Kawasaki KLX300SM

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  1. southwade

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    Can you share a link please?
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  2. tooter

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    NOBBIES!!!!!! This will be fun in dirt and slab....
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  5. Shotgunchuck

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    The 300SM brakes are stellar!!
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    I have a good friend who is a Honda guy like you, and that doesn't keep us from having fun riding the canyons. This is because the joy of riding is exactly the same regardless of what bike you own.

    They make a wide variety ot different styles of bikes in order to match our different purposes and riding styles, so we each get the luxury of choosing what we like most. :-)
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  7. southwade

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    Yeah, I'm 6'2" and 240lbs. They haul me to a stop crazy quick with no fuss.
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  8. BigCanoe

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    Would a Klx300sm make a good adventure bike with some highway, back roads, and light odd roads like groomed gravel and sand roads? I like the looks better than the dual sport version. I’m 6’ 240 COVID pounds for reference and I drive slow.
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  9. Papa5

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    Me too. Still like my DL650XT, but I do not enjoy picking it up off road. Settled on the SM pretty much based on availability and knowing it'll likely be 60/40 on/off road.
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  10. c_m_shooter

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    If the geometry hasn't change much from the old one, it is not a highway bike. Here in texas we have 75mph 2 w lane roads. The klx is twitchy and slightly unstable at those speeds, especially if there is wind or turbulence from other vehicles.
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    The klx is twitchy and slightly unstable at those speeds, especially if there is wind or turbulence from other vehicles.[/QUOTE]
    Is the SM twitchier than the 300 dual sport? With a shorter trail (2.8 vs 4.2") I would guess it would be more flickable, but does that translate into less stability at 60 mph or less? I was able to test ride the 300 but not the SM and found that up to 60 mph it felt fine. Picking one up Tuesday and will ask for a test ride before my John Hancock but would really appreciate input from current owners.
    Thanks!
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    Is the SM twitchier than the 300 dual sport? With a shorter trail (2.8 vs 4.2") I would guess it would be more flickable, but does that translate into less stability at 60 mph or less? I was able to test ride the 300 but not the SM and found that up to 60 mph it felt fine. Picking one up Tuesday and will ask for a test ride before my John Hancock but would really appreciate input from current owners.
    Thanks![/QUOTE]

    I never ride dirt so I got the SM. The front is lowered 2 inches and the rear 4 inches which adds more fork rake and more trail for more stability. This lowers the center of gravity for both the bike and the rider which makes the riding more stable at speed and makes the bike corner better.

    If you're on the fence, definitely test ride both.

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  13. southwade

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    I've had mine up to 90mph and I didn't feel any twitchiness... I mean, it does feel like it's an extremely light bike (which it is), but I wouldn't call it twitchy. I guess I attribute twitchiness to instability, which is not what I am feeling at all.
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  14. southwade

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    I'm 6'2" 245lbs and that's exactly what I do with mine. It will definitely do highways no problem as long as you don't expect it to be a touring bike. I generally have to do 20-30 minutes of highway to get to Cincinnati to do some urban exploring. It's a great urban explorer for sure.
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    Sharp looking bike! :clap

    Where did you get the tank stickers?
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  17. southwade

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    My wife them made them with a vinyl cutting machine.
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  18. markk53

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    Cricut?
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  19. southwade

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    yup yup
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    The librarian at the school where I teach has done a lot of sticker and iron on designs with her Cricut. Wife had one to try to cut felt letters, fail. But its a darn handy tool to do what you did.