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Old 12-13-2012, 12:42 PM   #1
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:52 PM   #2
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KLX300S anyone? Use the FI Ninja 300 mill.... now that would be interesting to compare to the Honda....
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:44 PM   #3
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Yamaha did add fuel injection to the XT for 2013 so It was not unchanged and would likely have looked a bit better against the hard starting KLX than the 2008 model you are referencing. Do your research...
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Old 12-14-2012, 09:44 AM   #4
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I'd have to see how hard to start that KLX really is, 20 lbs of weight is huge on a trail. The fork occassionally bottoming out on the Honda can't be ignored either, though one could always try some heavier fork springs and hope the non-adjustable suspension still works as well. Information as to the size of the gas tanks and or fuel efficiency would be helpful, since that is often the limiting factor in riding these bikes to a trail then riding offroad.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:01 AM   #5
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I like the Honda.

The passenger grab strap beneath your bum wouldn't be so bad if your passenger was Anne Hathaway!
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:37 PM   #6
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Yamaha did add fuel injection to the XT for 2013 so It was not unchanged and would likely have looked a bit better against the hard starting KLX than the 2008 model you are referencing. Do your research...
Good point! We forgot about the EFI update to the XT. It should've been in our shootout. I'd expect beneficial improvements in its throttle response.
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I'd have to see how hard to start that KLX really is, 20 lbs of weight is huge on a trail. The fork occassionally bottoming out on the Honda can't be ignored either, though one could always try some heavier fork springs and hope the non-adjustable suspension still works as well. Information as to the size of the gas tanks and or fuel efficiency would be helpful, since that is often the limiting factor in riding these bikes to a trail then riding offroad.

A minor miss: the specs chart was inadvertently left out when the article published. Full specs are on Page 4.
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Bikes like this are best if they are as undemanding and jump on it and go as possible. The FI equipped Honda has a big advantage in that respect.

The Kaw could ultimately be a cooler bike with a jet kit and exhaust, as it has better suspension, but nobody is really going to get too carried away modding a 250cc Japanese dual sport.

Nice to see the modernized Honda not costing more than the old tech 230. That is a real feat.
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Old 12-21-2012, 02:34 PM   #9
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Bikes like this are best if they are as undemanding and jump on it and go as possible. The FI equipped Honda has a big advantage in that respect.

The Kaw could ultimately be a cooler bike with a jet kit and exhaust, as it has better suspension, but nobody is really going to get too carried away modding a 250cc Japanese dual sport.

Nice to see the modernized Honda not costing more than the old tech 230. That is a real feat.
You would be surprised how many people get carried away with modding the KLX250s. There is a very active forum for the KLX and alot of tried and true power ups. Jet kit and exhaust transform the power of the bike. There are also 331/340/351cc big bore kits for around $500. I have to say the honda is a nice bike.
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