2010 Kawasaki KLR650 and KLX250S Review — Riding Tour Through Idyllwild…

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Kawasaki KLR 250

Jason Fogelson rides dual purpose through the San Mountains

Standing water little challenge to the $5,999 thanks in part to its 8.3 inches of clearance.

Kawasaki recently me to accompany them to Idyllwild, in the San Jacinto Mountains to ride dual sport bikes, the KLR650 and KLX250S. I discovered the two Kawis are the first and second dual sport motorcycles in the US, outselling the bikes that I think of when I hear sport: BMW’s GS models, the Tiger. and Honda’s XR650L and .

I have been riding bikes for 30 years now, but my off-pavement is virtually non-existent. I was nervous about trying out a of dual sport bikes in the for the first time, but Kawasaki’s Lasiewski assured me that it be fun. He suggested that I on the smaller KLX 250S for the tougher and switch to the KLR 650 for the portions of the ride would be more hard-packed road than trail

I listened to as much advice as I from Greg, and from Jan Plessner, Agata Formato and Alexander.

The ride began overcast skies and intermittent but the weather cleared up quickly as we off the pavement. I resolved to leave my ego and to ride with a beginner’s We’d be riding along public trails, I was properly up, and we were in no hurry.

I took a breath, exhaled my tension, and to the trails.

Guess what? I had a The KLX250S is a breeze to handle, very predictable power and a buttery clutch that to a transmission that seems to anything. I was able to relax, let the do its thing, and explore the limits of on a wet day.

I didn’t try anything fancy, tear up the trails, but I did find grinning from ear to ear inside my Riding the fire roads and that we tackled reminded me much of the kind of technical that I enjoy. Picking managing the throttle, keeping my up and riding loosely, I found the kind of Zen focus that I get on a Land Rover off-road

I could really grow to this.

The KLX 250S is a fully legal dual sport, lights, turn signals and equipment required for licensing in 50 The liquid-cooled 249 cc engine gets a carburetor on its single cylinder, start and a six-speed transmission, all to the rear wheel with final drive. Single 250 mm and 240 mm rear petal disc provide the stopping power.

10 of travel in front and 9.1 of travel in the suspension make eating up and rocks much more without floating on pavement. At 297 lbs the KLX 250S is a bike that you can around a bit — and it’s to pick up if you fall down. A reasonable $5,299 price tag contributes to KLX 250S’s popularity.

Kawasaki KLR 250
Kawasaki KLR 250

to the KLR 650, I felt like I had discovered my personal ride. As as I enjoyed the KLX 250S, it didn’t fit me as as the KLR did right off the bat. I was instantly on dirt roads on the KLR. I see why the KLR has been the bike of choice for travelers on a budget. Sure, and Charlie can go anywhere on their big BMW GS but at $5,999, the KLR 650 leaves a lot more for accessories, lodging, fuel and

The Kawasaki accessories catalog pages and pages of add-ons for the and the aftermarket bursts at the seams extras that add to the KLR’s

The KLR got a big time makeover for 2008, rolling around unchanged for 20 years. In stock form, the KLR has a 33 seat height, which scare off the inseam-challenged. But 7.9 of travel and 7.3 rear effectively lowers seat height when you hit the so try it before you write it off.

KLR’s carbureted 651 cc single pounds out the low end torque with a different character than the 649 cc twins that power the and the street 650s. The single either sing to your or not — even though a V-Twin guy at heart, I found the very alluring. The KLR’s position is no-nonsense, upright and It’s easy to stand up on the to absorb big bumps.

While not at 432 lbs, the KLR is still quite and light on its feet. After a few on dirt roads, I decided to the KLR for a longer ride on pavement. I discovered that it is even of my soul mate on public than it is on the dirt.

We regrouped in for a van ride to Kawasaki Motors U.S.A. headquarters. As we suffered the rush hour traffic, I myself wishing that I had one of the KLRs for the ride back but I might have ridden off in the direction. Into the sunset, my new soul mate, never to be again.

So it’s a good thing I the van ride, right?

Kawasaki KLR 250
Kawasaki KLR 250
Kawasaki KLR 250
Kawasaki KLR 250
Kawasaki KLR 250


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