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Old 09-08-2013, 06:20 AM   #8416
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I preferred the Trakmaster to the 606 overall. Pretty similar performance but the 606 got loud as hell after 500 miles and stayed that way.
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Old 09-08-2013, 06:40 AM   #8417
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Im trying to buy an FMF Q4 and a Powerbomb header for my KLX250.
However, FMF being an American company, and me being in Europe means that there are ridiculous import taxes.

This means that the full system would end up costing me 730 USD instead of the 450 USD or so that it costs in the states. This is a quite ridiculous price and not really something I wish to pay.

Any suggestions on what to do or am I shit out of luck? Are there any Europeans lurking here who have been in a similar situation?
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:17 AM   #8418
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Do you still have to pay those import taxes if you purchase through E-bay?
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Old 09-08-2013, 07:54 AM   #8419
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Trakmaster...ok, it is on the radar as "mostly dirt" tyre. I've got a ways to go on current set (stockers) and won't pull the trigger until it gets cold and I get bored, BUT they will be gone before they are worn out.
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:07 AM   #8420
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Tire wobble??

While your talking tires............ I have a '13 KLX250S, bought used with 46 miles on it. It has a slight rhythmic weaving back and forth just a bit like the bike is swinging back and forth underneath me at 20 mph + or -.
I looked for looseness in the steering head bearings, wheel bearings etc all seems fine. When I first felt it was on a gravel road so I thought is was weaving in the loose gravel but that wasn't it. Then I felt it on pavement as well. I am assuming it is the blocks on the tires flexing, 25 psi rear and 22 front per the manual. I had a set of Kenda's that felt similar but at higher speeds on a DRZ. it is not unnerving but noticeable . Anybody else notice this with stock tires??

Other than that the bike is great, I rode Crazy Woman Canyon up and down just out side of Buffalo Wyo. Then Chief Joseph hiway from Cody Wyo to Cooke City Montana. A great way to break it in but should have stopped at the viewpoint on top of Chief Joseph and cruised thru the parking lot full of Harleys . I'm hauling it around on back of a 5th wheel trailer.
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Old 09-08-2013, 09:56 AM   #8421
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Do you still have to pay those import taxes if you purchase through E-bay?
Yes you do :(
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Old 09-08-2013, 12:20 PM   #8422
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While your talking tires............ I have a '13 KLX250S, bought used with 46 miles on it. It has a slight rhythmic weaving back and forth just a bit like the bike is swinging back and forth underneath me at 20 mph + or -.
I looked for looseness in the steering head bearings, wheel bearings etc all seems fine. When I first felt it was on a gravel road so I thought is was weaving in the loose gravel but that wasn't it. Then I felt it on pavement as well. I am assuming it is the blocks on the tires flexing, 25 psi rear and 22 front per the manual. I had a set of Kenda's that felt similar but at higher speeds on a DRZ. it is not unnerving but noticeable . Anybody else notice this with stock tires??

Other than that the bike is great, I rode Crazy Woman Canyon up and down just out side of Buffalo Wyo. Then Chief Joseph hiway from Cody Wyo to Cooke City Montana. A great way to break it in but should have stopped at the viewpoint on top of Chief Joseph and cruised thru the parking lot full of Harleys . I'm hauling it around on back of a 5th wheel trailer.
This is always a tough question for DS bikes, and it's not uncommon. Sometimes it's a tire deal...front tire design, shape, pressure, etc...and sometimes it's just the nature of a lighter, high fender bike as pavement speeds increase...or at a specific speed range. I run DOT knobbies exclusively on my KLX, but I notice a funky feedback for quite a few miles after installing a new front tire. And then, there always seems to be a tiny, little twitch or wander even after that on most high fender dirt or DS bikes I've owned. As long as it's not truly affecting safety, I don't worry about it...at least after eliminating the loose steering bearings, axles, and other such items that can also cause this kind of feel.
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Old 09-08-2013, 04:27 PM   #8423
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I installed a 13 sprocket yesterday and it is so much better than the stock 14!
Check put this video speedo still shows 85 and just better all around.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re-Yl...ature=youtu.be

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Old 09-09-2013, 07:13 AM   #8424
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:17 AM   #8425
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Nice thumb/finger (and bike).
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Old 09-09-2013, 07:27 AM   #8426
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Nice thumb/finger (and bike).


Do that almost every time!

I gotta say - this little KLX is a helluva bike. It's not going to win any medals for highway riding, but it's loads of fun on the secondary roads!
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Old 09-09-2013, 08:15 AM   #8427
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front wobble

Well, my KLX (2010 with 2k on clock) does not wobble but it hops when going over evenly spaced tar snakes (one road in particular). To say hop is too strong, how about "bounces very mildly", and some may not even notice it.

FWIW, my WR250x hopped the same way in the same place but was somewhat worse. Going from stock tyres to MIchelin 'motard tyres fixed that, but that could've been balancing or ???

I chalk it all up to lightweight DS and balancing (or lack of). Sounds like you covered all the safety factors.
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Old 09-09-2013, 09:39 AM   #8428
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I installed a 13 sprocket yesterday and it is so much better than the stock 14!
Check put this video speedo still shows 85 and just better all around.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Re-Yl...ature=youtu.be

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It's a 35 minute video...where's the part with the 85 mph readout? What kind of rpm were you running at 85 mph? I'm wondering how accurate that speed readout is. I too believe in the 13T front sprocket, but I even add a 47 over the 42 OEM rear sprocket...not that concerned with 6th gear top speed as I mainly use the bike off road.
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Old 09-09-2013, 10:29 AM   #8429
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Did Brewster do your mod?
If you were asking me, yes, he did. Fantastic job.
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Old 09-09-2013, 02:10 PM   #8430
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If you were asking me, yes, he did. Fantastic job.
Yes, I was asking you. Thanks. Mine doesn't start too easy with the kicker unless she's warmed up.
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