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Hey, today I rode a Kawie KLX. That is a really sweet bike. I was really impressed. My friends dad had just bought it. I REALLY like this bike, might consider buying one one day. The most comfortable bike I have ridden of the floor. Not gonna give up my KX just yet, but when I start looking for a good trail bike, I am looking at one of these first. Kinda heavy, but really friendly, and easy to ride. What does everyone think about his bike?
 
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Heavy? I thought one of the KLX's strengths was it's lighter weight and the way people can throw them around in the woods or tight stuff. I havn't had many bikes so I guess I don't know, but while I can't beat my riding buddies in the straights of a desert, I can pull away from them when it turns tight.

I bought mine in 97, and just this year I'm realizing I need more power. I'm 200 pounds so you can't really blame me. I was thinking of a 400 thumper, mainly a E/XC, but low & behold I have the great privalge of living in the State of California, and they don't issue green stickers for any 400cc 4 strokes anymore except XR's & ATK's, so you get a red sticker. Just what I need, the government telling me when it's okay to ride and when I should just stay home. I seriously thought about just saying screw it, buy it, and ride in 'off times' if I want. I know where they'll check and where they won't. But, I want to be a good example of a responsible OHVer. Without a green sticker, a dirt bike might as well be a boat anchor in my garage, so I won't be buying a new bike. I guess my KLX it is then.

I think I'll stroke the thing out to 365cc, White Brothers E series exhaust (best for the KLX I hear), suspension redone by Stroker with the link kit, black plastic, and a black Stroker seat. Whoa wait, that might be as much as a new bike.

matt
 

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I like the KLX. In my opinion a good handling and reliable trail bike is what I'm looking for. My KDX is a great bike for trails, I'm in the process of making it less tractor like though :eek: but I think the next bike I buy will have valves and turn signals.
 

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I have a '94 KLX..was a 250...now it's a 338. Stroker did the engine and suspension work and made it into one fantastic bike. At the time I bought it, there was not much available in the way of good quality 4-stroke off road bikes. The XR's are good machines, but I wanted something with a bit more potential. It has been competitive in the 250 MX class for me...even getting a holeshot or two. The 6-speed transmission is not the best thing for MX work, but it sure hits the target on trails. With the much increased power, better suspension, and carefully jetted carb on C-12, the bike is by far the MOST fun machine I have ever ridden. With the Stroker suspension, I find it to be better than my YZ 426, and the engine has been perfectly reliable even after being bored and stroked. I don't see why Kawasaki doesn't use the KLX as a base for developing a full blown 4-stroke MX machine.
 
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MX bike

I think Kawasaki should use the KLX motor in a 4 stroke MX bike. I have seen some modified KLX's out at the local MX track. They always run with the yz400's with no problem. They seem to be pretty versatile also, can be fast both in the woods and on the track. Really awesome bike in my mind.;)
 

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I have a '94 KLX..was a 250...now it's a 338. Stroker did the engine and suspension work and made it into one fantastic bike. At the time I bought it, there was not much available in the way of good quality 4-stroke off road bikes. The XR's are good machines, but I wanted something with a bit more potential. It has been competitive in the 250 MX class for me...even getting a holeshot or two. The 6-speed transmission is not the best thing for MX work, but it sure hits the target on trails. With the much increased power, better suspension, and carefully jetted carb on C-12, the bike is by far the MOST fun machine I have ever ridden. With the Stroker suspension, I find it to be better than my YZ 426, and the engine has been perfectly reliable even after being bored and stroked. I don't see why Kawasaki doesn't use the KLX as a base for developing a full blown 4-stroke MX machine.
 

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I would think a KLX re-vamp is about due, I wonder if the MX 4-stroke bikes have caused Kawasaki to delay?
 
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I agree Kevkon that Kawasaki is losing out on not updating this bike. I've heard rumors for the last several years about a 'KLX400', but every years it's been a disappointment. To add salt to the wound Kawasaki doesn't do any updates on this bike except BNG. Yamaha lead the way, then the DRZ, now Honda & it's new 450...come on Kawasaki, get with the program!

I don't know what I'm so excited about, even if a KLX400 was produced it probably wouldn't be granted the honor of a green sticker in the Republic of California. I gotta get outta this state!

matt
 

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What exactly is req'd for a bike to recieve a green sticker,anyway? I thought most 4-strokes could qualify (we don't need stickers in NJ because there is no place to ride anymore!)
 
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I thought most thumpers would be okay too, but sadly that's not the case. It was a rude awakening to read http://www.ama-d36.org/Lao/red_sticker_explanation.html and learn that dirk bikes in California are basicly being phased out by the excuse of emissions. To make it worse California has an 'Off Highway Motor Vechicle Recreation Division' http://www.calohv.ca.gov/html/ohvhome.htm that is stocked full of Davis' enviromental zealots (he get's to appoint three of the seven members) who'd like nothing better than to shut the OHV area's down, using any excuse they can. What'll likely happen is more restrictions to Red Sticker's from CARB http://www.arb.ca.gov/homepage.htm, but slowly...they don't want the outcry to be too loud.

I just learned most of this recently, after I'd wanted to by a 400 E/XC. I'm still disappointed :(
 
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I can't say enough about how great this bike is. I've riden 2-smokes all my life but really love the woods and tight sandy trails here in Florida. The KLX is a dream to ride. Now my last "woods" bike was a '91 YZ250, yea not a good choice for that style of riding. As far as weight it is one of the lightest and easily handling bikes I've ever riden in the woods. Full of gas mine weighs 245 lbs., I weighed it on a scale at home one day.
 
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weight

in my earlier post, I said it was kinda heavy, that was just a relative term, I am used to my kx125, and in my mind, it was alittle heavy. For a four stroke, it is a faily light weight bike. The more I think about it, the more I like it. ;)
 

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Yep, I'll echo the opinions here and say I really like mine. It's too bad it hasn't gotten the marketing and a few updates to take it out of obscurity. It was the first to have many of the goodies that the Yamaha's got, such as liquid cooling, DOHC, and inverted cartridge forks. And given that Larry has done so much R&D for them and winning with his 365, it's even more of a shame that Kawi didn't at least incorporate his fixes (shift star and idler gear).

Mine has been rebuilt since some total spode tried to ride it across the Rio Grande and hydro-locked it. The mechanic who rebuilt it built it using all stock components, putting nearly $1700 in parts in it. Too bad he didn't know about Larry and Stroker or it could have been so much nicer for the same money. Pretty soon I'm going to have to put in the shift star and idler gear I guess, but I'm having lots of fun with it. And PlanetKLX here in DRN is a great resource, even if it is a bit stale.
 
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Does anyone here wonder why DIRT BIKE did not include the KLX in their test of 250 4 stroke off-roaders. I know that the KLX is considered an open 4 stroke but I think this bike appeals to the same poeple that would look at an XR, DRZ or TT-R. I mean most people that are interested in those bikes do not necessarily intend to race it, so class distinction should not come into the picture. Just an observation.