom

    Sedro Tom No hurry, no worry

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    You may want to consider an upgrade for more power:

    http://www.bandbcyclerestoration.com/Home_Page.html

    A 351 cylinder makes a huge difference for that allready
    great bike. Turnsleft and I have been riding these

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    for a few years and can testify to the improvement that
    that upgrade makes. Unless you have the new Fi model.
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  9. Apple Jam

    Apple Jam Forest Flyer

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    I'm no teaching pro, but I got this one: Gas ON.
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  10. IDRIDR

    IDRIDR Take me to the River

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  11. Master Cylinder

    Master Cylinder n00b

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    Everything I read lately says the LA-Vegas has lots of sand, some quite deep. They must have changed the route since you last rode it. I hoping for not much sand as riding in sand can be rather tiring. I have a lot of practice ahead of me.
    I also had a DR350S kicker (1991) and was looking for another when I came upon a little used KLX250S. The KLX feels a lot lighter to me on the trails. I've yet to try the KLX in the sand.

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  12. Master Cylinder

    Master Cylinder n00b

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    Thanks for the links. I weigh 175 without equipment so the bike is probably a little under sprung for my weight. I haven't noticed it as I haven't yet hit any terrain that would work the suspension that hard. We'll see how it reacts when I meet in the rough stuff.
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  13. MikeFromMT

    MikeFromMT Dark Web Dangerous

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