By Motorcycle KAWASAKI KLX 250S - BROCHURE 2010 Brochure. They tend to be relatively cheap to acquire and maintain, and are very capable, whether used as a good ambassador runabout, quietly picking up groceries, or a hellraising hooligan, launching off ledges and taking arguably pedestrian-only shortcuts like staircases. In some ways, it’s a step backwards from my XT250 (2014 with 48,000 trouble free miles on it). Photography: Max Klein The 56.3” wheelbase is not dramatically shorter than the Honda’s 56.9”, nor substantially more than the Yamaha’s 55.9”, cementing the KLX as the middle child. //pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js. The front half of the KLX sports a fairly typical 250 mm petal style rotor, squeezed by a two-piston, sliding style caliper. Discussions. Not the case with the KLX: loose gravel, mud, hard-packed dirt, even dust covered “roller rocks” are all managed with minimal drama. Welcome the street-legal KLX230, and off-road-only KLX230R and KLX300R, which now join the KLX110, 140, and 250 (street-legal) models which are already a part of Kawasaki’s off-road and dual-sport family. 15 thoughts on “ 5,000 Mile Trip Answers Questions About Reliability of CSC RX-3 ” Ade on September 28, 2015 at 9:18 am said: It costs more but my KLX 250 … 2009 Kawasaki KLX™ 250S pictures, prices, information, and specifications. Established in 1984. CityBike's resident V-Twin expert. For all my jumps, wheelies, and general nonsense, I never heard the dreaded clunk of the fork bottoming out. My father bestowed upon me an expression about selling motorcycles: “It doesn’t matter what wrong seat or wrong bars are on the bike when you sell it.” This rings especially true for dirt bikes, where the first mods are often an upgraded seat and handlebars with a different bend. Like the KLX it’s a 250 cc, six geared, four valve DOHC lump wrapped in a steel frame that’s painted to look like aluminium. Who rides a Honda and is small, like Lilliputian? Racing the Moto Bay Classic. So I treated the KLX to my usual utili-thrasher routines, round town rowdiness and such. When talking about off-road and dual-sport motorcycles, weight always finds its way into the discussion. And the bike’s brakes and suspension are certainly good enough to manage that trouble.Â. Well my parents took a 15 model and rode it to south America and back zero issues. KLX®250 motorcycles can accommodate a wide range of riders thanks to adjustable Uni-Trak® rear suspension. Oh and the suspension is fine. GZYF Pair Motorcycle LED Turn Signal Indicator Light Lamp Compatible With KAWASAKI NINJA 250R 2008-2012 / KLX 250SF 2009-2010 / KLX250S 2009-2014 / VN 650 Vulcan S 2015-2017 5.0 out of 5 stars 1. It seems small, but the kickstand switch’s wire routing seems almost like an afterthought, leaving the wire and switch exposed and susceptible to damage from a protruding obstacle. Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Reliability: Not a single problem. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. RevyRoamer, March 13, 2019 in KLR/KLX 125/140/230/250/300. Replaced the countershaft seal once for leaking. The primary thing everyone seems concerned about with these little enduros is power. and with its mid-sized stature, flexible engine and easy-to-ride nature, Kawasaki 2011 KLX 140 is one such multi-talented machine. Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window), Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window), Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window), Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window), Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window), Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window), Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window), Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window), Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window), Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window). Sure, it doesn’t set anyone’s hair on fire with eyeball-flattening acceleration, but the old adage “fast enough to get into trouble” applies. IMS does have tanks for the KLX: 3 gallons for the carbed bikes and 2.7 for the EFI bikes. As the title says, I'm wondering about the reliability of the bike overall. and the Honda’s is .4” lower. The KLX’s 35” seat height is admittedly high—but the bike does settle a little under the rider’s weight. Copyright© ThumperTalk, Inc. - All rights reserved. Specifications. I’ve made my personal “don’t give a fuck” stance very clear by buying the heaviest 250 dual-sport, but for those of you more concerned about poundage, the KLX tips the scales at 304.3 pounds—almost ten pounds more than the WR, and about thirteen pounds less than the CRF. Sure, I’ve been known to show up at the occasional dual-sport ride to trash some hardware, maybe break a bone or two, and I do occasionally head to Carnegie for a bit of dust ‘n’ dehydration and a good schooling by little kids on TTR125s, but I’m mostly a street rider. My 2018 has been awesome. Editor Surj doesn’t think it’s at all strange that he and Fish both own a CRF250L and a Buell Ulysses. Easy to manage and fun to ride, the KLX250 proves to be the ultimate dual-purpose companion. Anyway, at the time, the KLX250 was still carbureted and cost $5,099, $100 more than the EFI-equipped 250L. The KLX is quick enough to outrun most cars in low speed urban environments, agile enough to slice between obstacles both moving and stationary, and cheap as hell to insure. Fish’s is a Rally, after all, and Surj’s is better anyway. RevyRoamer RevyRoamer TT Platinum Member; Members; 1,897 posts; Location: British Columbia; Posted March 13, 2019. Sporting a cartridge fork with 43 mm diameter tubes (same as the CRF250L, 3 mm smaller than the WR250R), the addition of 16-way compression adjustability, plus adequate spring rates for my 200-pound body, really help the KLX’s cause. Travel is 10” up front and 9.8” out back, again placing the bike in between the Honda (9.8” front, 9.4” rear) and the Yamaha (10.6” front and rear). Digital Marketing Support by Marketing Astronaut, Oakland, CA. The 2018 Kawasaki KLX250 Final Edition and all other motorcycles made 1894-2021. I don’t think I could have asked for a better playground on which to get to know the bike. For 2018, Kawi’s little dualie has returned to America, graced with electronic fuel injection, a refinement that puts the KLX on even ground with its Japanese competitors. Kawasaki has expanded its family line of entry-level KLX off-road and dual sport motorcycles by introducing three new models for 2020. I know that my 2008 R 650 I bought brand new,  had a lot of problems big and small, from breaking little bits of rubber and plastic,  to bigger items. But if I was shopping today, I’m not sure I’d make the same decision. Pictures. 