My Kawasaki KLX250s with 3600 miles on it, sporting an HMF slip-on muffler (with bolt spacer to make it fit right) and Topeak MTX rear rack pack I bought at REI. The HMF with carb mods (#128 main, #40 pilot, NITC needle slot 2, F/S 2.5 turns, drilled slide vent 7/64", smog removed, KDX snorkel with UNI - runs a hair rich), Spyder Grips, Castrol GPS 4-stroke synthetic engine oil, 13T Moose sprocket and a NGK Iridium plug brought the KLX to life! The HMF has a very deep throated sound, not loud with the quiet core insert. Also remounted the license plate approx. 4 inches higher (removed the reflector and reversed the mounting plate),
added the Tusk handlebar risers (1.5" higher than stock) and adjusted the front and rear suspension making it stiffer. Removed chain guard. I ride at between 2000 to 4000 ft. elevation.

I have also installed a Dunlop D606 (120/90-18) tire since the last update, it's about an 1" taller than stock and slightly wider. Handles great on the street and about average for dirt riding. I wear a varity of protection and clothing depending on the weather and type of riding. For mainly street and light dirt in cool temps - a Joe Rocket Corona leather jacket with elbow, shoulder and back armor, Alpinestars Vector boots, CamelPak M.U.L.E. Hydration Pack, HJC helemt, Thor thermal MX gloves, Levi's with North Face long thermal underwear. For warmer temps and more dirt riding a Thor MX shirt, Fox MX pants, complete Thor body armor. Below are photos of where I ride out in the vastness of the Sonoran Desert. Note: Newer photos are at the top of the page.

Latest photo of my bike - got sick of the green and went black and grey!


Note: You'll probably need the Permatex sealer (Checker Auto) to make a solid connection between the slip-on and the header to avoid any exhaust leaks. I bought the 1" threaded hex bolt spacer and 2" s/s bolt at ACE Hardware for $5). I also took off the rear passenger foot pegs.

2007 Kawasaki KLX250 Specifications:

Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4-Valve Single
Displacement: 249 cc
Bore & Stroke: 72.0 x 61.2 mm
Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Carburetor: Keihin CVK34
Ignition: Digital CDI
Transmission: 6-Speed
Rake/Trail: 26.5°/4.2 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 11.2 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 11.0 in.
Front Tire Size: 80/100-21
Rear Tire Size: 100/100-18
Front Suspension: 43mm Inverted Cartridge Fork with 16-Way Compression Damping Adjustment
Rear Suspension: Uni-Trak with Adjustable Preload, 16-Way Compression and Rebound Damping Adjustment
Wheelbase: 56.5 in.
Front Brake Type: Disc
Rear Brake Type: Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity: 1.9 gal.
Ground Clearance: 11.6 in.
Seat Height: 34.8 in.
Dry Weight: 262 lb.
Color: Lime Green
Warranty: 12 months
Good Times Protection Plan: 24, 36 or 48 months

Don't be surprised if you feel a dry, tickling sensation in the back of your throat after watching the slam-bang racing documentary Dust to Glory. It's probably from the lingering sand and silt spewed from the knobby wheels of an array of machines that skitter from one end of the Baja Peninsula to the other. Using 90 cameras in a variety of formats, director Dana Brown captures the giddy danger of the race with truly visceral force. In 1967, a few California thrill-seekers had the Eureka spirit to take their homemade race cars for some whooping-up in the wide-open land just a few hours away. Since then, the Baja 1000 has turned into a party-fueled happening that's more akin to Burning Man than the Indy 500. It's billed as the world's longest nonstop race, running point-to-point for 1,000 miles through the Mexican desert from Tijuana to La Paz--pretty much the entire length of Baja.

Dana Brown is the son of Bruce Brown, whose 1966 film The Endless Summer sparked a surfing craze, and still holds up as an incomparable ode to the existential surfing lifestyle. Dust to Glory is by no means so profound and uses more of a Warren Miller thrill-marketing style (he of the annual throwaway extreme-skiing films). Cameras swoop down from helicopters, careen through silt, and are put into tracks over which vehicles pass at extreme speeds. In spite of the adrenaline rush, Dust to Glory is ultimately more about what people think about the higher implications of the competition. One veteran finisher describes it this way: "It's like having all 10,000 close calls of your life in one day. It makes regular life feel like slow-motion." --Ted Fry

From the creators of Step Into Liquid comes this "amazing" (Variety), "absolutely exhilarating" (LA Weekly) film about the most notorious and dangerous race in the world: the Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. Showcasing Mario Andretti, Robby Gordon, Johnny Campbell and J.N. Roberts, and packed with awesome helicopter footage, in-your-face POV shots and stories of raw courage, Dust to Glory follows a wild assortment of motorcycles, dune buggies, ATV quads and tricked-out trucks in a 32-hour dash across 1,000 miles of unforgiving terrain and delivers such pulse-pounding thrills that "you feel like you've been there" (LA Weekly)!

Hot ride out to Barlett Lake today (50 miles roundtrip) with temps pushing 105 degrees. Lake water level was down about 50 feet from high level - No rain in about three months so far. Thought I'd test out the new Dunlop D606 rear tire (120/90-18) on pavement. It felt like tire pressure might be off by at least 3 lbs. too much, the 1" taller tire also seems like it changed the gearing a tad. Cranked it up to 85 mph - Overall the tire seemed great with little road vibration and felt meaner, beefier and tougher than the oem 603's. Didn't see a soul, sidewinders or scorpions, just turkey vultures out there - I felt like the Omega Man! I'll try it in the dirt and sand in the next several weeks if it "cools" down a little. It's time for a taco, Tecate and some TV - Adios from the land of sand and thorns!
Stay frosty out there!