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I've been thinking about it for some time now and finally decided to do it. I just placed my order with Service Honda for a KX500AF. I had a choice between the "09" 250 chassis which are not yet in stock or going with the "08" 450 chassis. I chose the 450 frame which is slightly beefier and comes with the bigger fork tubes. Should be here before Thanksgiving. I'll post pics and do a ride comparison write-up when compared to my two Zooks. "05" RMZ450 and a "07" RM250.

Wife thinks I've gone insane but is supportive.:lol:

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I've been thinking about it for some time now and finally decided to do it. I just placed my order with Service Honda for a KX500AF. I had a choice between the "09" 250 chassis which are not yet in stock or going with the "08" 450 chassis. I chose the 450 frame which is slightly beefier and comes with the bigger fork tubes. Should be here before Thanksgiving. I'll post pics and do a ride comparison write-up when compared to my two Zooks. "05" RMZ450 and a "07" RM250.

Wife thinks I've gone insane but is supportive.:lol:

be wary if the wife starts upping your life insurance coverage!!!!

congrats, cant wait for the review. pics are required!!!

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I am stoked to hear you ordered that bike. I have been fighting off the urge to buy one myself. Can't wait to read your review. Do you ride mx at all and will you be testing it on a track scenario at all? For starters, if you don't mind, how was your experience with Service Honda so far i.e. the ordering process, ect. Was is the bottom line price you got? Thanks in advance.

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I am stoked to hear you ordered that bike. I have been fighting off the urge to buy one myself. Can't wait to read your review. Do you ride mx at all and will you be testing it on a track scenario at all? For starters, if you don't mind, how was your experience with Service Honda so far i.e. the ordering process, ect. Was is the bottom line price you got? Thanks in advance.

$10,999 is the price. The Kawasaki includes the glide plate and FMF spark arrestor with the base price. SA and glide/skid is extra on the Honda so your getting close to $10,000 again. The Kawi comes with a 120 rear tire and the Honda comes stock with a 100 rear. I asked the salesman Chris if he thought the 100 tire was a little puny for 500cc. The Honda is using the 250 chassis only and Chris said that a 110 could be run but wasn't sure if all 120's would have enough swingarm clearance? The Kawi doesn't seem to have that issue whether it's the "09" 250 chassis or the 450 chassis. I also chose Kawi because it's a powervalve engine where the Honda is not. If you look closely at the specs for both bikes you will see subtle differences when added that only make the Honda overall a little cheaper.

Experience so far with the purchase has been good. I asked some questions concerning a warranty with their modifications and they said they stood 100% by them. If there were any issues with welds or clearance problems they would arrange repairs. If the motor and chassis had a problem that it would be handled on a case by case basis and that when no neglect or abuse could be determined they would stand behind their product... I know, it was a salesman telling me all this but time will tell I suppose! I think before I send the final check I may ask for this in writing or at least an e-mail with some basic guarantees.

I used to do a little racing in my younger days and I'm considering MRAN Motorcycle Racing Association of Nevada (desert racing) here in Vegas. Some riding buddies race MRAN so I know what I'm up against.

I ordered an extra Clark 3.0 gal tank and carbon fiber pipe guard. Shipping was $450.00 and the total was $11,885. Seems like a chunk of money but MSRP for the new 450 dollar strokes is around 8K out the door and they don't seem to be dealing too much... real proud of their fuel injection I suppose. Also priced an "09" KTM 300 and those things are through the roof!

I figure I'll recoup some of the KX500AF costs via cheap rebuilds compared to the dollar strokes.

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I do agree with the money saving parts. You definitely shouldn't need to be in the powerband too much so longevity of your piston and rings should be longer.

Please test this thing on the track! I am thinking about a desert racer in 2010 but I want to see how it does on the track as well!

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I'm stoked, I love it! I'm a total lugger in the woods and think this would be an ultimate weapon. I expect huge grins from you even in your sleep!

If I had that bike and a sweet trials bike I'd be complete. Even if the wife left, taking everything but those two bikes.... I'd still have a great life!...... Perhaps I'd endulge more in porn.... but I'd still be happy!

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I want to ride it!!!!!! I might want to buy it!!!!!! I have a 2005 dodge pick up, a 97 KX 500, a few guns, and a house. You come over take all of my stuff..........and leave your new bike. Would that be a deal? I am jealous........I'd love to ride a bike like that see how it handles. Your a lucky man..........very lucky. Maybe someday I will hit the lotto, and get one myself..........

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I am curious how the mid range power is compared to the 450. The new 450's can be scary fast even compared to the 250 2 strokes. Or so people tell me who have both.

I estimate the 500 2 stroke and the newer 450's make about the same hp. The midrange on the 500 should be stronger by my guess but I have never been sure.

This should be good reading after a few rides under your belt. I look forward to the review. Congrats!

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I'm like a kid before Xmas!!!

Chris from Service Honda sent an email today saying that the 500cc of wicked "Green" two stroke power will ship this Thursday morning by Yellow Freight. For some reason Service Honda will not ship directly to a residence. If you want it to your doorstep you have to make seperate arrangements. The nearest Yellow terminal is across town about 17 miles. It's going to be the longest 17 miles I've ever driven. Don't know how long it will take Yellow to get it here but I'm thinking early next week!

Pictures and a write-up soon!

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I figure I'll recoup some of the KX500AF costs via cheap rebuilds compared to the dollar strokes.

Cheap rebuilds? Hell, you might never have to rebuild it. Those engines can run for several hundred hours if properly cared for.

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Congrats there pegger!

I hope your out riding it today.

I'll kick my klx manana.

Make sure your will says KX500AF to me before you ride.

LOL.. JK.

Let me know what kind of beast it really is.

later

steve

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