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post #1 of 18 Old 12-26-2010, 12:55 PM Thread Starter
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My little Adventure Bike

It's an 06 Kawie KLX 250. Got it cheap. It had 2500 miles on it. It may havebeen in the dirt, but if it has, it's been expertly cleaned up.

Bone, and I mean bone stock. Warning stickers, airbox snorkel, stock jetting, and a couple years worth of chain gunk, all present.

So far I've removed warning stickers, reflectors, snorkel,helmet lock, adjusted all controls, cleaned chain, replaced mirriors, turn sigs, grips, oil, cut 3"off the bar. I've put on a Dunlop 606, battery tender leads. I still need to replace the fork protectors. Jet kit is on order. Next spring it'll get a new battery.

I've had it out Christmas eve on a recon mission. Much fun.
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post #2 of 18 Old 12-26-2010, 01:12 PM
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My, that looks like allot of fun!

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My, that looks like allot of fun!
+1, I could use a machine like that right about now with the snow falling...

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+1, I could use a machine like that right about now with the snow falling...
The snow isnt as much fun as it looks.......... Awesome
find. I had a 91 or 92 KLX. Bought it for just about zilch, rode it almost 5000 miles and the neighbor bought it just before we moved.
It was the first motocycle I took
my son for a ride on. I discovered It would put him to sleep within 3 laps of a 5 acre yard! Boy did that bike save my sanity.

That'll work........
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Been there, done that, got the T-shirt. Congrats, if you want or need any advice let me know I tinkered with mine a bit (the KLX300 cylinder bolts right on). I really liked the suspension off road (after I put in stiffer fork springs) comfy & sure footed like a mountain goat. Ended up going super moto & sold it though.




Fork guards--stock are ugly & brittle, order up some 94-95 KX guides & 94-98 guards. Off the top of my head that is the years. In 96 the Kxs went to a 46mm fork (you have a 43mm like the 94-95) but the guards are the same. I had UFO brand that come with the guides & guards. Cheaper, better looking & flexible. That is what mine had.



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... Ended up going super moto...
Why not bolt-on a pair of 17" slicks when you feel like it and have the best of both worlds

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Why not bolt-on a pair of 17" slicks when you feel like it and have the best of both worlds
trust me, you don't get the "best" of both worlds, you just get both worlds. which isn't all bad, I still enjoy my set up like that with my yamaha

nice toy sniper, enjoy it.

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I have the same bike, it had 45 miles on it when I bought it for 2500.00 Revalved/resprung the front (USD forks are a plus, but the stock piston is awful...especially on high-velocity impacts), complete new rear shock, 331 Big Bore, Dynajet stage 2 kit, HFP pipe, Cycra handguards with Vibranators and bar-end weights, Renthal bars, Corbin seat, Geomax front and D 606 rear, and a 1.1 gallon auxillary tank that mounts on the left rear side.

It's a real sleeper for a bike labeled as a 250, and now has the range needed for longer desert exploration. Just did the Barstow-Vegas off-road ride...it was a piece of cake on this bike. Especially in the toughest stuff, where many of the riders on larger bikes were struggling. It's very nice for a small dual-sport.

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Bryce, I was going to ask you about the fork guards when I started reading your post, but you beat me to it. The stockers are about as brittle as crackers.

Can't decide if I want to put an FMF Q4 can on it or not. I don't want to make much noise, but as you know, the bike is pretty mild in stock condition. Some bikes really wake up with a can, jets and an open airbox. Some just make more racket.

I'll probably just leave the engine a 250, at least for a year or so. But just I am curious to know how much it cost to turn it into a 330.

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Bryce, I looked at the UFO site.... 1998 KX 250 fork sliders for $30 is what I need?

What does anyone think of the Dirt Skins fork skins for $22 instead. I don't think I'll ever catch anyone elce's roost.

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Bryce, I looked at the UFO site.... 1998 KX 250 fork sliders for $30 is what I need?
did you mean fork guards or you are looking for fork sliders?

as far as seal skins go, I'm not a big fan. They trap dirt and small rocks and scratch your fork tube.

Acerbis an UFO are pretty solid plastics

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Why not bolt-on a pair of 17" slicks when you feel like it and have the best of both worlds
I tried having two sets of wheels but it got to be a pain switching back & forth especially with the caliper relocation bracket (I had the SM disc see in the pic), different gearing & chain lengths, etc. I also did not have 17s & found a nice WR250X. I also got tired of being the only dirt bike with ATVs so I went that route--basically split the dual sport back up into separate machines in an ATV & super moto.

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These are what is best. Comes complete with guards & guides.

UFO Kawasaki Fork Slider Protectors - DennisKirk.com

or at www.MXsouth.com

part # 116244 FRK SLDR GRD WH KX1/2 94-95 $26.99

This is listed for the 94-95. The 96-03 uses the same guard, but the 96-03guides are for a 46mm fork instead of the 43mm like the 94-95 & your KLX has.

You will need to dremel off an unused tab (dont NEED to but will look wierd if you don't) & the throttle side will only mount with 2 bolts instead of 3. For the SPEEDO cable I just scrounged a spare brake line holder from another bike & bolted it to the guide. You can see it in my right side pic. After all that I just added some KX fork guard decals for the 94-03 guards.

For exhaust the FMF Q4 is popular & has KLX250 specific slip on & header that you can run either or both. The best bang for your buck is the KLX300 header & OEM muffler with the removeable "butt plug" removed. I ran this first. It is reasonably quiet & pretty much all the performance of a slip on. Cost you less than $50 on Ebay. Cons are still boat anchor heavy & sounds agricultural. You need the header because the 300 header is longer to reach the 300 muffler--it provides no additional benefit performance wise.

You can also run a 300 header & then any slip on for the KLX300. I did this after the 300 OEM & went with a Pro Circuit 496.

Big bores are the OEM KLX300 cylinder & piston (I used a Weisco though). A Kustom Kraft sleeveless plated big bore, or a Bill Blue 331 or 351 sleeved big bore.

On the jet kit I went with the KLX300 kit but I was also at 300cc so it made sense. After I bought mine they came out with a 250 kit which I think has a little less agressive needle than the 300 kit.

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Thanks again Bryce.

I owe ya, Buddy.

I ordered a set a while ago.

if I ever went big bore, I think I'd go with Bill Blue. I haven't ridden enough to know what I need yet, engine/power wise.

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Looks like a blast!

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They are great little bikes I have the bigger brother. I love Kawi.

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Since that pic was taken, I've put on an FMG Quiet Core, and rejetted it, along with a 13T sprocket. This thing runs pretty decent for what it is.

The rack, fender extender, and huge tail light are all gone now too. I made a little bracket for the KTM turn signals as well as the bright little led tail/brake light. The air injection junk, and sidestand switch are now gone, as is anything unnecessary.

The weak oem battery was replaced with a Shorai lithium. Saved 4 1/2 pounds right there. Put on a ss front line.

When I have my Clarke plastic gas tank on, the KLX will have lost 21 1/2 pounds! You've never seen so crap bolted on a bike in your life.

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Sounds like you are having fun with that little bike over the winter. When it warms up I'll have to come see your new additions.

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