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  1. I have an XT350 and recently bought a KLX250S. I believe the XT and DR have very similar power. The XT feels like a complete powerhouse compared to the KLX. I haven't done any mods yet, but will most likely put a 330cc kit on it soon. The KLX is really down on low end power compared to the XT, but the suspension is much better. The great thing about the KLX is that it has so much potential for more power.
  2. Hey jcalis, I'm in Western Mass. There are lots of places to ride here, but very few 'legal' places to ride. That's why I really need a street legal bike. Most places are private property or dirt roads that are no longer maintaned.
  3. I just saw the WR250R on Yamaha's web site the other day. Nice bike. Great to finally see some attention in the dual-sport area. Now Honda and Suzuki need to step up too. Looking at the WR and the specs, I'm not convinced it's a better bike than the KLX. For the $1000 difference I could do some serious power improvement to the KLX, which would no doubt give it at least as much power as the WR, most likely a good deal more. Given the choice between 'old-fashioned' analog instruments and digital ones, I'll only prefer digitial if they have the features to make them worth it - like clock, temperature (engine and ambient), multiple trip meters, fuel, etc. It's still rare to have a digital setup with a tach though, and I do like to have a tachometer. I know a tachometer does't make a bike handle better, but it's good info to have when riding. Digital instruments without the accompanying sensors to make them useful are just less-expensive instruments. I was thinking the same thing with the fuel-injection, maybe good, maybe bad depending on what you're trying to do. And why the heck is the WR so heavy? The last thing I noticed that I thought was strange, what's up with that massively huge exhaust pipe? My guess is that, in the same manner being pioneered by Buell recently, they are tuning it to have the noise cancel itself out to allow for better flow instead of the traditional "muffling". Hopefully someone will do a ride review or something on the WR soon so we can get an idea of what it's made of. It will have to rate damn good though to be worth $1000 more than the KLX. What's really good about this though, is that for sure the WR250R is aimed squarely at the KLX. At the same time, Yamaha has also released the new XT250. What this means to me is that since Yamaha considers these two 250cc bikes different enough to sell both, that the KLX (or the WR) are enough better than my XT350 to make the upgrade worth it despite the possible initial loss of a little power.
  4. Part of the issue here for me is that I can't seem to find reliable numbers for power output of an XT350. Some places I've seen 27 HP (most likely Yamaha's claim, not true RW HP), and I've also seen 17, 22, etc. I really don't care what the actual number is, because for the riding I do whatever it has is enough. The big reason for wanting to know is because I have seen reliable numbers of about 17 for the stock KLX, so I would be able to have a comparison if I had numbers for both. I know there are a lot of lighter bikes available, but the kicker there is that they are not street legal. Registering an off-road only bike for the street is just not an option for me here. I suspect in not many more years, it won't be an option almost anywhere in the US. Plus I will use it on the street a fair bit. So, for me, I need an out-of-the-box dual-sport, and that's ok because I'm not a racer by any means. I'm not new to dirt riding - I've been riding off-road for 20+ years. The DRZ is just way too big and heavy of a bike for the places I ride. (First gear, slipping clutch, rocks, logs, roots, water, sharp turns, very little open area.) I'm sure someone could ride it where I go with no problem, but for me, the weight would just suck all the fun out of it, and that's without having to pick it up off the ground. And, of course, the seat height is waaaay too tall for me. I also have no fear of modifying a bike, as long as they are proven, reliable mods. I wouldn't want to put the 331cc kit on the KLX if that shortens engine life to 2 years (I'm sure hoping it doesn't, because that's a very tempting mod if I get one). I know about the Husqvarna Te250, KTM400 EXC, but the seat height on those are stratosphereic, and they are really racing bikes with lights, which I don't need, and would actually take some of the fun out of my ride. Before the XT350 I had a KTM 250EXC (2-smoke). It had all fantastic components and top-notch stuff, but it would wear me out so fast in the tight woods it wasn't funny. In more open areas it was a blast, but just too much motor for most tight places for me. I have more fun on the XT than I ever had on that bike, except totally non-adjustable suspension limits it somewhat. (Interesting side note, when I bought the KTM250, I was headed to the dealer to buy a KDX200, and he talked me into the KTM instead. I think I would have enjoyed the KDX way more.) I really see the KLX250S in a class of it's own. Dual-sport versions of the TTR250 and DRZ250 would be in that class if they existed (in the US; they do exist in Europe), as would be the old XR250L. Not quite entry level, decent suspension, but not a racing bike with lights either. Why does the US get the shaft on dual-sports when other countries get lots of choices? A "WR250FS" with a reasonable seat height, power tuned for low RPM, and a bit softer suspension might work, but that's just about what the KLX250S is, isn't it? I'd be worried if I bought something like a WR250F that I'd be in the same boat as when I bought the KTM250EXC - too high of a seat, too stiff suspension for slower riding, and power that comes on too fast for tight woods; if it was even street-legal. Seems like the more I think about it the more indecisive I get. It is REALLY a shame that Japanese manufacturers almost never offer test rides.
