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    KLX250 first impressions and comparison to TW200

    So I was asked to write up a comparison and I am quite happy to do so. I got my 2013 (or 2010... I don't remember) KLX250 two days ago and I really love it so far. It's not particularly fast by any measure, but SUPER linear torque curve allows consistent pull all the way up to 70 where it just sorta... Stops haha! But that's as fast as I need really. Having said that, there aren't many more benefits of the KLR vs TW. I will try to list to make it easier to read.

    KLX High Points vs TW:
    Speed (~70MPH easy)
    Taller
    MUCH better suspension
    Six gears

    TW High Points vs KLX:
    Fuel economy
    Simple, simple, simple
    MUCH more comfortable seat
    Much more stable at any speed
    Much easier to chug around at <10MPH
    Rear tire (you know I'm not leaving that out)

    Really I just wish the TW had a 250 flavor. That honestly would be the perfect bike. For the time being though, I love the light weight of the KLX, the superior, adjustable suspension, and the motor. Trust me though, I will get a proper street bike in a few years and add another TW to the stable! If anyone has any questions, please feel free to ask. I'm not sure what all I am supposed to include in a first impression haha!

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    KLR 250 is a sweet ride. How about a TW267 with a decent suspension and triple disc brakes?



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    KLX or KLR?
    You only need a 200cc bike to circle the planet, anything larger is just wheel spin.

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    I bought a KLX250 in 1994. Had one ever since except it's a 300cc now. And still have one. A 2002.

    Sitting around resting this afternoon and decided I needed to take a Saturday afternoon relaxing ride down some old mining roads.

    I took the TW.

    I still really like the KLX but the TW is getting the most miles. Around 1500 this past year. Almost all on dirt.

    For me, to compare them, I couldn't. It's like what do I like best, apples or oranges? Well, it just depends when/where/etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by qwerty View Post
    KLR 250 is a sweet ride. How about a TW267 with a decent suspension and triple disc brakes?
    Unfathomably incredible. Even if the brakes and suspension were overhauled it would be awesome!

    Quote Originally Posted by Logsplitter View Post
    KLX or KLR?
    Whoops! KLX! Got mixed up halfway through there! Edited!

    Quote Originally Posted by trailscout View Post
    I bought a KLX250 in 1994. Had one ever since except it's a 300cc now. And still have one. A 2002.

    Sitting around resting this afternoon and decided I needed to take a Saturday afternoon relaxing ride down some old mining roads.

    I took the TW.

    I still really like the KLX but the TW is getting the most miles. Around 1500 this past year. Almost all on dirt.

    For me, to compare them, I couldn't. It's like what do I like best, apples or oranges? Well, it just depends when/where/etc.
    Totally true. Puttering around anywhere really, I'd ifnd myself grabbing the TW. If I have to hit 10-20 miles of highway to get to trail, probably the KLX. It's almost hard to call the TW a dual sport anymore, given the 'average' dual sport as determined by the market. It's a TW. It does what a TW does. Basically everything.
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    Owned a KLX 650 for a year and it would smoke a KLR 650. Of course the TW 200 is in a different category which I like better. Tdubs rule!
    You only need a 200cc bike to circle the planet, anything larger is just wheel spin.

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    Actually, once upon a time there was a potential TW250--TT-R engine parts and trans, stock crank, bigger cylinder liner. xr100.com did the conversion to TT-Rs. You can buy the parts, but if you managed to cop one of their 28hp TT-Rs, well, all you'd need would be a reground TW countershaft and a gasket kit. Tdub2's head is a very close copy of what xr100.com was doing to TT-R heads.




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    Bought a brand new KLX650 in 93. What a horse!

    I even rode an enduro on it. Big mistake. Noodles for muscles by the end.

    My youngest son 15 at the time really ticked me off the first time he got on it. Pullled about a 75 foot wheelie, came back and said, I LOVE THIS BIKE!

    Darn kids anyhow.

    He had his hands full picking it up though.
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    Why not convert a KLX 250S to a TW-style, fat-tyre bike and get something between the two.
    I'm considering it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JJBrewbus View Post
    Why not convert a KLX 250S to a TW-style, fat-tyre bike and get something between the two.
    I'm considering it.

    kawasaki-TW-klx-250-2014.jpg

    That looks Phat.....
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