Warning

 

Close

Confirm Action

Are you sure you wish to do this?

Confirm Cancel
Member Login
Posted: 3/14/2006 5:05:52 PM EDT
I have the off-road bug that needs a proper scratching. I want something I can ride around town on, yet also get up into the hills with. I checked out the Kawasaki KLR 250, and I like it. All new design for '06. The MSRP is $4699. The dealer will give me the 1st tune-up included in the price, and knock off the set up fee ($195). Kawasaki financing at about $69/ month (6.99% APR), then to 9.99% there after. I already have an FZR and a GSXR, one of which I may sell to pay for this bike.

What do you think? Good deal? Go or no?



--VT

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:10:00 PM EDT
Looks like a nice bike.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:12:49 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 5:13:26 PM EDT by Defcon]
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:13:30 PM EDT
250 kinda weak
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:20:21 PM EDT
Go for it!
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:23:53 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Defcon:
I am dying to get a JP8 or a Bulldog.

www.dieselmotorcycles.com/models.htm

They are making 100 of each this month. Unfortunately they won't have distribution set up until 3rd quarter this year.

www.dieselmotorcycles.com/images/L_JP8_military.jpg

www.dieselmotorcycles.com/images/L_Black_flag.jpg



I say go for it. Would you consider getting a bigger engine? I used to ride TT600s and loved em.



I begged and pleaded with one of the guys there to let me test ride one
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:28:20 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:35:20 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Defcon:

Originally Posted By Tactical_Jew:

Originally Posted By Defcon:
I am dying to get a JP8 or a Bulldog.

www.dieselmotorcycles.com/models.htm

They are making 100 of each this month. Unfortunately they won't have distribution set up until 3rd quarter this year.

www.dieselmotorcycles.com/images/L_JP8_military.jpg

www.dieselmotorcycles.com/images/L_Black_flag.jpg



I say go for it. Would you consider getting a bigger engine? I used to ride TT600s and loved em.



I begged and pleaded with one of the guys there to let me test ride one



and? And? AND?



said "no" I sure would like to try one out. My work is about two blocks away from them.

Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:36:41 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/14/2006 5:37:47 PM EDT by KA3B]
If you really want a street legal 250 dirt bike then the only one you should be looking at the 2006 4-stroke Husqvarna TE 250 enduro bike .



And if that's too small then you could always get the TE 450 or the TE 510.....


The 2006 Husqvarna 4-stroke Enduro lineup is going to revolutionize off-road motorcycling. Every 2006 Husqvarna TE model is street legal. Yes, 100% DOT approved for street use in all 50 states. That means you can race it on Sunday and ride it to work on Monday.


www.husqvarnausa.com/2006/06_TE250.html
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:42:40 PM EDT
looks nice, but i'm always hesitant to sacrifice performance on both road and dirt to be able to ride on both. guess it depends what riding you do.

i wont use the arfcom answer of 'get both' when talking about guns.

i think the gearing would be the most noticeable difference, especially with only 250ccs (i have a 2002 suzuki drz250)
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 5:44:45 PM EDT

Originally Posted By KA3B:
If you really want a street legal 250 dirt bike then the only one you should be looking at the 2006 4-stroke Husqvarna TE 250 enduro bike .

www.husqvarnausa.com/2006/images/360x260/te250_3.jpg

And if that's too small then you could always get the TE 450 or the TE 510.....


The 2006 Husqvarna 4-stroke Enduro lineup is going to revolutionize off-road motorcycling. Every 2006 Husqvarna TE model is street legal. Yes, 100% DOT approved for street use in all 50 states. That means you can race it on Sunday and ride it to work on Monday.


www.husqvarnausa.com/2006/06_TE250.html



+1, that looks like a sweet bike. I wish I had the extra cash to buy something like that.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:56:23 PM EDT
The new Husky is real nice and street legal, way better performance than the Kaw. I would also look at a KTM exc line, good offroad bikes that can be made street leagl real easy. For any road use a 250 4-stroke will be way to small.
Link Posted: 3/14/2006 6:59:50 PM EDT


Link Posted: 3/14/2006 7:41:52 PM EDT

Originally Posted By soccermike7:
looks nice, but i'm always hesitant to sacrifice performance on both road and dirt to be able to ride on both. guess it depends what riding you do.

i wont use the arfcom answer of 'get both' when talking about guns.

i think the gearing would be the most noticeable difference, especially with only 250ccs (i have a 2002 suzuki drz250)



My FZR is a 600cc, my GSXR is an 1100, so if want mo' power on the road I go for these two. I am no longer the hardcore dirt rider I was in my youth. I want to be able to ride from trail to trail and do a little commuting, and my old XR 600 was just too big for me to do real off-road riding (without getting tossed real good).

I need to learn more about the Husky's and the KTM too.

--VT
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 1:09:13 AM EDT
i just got a 2006 yamaha ttr 230 for me and a ttr 125 for the wife,lots of fun!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 2:03:53 AM EDT
ELEPHANT!
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:12:09 AM EDT
A Bultaco Pursang would be perfect for you.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:12:57 AM EDT
Really.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:37:41 AM EDT
check out the Suzuki DR-Z400s
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 4:55:47 AM EDT
You might also think about a Honda CRF250X or a Yamaha WR250. Both of theese are pretty high performance 250's made for off-road and not just motocross. Also, you can buy aftermarket dual-sport street legal kits and some DOT-approved tires to get you to the trails without a trailer...

These bikes are quite a bit higher priced, though.


Just my .02
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 5:30:42 AM EDT
I wouldn't get anything smaller than 350cc. My favorite bikes are KDX200's. 2strokes rule. A KDX with a tag would be the bomb.

