Kawasaki KLX300SM

Discussion in 'Road Warriors' started by strongbad, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Drop_Center

    Drop_Center Long timer

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    Where is the reliable Japanese 450cc-550cc version and why is this so hard for them understand how popular it would be?
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  2. Climbnsink

    Climbnsink Been here awhile

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    They probably know retards would compare them to 450 MX bikes and bitch about how slow they are...
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  3. Drop_Center

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    That doesn't mean it wouldn't sell right? The DRZ is a dinosaur and it's selling well enough to keep in the line up, and we know how stingy Suzuki is.

    I'd bet most of the 300cc buyers would choose a 450 version if the price were right.
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  4. southwade

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    You damn right I would've....
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  5. southwade

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    My Delkevic Stubby Tri-Oval is supposed to be delivered tomorrow! I'm excited.

    I originally wanted an FMF... but they wouldn't respond to me. Two Bros actually did talk with me, but they said they wouldn't have anything in stock until late fall!

    Talked to Delkevic and they shipped the next day. Never used them before, so we'll see how it goes.
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  6. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    You need to take it down in to Kentucky on some of the tight stuff down there. The other playground for the KLX is in eastern Ohio in the foothills on all those dirt/gravel/paved county and township roads, many originating as the trails wagons and livestock cut out of the hills and mountains. Great stuff.

    I have a full Delkevic exhaust with the 18" muffer on my XSR700. I had contacted them about the sound level and need for reflashing the ecu. It didn't need a reflash and with the quiet core in it the sound might get up to 96 dB, but not loud enough to turn too many heads, while providing a nice sound for the rider. I also got the "quieter core" should I ever want to get less volume. Quality of product was very good.
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  7. southwade

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    I'm new to Ohio (moved from the DC area). I'm the Cinci suburbs now. Any recommended areas in southwest OH or north KY specifically? I don't plan on adding knobbies, I love corners too much. I might actually go with even sticker rubber next time.
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  8. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades... Super Supporter

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    We were down on KY 32 and some others, I forget which. I know there are supposed to be some good places down near the Ohio River. The are we rode in KY was just below the Portsmouth Ohio, saying around Ashland KY and going as far west as Paris KY. The roads were really fun when not on a 4 lane.
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  9. rcgardner

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    I have one as pictured, and ride with guys on much larger displacement bikes on full-day adventures in East Tennessee with no issues keeping up. It's a fantastic bike, and I've had 40 or 50 bikes over the years.
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  10. tooter

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    (When this was originally posted in Road Warriors,
    I was told to post in Thumpers.
    When it was posted in Thumpers,
    I was told to post in Road Warriors.
    When I started a KLX300SM thread,
    I was told to post in an existing KLX300SM thread
    where the last post in that thread says to post here in this thread.
    So I'm posting this here in this thread. :-))

    I had trouble locating a KLX300, but finally found a dealer with just one left and bought it on the spot for cash without even test riding it.



    I'm short and needed to lower the bike so I spun the lockrings on the rear shock and put 2.25 " Koubalinks to lower the rear.

    I discovered that lowering the front was limited by the handlebars so I took them off, dropped the front and bolted alloy racing clip on bars onto the exposed tops of the fork tubes. The unsprung seat height is 30 inches which is perfect for flatfooting when stopped.







    I swapped the mounts left and right so that the bars would be angled flat like regular bars and not angled downward for sportbikes. The stubby bars also made the bike more narrow to make lanesplitting easier.

    The frame needed to be shortened slightly so the TST rear tail light could be tucked underneath the bobbed rear fender better.


    By replacing heavy parts with light ones I lowered the curb weight to 294 pounds.
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  11. Motonirvana

    Motonirvana Can't make this shit up

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    Congratulations on getting the 300SM. Maybe it's me, but I can't see your pictures.
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  12. tooter

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    I got the Delkevic stubby round. It's beautifully made and fits like a glove. It also has a bung for the O2 sensor which is a nice touch.

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    It's pretty loud even with the quiet insert, so I made another insert.

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    And then added an internal DB killer.

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    ...and an "GP" style screen.

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    Here's what it sounds like...

    Attached Files:

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  13. tooter

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    Thanks for the heads up.
    I had moved the post and the attachments didn't move with it.
    I'll see if I can fix it...
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    Pictures working now. That pipe looks good!




    You should have posted this in the KLX300SM thread in Jo Momma. :clap:muutt:hide:fpalm
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    I had moved the post and the pics didn't move with it.
    I tried to reinsert the pics but it was not allowed
    so I'll post the thumbnails here.

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    Thanks, I did the same thing to my Grom...

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    and my DRZ400SM....

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    It makes it possible to substantially lower a bike while retaining safe stable fork geometry. As far as I know, no one else has done this. It's actually a pretty cheap setup. A set of clip-on clamps and bars runs about 40 bucks.

    TST uses the same tail light for a variety of their rear fender elimination kits. My KLX light is the same as my Grom was.

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    The TST light stuck out too far because the frame kept it from being tucked in properly. This is how it was...

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    And how it is now...

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    I cut about an inch and a half off so the light could be completely tucked in under the fender. It was just the tabs that supported the stock fender so it wasn't structural. Then I cut the fender to match the contour of the light.
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  18. tooter

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    Installed LED front flashers with an LED relay yesterday.
    They saved another half pound which makes the curb weight 293.5 pounds. I'm shooting for the same weight as a dirt only KLX, but am running out of things to do! :-)

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  19. southwade

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    What LED Relay are you using? The one from TST didn't work for me.
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  20. tooter

    tooter Been here awhile

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    I got one from Amazon
    in 48 hours for less than $9 shipped.

    If I was going to adapt a flasher, I'd solder a short piece of wire onto each terminal.
    Then attach a standard crimp-on spade terminal onto each wire and simply plug it in. :-)

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