2020 Kawasaki KLX300R

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by Bama67, Jun 18, 2019.

  1. afordableperformance

    afordableperformance Been here awhile

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    That's pretty nice looking! Well maybe I have another 20 years to go on mine then! But I do agree, very fun to ride I think a big part of that is due to how light it is. Mine is lowered 1" and that helps some too. I think the 300 would be a good upgrade from a XR250.
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  2. Blind_Beard

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    How we think this would compare to a CRF250X?
  3. rhuff

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    Probably compare much more to a KLX250 or CRF250L than to a wide-ratio dirt bike with real suspension.
  4. Blind_Beard

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    Hmm, I just looked that bike up, and never realized when Honda was selling it new it was more than 7 grand. Anywho I went to two dealers yesterday and neither has the 300R in stock. There were 230Rs at each but ehhh not really interested in that
  5. afordableperformance

    afordableperformance Been here awhile

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    I had a CRF250X and recently rode the new KLX300R and I would say the CRF250X is lighter and more serious but the KLX is closer to it than a street legal enduro. Even though the suspension may not be as good I think the 300 can do anything the 250 can and I would consider them comparable. Me being tall I would choose the 300, I would have to stiffen either bike up anyway.
  6. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Half Moose Whiskapalian TEX-LEX

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    I ride a 2007 klx300r and my son ride a 2008 honda Crf230f .. I am very much jealous of his electric start, we ride a range of elevations and my klx is much more sensitive and needs to be rejet before his honda does.. not sure what up with that. I am currently weighing my options on the klx, looking at lectron carburetor (currently not available for this bike but ) , and possibly a rekluse clutch system.... still wont have electric start... and probably $2k invested...

    Or option 2 sell/ trade the the klx and might get $2k for it... so $2k against a $5k bike = $3000 investment.. and would have efi and electric start.. and no lights..

    option 3 would be leave team green find another honda 230 (i just bought his this summer for $1500) add lectron carb for $1K (if available for this bike) and have the efi, electric start no lights and money to add reklus clutch system..... Down side my son would win the the team green vs team red rivalry we have had for the last few years... Hey Iam 50 years old trying to keep up with a 13 year old and he has the electric start advantage...... I gotta start stacking the cards in my favor..
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  7. Blind_Beard

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    You might be interested in the new CRF250F. If I've read correctly it is essentially the 230F BUT with efi and e-start, no lights, 4600 bucks. I know it's not green though...
  8. EightTwentySix

    EightTwentySix Been here awhile

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    My ‘04 300 requires some clutch finesse at low RPM due to the lack of low end grunt, even with a full exhaust system and FCR carburetor. The engine really comes alive in the midrange and pulls quite hard before going flat up top.

    The FCR definitely makes the bike more lively right off idle but it doesn’t transform it into a stump puller. I’d like to try a big bore 351 and see what it does for off idle torque.
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  9. eakins

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    Got ya thanks.
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  10. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Half Moose Whiskapalian TEX-LEX

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    does yours miss 2nd gear often? my shift from 1st to 2nd dosnt happen 100% of the time wich can leave you hangin and or falling depending on the incline of your path.
  11. EightTwentySix

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    It used to. I put a modified shift star in some time ago that made the issue less prevalent. The trade off is a more ‘notchy’ feel between all gears.

    To work around that issue, I simply shift without the clutch by rolling off the throttle slightly on upshift or downshift.
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  12. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Half Moose Whiskapalian TEX-LEX

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    where do you get a modified shift star?
  13. Huskyfatman

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  14. EightTwentySix

    EightTwentySix Been here awhile

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    Huskyfatman linked to the place I got mine from. Apparently the modification is easy to do with a die grinder and a bit of time. There are a few guys on various forums that have done the modifications to their own.

    I will see if I can find one of the links. Pretty sure one of them was on this site too.
  15. DevilDog78

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    After exhaustive deliberation on craigslist, at our local dealer and cycle trader, I decided to buy a new 300r. $5,300 OTD, including delivery over the pass from Salem to Bend. Seems like the perfect bike to explore our local OHV trails with my 9-year old on his PW. Although the KTMs and Huskies were tempting, I just don't need that kind of performance or maintenance demands. Dated design and engineering? Probably, but sometimes it's nice to ride a simple, low maintenance, Japanese dirt bike. Of course you can spend $8 - $10k for a WR, 250/450rx or Euro if you need the extra performance but I believe Kawi hit a sweet spot with the 300r.

    Any actual owners with feedback?
  16. UnclebudinTX

    UnclebudinTX Half Moose Whiskapalian TEX-LEX

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    Congratulation on the new ride, hope you enjoy it as much as I have enjoyed my 2007 klx 300r, Im 50 years old and my 13 year old son is riding his honda 230 beside me.. We can can get into all the trouble we need on our current rides. I catch a little hell from other guys my age with more experience riding 450's.. and that is ok.. I hurt enough on Monday morning I dont need a ton more horsepower beating me up.. Id love to have the electric start and the fuel injection , but ill have to wait a while for funds to appear.

    trueasure the time riding with son and take lots of picture/video you have fun looking those over on days when you cant ride.
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  17. DevilDog78

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    UnclebudinTX - we did have fun. At 41, I'm not far behind you and found the little KLX to be the perfect bike to run the trails this afternoon. I'm trying to adhere to the break-in schedule, so no meaningful riding impressions other than it starts right up, is quiet enough to coach and ride with the kiddo and seems to have plenty of power for me. Great looking bike too. The only complaint? - It doesn't sound nearly as cool as my son's ring-ding-ding, 2-stroke :D
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    There are virtually no reviews on this bike available. Looking forward to hearing impressions, seeing some video, etc.


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  20. Ginger Beard

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    I'm curious if you ever rode the bike with the stock carb? I ask because part of what I love about my 03' 300r is the low end grunt and not having to constantly run up and down through the gearbox. My friends even refer to it as "The Tractor" because it will just lump along right off idle through technical singletrack.