2013 Honda CRF250L Vs. 2013 Kawasaki KLX250S - Lightweight Dual Sport Comparison




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Ricky Beck: Like Old School Kawasaki 

cardchris21: with the handa can u change out the rear shock and swap it for a adjustable shock? i kinda want to know i have like 250 lbs and i just kinda wondering wat kind of a ride will it give me and wat other bikes should i look at i want a duel sport but i kinda new at well riding so just want a good bang for my buck i want one that has power and get up and go but not to much that will throw me off the bike when i take off

William Burns III: How short are those little men?

MrManslaghuter: dont forget the honda 5 spd transmission vs the kawi 6 spd transmission.

frankenz26: Crf engine is from cbr..

Lawrence Carmichael: If you are going off road, get the lightest bike you can, tires and fueling(jetting) can always be changed, but a heavy bike ain't going to get much lighter, heavier is NOT what you want to be picking up or trying to muscle around when you should be having fun off road... get the lighter one...

Jason Melo: The seat hight on these bikes are too high

Mark Hoagland: lol!!! "It was a finicky little bitch today, wasn't it?"

ZotoMoto13: If you're serious about getting a 250 dual sport, its a better idea to buy a Yamaha wr250r ( of course if your budget allows). the Yamaha has a newer better engine which gives much better performance. But then again the Kawasaki and Honda are both great bikes.

Randel Mcmillin: I thought all dirtbikes have adjustable suspension. I can even adjust the suspension on my 06 drz125

TS50ER: If anything that Honda should be called an 'XL', the CR badge conjures up images of rip-snorting world-class dirt machines, and I feel this bike sallies the lineage in some ways. As for the KLX, they need a bit of work to get the best out of: aftermarket pipe, racing carb, and 300cc hop up kit will transform it. The CRs are manufactured in Thailand, hence the cheaper pricing. The good news is that there are plenty around now in S.E Asia, which sure beats riding scooters when on holiday.:)

bottwaandcalover: Yeah, I chose between these two. Was a hard choice, for sure. The honda felt too low and wide, and its also a bit heavier. For my body type the kawa felt more natural. The carb is a bit of an annoyance... but thats all it is; an annoyance. It will always start, it will always get you there. Make sure before you get drawn into a conclusion to actually sit on the bike in question. 

Garth W: I just bought a 250, was looking at the honda and rode both at the dealer, The thing that made me choose the Kawi was either bike didn't have enough power for me, but i wanted the nimble light weight 250. I normally ride my Honda VTX1800, its nice having a little maneuverable bike too. But I chose the Kawi because i planed on modding it. I did a rejet, new exhaust, opened up the intake, HID conversion, Rear rack and trunk and many other mods. My Kawi will walk all over the honda now, its a real screamer. You can't do those mods with FI, your stuck with the way the bike is from the factory. Unless you want to do a ton of remapping the FI, and spend tons of cash doing it, but then again you wont get the power of a modded klx250s. I have never had any problems starting my kawi, it started right up in stock and modded form in any weather and any altitude.

TheHenry4: WR250 is not in this class the XT250 is. The WR is in the same price class as the DRZ400, KLR650, DR650, XR650 price class.

Mavrick Cruise: What song is that in the beginning, god I can't wait to get a dual purpose, all around Oahu 

Chester Little: Honda vs Kawasaki and Honda wins. Why I am not so surprised, after all if we need to compare the features, the comfort, the stability on the road and the price definitely Honda will be what most of the bikers will choose.

Beej Jorgensen: I'm a new rider, having picked up my first bike (a used KLR650) about 16 months ago. And today I found myself looking at this review of a brace of 250s, thinking, "Ooooo...." What the hell's the matter with me? There's not enough dirt around here to satisfy the KLR, let alone some of these guys, and these 250s will never do the type of long distance adventure riding I want to do... and yet... Ooooo.... Obviously I've contracted some kind of sickness. 2013 Honda CRF250L vs. 2013 Kawasaki KLX250S - Lightweight Dual Sport Comparison Edit: I said "never", I know, but put a big fat asterisk next to that. I realize people have taken bikes far less than a 250 on trips far longer than I'll ever do.

BikerzBits: Excellent comparison of the new Honda CRF250l with the Kawasaki KLX250S.

frankenz26: honda the best

Oswaldo Ortiz: me pueden hacer el favor de colocarle subtitulos en español. gracias.

HJZ75driver: buy it! wont go wrong.

