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Long term KLX250S review

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by bmwhd, Dec 2, 2005.

  1. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    Isn’t the issue related to both sides being wired to a common flashing indicator light? I think the fix is something along the lines of eliminate the indicator, or add a resistor or diodes to it. I’m sure this has been hashed out here over and over, but my KLX is long gone, and I never converted to LEDs.
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  2. NurseBill

    NurseBill Been here awhile

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    You can get the resistors at Walmart if need be, automotive section. I think it's because the KLX has 1 indicator light on the dash, not 2 for each side. That's the only way mine would work.
  3. NurseBill

    NurseBill Been here awhile

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    Kenda Trackmaster 110/100-18
  4. RuffnReadyXJ

    RuffnReadyXJ Just thumping along...

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    Anyone have the round factory mirrors from a 09 and newer? Either both or at least a right one they don’t need? I can get a new OEM one for 51 bucks but figured if someone upgraded or don’t use theirs I’ll throw a few bucks their way. If not I’ll just order one.

    If you can try to PM me and/or quote this post so I don’t miss any replies. Thanks!
  5. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Why not buy a couple Emgo folding dual sport mirrors. Work pretty well. Under $15 a shot.

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    You set them up so they can fold to the middle above the key switch when off road.
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  6. RuffnReadyXJ

    RuffnReadyXJ Just thumping along...

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    The image doesn’t work but I’ll google it. They any good as far as keeping adjustment or not vibrating like crazy? I actually had some double take mirrors I spent good money on, then sold a while ago, I didn’t like them at night because they vibrated terribly. I need a mirror after I wiped my bike out on the road, lol.
  7. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I don't think it was horrible for vibration. The mirror ball mount can be tightened up some, essentially it is a standard round mirror with a ball mount base.
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  8. 1994klr250

    1994klr250 Long timer

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    Finally tested the fuel range of the klx 351 today with the Acerbis 3.7 gallon tank. I got 165 miles plus another 21 miles on reserve. It ran out of gas at 186 miles and I leaned it over to the left side to get a little bit of fuel out of the right side of the tank. I made it to the gas station and put in 3.65 gallons which is right around 51 mpg with a 15 tooth front sprocket.

    The fall colors are a bit late here in southern Michigan. I'll probably head back out next week again to see if the leaves have more color.

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  9. UtahGuido

    UtahGuido Long timer Supporter

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    Nice, and the mileage sounds about right.

    I took my 351 out yesterday and after not having ridden it for a while, and having spent most of the intervening time tooling around on a Beta 125, I was surprised at the amount of vibration that motor has. And noise - it has pretty "throaty" exhaust and it's...throaty. Put in 86 miles of mixed tarmac and dirt and except for my sore ass at the end by virtue of my wretched homemade seat I enjoyed the ride. That motor - that torque! Very intoxicating. Not super fast but it really pulls in a satisfying way at anything over 4K rpm. I actually came up the same road as in the attached video and I think I went up at least as fast as this guy (though I'm not saying the 351 is in the league with this motor) and really didn't shift that much, except on the hairpins, just let the torque pull me through. And the bawl of that exhaust as the motor yanked me out of the turns! Aaargh! I felt a little bit of the hooligan.

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  10. barko1

    barko1 barko1 Supporter

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    My 06 electric start button snapped off, I was in the woods parked at the bottom of a hill :lol3, but it started as it snapped. Got a replacement off Ebay but it wasn't plug and play, different connectors but the color codes were the same. Fixing that I noticed the fuel line was crapped out,$2 at Autozone and all is well again.
  11. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    FWIW I bought a box of male/female connectors 3.9mm which are same as some of the Japanese bikes. Under ten bucks for a bazillion of them. click here.

    Used them to fix the corroded, broken connectors on an XT225.
  12. barko1

    barko1 barko1 Supporter

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  13. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    As cheap as both kits are, it's not a bad thing to have on the shelf. Auto stores don't have the bullet connectors most of the time, having only those flat blade type. Plus you always need them the day before you are going somewhere. Less than $20 to be ready. Plus throw some in a baggie and you have them on the road if needed.
  14. mriderleon

    mriderleon Been here awhile

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    Bike and I went down hard on the left side. Now it shifts up, at least it did until it got to 6th gear. Both up and down now feel the same, the shifter moves but doesn't catch anything and the spring returns it to center.

    I suspect it has a broken downshift finger. Has anyone else had this problem? How much work will it be to replace this?
  15. Smopho

    Smopho Been here awhile

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    Service manual PDF files are online if you google them.
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  16. Lutz

    Lutz Fuzzy Rabbit

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    Is it a 2009? If so, yes, fairly common and pretty easy to repair.
    https://www.kawasakiforums.com/forum/klx-250s-71/shift-star-design-change-35512/
  17. mriderleon

    mriderleon Been here awhile

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  18. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    anyone replaced their Exhaust Cam ? my ACR is failing.
  19. 250senuf

    250senuf Long timer

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    I had to replace the cams on my '09. Still have the old ones, ACR wasn't part of the problem causing need to replace. Postage from Canuckistan tends to be pricey. PM me your zip code and I'll check the cost.
  20. jeepgeek2002

    jeepgeek2002 Long timer

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    i ll just replace the whole unit.. im not even sure how the acr comes off the cam.. $244 for a new part.. looks like its the same part # even for the 18's