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« on: October 16, 2006, 07:13:02 AM »

I'm looking to Kawasaki to bring out a "Mid-Size" performance dualsport bike.

We have the KLX250S and the KLR650.  There was an announcement at Intermot about the future of the KLX450R coming stateside next year.  This bike is a typical Kawasaki "Make From" where they borrowed the technology of the KX450F MX racer and toned it down just a bit and made a 450cc trail bike.

Sure do hope they bring it out next year - the KLX450S - that is!

If they did, would you buy one?




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« Reply #1 on: October 18, 2006, 10:37:09 AM »

What size gas tank will it have?  That could be my next bike.
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« Reply #2 on: October 18, 2006, 11:09:53 AM »

H'mmm, let me get the Pledge out and clean my crystal ball here !   puzzled

Ooh . . . . to answer that, let me say . . . . probably not big enough!

At present, the KLX450R has a 2.1 gallon tank.  What does that mean?  Probably nothing.  The KLX300R had a 2.6 gallon tank and the KLX250S wound up with a 1.9 gallon tank.

However, not all is lost.  If you are interested, I do have my auxillary tank I used on the KLX250S prior to installing the Acerbis 3.7 gallon tank.

No reasonable offer refused!  You pay the shipping!






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« Reply #3 on: October 24, 2006, 07:10:59 AM »


Marty, you're a sick puppy... That's funny !




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« Reply #4 on: December 18, 2006, 04:29:49 PM »

The new KLX450 isn't designed as a trail bike, it's an enduro bike, everything is lightweight, in fact the dry weight is supposed to be 108kg, it could still be used as a trail bike but will of course require the typical high maintenance schedule that all enduro bikes have
It's a beautifull bit of kit though and I can't wait for the Brit mags to review it as I may well get one to replace my Gas Gas EC300
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« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2007, 06:02:25 AM »


I did a bad thing today.  I called my friend, a sales manager at a Kawasaki dealership, and told him that if he could get a KLX450R registered for dualsport use here in Florida, I would buy it!

Since sales are down now, he is working very hard to try and make that happen.

Time will tell!




 
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« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2007, 12:18:30 PM »

H'mmm, let me get the Pledge out and clean my crystal ball here !   puzzled

Ooh . . . . to answer that, let me say . . . . probably not big enough!

At present, the KLX450R has a 2.1 gallon tank.  What does that mean?  Probably nothing.  The KLX300R had a 2.6 gallon tank and the KLX250S wound up with a 1.9 gallon tank.

However, not all is lost.  If you are interested, I do have my auxillary tank I used on the KLX250S prior to installing the Acerbis 3.7 gallon tank.

No reasonable offer refused!  You pay the shipping!






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Nice tank Marty!   Just like mine.  Still waiting to see the tank from "Clarke"
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« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2007, 12:20:22 PM »

DJFields,

Welcome to the KLX section of KLR World.

I'm sure you're gonna find this a great place to hang out at and there is lots of information that is easy to find for your viewing pleasure.

Lots of talented folks have already been showing up.

Glad you could make it!


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« Reply #8 on: January 05, 2007, 12:39:35 PM »


Save the oil!  I have a fix for the issue at hand . . . .




Hey, it worked in the 70's!  Why not now?
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« Reply #9 on: January 05, 2007, 12:55:07 PM »


Save the oil!  I have a fix for the issue at hand . . . .




Hey, it worked in the 70's!  Why not now?

 :WoW><LOL - I think you'll have trouble shifting gears in that boot!  Maybe somebody could rig up a suicide shifter.
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« Reply #10 on: January 20, 2007, 02:45:18 AM »

Mid 2007 was the last thing I heard
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« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2007, 06:49:16 PM »


I did a bad thing today.  I called my friend, a sales manager at a Kawasaki dealership, and told him that if he could get a KLX450R registered for dualsport use here in Florida, I would buy it!

Since sales are down now, he is working very hard to try and make that happen.

Time will tell!


The Kawasaki dealer in Rocky Mount NC told me there is a kit his dealership can install to make the KLX450 street legal.

