98 KX250 opinion

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9/18/2017 12:08 PM

So i have a buddy of mine who had a pretty nasty back injury on a streetbike. He is selling his 98 kx250 and gave me a price of $1000. Its complete running, no major issues, basic wear and tear but clean for a 98. I have been wanting a two stroke project for a while not, but was leaning towards a slightly newer aluminum frame bike. However with this coming up i wanted to get some opinion from you guys as to this year bike. Power, Chasis, Suspension, etc... if you've owned one would you pay $1000 for one now.

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9/18/2017 12:11 PM

$1000 is a deal in the condition you described . I had a 97 , great bike and the 98 is said to be better.

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9/18/2017 12:32 PM

ATKpilot99 wrote:

$1000 is a deal in the condition you described . I had a 97 , great bike and the 98 is said to be better.

here the bike for reference.Photo

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9/18/2017 12:53 PM

Id pay $1000 for that.

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9/18/2017 1:15 PM

Somethings swheko with the pipe and kick starter but looks decent other than that.

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9/18/2017 1:23 PM

Buddy has one. After a crank and sleeve it's a good bike. Turns better than the 99-07 imho. Both generations. Slightly flat top end, pro circuit works pipe helps with that. Good luck

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9/18/2017 1:27 PM

One of my favorite bikes that I owned. Do it.

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9/18/2017 1:29 PM
Edited Date/Time: 9/18/2017 1:32 PM

JWACK wrote:

Somethings swheko with the pipe and kick starter but looks decent other than that.

Kickstarter is definitely put on one spline too high. Don't know if it interferes with that pipe in its proper position.

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9/18/2017 1:34 PM

had one, loved it. It is one of those "best of" stock bikes. Massive low end and mid. Super fun to ride.
Had an 2000 also and it was not as good. as the 98. This is the product of Emigs factory 97 championship bike[LINK TO IMAGE]

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9/18/2017 1:37 PM

JWACK wrote:

Somethings swheko with the pipe and kick starter but looks decent other than that.

i noticed that, I believe they used a pipe meant for different generation and moved the kickstart to accomadate it. I'll end up replacing that pipe anyways, and strip it to the frame this winter.

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I don't crash, I just run out of talent

9/18/2017 1:52 PM

Stout low to upper mid (flattening a little on top) engine. Confidence inspiring handling and suspension that can be made really good too. My '94 was good (love that KX sound), but my '98 was better in every way (heck, for me, it worked better than my '01 or '04)

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9/18/2017 1:58 PM

Still remember my 98. Do the Eric Gorr porting from his book. I'd buy it in a flash

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9/18/2017 2:01 PM

'97 KX250 was known as a great bike. I had one- it didn't work out so well for me on that bike but it was my fault, not the bike.

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9/18/2017 2:04 PM

Very good year for that bike. One of those bikes you found yourself comparing bikes to for the next few years. My best buddy raced one and we would swap bikes sometimes on practice days. I rode Yamaha at the time and it was a good bike, but never wanted to give his 98 KX back the few times he let me on it.

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9/18/2017 2:06 PM

JWACK wrote:

Somethings swheko with the pipe and kick starter but looks decent other than that.

NJKawi913 wrote:

i noticed that, I believe they used a pipe meant for different generation and moved the kickstart to accomadate it. I'll end up replacing that pipe anyways, and strip it to the frame this winter.

A fresh built kx 250 has such an awesome sound. They are deep and crisp! Makes me want one just so I can build it and listen to it.!

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9/18/2017 2:43 PM

I had an 07'. Great bike.

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9/18/2017 6:28 PM

98KX 250
$1000
Hell Yes!
Buy it.
Loved that bike.....
except the KIPS power valve system.

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9/18/2017 6:38 PM

Black plastics. You should definitely pass.

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9/18/2017 6:41 PM

I had a 97 and a 98...........I thought they were the best kx's Kawasaki has built.....great power, great suspension, handling was good.....which is a compliment for a kx.........like a freight train in a straight line......turning was as good as a kx has ever been. That killer bottom end and midrange made for a holeshot pulling machine.....as long as a Honda wasn't next to you. smile

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9/18/2017 6:47 PM

Can you send me his contact info? You shouldn't buy it, I should.

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9/18/2017 9:21 PM

The 1998 KX250 was a very good year. That generation bike was actually better than the last generation KX250. The bumper KYB forks and shock is your weakest link. If you are just riding it, don't worry, set it up for your weight. Keep the motor fresh, run good gas. The FMF/PC pipe adds a bit, good mod. At 1K for a running example, that's a steal. Last one we had at the shop, it looked a little fresher, but we sold it for $2400. The powerband makes it a fun bike to ride. If you are a KX man, go for it.

