klx230 vs xt250

). But it’s the XT smallish size that sets it apart from the Honda and Kawasaki, making it an excellent choice for beginners, or for those with shorter inseams, or for those, as mentioned, who are a bit older and perhaps not as limber as they once were. That Bottom Line. MotoAmerica And FOX Sports Together Again For 2021, Virtual Tour of Ducati Museum Starts December 22, Mama Tried Show and Flat Out Friday Expand Internationally, Trevor Bollinger Set to Undergo Knee Surgery This Week, Dunlop Tires Accumulated Over 80 Championships At 2020 Mini Olympics. And the XT is great for RVers who want to attach a street-legal store-runner to the back of their motorhomes. At $4399 the sticker price is about half of most current dirt bikes. The suspension is quite good, too, but suffers the same issues as the CRF250L—it’s quite soft and bottoms easily as soon as the pace picks up. We’ll get right to the point. Compared to the Honda and Yamaha, the KLX’s suspension does a better job soaking up the bumps and doesn’t run out of wheel travel nearly as soon as the Honda or Yamaha. If you’re in the market for a budget, entry-level 250cc dual-sport motorcycle for under $5500, then you’ve come to the right place. Honda CRF 250L-True Dual Sport Adventure 2020 Yamaha XT250 Contents Model Overview Specifications Features Photos Videos Links The 2020 Yamaha XT250 is one of the longest-running, most reliable, most durable dual-sport motorcycles ever made, being introduced way back in 1980. Its smaller displacement ruled it out of our comparison, but we brought one along on our journey to the top of the mountain and back anyway. (You can read our 2018 250cc dual-sport shootout here.). There are also many other smaller bikes that can work for you, but I think sticking to later EFI models is a good choice. The Yamaha XT250 has a $5,349 price tag in Canada for 2018; the Kawasaki KLX250 is $5,599, and the Honda CRF250L is $5,799. The engine has a bore and stroke of 67.0 x 66.0 mm, with a displacement of 233 cc. And not only all this, but it’s also a looker! On the trail, the 230 is very impressive. It is powered by a 249cc, air-cooled, four-stroke engine. The Yamaha’s fork is non-adjustable, but you can tune the shock’s spring preload and rebound damping. Anything in the same price range is OK, and if 2nd hand or 400's ok as long as within same price range. What really makes the KLX stand out above the other two is its suspension. KLX250 or CRF250 vs a Yamaha XT250. Ready for action: (Left to right) Yamaha TTR230, Kawasaki KLX140G and Honda CRF230F. 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Base vs. 2018 Yamaha XT 250 Side-by-Side Comparison Compare the 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Base vs 2018 Yamaha XT 250. Period. It was, and still is, a much more capable motorcycle of the three when ridden aggressively over rough terrain. The WR250R excels when it comes to handling and suspension. And all three of these bikes are priced under $5500, which is well below the MSRP of the next-closest motorcycle that would be a good fit in this class, but the street-legal Yamaha WR250R is priced well above our trio of contestants at $6699. Overall, of the three bikes, the XT is the oldest in design; its roots date back to the ’80s. CRF250L vs KLX250S vs XT250/TW200. Yamaha covers your … The KLX230 is an easy bike to ride that is very predictable, yet reacts well to rider input by being easy to lean both in the dirt and on the street. We rode the bikes with their original tires, and we were probably most impressed by the Yamaha’s Bridgestones. I'm finding 08 and 09 KLX, KL, CRF, and XT bikes with less than 500 miles on them for $3K and under. The long-stroke offers robust low-mid range torque for smooth and easy handling. ALL-NEW six speed transmission The four-stroke air-cooled single cylinder engine offers smooth, reliable and durable performance in a compact package. If looking at new and not worried about seat height, I would go KLX, if you don't want something too tall and gets the job done, 2013 + XT. However in the same(ish) budget price range are the Japanese Dual Sports like the CRF 250, KLX 250. RE Himalayan vs 250cc Dual Sport - need your opinions! Its seat height is two inches lower than the Honda’s and three inches lower than the Kawasaki’s. Yamaha offers two 250cc dual-sport models, and the XT250 is the more price-conscious machine with a fuel-injected, air-cooled, 5-speed powerplant. Our real gripe is with the shock. Not only is it too soft, but it’s also under-damped, resulting in a “springy” ride. We traveled from 1350 feet elevation to 7000 feet via roads, of which 90 percent was dirt, of