 
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« Reply #12 on: August 11, 2007, 08:19:17 PM »

Marty,
Ya' know where boots like that end up, don't you?  HMMMMM.....
Makes you walk funny afterwards. naughty

 That's funny !

I just knew that was the answer  Too funny! ROTFL
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« Reply #13 on: August 11, 2007, 08:32:39 PM »

The new KLX450 isn't designed as a trail bike, it's an enduro bike, everything is lightweight, of course require the typical high maintenance schedule that all enduro bikes have

The exact point that makes me worried about the current trend with "Dual sport" bikes (ie: Not Adventure bikes, which are going the opposite direction). Lets make them small, light and hyper-active. Which translates to cramped, squirrely on the road and a maintenance nightmare.That's the beauty of the KLR... it's none of the above.
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« Reply #14 on: August 11, 2007, 10:27:45 PM »

hmmm, like maybe a KLR 650 2 stroke , I'd drool all the way to the dealer for something like that. Could get rid of 30 lbs of engine stuff doing that. then of course that would lead to a new 705 2 stroke jug and piston ,,,,,,,,,,,, Cheers!
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« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2007, 01:50:46 AM »

now where did I put that nitrous bottle ......... ROTFL
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The new KLX450 isn't designed as a trail bike, it's an enduro bike, everything is lightweight, of course require the typical high maintenance schedule that all enduro bikes have

The exact point that makes me worried about the current trend with "Dual sport" bikes (ie: Not Adventure bikes, which are going the opposite direction). Lets make them small, light and hyper-active. Which translates to cramped, squirrely on the road and a maintenance nightmare.That's the beauty of the KLR... it's none of the above.

It seems like that's all the manufactures are interested in providing at this present time. The small cc bikes are underpowered & suspended poorly while the BIGGER bikes are just that..  a little to fast or porky for conveinienly negotiating slow, tight, technical stuff. I think the drzs suzukis are great bikes as well as important. We may not even have the klxs but for the fact suzuki took a shot. The US bike market must be too scarey for them to pop out the logical (in our thinking anyway) street legal versions of their offroad family of bikes.
I agree that they should be geared, cammed, fueled & cushioned differently from their hyper or high maintainance counterparts.
I've tagged & titled a xr650r & it's a lot of fun but a factory version in DOT legal trim with a radiator fan & E start wouldn't be any less fun.

 I guess most of us ,as we get more time on our tickets, end up with more than one bike to handle the various riding needs. 


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« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2007, 03:06:10 PM »


 I guess most of us ,as we get more time on our tickets, end up with more than one bike to handle the various riding needs. 


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« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2007, 03:35:25 PM »


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« Reply #19 on: August 15, 2007, 01:02:11 AM »




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« Reply #20 on: August 15, 2007, 08:03:51 AM »

How about this?   Ha Ha!

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« Reply #21 on: August 15, 2007, 05:13:36 PM »

I ,for one, don't think Kawasaki will sell a KLX450S dual sport. If they were gonna do that they should have dropped the KLR650 like they did the KLR250  and brought back an updated KLX650 dual sport. I like my 05 KLR650 but let's face it...even with the facelift...the KLR 650 is an antique design.
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« Reply #22 on: August 16, 2007, 10:27:44 AM »

I don't have much familiarity with the X & R differences, but aint the KLX 331 close enough for you?
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« Reply #23 on: August 16, 2007, 05:14:59 PM »


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Oh the KLX331 is a fantastic small displacement bike.  It is right on the verge of being "too much" in the power department.  With the pumper carb, the added displacement and the Yosh cams, the little beastie is a whole lot of fun.

I've never had the bike dyno tested.  A good friend of mine has done his KLX331.  He did not have the cams that I do and I think the cams would add about 2 more horse.  If that is true, then mine is making right at 31 rwhp.  That's the same as a DRZ400S is making and it weighs less.  Yep, it's a fine bike!

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« Reply #24 on: August 17, 2007, 09:56:30 AM »

Marty, there's no such thing as "too much power"..

Only too much ground clearance...
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