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  1. You'll feel envy when I tell ya what I paid for my Grandson's brand-new KX 65 (shown above). You see, our bike is a 2012 model (same as 2015 except graphics, etc). I ask the dealer how it was he still had a new 2012 model sitting on the floor of the dealership as the 2015 models are just now arriving. He told me the dealership had been to a Kawasaki factory auction and picked-up several bikes. Apparently the manufacturers occasionally "clean house" of left-over, un-sold product still in warehouse. I got the bike out-the-door brand new for $2499. Randy Here was the bike before my Grandson put all the stickers on it. :-)
  2. We are right where you are with our 9-yr old Grandson. I was faced with the same concerns you expressed. My Grandson did 6-months on a CRF50, then 7-months on a KLX110L which took him to his first 65-class MX race. Now, we just started on a brand new KX65 (2-days riding as of this writing). My Grandson is tall for his age and is just a beginner. I Know he will outgrow the 65cc bike before he gains riding skills that make a difference between one bike brand or another. With that, I chose the KX for price (bike & parts), durability, and parts availability. This bike will be just fine to move my Grandson along with his learning curve. We will likely only ride this bike for 1-yr so I see no use in worrying about suspension upgrades considering my grandson's skill level. I lowered the oil level in the forks, adjusted the damping, set sag in the shock and adjusted damping. The suspension is very balanced, plush, and planted for my Grandson. Our bike was running rich with factory settings and we are having to make some carb adjustments to get good performance but no big deal, and working fine. Other than that the bike is all good so far. I added bars & grips and we are good to go. The biggest issue for my Grandson after our first 2-days riding the little 2-stroke is getting use to the powerband, and required shifting to properly ride the KX vs. his KLX 4-stroke. Riley (Grandson) is having a hard time with all the shifting required to keep the bike revving in the correct RPM range. He is trying to ride it in a 2 or 3-gears only and it just doesn't work like that with the KX. Hope some of our experience/comments help you to make a decision that works for your family's needs. Randy 9-yr. old Grandson Riley with his new KX65.
  3. Sappers, thanks much for your contributions on this thread, I appreciate it. Love the thought of individual identity through graphics on the bike! Your bike is "sweet" looking! I often wonder why some of the KTM crowd don't change-up some their "Orange Brigade" bikes so they don't look like a million other KTMs in the little bike classes??? Randy
  4. Thanks for the tips guys. I'm not reading anything here about issues with the bike itself so I'll assume it's pretty straight-forward as far as maintenance and service requirements. We'll find out this next Wednesday how my Grandson adapts to the powerband of a KX as it will be his first ride on the new bike. He was riding the KLX110L pretty well last week so I am less worried about the transition to the KX than if he was coming straight off a non-performance 50cc model, or straight onto the KX as a first time beginner. Randy Here are a couple pics of RIley (Grandson) on the 110L from the last couple weeks.
  5. We have a brand new KX 65 sitting in the garage for my 9-yr old grandson. He has been on a 110L(manual clutch model) for 7-months and improved to a point that he raced his first MX last weekend (65-beginner). So, time for a more appropriate race bike and we chose the KX mostly for the price and parts availability. My Grandson is tall for his age and we figure he'll be on an 85 this time next year so the KX will be just fine for a year of MX learning. My question for you KX 65 owners is about tips or issues I need to be aware of??? What parts of the bike do I need to pay special attention to for service, or need to keep an eye on for adjustment, etc. Any inherent issues with this bike that I need to know about??? I have already reduced fork oit volume, and setup the suspension (sag, clickers, etc) to match his skill level at this time. Thanks for any info. Randy
  6. I was in the same situation as you last year. My 8-yr old Grandson was on a CRF 50 for a few months and had outgrown it. We bought him a KLX110L (manual clutch version) as his next step bike. The "L" version sits taller than the regular 110, has longer suspension travel, and has a 1-down, remainder-up shift pattern. My thoughts were that the "L" would teach him to ride a manual clutch and standard type shift pattern so he could easily transition to the next bike. Long story short, my Grandson got the 110L last Christmas (2013) and learned to ride very well. Enough so that we raced our first motocross race last weekend (65-Beginner). Our "L" is going on Craigslist tomorrow as we have a brand new KX65 sitting in the garage right now! The 110L was a great next-step bike and I do not regret buying the bike as it served the purpose we hoped it would. The KX65 runs up on the pipe and would have been tougher to learn for a beginner coming off a non-performance 50 model bike. It's up to you, but if you don't mind changing bikes in a year or less, the 110, or 110L is a good bike to learn on before you move to a performance race bike. Randy My Grandson on his last ride aboard the 110L before moving to a KX65.