which about five percent was probably more suited for healthy mules. Plus, the Honda and Kawasaki have sporty looks, while the Yamaha sticks with a conservative look. The KLX230 felt fairly soft and was overwhelmed rather quickly once the pace ramped up off-road, whereas the R model left us all wondering why Kawi didn’t just use the same internals on the street-going model. However, we were quite surprised by how good the XT’s suspension actually is, more so than you’d think by just looking at this bike. But it’s off the pavement that the little 230 really shines. All three are fun little around-town go-getters and decent commuters, as long freeways aren’t part of the equation. All rights reserved. It comes from the factory tuned very soft, and there is no easy fix because the shock and forks are non-adjustable, except for rear spring preload. It is based off or shares the same basic components as the street-legal dual-purpose version the KLX230 and you can see a review of that bike by clicking here. The Yamaha surprised us the most. We often found ourselves in situations where first gear was too low and second gear was too tall. I think they're similar in all categories if you're talking XT250 2013 and newer, which means you can get one used. Copyright 2020 CycleNews. There is also a KLX300R (Bore and stroke 78 x 61.2 mm), vs KLX250 (72.0 x 61.2 mm) both have same size fuel injection and gear ratios (Kawasaki website) KawaSAKE should have spent their energy on the 300 and make this one street legal The KLX250 only cost $500 more than KLX230,with it you get water cooling,bigger engine and Shamwow And, as mentioned, their MSRPs are comparable. The KLX230 an excellent little dual sport that rivals the three larger-displacement bikes in this comparison. Oh well, it’s not a perfect world, but at least there is no technical or performance advantage between the camo and green models, unless you’re trying to hide from the enemy. The XT250 packs a reliable punch. None of these bikes are designed to get you to the finish line first but, more importantly, just get you to the finish line (back home) with a smile on your face. At least the color is the same). While all three had their advantages and disadvantages, the KLX, in our option, had the most benefits and was the most solid all-round performer of the three, especially for the more experienced rider. The Honda has the advantage in the braking department. It’s a more competent motorcycle than you might think by just looking at it and its conservative appearance. The Kawasaki has a slightly higher base price of $5399. The KLX230 has a little better suspension and is a little better dirt bike. Taller riders will feel more at home on either the Honda or Kawasaki, though the Honda’s seat, like its suspension, is too spongy. Bridgestone Trail Wing TW-301, 120/80-18 in. The Kawi also handles well, has good brakes and is a good looker. 2019 Kawasaki KLX 250 vs. 2019 Yamaha XT 250 Side-by-Side Comparison Compare the 2019 Kawasaki KLX 250 vs 2019 Yamaha XT 250. The Honda got its first and only upgrade in 2017 since its 2012 debut, while the Kawasaki got a significant enhancement in 2018 after a brief hiatus from Kawi’s lineup. Did some minor maintenance on the TDub.. had to go for a ride to test! The WR's seat height is WAY too tall for my midget's inseam. Despite giving away up to a two of inches of wheel travel to the other two bikes, the XT isn’t afraid of rough roads and tricky trails and handles them quite well, even at speed. A big strike against the Yamaha when it comes to first-time riders is its tall 36.6-inch seat height. Find below the detailed motorcycle comparison of Kawasaki KLX230 and Yamaha Serow 250, based on price, specifications, & other features. Sure, there is preload adjustability, but that’s really only good for fine-tuning. They both have water-cooled DOHC four-valve engines, six-speed transmissions, inverted forks and have similar chassis dimensions in wheelbase, seat height and wheel travel, whereas the Yamaha has an air-cooled SOHC two-valve engine with a five-speed gearbox, conventional forks, a shorter wheelbase, shorter seat height and less wheel travel. You better find yourself a long onramp. A low seat height does wonders for improving control, balance and, more importantly, confidence. (You must log in or sign up to reply here. MSRP on the 2016 XT250 was $5,190, same as it was since 2013; though for 2017, we saw the price jumped a whole $9 to $5,199, and Yamaha held it there through 2019. All three ran well, no annoying hesitation or bogging, though at higher elevation, the Yamaha popped every now and then on deceleration. 