Let's see/review those 2019 kx450s

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8/11/2018 6:55 PM

Cygrace74 wrote:

Anybody else notice the twin air filters don’t have the ears to go on the posts of the air filter cage? First time I’ve had a filter that didn’t keep them for the posts

Yeah I noticed but i wouldn't worry about it. The posts never did anything on my 16 anyway

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8/11/2018 7:29 PM

Anyone ride both the new gen Honda and the 19 Kawi ? My mind was set on the Honda and I could get an 18 for a lot cheaper, but now I'm not as sure. This bike looks really nice.

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8/11/2018 8:23 PM

999 wrote:

Anyone ride both the new gen Honda and the 19 Kawi ? My mind was set on the Honda and I could get an 18 for a lot cheaper, but now I'm not as sure. This bike looks really nice.

I’ve ridden the 18 Honda and own the 19 Kawi. I haven’t ridden them back to back. I really liked the 18 Honda when I rode it. I love the 19 Kawi! I feel like it’s the best mx Bike I’ve ever ridden. If you haven’t ridden one I recommend you try one. It has all the features I wanted in a new bike and hasn’t disappointed. It’s actually better and more improved than I thought it would be.

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8/12/2018 6:32 AM

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Pipe makes a big difference and looks much better then the stock one. Love the 19 so far
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8/16/2018 6:53 PM

Alright, well I can confirm that my Hinson from my 16 fits, but the pressed in center gear is different so make sure you swap it out. Also be careful that you have the gears on the basket fully lined up before torquing the nut down.

The gear is only about 8mm wide now, so you can drop the basket in and only partially engaged the gears, but the threads are exposed enough that it looks like you have a it fully installed. If you tightened the nut up you would for sure break something!

Do yourselves a favor and take the judder spring out and installed a normal friction plate. It fixes that vague engagement feeling that the bike has stock.(pictured below)
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8/17/2018 2:03 PM

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8/17/2018 3:56 PM

Jbulz wrote:

Alright, well I can confirm that my Hinson from my 16 fits, but the pressed in center gear is different so make sure you swap it out. Also be careful that you have the gears on the basket fully lined up before torquing the nut down.

The gear is only about 8mm wide now, so you can drop the basket in and only partially engaged the gears, but the threads are exposed enough that it looks like you have a it fully installed. If you tightened the nut up you would for sure break something!

Do yourselves a favor and take the judder spring out and installed a normal friction plate. It fixes that vague engagement feeling that the bike has stock.(pictured below)
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Interesting, have you ridden it since installing it? I compared part numbers from 18 to 19 and the only thing I saw the same was the inner hub. Did the cover fit?

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8/17/2018 4:10 PM

Nystrom7 who did your number plates? FYI, FMF told me three weeks before first run of Ti systems.

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8/17/2018 4:18 PM

Jbulz wrote:

Alright, well I can confirm that my Hinson from my 16 fits, but the pressed in center gear is different so make sure you swap it out. Also be careful that you have the gears on the basket fully lined up before torquing the nut down.

The gear is only about 8mm wide now, so you can drop the basket in and only partially engaged the gears, but the threads are exposed enough that it looks like you have a it fully installed. If you tightened the nut up you would for sure break something!

Do yourselves a favor and take the judder spring out and installed a normal friction plate. It fixes that vague engagement feeling that the bike has stock.(pictured below)
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DB97 wrote:

Interesting, have you ridden it since installing it? I compared part numbers from 18 to 19 and the only thing I saw the same was the inner hub. Did the cover fit?

Yeah, rode it yesterday. Much more direct and precise feel. The stock clutch with judder spring engages nice and smooth, with a lot of modulation, but it felt vague and hard to tell exactly when the clutch would let out coming out of corners.

The hub is the same part. The basket is the same casting, but the gear is different, and the pressure plate is a slightly different casting, but it looks like it is just a difference in clutch spring seat reinforcement.

The clutch cover is completely different and won't swap over.

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8/17/2018 4:21 PM

Cool thanks. So my rekluse should be no problem but I will need a cover I think it's bigger slightly not sure.

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8/17/2018 6:22 PM

Rusk racing is doing full graphics, have had my backgrounds for a week! Not the best shot, but here's a pic Photo

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8/17/2018 8:54 PM

Greenguy wrote:

Nystrom7 who did your number plates? FYI, FMF told me three weeks before first run of Ti systems.

Made, its a Swedish company.

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8/21/2018 10:53 AM

Did the first oil change and it seems to be a m8 drainplug now. Im fine with that but i miss the hole in the plug they vad before i like to secure my plug with a wire.
Does anybody know if there is any aftermarket plug that got a hole for a security wire that fits?

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8/21/2018 2:17 PM
Edited Date/Time: 8/21/2018 2:17 PM

Nystrom7 wrote:

Did the first oil change and it seems to be a m8 drainplug now. Im fine with that but i miss the hole in the plug they vad before i like to secure my plug with a wire.
Does anybody know if there is any aftermarket plug that got a hole for a security wire that fits?

