Kawasaki KLX300SM

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  1. TN_twowheeladdict

    TN_twowheeladdict Been here awhile

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    Well I put a deposit on a 2021 KLX300SM in ebony/lime green. I had to purchase two states over to get the color I wanted. All the dealers in my area only got the blue bike and I just have to have lime green when I have a Kawasaki KLX. Hope to pick it up on the 12th.

    The 2022s are now on Kawasaki's website and they changed the oriental blue to all black with a blue tank. https://www.kawasaki.com/en-us/moto..._-KLX®300SM:MODELS-_-VIEWSPECSDETAILS#gallery
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  2. tooter

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    Color becomes irrelevant when there is no choice.
    It was the only one I could find.
    I'm TOTALLY happy with the bike. :-)

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  3. TN_twowheeladdict

    TN_twowheeladdict Been here awhile

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    I wasn’t going to overpay to get green, and if I could have only got blue I would have replaced the blue plastics with green eventually. Now if the blue bike had come with blue wheels. :happay
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    TN_twowheeladdict Been here awhile

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    So, what changes / additions is everyone making to their SMs?
    I’m looking at an Amazon rack that is Rotopax ready.
    Lime green Acerbis hand guards
    I have a Sargent seat I saved from my KLX250S sold in ‘18.
    I have Wolfman dual sport soft bags.
    I will remove the rubber insert from the pegs.
    Add a pigtail for maintainer.
    Wire in a dock for my Garmin Sumo 660.

    then I plan to lose the 50 lbs I gained over the last 18 months. LOL!
  5. southwade

    southwade Long timer

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    Acerbis's green does NOT match the green on our bikes. I bought one of their front fenders and it looked terrible compared to the rear plastic.
  6. TN_twowheeladdict

    TN_twowheeladdict Been here awhile

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    Mmm. Must be using a different shade of green than my 2012 KLX250S. The hand guards looked good on it. I’ll have to see if I can find some in person at one of the larger retail locations.
  7. tooter

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    I got the Amazon rack and it's really sturdy. Fits the profile of the bike perfectly. Nothing sticks out anywhere. Also added a little plug to keep the battery charged.

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    Mods I've done so far:

    Lightweight LED taillight
    Lightweight LED front blinkers
    Lightweight alloy lowering links
    Lightweight alloy bars
    Lightweight shorty exhaust
    Smog equipment delete

    Together, they reduced the weight by 13 pounds even with adding the 3 pound rack. Weight affects performance more for small modestly powered bikes than it does for large powerful ones.

    That's good you can use your bike to motivate you to lose weight. :clap

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  8. southwade

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    Maybe, because the stock plastic on mine is definitely warmer than Acerbis's green.
  9. Papa5

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    So, what changes / additions is everyone making to their SMs?

    The only mods made to date were removing the seat strap & tool pouch.

    However, breaking the motor in is trying my patience and safety on the road – 40 mph max means I’m the slow poke who’s always pulling over to let traffic pass. Can’t wait to hit 250 miles.

    Handling is very good. I’d thought it twitchy at first but not so much after more time in the saddle. I’ve thought about adding a steering stabilizer, but I think changing tires needs to come first, maybe to a 60/40? I live off a long gavel road and have surprisingly had no stability problem so far with the stock tires, though.

    The seat sucks, as most stock ones do for me. I’ve recently lost 40 lbs. so those sit bones really make themselves felt. Ordered a Butt Buffer orthopedic bed sore preventer type small seat cushion at the recommendation of another Gold Wing rider who has probably gone through twice as many seat trials as I have.

    Risers may be next - 1 or 2 up and back.

    After being used to the Honda’s real horn, I may see about upgrading the toy horn.

    As for luggage, I’ve looked at Green Chili but have fallen hard for Mosko, but like so much other stuff, most items are out of stock. A milk crate on the rear works for now.

    I do a lot of winter riding and camping and may have the stator rewound to bump it up to 130 W, which should be enough for jacket & gloves. Anyone see a reason to not do this?

    Also, has anybody looked into a small windshield? The bike is great on the asphalt but cutting the wind a bit would be nice. I’ll probably call Parabellum and see what they have.

    All in all, I’m very happy with the purchase so far. Nimble, light, adequate acceleration, quiet.
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  10. tooter

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    A milk crate on the rear works for now. [/QUOTE]

    Works for me too... :-)

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  11. jon_l

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    Google motoman break in. It has worked for me, though me saying that means nothing, I know.
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    Break in is like a cure for the hiccups.
    Everybody has one that works for them.
    So that means they ALL work. :imaposer
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  13. TN_twowheeladdict

    TN_twowheeladdict Been here awhile

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    I do a combination of Motoman and factory by doing my own break in drills.

    My ‘08 KLR 650 didn’t start using oil until 80,000 miles. No, I didn’t put the 80,000 miles on it. Sold it to my next door neighbor who commuted 100 miles a day to work on it.
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    TN_twowheeladdict Been here awhile

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    Are you using the LED taillight and front blinkers from this company? https://tstindustries.com/tst-led-i...ODUCTS&utm_content=2018_KLX250_INT_FE_install

    I watched an install video and it looks like a pretty good product.
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    TN_twowheeladdict Been here awhile

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    Can't wait until this weekend to pick the bike up. Just got off the phone with insurance and full coverage is going to cost me $53 for 12 months. Not $53 a month. $53 for a year of coverage. Nice!
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    TN_twowheeladdict Been here awhile

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    Got the bike! One mile on it when I wheeled it into my trailer. Got in 7 miles of break in drills last night.

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    Got the bike! One mile on it when I wheeled it into my trailer. Got in 7 miles of break in drills last night.

    Good looking bike. Hope you have as much fun on it as the rest of us. Keep us posted on any mods you make.
    So far I've found mine handles gravel roads quite well. Asphalt is a blast.
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    Thanks I put 80 miles on it yesterday. I am a little disappointed with 57 mpg, but I was working it hard by doing a lot of acceleration followed by engine braking, increasing RPMs over time as well as working through the gears.

    Some photos from my ride.
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    The mileage will get better as the engine breaks in. My SM just turned 1,000 miles and averages 77 mpg. I expect to get at least 80. The only mods so far are removing weight and adding an exhaust.

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