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Re: 07 XT225 for sale [Re: ptxyz] #151928 07/17/21 07:48 PM
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Originally Posted by ptxyz
..here's a link to a klr specific forum where i've posted my broken motor woes;

https://www.klrforum.com/threads/not-exactly-proud-of-this.74193/

not sure if one needs a login to view. here's a clip anyone should be able to view of when it happened. until later that day, i didn't see the conrod sticking out of the motor...

https://vimeo.com/552701990..

When the engine blew you were fortunate it didn't create the kind of chaos that could have had disastrous results, not just for the bike but for you riding it. Easy to see you've gotta be doing 80'ish riding in traffic like that. Even the video has pucker factor baked into it. Scary, frustrating, and not something you'd ever want to have happen again. Glad it wasn't worse than it was, which was bad enough as is..


..FAILURE is not the opposite of SUCCESS, it's part of what makes SUCCESS..
Re: 07 XT225 for sale [Re: RhodyRomes] #151933 07/17/21 10:32 PM
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I've had 2 first gen KLR650s. I'd probably still have one but they are too tall for me to ride anymore. I fixed the balancer chain tensioner (doohickey) and replaced the rear sub frame bolts. Yes they will burn some oil if pushed hard. Make sure the engine is completely full of oil, carry extra, and check it at every gas stop. I had various accessories on mine. The biggest and most expensive mistake I made was a Corbin seat. Went back to stock and sold the new Corbin for half what I paid for it. Corbin seats suck. But the stock seat is none too comfortable either. Just like the XT225, the seat seems to be the KLRs biggest weak point. One accessory I put on both was a bolt on centerstand. I wouldn't leave the driveway without one. You can get one for either generation KLR at https://www.happy-trail.com I have never ridden the second gen (2008 and up) KLR, it looks more suited for road use than off road. The KLR has a couple of other issues that are worth mentioning. It is liquid cooled, and the cooling system can be damaged from dropping it, leaving you stranded. It also has shim type valve adjustment, fortunately it is shim over bucket, so you can replace the shims without pulling the cams.

Another bike I would consider is the Suzuki DR650. I've never had one, but it is a lot simpler than the KLR. No balancer chain tensioner or subframe issues, air cooled, screw and locknut valve adjustment, aftermarket centerstand is available, and while the tank is smaller than the KLR, larger aftermarket tanks are available. I'm assuming it has the same seat issues as any other "modern" dual sport.


The above is my opinion. Your mileage may vary.
1994/2001 custom built XT225 with a ton of aftermarket parts.



Re: 07 XT225 for sale [Re: JerryH] #151940 07/21/21 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by JerryH
Another bike I would consider is the Suzuki DR650.


I had one and loved it. I will readily admit that the DR650 is not for everyone. And compared to KTM's it's a sled. But it's also bullet proof. Like the early XT's they are very simple machines, they just keep running and running in spite of poor maintenance. I have read where some folks have tinkered with them to make them real performance machines. The one thing I did do to my DR650 was add a lowering kit. It changes the handling characteristics just a bit, buy being short I like being able to get my feet down.

In fact, when I changed back to a dual sport MC the DR650 was my preferred choice. I like the extra interstate capable power. But I went back to the XT250 because my wife can ride it. While I can get the XT up to 70mph indicated (about 65 actual) it is screaming at me, so not practical for long interstate riding. The XT's lighter weight is much more practical on trails. There are no right answers only decisions to be made.

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