2010 Kawasaki KLX 250S rating Engine performance, reliability, maintenance costs, etc. I never thought I'd get a Kawasaki, but I'm really enjoying this little do-it-all-for-peanuts bike. Conclusion - klx250s: ... since what you describe is a 250 getting just 42 miles per gallon. shifts nice, but at speed the revvs are high (4,000 rpm at 40 mph) wich limits where you … He is probably going to add a bigger main tank as well. Had to do some mods to wake it up but the reliability is top notch. anyway, thanks for the write up and reply … god bless Kawasaki and CityBike! Reliability of new 2018 KLX 250. This is not to say that the KLX is bad, but there are a few details that don’t stack up as nicely to the competition. Never intended to ride it like that as I bought it to slow down getting older, but it is just too much fun. Up on the bars, the switchgear lacks the rounded edges of the Honda’s, and seem slightly less robust in design and action. Plus, the camo paintwork meant The Fuzz couldn’t see me! Recently bought a CRF250L Rally. The differences just aren’t material in day-to-day riding, but none of these bikes are underpowered. The only real downside of a 250 is limited freeway prowess—yes, they’re hypothetically fast enough, and I’ve done tons of freeway miles on a fully-loaded 250 to prove it—but they lack headroom. Here's how it works. 2006 Kawasaki KLX250S Like the KLX it’s a 250 cc, six geared, four valve DOHC lump wrapped in a steel frame that’s painted to look like aluminum. Bought my 2012 new, only difference with 2018 is Fuel injected. My time on our 2018 KLX250 began in front of Max’s lens, on some amazing property owned by friends of his. Let’s get this out of the way right now: though the numbers differ a bit on paper, the KLX is really no more or less powerful than its competition. Required fields are marked *. The KLX is good mount for such malarkey, offering willing power delivery and a lithe feel. Kawasaki KLX 250 MX Motorcycle: There nothing like an off-road motorcycle that does many things well, especially one that fits a wide variety of riders and skill-sets. I used to have a KTM 690 Enduro 2015 and a 2003 DRZ400s... both great bikes. I would assume it was pretty dam reliable. This story originally appeared in our August 2018 issue, which you can read in all its original high-res glory here. 2018 Kawasaki KLX250 Review. First and foremost, my bike is not the typical klr 250, mine is the air cooled super sherpa 250. There is no fuel gauge. It was a no-brainer, even though the Honda is a little heavier—I’m kinda with Fish on the “who cares what it weighs” thing, within reason. Our instructions: don’t disturb the cows, everything else is fair game—including the miniature motocross track. Again, the KLX is in the middle—the Yamaha’s seat 1.6” taller (“real dirt bike,” remember?) This may not sound like a big deal, but the reality is that many bikes are easily overwhelmed in stock form. You need to be a member in order to leave a comment. Your email address will not be published. I know! In a world where every bike I ride seems to be sprung for someone lighter than me, the KLX’s rear spring rate had no issues with my body or the terrain I subjected it to. The KLX250 has been the same for a long time and there are people on the Kawi forums with 200,000 km on their KLX 250's. In the case of the camo KLX (which will be the title of my next detective novel), the uh… paint scheme, as it were, will hide a lot of signs of abuse anyway. 2009 Kawasaki KLX® 250S Nimble Explorer Does Double Duty as an Efficient Commuter When adventure takes riders off the beaten path, the KLX250S is the right tool for the job. Like Fish, while riding the KLX, I couldn’t help but run constant comparison scenarios in my head between the Kawi and Honda’s CRF250L, because—also like Fish, but I was first—I own a CRF250L, which I bought new in 2014. Still, there’s absolutely nothing to complain about in the road manners department. Sorry, your blog cannot share posts by email. While braking off-road is usually traction-limited, on the road, components and setup make a difference. One of my favorite activities on these kinds of bikes (well, most bikes) is sliding the rear around on gravel roads. If the bike falls over, who cares? The back half of the KLX features 16-way compression and rebound adjustability in addition to the usual preload. Well, look no further. 2014 Kawasaki KLX® 250S pictures, prices, information, and specifications. Thr suspension is soft and forgiveing but the riding posison is a little hunched over. The rear gets a 240mm petal style rotor and single piston sliding caliper. It won’t throw copious roost and wheelie on power alone, but the counterbalanced single is tractable and smooth throughout its rev range, delivering friendly and useful power that lets you concentrate on controlling the bike rather than your right hand. If you would like to get a quote on a new 2009 Kawasaki KLX™ 250S use our Build Your Own tool, or Compare this bike to other On-Off Road motorcycles.To view more specifications, visit our Detailed Specifications. 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