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Old 12-22-2012, 05:42 PM   #31
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Old 12-22-2012, 09:46 PM   #32
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The early KLR250 (85-89ish) supposedly had 28 crank hp. That's the factory number....I wonder if it's for real though, because that's WR250R territory. The cams are the only thing different on the early KLRs. I have a '86 KLR250, seems quick but I haven't ridden anything else. It'll do 70 on the highway easy, and still have quite a bit of quickness left. I was thinking about getting it dynoed just to see what's up.

Regarding torque and HP numbers as indications of performance... Peak HP and peak torque give you a general idea but tell you very little about acceleration. You need dyno graphs to really get a sense of a motor, oh, and while you're at it, the transmission ratios to see if it suits the motor's character. The best way to compare bikes is 1/4 mile times... but good luck finding 'em...

If only we had a moto-Stig to run 1/4s on all the motorcycles out there...

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Old 12-22-2012, 09:55 PM   #33
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The early KLR250 (85-89ish) supposedly had 28 crank hp. That's the factory number....I wonder if it's for real though, because that's WR250R territory. The cams are the only thing different on the early KLRs. I have a '86 KLR250, seems quick but I haven't ridden anything else. It'll do 70 on the highway easy, and still have quite a bit of quickness left. I was thinking about getting it dynoed just to see what's up.
i wouldn't be surprised if that hp number is right, not so many emission hurdles to get by in the 80's as now
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