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Old 12 Aug 2006
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KLR250's seem to be rare.

Hey all,

I have luckily purchased a 1996 klr250 and extremely happy with it (despite the barbie doll colours).

Now I am trying to help my friend find another one for sale in Victoria Australia, because we both plan to do some road/trail trekking. The issue here is the klr250 is rare to find. Looking for a post 97 model under AU$4000 seems to be searching for a needle in a haystack. There are absolutely heaps of xr's, dr's and klx's for sale, but the klr is just a rarity.

Are klr's scarce off the production line, or is it just an unusal dry spell we're experiencing? And would a klx be recommended otherwise?

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4000 au for a 97 is nuts, way too much money, the klx is an entirely different animal than the klr, plenty of klrs for sale here in canada, did you try ebay?
good luck with the hunt....
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Hey Scott,
The KLR250 is rare simply because it never sold very well. At least this seems to be true for the USA. Maybe for Aus. too?

The Hondas have pretty much dominated this little niche for a long time.
Starting in the mid to late 80's the KLR250 was up against the XL250, DR250
and XT225 Serow (or XT350). In most comparos the Honda and Suzuki came out on top. This mostly due to the fact the both those bikes are more current designs. That makes them a bit lighter and better suspended.

Off road both the Hon and Yam are a bit better, on road probably the KLR is as good or better than any of them. (definitley than the Serow)

If you don't mind the narrower seat, the KLX is really a better bike but won't be as good on highway. Its more off road oriented. A great bike.

KLR250's aren't that rare here but we aren't swimming in them either.

I would shop around some and compare the other bikes in this class. You may
be pleasantly surprised just how good some of the others really are.


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Hi Scott,
+1 on Patrick's words, I would suggest (being biased) having a look at the Yamaha TTR250, I am in melbourne, happy to meet if you want to have a look at one. Cheers Al

ps not sure if its ok to have a link to a photo, did not find anything to say no, so here goes...Wood Point, old set up.
http://www.bikepics.com/pictures/611964/
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Lets try this:

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Hey Endurotour,

By the looks of your tires, you seem to be using it on the road. It looks great!

Is the ttr250 capable of cruising well (comfortably) on the highway as well as going offroad? Is it really comparing apples to apples? (ttr250 vs klr250)

We are looking for true dual purpose bike. Not to try and conquer steep, muddy, rutty goat tracks. But just trek around easier consistent tracks & highways. That's why KLR or KLX is on the agenda.


And did you mean yours is for sale?
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Hi Scott and Patrick,

Patrick thanks for adding the photo, to easy i guess, hehe..

Scott, sorry my bad not for sale.. thought getting up close and personal to the bike away from the shop envioment might be a bonus.

I have used the bike primarly on the road, sits on 100/110km ok, if there is a head wind or large hill action its a bit buggered when all the camping gear, food water etc, maybe back to 80kph worst case. returns about 21km/per lt at this speed/load. Normal riding 90kph returns about 25km per lt.
Longest day in the saddle was 13 hours/1000kms and felt quite good at the end, just an easy run melb to central coast north of Syd. (with screen fitted)
Off road, I have used the TTR on the MX tracks (broadmedows and Barrabool) with out any hassel, jumped car size'd spaces ok (bike fine me aware of fear).. On the sand loaded up on Fraser Island went really well, stock tyres etc. Same thing on the sand and old train lines in Tassie.
Dirt bike type riding with mates was great, handled everything although i might look at slower gearing as the road gearing i use was a little high in first for the rocky/loose hills. (mansfield high country)
The tyres are the stock road / trail option, work well on the road, about
20K+ from the front, 12k+ on the rear (15k avg).
i got this bike for much the same reason as you have written, although i wanted the button start as well asthe kick start back up, good for piece of mind.
It has a 2 year warrenty thats good anywhere in the world, although i dont look to get it over seas before it runs out. umm so far 37k+ in 15 months all going well,
hope I have given enough info, a few others have used them for RTW, Lois in the UK is setting one up for Africa at the moment. cheers for now Allan
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Thanks Alan, your info was very helpful. Time to start looking at a few and if my mate and I are down Melbourne way sometime (We are from Warragul) it would be good to catch up and show us your rig. We are going to be riding out Bunyip State Park quite a bit because it's local to us, if you're ever down this way for a trail ride let us know. Also Walhalla and Maffra country.
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hi

hi i got a klr 250 91 model great bike very happy with it to i am up dandenong way would like to join you guy if you go for a trail ride been dieing to take it out its road/reg do about 300-400km a week on it
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