  7. UPDATE: This will be my last update to this thread as my Grandson is moving to a race bike and we will sell our 110L. Last Saturday we blew-up the KTM shock! All damping, both compression and rebound went totally away! Prior to the shock's demise, it was functioning very well for us and served it's purpose for teaching my Grandson to ride. The Grandson is jumping and riding hard enough we were really over riding the softer suspension setup anyway, so the shock giving-up was timely for us. The shock lasted for 7-months of riding almost every week. The softer setup allowed my youth rider to have some form of working suspension on the "L" model so we are happy and do not regret having made the modification. Randy Here is my 9-yr. old Grandson doubling a jump at Mt. View MX Park on his slightly modded "L". This was the day the shock blew and coincidentally, the day we started talking seriously about the next bike for him. :-)
  8. Thought you guys might enjoy seeing the inexpensive trailer I built to haul my Grandson's minis around on. I figure my 2-Grandsons will be on 85s (2-stroke) or smaller bikes for the next 5-years (+ or -) so I built this simple trailer to handle 2 & 4-stroke bikes from 50cc to 85cc size bikes. The trailer frame is a Harbor Freight 40"X48" with 12"-wheels. The deck is 3/4"X4'X6' Birch plywood. The deck is finished with Flood CWF-UV stain. I added 1/4"X2"x2" steel angle to the front of the frame for the outside tie-down anchor points. I added 1/4"X2" steel flat to the rear of the frame to accommodate a wider tail-light mounting. I moved one of the frame's cross braces forward 10" to allow for a longer tongue for the trailer. I added another piece of 1/4"X2" steel flat as an additional cross brace on the frame since I moved the original cross brace forward. I added a 3/4" aluminum channel to the rear of the deck to help protect the deck from splintering while loading & unloading bikes. I added a tongue-skid to the tongue to keep the hitch off the ground and for ease of lifting the tongue. I also wired each tail-light with it's own ground-wire so we won't have any light issues that often occur when grounding the trailer though the frame only. I made the components on the trailer deck very adjustable by drilling various mounting holes in the deck. The wheel chocks, and D-Ring tie-offs for the rear wheel can be easily moved to several location points on the deck to accommodate different wheel-base length bikes. I also cleaned all factory grease out of both bearings in each hub and repacked the bearings with good quality high temp, bearing grease. This is always recommended with any HF trailer kit. Lastly, I added a spare tire mounted under the trailer at the front of the deck. I've hauled this bike trailer all over Oregon the last couple months with one or two bikes on it and it is very stable through the curves crossing back and forth over our mountain passes. If you are in need of an inexpensive, small, light, and easy to store trailer something like this might work for you. Randy Buy the trailer kit on sale, or during the once a year 25% off sale and this trailer can be built "dirt cheap"!
  9. I pushed the entire bushing out of the shock and ground the shim on both sides equally with a bench-top belt sander with a fine belt. After finished grinding to proper dimension I re-installed the bushing back to the shock and fit the shock to the bike. If you don't have a press, you can easily drive the bushings out of the shock buy using a close fitting socket and a hammer to tap the bushings out of the shock body. Randy
  10. I haven't visited this post (my post) in several months. I am glad to read that some other folks have also had success with the modification I shared here. My Grandson is now several months on this KTM shock and all is well. The shock is lasting and performing as we hoped when we made the mod. My Grandson's first MX race is planned for the first part of July. We've been working on starts and the "L" easily pulls 2nd gear starts with stock gearing! Can't wait to see how the Grandson (Riley) does against the real race bikes on the start pulling 2nd gear! Should have some photos to share of him on his KTM shocked "L" on the track soon! Don't get me wrong..., I don't expect his "L" to beat the KTM & KX 65's off the gate with equal skilled riders, but hope he does well against true BEGINNERS on his "L". Randy
  11. No recall letter for us as we are second owners of our '11 L-model. Took our bike into the closest local dealer yesterday for the replacement tank install with no problems or hassles at all. Only thing I had to do was sign the repair order so the dealer could get paid by Kawasaki. The new tank makes the rear rubber mounting strap a tighter fit than was the original tank. Randy
  12. Kerr & Kalee, Any shock that has the proper size bushings and bolt hole diameter will bolt-up so long as the shock length isn't extremely different from the stock length. Obviously, when ya change the shock length it changes the overall geometry of the bike. So, the goal is to achieve the ride height, rake angle, and spring rate/damping that will work for your rider's weight. Or, as close as possible with what is available to work with. The swingarm pivot-bolt location is lower on the 110L than it is on the 110. The guys at BBR told me they felt the "L" was a bit, "jacked-up" and the bike handles better if it is lowered. The trick is to achieve the ride height ya want without changing the overall geometry much. If you simply bolt-on a stock 110 shock you still will not have any pre-load adjustment to set sag. If your rider is a beginner (like my Grandson), perhaps it isn't worth worrying about. However, as rider skill increases bike setup becomes more important. Randy
  13. I started my 8yr old Grandson into dirt bikes this past year with a goal of first MX race come Spring. It's my feeling that as with any beginner at any age, less is more in the learning curve. The worst thing you can do is overwhelm a new rider with too much info. I don't think I would agree with a speaker system that would totally distract the learning student from his/her riding. I think the right way to approach the learning curve is to keep it simple, and most of all, FUN for the learning rider! I concentrate my teaching efforts with my Grandson on basic fundamentals. Stand on the balls of his feet (where necessary), keeping his elbows up, and standing (where necessary). We also do basic drills like figure-8s, braking, and shifting drills for a short time at the beginning of the riding day, then just let him RIDE! When he takes a break between riding we talk casually about the fundamentals. Each time he goes back to riding he's better, and clearly learning fundamentals while having fun at the same time! Just my $.02, no offense meant toward other's teaching methods. Randy My 8yr old Grandson 2nd day on his new bike!
  14. Another pic from yesterday's practice session. In this photo you can see the forks are making full use of the travel even with the light weight rider. The rear is working excellent with the KTM shock as well! Randy Grandson learning basic skills in preparation for his first race in 65-BEGINNER class on his 110L. I expect he will do just fine in a true beginner (key word, "beginner") class aboard the little thumper!
  15. Here is a good link that may help you understand how to correct your jetting issue. http://www.bogord.com/2009/09/jetting-suzuki-dr-z-klx-110.html Randy