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    Greetings everyone!

    I wanted to give a quick review on my 2018 KLX, i’m coming up on a year of ownership.

    Overall, I give it a solid recommendation for anyone that wants more power and more suspension. I have yet to tinker with the front or rear, as the bike has a comfy setup, and absorbs changing terrain very well. She’s certainly not a jumper though!

    At only 302 lbs wet, the slight increase in weight compared to TW is not really noticeable. Weight seems to be carried low, and there’s a satisfying feeling of control with a low”ish” center of gravity, similar to TW.

    Performance is greatly increased, as there’s a punchy mid range into upper rpms. Powerband is pretty broad, about from 5500-9500 at 4500 feet elevation. Redline is 10500.When Fred and I were in Death Valley, noticeable power gains began at 3,000rpms-much more! I would say that she doesn’t like low, low RPMs the way TW does. Like say chugging at 1500-2000, is “chattery” and sluggish for KLX, whereas TW seemed ok there. High altitudes greatly impact power with KLX, which is a bit of a disappointment, considering it is fuel injected. I noticed this during breakin, when Fred and I ventured into sweetwaters at elevations above 9500ft. 2nd trip there, I swapped in a different air box snorkel(from KDX200) which seemed to help, allowing much more air to enter air box.

    Cargo. Here’s where the TW definitely edged ahead. I have a small sleek rack that cosmetically looks great. Functionally, it leaves me wanting. Currently I only use it to affix a 1 gallon rotopax. Positioned ahead of the rotopax, for camp n’ rides, I have attached a wolf man beta bag, which seemed to adequately contain everything I would need for a two night trip, and a bit more. With a little more adjustments I think I could be rightly set up for extended periods. The wolf man bag takes the space of a nonexistent passenger, so as to not overwhelm subframe(lesson learned with TW).

    The bike is quite fuel efficient, I consistently get 55-60 mpg, compared to about 60with TW. I have a larger rear sprocket, OEM was 42, I have a 46. I believe the bike could stand to have a little more, maybe a 47 or 48. RPMs at 70 mph are at 8200, so I’d rather not go too much bigger on the rear sprocket. Top speed so far was an indicated 94mph, actual was closer to 90, seems to read 3 mph over actual.

    Let’s see what else...the look. I really like the look of the bike. I paid an additional 200 dollars for the digital matrix camp, with blacked out engine, rims, etc. it looks good. Probably not the safest bike, but I’ll blend in with surrounding when in nature for the most part..

    Let me know if you have questions! I recently sold my 2006 TW of 11 years and nearly 21,000 miles. While I’ll miss the unwavering traction that the rear tire had, I don’t feel there’s any loss of utility with the KLX. I doubt I’ll be taking it through the rubicon anytime soon, but I think it would do well on that level of technical trail terrain.

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    Some proof 😝

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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam-n-nevada View Post
    Some proof
    I really like the looks of that KLX. Nice. Thank you for sharing your review and pics.
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    Thank you. I’ll weite some more once I get home and I’m not confined to a lunch break
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    Quote Originally Posted by Adam-n-nevada View Post
    Thank you. I’ll weite some more once I get home and I’m not confined to a lunch break
    I really like this bike but if I remember correctly it is a bit tall in the seat?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Dryden-Tdub View Post
    I really like this bike but if I remember correctly it is a bit tall in the seat?

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    Yes it is....at least for me it was. I'm 5'8 with only a 30" inseam and I had a 2009 KLX 250 for 2 years. Overall it was a decent bike but I had issues when going off road because it was too tall for me. On the street I could stop at a traffic light a barely get one or the other foot to the ground tippy toe'd which I managed Ok with but leaving the road behind did not go well with my feet dangling away from terra firma just about always!
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    For me it’s perfect. I’m 5’10” with 32 L. There’s enough sag in the suspension when I sit on the seat, that I can easily flat foot both feet with a little to spare. It could just be the suspension setting though. When you look at the bike, without a rider, it looks tall.

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    It is nice that they finally brought the EFI system over from Europe -- definitely a smart move. Now they just need to fix the cam chain tensioner and make it a 350; the bottom end can easily handle 350 power! That would be one heck of a bike: fairly light-weight, six speed, EFI 350 with decent suspension and good reliability/low maintenance, at a very reasonable price -- less than or equal to the price of a WR! I don't understand why the hell none of the big four can be bothered with something like this. At least Honda tried...but failed IMO, to deliver something in this niche. Maybe Yamaha will follow Honda's lead, but do it right... (WR450R). Anyway, glad you're happy with the ride. I'd say the KLX is definitely a better performance per dollar ratio compared to the WR250R, even though that bike obviously performs a bit better.
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    Exactly right. Also, if the KTM 300 2stroke with fuel injection was not ridiculously priced or if Yamakawahondazuki would come out with a reasonable challenger, I would probably be interested. Alas it is not to be.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sthrnromr View Post
    Exactly right. Also, if the KTM 300 2stroke with fuel injection was not ridiculously priced or if Yamakawahondazuki would come out with a reasonable challenger, I would probably be interested. Alas it is not to be.
    I actually found that I seriously preferred the old CR500 for enduro riding, compared to the modern 300s: it just fit me and my riding style a lot better and was easier to ride (somewhat ironically, I guess...). Yamaha has at least had the presence of mind to offer the carb'd YZ 250 two stroke, but yea, it would be cool to see some modern two stroke enduro competition from the Japanese.
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