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Old 04-02-2006, 03:41 PM   #11
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I have a KLX300, which is very similar to the new KLX250S, but unless it is "geared to the moon", it will not give the highway performance you need.



I just geared mine up to the max on the CS sprocket, and it it only tolerable at about 60 MPH. You really need a bigger bike for highway use.



It is GREAT off-road, however, and that's why I bought it!
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Old 04-02-2006, 03:45 PM   #12
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I used Norm Kouba's lowering links to address my inseam-challenged stature (29", not to brag . . .) and moved the forks tubes up 4/5 inch in the triple trees on my VStrom 1000 ('05). Handling is great and you have to wonder why Suzuki doesn't do this at the factory.
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:27 PM   #13
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I too wonder. I've been looking at the 650, the 1000 is even taller. How well are your feet on the ground? Kouba is the way I planned to go. How did you decide on 4/5"? Is that the max?
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Old 04-03-2006, 02:29 AM   #14
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Agreed,thats why I recommended the KLR for his applications. If i was to buy a 250 dual purpose,the KLX would be on my short list since I would ride it on the street just to get to the dirt.
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Old 04-03-2006, 04:10 AM   #15
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DRZ400S. It's a good middle ground between the 250s and the 650s. It'll easily attain highway speeds. Not sure about lowering, though.
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Old 04-03-2006, 12:16 PM   #16
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Reliable, lots of aftermarket parts available.. a good choice for an all-around bike, maybe a great choice if you won't need to commute via freeway.



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Old 04-03-2006, 04:21 PM   #17
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Good article comparing large dual-sports in May issue of Cycle World.



They bring up some other options:



Honda XR650L: Cheap, good performance off-road, lacks range, but fixable with $200 aftermarket tank.



Husqvarna TE610: Great off-road performance, but some electrical gremlins.



KTM 950 Adventure: They loved it. Lotta bike, though.



BMW 1200MX (?): Great performance, high price, and cylinders STICK OUT!!!!



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