  5. I'm about 165 lbs., 30 inch inseam, and when riding off-road, ride mostly 1st to 2nd gear tight eastern US woods at a relatively slow pace, and relatively low RPM (2000 to 5000 or so). I currently ride an XT350. The XT has a good amount of torque without a lot of revs, but the suspension is quickly overwhelmed when the speed increases a little. I am unable to find anyone that has parts to improve the XTs suspension. I'm interested in a new KLX250S, but am concerned about it not having power comparable to the XT. The KLX would seem to be far superrior to the XT in every manner except, maybe, power and torque. Can anyone who has experience on both give me any kind of comparison for power between the two at various RPM ranges? I really don't need screamin' 8000 RPM HP, just some good off-idle torque to power through the rough stuff without bouncing into trees. I am aware of the potential of the KLX (big-bore kits, cams, pumper carbs, etc.) and the small mods that can be done to the XT, but I'm hoping for more of a stock-to-stock comparison to get a baseline (my XT is stock power wise). I just don't want to buy a KLX and be severely disappointed with the power output on day 1. Thanks...
  6. We all need to remember something, that isn't really apparent. None of us really "own" any land - we are really "renting" it, regardless of what it says on your deed. Consequently, your right to ride on your own land isn't really even a right. The government of this over-stated "free" country can take anything from anyone at any time, given a good enough reason. Recent decistions in the Supreme Court have reinforced this notion specifically with respect to real estate. Why give the government a reason to take something from you? Personally, I think you should be able to do anything you want on your own land, but that doesn't mean common coutesy goes out the window. I would be pissed being woken up by loud bikes next door too, and I've been riding for 19 years. Would you blast your stereo at 102db in your neighbor's direction at 7:00 AM? What do you think would happen if you did? Here in the Northeast, it's difficult to find anywhere to ride at all, let alone affording a chunk of land big enough to put your own track on. The closest legal riding area to me is 1.5 hours away, and it's tiny and poorly maintained. If you're lucky enough, or worked hard enough to have a track on your own land, why tempt anyone to get the government to shut you down? Isn't that just asking for trouble? Like it or not, this country is getting more and more crowded, and riding opportunities are shrinking because of it. What your rights are today could very easily be taken away tomorrow, so it's best for all of us to keep from blatantly pushing our luck whether we own the land or not.
  7. I don't really see what this bike has over a KTM 640 Adventure, except maybe a smoother engine, and higher electrical output. Not more power, not better suspension, not larger fuel capacity, not less weight, not better luggage, etc. For well under $10k anyone could buy a KTM640 and have a custom seat made to suit their taste, add any luggage they wanted, have the suspension professionally set up, and even have some engine work done to make it smoother if need be (vibration has never been a problem for me though). The 640 is a really good adventure bike out of the box, especially compared to a bike that costs $68k. Maybe if they looked into mass-producing the Rally Twin to get the cost down somewhere near or below $11k, they would probably sell pretty well. I don't know if high sales numbers are even their objective though. Considering they are (for the most part) just purchasing the engine and putting it into their own chassis, I just can't imagine anyone spending $68k for it. $68k? $68k?!? The more I think about the price, the more ridiculous it sounds. Oh yeah, and the kicker on that thing is the 40" seat height! Holy Highness Batman!! Who could even ride it? All that engineering and they couldn't design a reasonable seat height? I guess it is a good thing though, even if they don't sell a single one, at least someone has been thinking of how to design a really good adventure touring bike. Maybe some of the ideas will make it into other bikes.