2.75-21 in. It’s just plain better. (Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about it entirely in this comparison, nor Kawasaki’s new KLX230.) The all-new KLX230 is aimed at entry-level riders along with folks who want a simple, small, no-frills dual-sport. I think it's closest competitor is really the xt250, both in power and size. [Archive] XT250 vs Super Sherpa vs KLX250S vs CRF230L Street. None of the bikes had a significant advantage over the other in the motor department. 2020 Kawasaki KLX250 vs. Honda CRF250L vs. Yamaha XT250 Comparison The Contestants We have the Kawasaki KLX230 priced at ₱190,000 , while Yamaha Serow 250 is priced at ₱229,000 . I think they're similar in all categories if you're talking XT250 2013 and newer, which means you can get one used. Despite having the narrowest profile (front and rear) tires of the three, the XT’s stuck remarkably well to the dirt and gave the rider surprisingly good feedback. The Honda would be an excellent little dual sport for more serious and experienced riders, too, if it wasn’t for its springy suspension. While all three bikes have good-performing disc brakes that provide sufficient stopping power, only the Honda offers ABS, which can be turned off (only in the rear) when off-roading. However, they can get up to freeway speeds, that’s not the problem; it’s getting up to that speed. Kawasaki has one machine in the dual sport ring and that is the KLX230, which comes in ABS and non-ABS versions, both of which are affordable with … The suspension duties are handled by a nonadjustable 35mm conventional fork, while the shock is adjustable for preload and rebound damping. Even though the WR250R has not changed over the years, its price tag has crept up to its current $6699 MSRP. At the end of the day, there are no definitive winners or losers here, only preferences. I’ll talk more about the latter two “R” models in a future article. Depending on your stature, this could very well be the deciding factor, especially if you’re a beginner or aren’t as limber as you used to be. The big difference between the two is the KLX230 is powered by a SOHC 233cc air-cooled Single, whereas the KLX250 uses a liquid-cooled 249cc DOHC Single. The KLX230 is a very capable dirt bike and excellent for exploring back roads. The XT250 is around 7300 on road, not too sure about the kawasaki. The Yamaha XT250 packs a reliable punch. The new Kawasaki KLX230 is worth mentioning here. That puts the camo version over our $5500 budget by $99. Like the CRF250L, ABS is offered as an option. The shock offers spring preload adjustability. Kawasaki KLX230 vs Yamaha Serow 250. We use cookies and browser activity to improve your experience and personalize both the content and advertising you see. It features electric start and has decent travel in the suspension—8.9 inches up front and 7.1 inches in the rear. At $5,199, the XT250 is $600 more than the KLX230, the same price as the CRF250L… The WR250R is a little more performance-oriented and priced at $6649. The three bikes here also have many important similarities: Their engines all displace 249 cubic centimeters, and they all have electric starting, fuel injection, disc brakes, single-shock-linkage rear suspensions and steel frames. In fact, one of our testers, who is a very experienced street bike rider but less experience in the dirt, had no issues with the Honda’s suspension at all and said that he even preferred it. The KLX230 is new to Kawasaki’s dual-sport lineup. Bridgestone Trail Wing TW-302. The suspension duties are handled by a nonadjustable 35mm conventional fork, while the shock. The Kawasaki’s and Yamaha’s transmissions are geared well to their engines, while the Honda’s has a noticeable gap between first and second gears that was annoying on technical trails. It’s a very-good performing motorcycle that does a lot of things well. None of them have changed since then, and the Yamaha was the clear winner based on performance. We had no mechanical issues with any of the bikes. Kawasaki was actually launching three new models, the KLX230, KLX230R, and KLX300R, but only the non-R 230 would be street-legal. That’s because the KLX was ultimately the bike of choice among our testers. The 2018 Royal Enfield Himalayan Base has an MSRP of $4,499, while the 2018 Yamaha XT 250 has an MSRP of $5,199. It’s an easy and unintimidating motorcycle to ride both on- and off-road, and you can get it with ABS. Pricing/Conclusion. The Kawasaki KLX230R. But the KLX230 gets an extra gear (6 speed vs 5 speed), 1.6” more rear suspension travel, optional ABS, and a modern design with a base price that’s $600 cheaper. Three motorcycles fit our criteria for this budget-minded