HJZ75driver: no running lights in Aus mate ;) just indicators.

plaid13: lots of reviews on this bike out there but none comparing it to its only real competitor the wr250r. of course we know its better then a old design with a carb. what about the yamaha with a very similar setup? and honestly stop looking at the tires on test rides. tires are changed almost as often as oil thats not a selling point. Everyone rides differently so everyone likes different tires. It is not important to mention them.

Charley Osgood: Kawi every day

walkyree honda: but i like yamaha DT 125 MX 1985 go to the forest in THAILAND

Darkamerica91: Honda 4 life!

CPLBSS88: I'm considering this as well. Glad to hear you like it.

ericbusa: I test rode both and the Honda wins hands down better bike by far the kaw is gutless to the Honda see my review

TommyNitro: This wasn't a totally biased review or anything ;) I note they bragged about the FI, but didn't mention that they both have the same peak HP (if I'm not mistaken) even though the Honda is 20 pounds heavier than the Kawi.

Jeffrey Espinal: im 5'1 can I fit in it??

rangerclass7s: isnt the crf250l the same as the south american honda xr250 tornado?

SmalltimR: I wish they would have included the Yamaha WR250R in there. Then again... it probably wouldn't have been a fair comparison I guess.

Justin P: they run on like bright they blink when there on to turn they werent blinking

C3HENRYS: The Honda is slowest so why is its motor a plus? Honda 0 - 60 mph 8.6 seconds 1/4 mile 16.94 seconds @ 75.13 mph Kawasaki 0 - 60 mph 8.4 seconds 1/4 mile 16.67 seconds @ 76.21 mph While out riding the CRF it is too linear and has no surge of power so it is boring to ride. Honda is 21 lbs heavier Honda went cheap on the suspension for sure so why is value a plus? I would take great suspension over fuel injection any day. Honda is the new kid on the block but not the winner! Go green and grin!

Senetor17: I own a 2010 KLX250S which is essentially the same bike, just different graphics. It's a great bike and I can highly recommend it to anyone. I too had the starting problem you mentioned. But after about 2000 miles on the clock it has sorted itself out. Maybe the bike you had was too new. My dealer and a few people I know with the KLX told me that the starting problem goes away with a few more miles on the bike. Great review keep up the good work.

Uncle5cary: price is not an issue as the klx are usually discounted. Also the klx is overshadowed by big brother klr650.

jmdavis984: Running lights on the Honda. A nice touch that make it better on the street than the Kaw. Are there running lights on the back too?

Redline2695: The honda looks better as well

griffin rerucha: can you jump it?

Carry Smith: the honda crf250 is awesome the kawasaki stays behind

WolfPack Masteras: Honda is way better

noppaienduro: honda crf250L alot more easy for handle

CPLBSS88: yet it feels 50lb lighter...Its a much better balanced bike than the KLX

aluisious: The WR250R costs over 2k more, though. So yeah, it's going to have perks. At that point may as well keep spending and buy a KTM 350.

mikegigabyte: my new 2012 kawi was finicky starting too all the time but 2000 miles later either I learned the trick to start it, or it starts like a normal bike now But from day 1 even with 0 miles I have coolant splatter dried up on the frame where the water pump weep hole is 2 different kawi dealers say dont worry about it, well I have 1 year warranty so if it does blow hopefully within that time. I would ask kawi directly but can not find phone or e mail to do so

Dylan Montoute: why not have a comparison of some everyday usable supermotos?

Stu650Zuk: The DRZ is the bike for you and it comes from the factory with a SM version. No replacement for displacement,,lol! Offroad version DRZ E model cam settings and compression with a FCR 39mm carb and it run very close to a 450 bike and be very reliable.

Barami Snaeha: Don't care still going to get Honda anyway they got more of everything and its cheaper. Kawi are for riders that eat and sleep with their motorcycles and I'm not one. Sorry Kawi you being $1,000 more and still can't give me what I want.

FORDboy357: Why can't we just get Australia's CRF450X?

Stu650Zuk: Yes, you could get either a Keihin FCR or a Mikuni TM pumper carb for that bike. The TM would have to be bored to a 34mm to be the same size as stock however as it comes in a 33mm. Their is kits made so they can be bolted in. it comes down to adapters to fit the boots and cables. Kawasaki Forums would be a good place to search and ask. The stock carb is epa lean. Adjust the fuel screw for better starting, and a jet kit with a better taper needle would be the cheaper route.
Rating:
2013 Honda CRF250L vs. 2013 Kawasaki KLX250S - Lightweight Dual Sport Comparison 4.7 out of 5

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