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9/18/2017 9:30 PM

For a while I was contemplating getting one of these or a 97 as a project bike I'm curious does anybody know if new were Suspension can be put on that bike I've had the bumper forks on my 2003 YZC 250 and while they were plush they did not handle heavy loads or hard hits very well. To see if they more modernized at least fork set up could be placed on the bike and if so which ones?

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9/18/2017 9:36 PM

NJKawi913 wrote:

here the bike for reference.Photo

Johnny Send-It?? Think I saw him post this on his IG.

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9/18/2017 9:42 PM

Pulled this from kxriders.com

"1996-1998 KX250 triple clamps have a upper clamping diameter of 53.9MM LOWER 58.9MM
The KX450F triple clamps have a upper clamping diameter of 53.8MM and LOWER 59.1MM.

The top and bottom Triple bearings fit from 92-07 KX250... So if the head tube on the frame is the same length on the 94-98 then you should be able to bolt up the 96-98 triples on to your 94.

So.... you should be able to bolt up a set of 06-16 KX450F forks using 96-98 KX250 triple clamps.

The 94 kx250 front brake caliper uses a center to center of mounting bolt length of 102mm and so does the KX450F so you may be able to use your front brake providing the front brake rotor offset is the same. I have no info on that.. But you can use your 94 front brake master cylinder with the 450f caliper.

You will need the 450f axle and likely the spacers.

Number plate? not a clue"



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9/18/2017 11:15 PM

vetmxr wrote:

I had a 97 and a 98...........I thought they were the best kx's Kawasaki has built.....great power, great suspension, handling was good.....which is a compliment for a kx.........like a freight train in a straight line......turning was as good as a kx has ever been. That killer bottom end and midrange made for a holeshot pulling machine.....as long as a Honda wasn't next to you. smile

My first holeshot was a neck and neck with a 98 cr250. Even the whole way and he backed off first!

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9/19/2017 1:28 AM

Lightning78 wrote:

Pulled this from kxriders.com

"1996-1998 KX250 triple clamps have a upper clamping diameter of 53.9MM LOWER 58.9MM
The KX450F triple clamps have a upper clamping diameter of 53.8MM and LOWER 59.1MM.

The top and bottom Triple bearings fit from 92-07 KX250... So if the head tube on the frame is the same length on the 94-98 then you should be able to bolt up the 96-98 triples on to your 94.

So.... you should be able to bolt up a set of 06-16 KX450F forks using 96-98 KX250 triple clamps.

The 94 kx250 front brake caliper uses a center to center of mounting bolt length of 102mm and so does the KX450F so you may be able to use your front brake providing the front brake rotor offset is the same. I have no info on that.. But you can use your 94 front brake master cylinder with the 450f caliper.

You will need the 450f axle and likely the spacers.

Number plate? not a clue"



The bottom clamps are too tight for the '13 model air forks. They don't just drop in. The upper clamp fit as is.

I did the swap for a buddy on his KX250, but had to put the clamps in the CNC mill and bore them out about 0.010".

The older wheel has the brake rotor mounted farther outboard from the hub center-line. You have to use a 450F hub, axle and spacers with the 450F caliper bracket, or do the following to keep your 1998 wheel:

1) I milled 4mm off the back of an EBC oversized brake bracket (leftover from his pile of '13 KX450F).
This was required to suit the rotor offset of the 1998 hub.

2) I bought him a front axle and nut (from the same year 450F). (Pro tip, use an aluminum nut for a 2010 YZ250).

3) I turned a couple sets of seal-collars from aluminum bar to the correct lengths.
This was required to center up the 98 front wheel in the KX450F forks.

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9/19/2017 1:37 AM

Just for reference, here's a local 1998 kx250 for $1000. Haha, Do it.

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9/19/2017 6:33 AM

ATKpilot99 wrote:

$1000 is a deal in the condition you described . I had a 97 , great bike and the 98 is said to be better.

NJKawi913 wrote:

here the bike for reference.Photo

sargebro689 wrote:

Johnny Send-It?? Think I saw him post this on his IG.

haha yeah i work with him.

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I don't crash, I just run out of talent

9/19/2017 10:55 AM

Nice score! Only questionable thing I remember about that era KX was the bottoming out factor. Enjoy the restoration process it's fun!

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9/19/2017 12:46 PM

if he's a buddy, toss him 1200 because he's hard up with a lifelong back injury to deal with now.

that bike still has the original swing arm sticker ffs..

anyway- nice score.

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