entry-level 250cc dual-sport comparison: Yamaha’s often overlooked XT250, Kawasaki’s revitalized KLX250 and Honda’s much-loved CRF250L. Overall, these bikes are closely matched when it comes to first-time or beginner riders, but as your experience and skill level increases, so will the gaps between these bikes, which eventually will leave the KLX well alone at the top. Otherwise they look like good suspects for a starter DS bike. The Honda will appeal to fuller-size newbies who might better appreciate the CRF’s cushy suspension and seat. CN. The WR, however, doesn’t have a huge advantage when it comes to power over the other bikes, even the XT250, but the WR is still the bike for more hard-core dual-sporters shopping in the quarter-liter category. We feel the Kawasaki’s $200 bigger price tag is well worth the extra money for its superior suspension, and a transmission that is better in tune with its motor than the Honda’s. Kawasaki announced a KLX230 model for 2020, a new dual-sport motorcycle slotting in alongside the KLX250 that is also returning for 2020. It won’t fix the soft problem even if cranked all the way in. A lower … To compete more directly with the Kawasaki and Honda in terms of price, Yamaha revived the air-cooled, two-valve XT250 and put the MSRP at $5149. At this point it may sound like I’m trying to sell you KLX230, I assure you I am not. Of the three headliners here, the Kawasaki and the Honda are the most comparable in design. Yes, it bottoms easily, but the XT does a great job providing a comfortable, well-balanced ride up until then. Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by nacho squatcho, Nov 28, 2020. The XT has changed little since its re-birth in 2013 when it got fuel injection and a few other goodies. The 2019 Kawasaki KLX 250 has an MSRP of $5,349, while the 2019 Yamaha XT 250 has an MSRP of $5,199. We were not provided ABS-equipped models to test, so all I can share is the sentiment from Kawasaki’s representatives – they note that the system allows a very small amount of slide compared to street ABS before it engages. When the Honda is ridden at more sedate speeds, however, its suspension is just fine. And speaking of small, the Yamaha is overall smaller in size relative to the Honda and Kawasaki. The KLX’s suspension provides the most adjustability. 43mm telescopic fork, preload, compression damping adj. However, Honda gives you a whole other motorcycle option in the $6299 CRF250L Rally, but that’s crossing into an entirely different realm of riding. XT250 USA CAN 2018 YAMAHA XT250: $5199. The XT250 has the lowest price here, but also the least power and most basic suspension. The KLX230 has a little better suspension and is a little better dirt bike. Kawasaki KLX 230 is priced between Rp 43,3 - Rp 49,3 Million while Kawasaki KLX 250 is … Displacement aside, the 233cc Kawi shares many of the same basic engine and chassis designs as the XT, via its electric-start fuel-injected, air-cooled, two-valve SOHC motor, and slightly down-sized frame, smaller profile tires, disc brakes and conventional forks, which are non-adjustable. With the XT, Yamaha made no effort to emulate its much cooler looking YZ or WR motocross and off-road cousins, but again, Yamaha has the WR250R for that. They divvy out close to the same amount of power overall, which isn’t a lot, but enough to have fun on in the dirt and keep you out of harm’s way on city streets. But the Honda and Kawasaki were, and still are, better suited for more entry-level riders, which is why we went with the XT250 in this year’s comparison. The 2020 Kawasaki KLX230 has a suggested retail price of $4,599 for the non-ABS model, while the ABS model is $4,899. A simple SOHC two-valve d… That’s a lot of dough for a first-time buyer, which is why we left it out of this comparison. Compare for Kawasaki KLX 230 vs Kawasaki KLX 250 Below is the detailed bike comparison, based on price, specifications & other features, of Kawasaki KLX 230 and Kawasaki KLX 250. The KLX also has a low 34.8-inch seat height and short 54.3-inch wheelbase. It’s too short and nearly impossible to wedge a “normal” size foot between it and the footpeg, which was also designed by the same small child. Klx230 or dr200s I went to my dealer and tried to buy the KLX230 thinking it was the most fuel efficient commuter, but the dealer really pushed me to buy the dr200s instead saying it got better fuel economy and was cheaper. This becomes more of an issue when the bike is ridden aggressively. Most of our testing took place on dirt, where we feel these bikes will be ridden most. When you’re talking just 230cc here, it’s nice having the six-speed gearbox, which better