Kawasaki KX250
The making of a
Woods Machine
Thinking about riding a
motocross 2-stroke bike
in the woods?
The KX Experience
I bought my 2003 KX250
from Motorcycle Brokers
in Vancouver, BC
Canada. Who are they
and what's their deal?
Those Crazy Canadians
Hebo hydraulic clutch
conversion:
Just Like Butter!
As with KTM's, parts for
the KX250 can be
expensive.
Now for Green Machines: I've
continued my
Quest for Cheap
Background: Ryan's Farm hare scramble, September 2006 (Morrison, Illinois)
Ever wonder what a motorcycle looks like in the crate?
2003 Kawasaki KX250
Purchased from Motorcycle Brokers
The cardboard makes a great floor mat.
Note the placement of vertical frame members next to the radiators.
The crate was light and effective in protecting the '03 KX250.  I mounted the front wheel, handlebars, front
fender and number plate, added some transmission oil and gas, and it was ready to ride.
The 2004 KX250 at its second race
(Colona, Illinois 3/26/06)
In 2003-04, Kawasaki apparently produced more KX250's for
the U.S. market than they could sell, resulting in some pretty
low prices for leftover models. The '03 KX worked well
enough after a couple years of hard racing, so when I had a
chance to pick up a new '04 KX for a decent price in July
2005, I jumped at the opportunity. Naturally, I rarely take the
conventional route when buying motorcycles, and this one
was no exception. The KX came from
Racing Unlimited (Fort
Dodge, Iowa), delivered to me on a flatbed trailer full of
drywall studs at a weigh station on I-55 in Bolingbrook,
Illinois. Prior to that, I'd had only a few e-mail exchanges and
phone calls with a guy who runs the dealership. When I
overnighted that cashier's check, let's just say I was putting
my full faith in human decency. Thankfully, the semi-truck
arrived on schedule.

Many of the aftermarket parts that turned the 2003 KX250 into a woods machine were interchangeable with the '04 KX,
which only added to the attraction of owning a
really leftover dirt bike. Since it was July when the new bike arrived, I
finished out the racing season on the '03 KX and let the '04 KX sit patiently (I never even started the engine until
December '05). Its first ride was in January 2006.

Naturally, the '04 KX is very similar to the '03 KX. A few tweaks to the engine gave it a bit more response. Other minor
changes were a different front brake line routing, repositioning of a exhaust pipe bracket, and slightly different shock
linkage. Unlike the '03 KX, on which I stuck with the stock pipe almost exclusively, I've been using an FMF Fatty on the
'04 KX, not so much because of the extra responsiveness with the FMF pipe, but more because I smashed all the used
(eBay) stock pipes I had in my inventory. The Fatty pipe was the last I had, so I bolted on a fancy
ELine carbon fiber
pipe guard and haven't looked back.
Riding
Green!
Editor's Note: these pages
document my 6-year affair with
a pair of Kawasaki KX250's.
These two bikes, 2003 and
2004 models, were surprisingly
effective, reliable and
strong-handling woods racers.
I sold my last KX250 in 2010.