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Old 06-13-2007, 02:45 AM
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and I have you guys to thank (or blame) for it. I'm posting this from my back porch because I can't stop looking at it.

Three weeks ago this seemed like just anotherone of my silly/kinda-crazy/maybe-not-so-well-thought-out ideas. But gas is over $3/gallon and my car (or "cage", I like that) has done nothing but **** me off for the past few months. Don't get me wrong, I love my Audi, and there's nothing I'd rather drive to the mountain in the winter, but they can be hell on a DIY budget when they get older. So I thought I would search the internet and see what is out there for small, entry level, dual purpose bikes. I've wanted one foryears, but never really got serious about it until now.That search led me here, the rest, as they say, is history.

Okay, so here are the details for anyone whomight be in the market right now.I think I got afair deal, I didn't take them and they didn't take me. YMMV. Bear with me, I'm doing this for the benefit of potential future KLX 250 owners.

2006 KLX 250S
1,429 miles on the clock
To my untrained eye, the bike is in very near mint condition
100% stock, no mods that I could tell
The price on the showroom tag was $3,950
The price on the dealer'swebsite was $3,685
NADA average retail is $3,530 (NADA assumes mileageof ~3,000)

I pointed all of this out and we settled on:

$3,550 sale price. Not bad, IMO.
$213 tax (6% in VT)
$37 registration fee
$25"document fee"(yeah, that's kind of BS)

$3,825 out the door for the bike

I also got a 30 day 50/50 warranty (they cover the labor, we split the parts)
10% off all parts and accessories for 2 years
I also bought a helmet (Vega, the same one deej has) and a pair of Fox Dirtpaws gloves (sorry Iowaguy, I was going to buy yours) for $104total.

All in, everything I needed to ride the bike home including the $7 DMV license exam fee (I passed that last week): $3,936.
Just under my $4,000 limit.

If you made it this far, you might as well stay for the pics.




Mileage check


I think I'll be buying a new rear tire sooner than I originally thought


Now, some questions:

What's this thing hanging down? The Vermonter in me wants to milk it.


And what's this knobby looking thing just below the choke?


Thanks everyone, and happy riding![/align]
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Old 06-13-2007, 02:51 AM
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Congrats on the bike!

That's your airbox drain hose and the **** is your idle speed adjustment. Blip the throttle a bit between adjustments to get the idle to 'settle'.


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You paid less than I did I paid>>$5900.00cdn For the Bike >> $199.00 Doc fee + GST & Interest totaling $6895.00cdn or $232.61/month for 36 months. Made 5 payments so far.
The hangythingy under the bike???? (page101 manual) and the **** is your Idle adjustment.

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Awesome, welcome to the clan dude. Oh and that thing hanging down was some greenies idea of making sure we don't get any oil from the air filter on the ground, I say go hug a tree and leave me alone, mine got crushed a couple of time on the bike stand so I ripped it off and that's that. The knobby thing is the idle adj. Have fun and stay safe, yes you can do both, it takes skill, caution and a lot of practice.
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u can yank the plastic doohickey hangin down... i believe its just an EPA thing to catch any spillage... mine was cracked in 30 pieces 2 days after i got my bike anyways.
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pic #4 yes you need a new tire
pic #5 that hose is connected to the bottom of the air box and lets any water that might have gotten in there drain out.
pic#6 that's your idle screw.

you should try and get them to check your valves for free. that's almost the exact same miles i have and my valves definately need to be shimmed but mine is slightly used


this was up at the dual sport ride in laconia last weekend. 200 miles of the nastiest trails you ever saw.
me and the bike are still trying to recover.

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G'day and welcome, hope you enjoy our new bike.

Cheers
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That hanging thing is how you tell if ur bike is a male or female haha
Congrats on the new bike.
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congrats on the new ride!!
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lcpl0331,My buddy and I missed the ride out of louden on the 9th and 10th, my kid was kicken adult butt at the tractor pull in maine instead.NETRA puts on some really nice rides and here in Berwick the Noble woods turkey run is coming up and hope to see you there. What is the pipe you are running? and is it really loud for the street,Berwick PD watches me as it is.LOL
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