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post #1 of 17 Old 10-06-2012, 12:03 PM Thread Starter
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I am tempted to buy this now, if not for having no room in the garage as I have 3 cars and 2 bikes and only a 2 car garage. It is way cheaper @ $4500 than a Yamaha wr250 and has the fuel injection too! I could build a shed to put it in, but that would be impractical as I would have to build one large enough to live in after my wife found out.
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I'd like one of these myself. If I had the money, I'd consider one of these to replace the DL650 and get a street bike of some kind alongside it.

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It is OK and I bet will be a decent seller for them, but for sure will not dethrone the WR, might hurt the KLX sales a bit though.

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I love this little bike. Would love to see one farkled with an extended tank and some luggage. I'm a small, light guy, and was imagining that if I were to do the whole Alaska to Patagonia solo thing, this is the bike I'd want with me. All the mod cons but modest enough to blend in with the locals. The thought of trying to pick up my Wee or a GS alone in the Baja desert with no one around for miles freaks me out.

I owned a 2011 CBR125R and rode the CBR250 that this was based on and both are beautiful machines - thoughtfully designed, beautifully done for the price (fit and finish better than my 2012 DL650), great balance, great fuel mileage, and that 250 thumper is just an awesome, fun motor - with FI it's smooth enough that I could ride it on fast two lane highways day after day after day.

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I wish that they would make a 450 version for those of use that aren't that small and light.

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I wish that they would make a 450 version for those of use that aren't that small and light.

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I hear the klx is better off road. But I haven't been off road in 35 yrs and I bet it is better than anything I rode back then. It weighs comparable to a Drz400 but is still way cheaper and then their is fuel injection and a smoother engine, with easy maintenance.
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Very cool little bikes. I want one.
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fuel injection and a smoother engine, with easy maintenance.
I suspect the fuel injection is pretty much non-field repairable. It quits running, tow it to the shop. Hardly easy maintenance. Of course, time will tell, but I wonder how these bikes will do as they get to be 10 or 20 years old. I fear systems with multiple connectors and sensors will age poorly, especially if subjected to water, mud, sand, dust, etc., as I tend to do to my XR650. I too would like to see a larger-engined variant (600 twin would be nice) but I'd prefer carbs, thanks. I know fuel injection gives easier starting, better power, emissions, and fuel economy. But carbs, properly (and easily) maintained, age well. And you don't need a couple-hundred-dollar box of electronics to 'correct' the lean running that seems to be the standard these days to meet emissions regs.
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I suspect the fuel injection is pretty much non-field repairable. It quits running, tow it to the shop. Hardly easy maintenance. Of course, time will tell, but I wonder how these bikes will do as they get to be 10 or 20 years old. I fear systems with multiple connectors and sensors will age poorly, especially if subjected to water, mud, sand, dust, etc., as I tend to do to my XR650. I too would like to see a larger-engined variant (600 twin would be nice) but I'd prefer carbs, thanks. I know fuel injection gives easier starting, better power, emissions, and fuel economy. But carbs, properly (and easily) maintained, age well. And you don't need a couple-hundred-dollar box of electronics to 'correct' the lean running that seems to be the standard these days to meet emissions regs.
FI systems are pretty rock solid, having a failure on my WR when I am off the beaten path is honestly not a concern of mine.

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