utilizes every one of those precious cubic-centimeters. The KLX rules the roost here. All-new from the ground up is the 2020 Kawasaki KLX230 dual sport motorcycle. We chose this engine displacement because of its versatility and popularity, as it is a good all-around engine size for both experienced and non-experienced riders. Yamaha is in this market, too, with two different models. Some competitors of the KLX230 … Joined May 9, 2006 Messages 296 Reaction score 2 Location Friendswood First Name Leo Jul 19, 2014 #1 The seats are too high on the first two and the fuel tanks are too small on all four. Fuel injection puts mountain climbing into these little bikes’ repertoire now. The Honda wasn’t as quick to adapt to the thinner air. Thread starter LDB; Start date Jul 19, 2014; LDB. Afternoon folks! It pumps out 250cc-like power and handles exceptionally well. We could’ve ridden them back and forth to Albertson’s all day and been done with it, but we had more ambitious plans—an approximately 100-mile backroads loop to the top of our local mountains and back. The local dealer said the XT 250 was cheaper on maintenance, lighter than the crf 250, and 500$ cheaper out the door. However, its hefty price tag reflected this, putting it approximately $1000, at minimum, above its nearest competitors at the time, namely the KLX250S. And besides, we tested the green one, so we’re good. However, the WR250R does merit a mention. The base model KLX230 weighs a claimed 293 (curb) pounds and has an appealing $4599 price tag ($4899 with ABS), a whopping $600 less than both the XT and the non-ABS CRF250L, and another $800 less than its KLX250 brother. (Don’t worry, we didn’t forget about it entirely in this comparison, nor Kawasaki’s new KLX230.). Stopping to not only kill the motor, but turn the ignition off and back on again, seemed to allow it to readjust. Basically, this is a nice street-legal dirt bike that isn’t afraid of anything, except for perhaps long, steep and soft hill climbs. Kawasaki seems to think so. The WR250R was way ahead of its time when it made its U.S. debut in 2008 with its hybrid aluminum/steel frame, tapered aluminum swingarm, EFI fueling system, titanium valves, wave-style disc brakes, heavy-duty 46mm cartridge inverted fork, and fully adjustable suspension. The bottom line? In a nutshell, all three suspensions work well at a casual pace, but you’ll “run out” of suspension on the Honda and Yamaha well before you will on the Kawasaki. It is powered by a 249cc, air-cooled, four-stroke engine. The Honda and Yamaha share the same MSRP at $5199, though the Honda’s ABS-fitted option (which we tested) checks in at $5499. But is there room for two KLX models separated by just 16cc? Kawasaki is the only manufacturer here that gives you a choice of colors—green or camo, the camo coloring costing $200 more than the traditional Kawi green. Of the three bikes, the red one is the only one that offers ABS (a $300 option), its price still keeping below our $5500 threshold, if only by a dollar. Some competitors for the Yamaha XT250 would include the Kawasaki KLX230, Honda CRF250L, and Kawasaki KLX250. Help me choose my first bike! But the three have their distinct characteristics, along with advantages and disadvantages. Yamaha must have enlisted a small child to design the XT’s shift lever. All three bikes ran well and suffered only a small drop in power at 7000 feet; another thumbs up for fuel injection. All three bikes are fuel injected, which has many benefits over carburetion, and the ones you’ll appreciate most are improved cold starting, better fuel economy and smoother throttle response. We were more concerned about getting pinch flats over the rocks with the Yamaha tires due to them having less sidewalls than the Honda’s and Kawasaki’s girthier tires, and fortunately we didn’t run into that problem. Photo by Kevin Wing. Two years ago, we compared the WR250R with the KLX250 and CRF250L. It’s a solid performer with a small price tag. The KLX230 offers Kawasaki’s first implementation of what they call dual-purpose ABS. Yamaha’s started posting its 2021 lineup on its North American websites, and the TW200 and XT250 are both back for next season, holding down the … You can certainly see the Honda’s motocross heritage in the CRF250L, same with the KLX and its KX cousins (well, sort of. 2020 Kawasaki KLX230 First Look: New Dual-Sport Motorcycle. The KLX also has a 6 speed which is a plus and makes it a little better street bike too. Its high-tech KYB fork, SOQI shock, and long wheel travel will keep the aggressive rider quite pleased, as will the Yamaha’s strong brakes. 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