My last dirt bike was an ATK 260. The only reason I had it was because it used the same basic motor that I used in a roadrace bike I was building. Unfortunately I got badly injured out trail riding on a PE175 and couldn't ride anymore.

rj
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 5:47:16 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/15/2006 5:48:46 AM EDT by TheOtherDave]
There's a test if the Kawi in one of the Moto rags this month, either Cycle World or Motorcyclist. They liked it but said it was a little buzzy on the Freeway. Don't count on getting anywhere fast on it. For a single cylinder motorcycle to be practical on the freeway, 400cc is the rock bottom minimum you want. Yes, the 250 will do it, but she'll sound like she's baking pumpkin pie and the vibes will put your hands/feet/ass to sleep.

Dave

ETA: I looked at one this past week at a local delaership, I like it-just wish it were bigger. I'm one of those guys waiting to get one of the Diesel bikes mentioned above.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 5:47:39 AM EDT



Hmm, great minds must think alike...


Yea, I think its a really excellent deal for a dual sport bike. I haven't got past any of the break in limits (Gotta keep it under 4 grand for 500 miles! DAMN IT) So I really just puts around... It still pulls a lot harder than the 05 KLR 250's. The suspension and frame are excellent, and it should prove to be a very capable machine with the KX heritage.



There, now you can make motor noises and pretend to drive around


go for it, they are nice bikes.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 5:49:50 AM EDT
Yep, no doubt about it... It's a good looking bike.
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 9:38:53 PM EDT
rjay, I had a KDX 200 years ago, great bike (ran even better after I removed the mouse nest from the airbox!). I loved that thing.

Thanks for the straight forward replies to all here. Like I said, I'm not looking to haul ass on the highway, I just want to be able to get up into the mountains and do some fun riding. I also want to be able to cruise around town, or from trail to trail. I have my sport bikes for the fast riding.

Ich, where are you at? Your pics make me think that I will be paying a visit to my local dealer tomorrow morning

--VT
Link Posted: 3/15/2006 9:58:54 PM EDT
if you want to go 250 but i would suggest atleast a 400 if you gonna ride rodes that is unless you like to cruise and take it all in,

IF YOU GONNA SELL ONE OF YOUR BIKES POST IT CAUSE I AM LOOKING TO BUY ANOTHER BIKE FOR THE OLD LADY TO RIDE maybe i can help ya out
im buying a new Yamaha R6 this spring cant wait to hear 18,000 rpms ringing in my head
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 4:01:15 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Glockster19:
if you want to go 250 but i would suggest atleast a 400 if you gonna ride rodes that is unless you like to cruise and take it all in,

IF YOU GONNA SELL ONE OF YOUR BIKES POST IT CAUSE I AM LOOKING TO BUY ANOTHER BIKE FOR THE OLD LADY TO RIDE maybe i can help ya out
im buying a new Yamaha R6 this spring cant wait to hear 18,000 rpms ringing in my head



Better hold off on that 18,000rpm dream of yours....

Yamaha is offering to buy R6's back from people who bought them and found out that they only turn 16,200 on a dyno....

Whoops.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 1:17:45 PM EDT
UPDATE:

I just unloaded my new '06 KLX 250 outta the truck..pics to follow


w00t!!

--VT
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 1:37:30 PM EDT
Tag for pics. I want to get a new bike too. Tell us what you think of your new bike.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 1:45:50 PM EDT

Originally Posted By fook:
A Bultaco Pursang would be perfect for you.



know where I can get one cheap?
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 2:02:38 PM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/16/2006 2:03:25 PM EDT by all4freedom]


I used to have a Yamaha YZ125 that was a great bike. I say go for it man, you only live once.
Link Posted: 3/16/2006 2:25:49 PM EDT

Originally Posted By all4freedom:
i38.photobucket.com/albums/e149/adaman04/motivator77946a0034211bbd62f7e629d4.jpg

I used to have a Yamaha YZ125 that was a great bike. I say go for it man, you only live once.





nice one
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 2:38:40 AM EDT
Whooot!
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 3:00:47 AM EDT
I bought a used 2004 KLR 650 last fall, have only put about 50 miles on its so far. Previous owner changed the sprocket for higher topend and better milage, but now its gutless on the bottom end.
Gonna change it back, might even go smaller!
Link Posted: 3/17/2006 3:41:42 AM EDT
Don't forget to.......RIDE IT LIKE YOU STOLE IT!!!!

btw I ride a Honda CRF250R. Love those thumpers.
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 2:58:24 PM EDT
Just got back from the first ride, still too cold and snowy around here though. I managed a couple pic with my cell phone, not the greatest quality but..



I'm trying to get it broken in before the spring so I can ride it like I stole it... She's a keeper!

--VT
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 3:20:14 PM EDT

Originally Posted By VT4meGunCtrlisAntiUS:
Just got back from the first ride, still too cold and snowy around here though. I managed a couple pic with my cell phone, not the greatest quality but..
www.hunt101.com/img/387448.jpg
www.hunt101.com/img/387449.jpg

I'm trying to get it broken in before the spring so I can ride it like I stole it... She's a keeper!

--VT


Congrats!
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 3:25:31 PM EDT
Mine

Link Posted: 3/19/2006 3:41:42 PM EDT
Lookin' good!
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 7:03:24 PM EDT
Link Posted: 3/19/2006 10:07:18 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Defcon:
You guys are killing me here.

Congrads on the bike. Be safe!


Thanks!!
well in that case here are my rice burners...


I can't get the GSXR pics loaded here, how do I resize a photo to upload?

--VT
Link Posted: 3/20/2006 3:42:09 AM EDT
Microsoft photo editor wil do it.
Top Top