I noticed that too. If you really want to, you could just drill the hole yourself. It's pretty crazy the lengths they went to shave weight on this bike. The oil filter cover is glass-filled nylon!

Also, the bolts that hold the fork guard are aluminum! I found that out after 2 sheared off after a race. Either they got hung up on a rock/rut or I had a impact with someone in the 1st corner without realizing it!

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8/21/2018 3:26 PM

Jbulz wrote:

Alright, well I can confirm that my Hinson from my 16 fits, but the pressed in center gear is different so make sure you swap it out. Also be careful that you have the gears on the basket fully lined up before torquing the nut down.

The gear is only about 8mm wide now, so you can drop the basket in and only partially engaged the gears, but the threads are exposed enough that it looks like you have a it fully installed. If you tightened the nut up you would for sure break something!

Do yourselves a favor and take the judder spring out and installed a normal friction plate. It fixes that vague engagement feeling that the bike has stock.(pictured below)
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Just curious, your lower picture has three rings in it. The friction plate I think, the judder spring (I think), and something else. So you replace JUST the judder spring with a friction plate, or you replace both those skinnier rings with the new friction plate? I haven't noticed any issues with mine, just curious.

thanks

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8/21/2018 3:30 PM

Jbulz wrote:

Alright, well I can confirm that my Hinson from my 16 fits, but the pressed in center gear is different so make sure you swap it out. Also be careful that you have the gears on the basket fully lined up before torquing the nut down.

The gear is only about 8mm wide now, so you can drop the basket in and only partially engaged the gears, but the threads are exposed enough that it looks like you have a it fully installed. If you tightened the nut up you would for sure break something!

Do yourselves a favor and take the judder spring out and installed a normal friction plate. It fixes that vague engagement feeling that the bike has stock.(pictured below)
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datkin128 wrote:

Just curious, your lower picture has three rings in it. The friction plate I think, the judder spring (I think), and something else. So you replace JUST the judder spring with a friction plate, or you replace both those skinnier rings with the new friction plate? I haven't noticed any issues with mine, just curious.

thanks

So the judder spring (dark ring) and the judder spring seat (silver one) fit inside the diameter of the small friction plate. You remove all 3, and just install a standard friction plate.

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8/21/2018 5:20 PM

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Love mine!
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The D is silent.

8/22/2018 1:38 AM

Made a new Bolt that i will try next oil change.

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8/22/2018 7:01 PM

I got a chance to ride mine today for the first time. Very impressed with the handling and the power delivery. Didn’t touch a thing other than adjust the levers for now. Front end felt a little stiff right now, but it will soften up as she breaks in. I’ve had multiple KX’s in the past and this by far is the best one yet. I know I will have to spring it appropriately after she is broke in, but until then what a wonderful machine.

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8/22/2018 7:13 PM

DJAKE wrote: Photo
Love mine!

What kind of frame grip tape is that and does it last?

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8/22/2018 7:36 PM

datkin128 wrote:

What kind of frame grip tape is that and does it last?

It's the rubberized grey grip tape that D'Cor Visuals sells. It works very well and lasts a long time. I made the template myself, but D'Cor also offers pre-cut frame grip tape in both black and green and that stuff works great too.

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The D is silent.

8/22/2018 7:36 PM

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Congrats, looks good!

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8/22/2018 9:07 PM

DJAKE wrote: Photo
Love mine!

datkin128 wrote:

What kind of frame grip tape is that and does it last?

DJAKE wrote:

It's the rubberized grey grip tape that D'Cor Visuals sells. It works very well and lasts a long time. I made the template myself, but D'Cor also offers pre-cut frame grip tape in both black and green and that stuff works great too.

I like that grey color you have. How did u cut it so well?

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8/22/2018 9:15 PM

datkin128 wrote:

I like that grey color you have. How did u cut it so well?

I made the template using clear adhesive, then transferred that over to the grip tape, and then I cut it out using scissors. Making the template can be tedious work but once done you can use it over and over if the grip tape wears out.

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The D is silent.

8/23/2018 7:21 AM

So brake and clutch levers are still unavailable from Kawi - anyone know if another brand/model fits? Or when the levers are expected to be available?

I bent my clutch lever yesterday, but got lucky and was able to straighten it... I really don't want to break a lever and not be able to ride because of it!

(PS - who launches a bike without making sure service parts, like levers, are available!)

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8/23/2018 8:12 AM

DJAKE wrote:

It's the rubberized grey grip tape that D'Cor Visuals sells. It works very well and lasts a long time. I made the template myself, but D'Cor also offers pre-cut frame grip tape in both black and green and that stuff works great too.

datkin128 wrote:

I like that grey color you have. How did u cut it so well?

DJAKE wrote:

I made the template using clear adhesive, then transferred that over to the grip tape, and then I cut it out using scissors. Making the template can be tedious work but once done you can use it over and over if the grip tape wears out.

I have an idea. Order the precut and the grey, trace the precut onto the grey, then send the precut one back lol. I wonder why they don’t make a precut in grey???

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8/23/2018 10:34 AM

I've had mine for almost two months now. I got levers and an extra air filter from Kawi the week after I bought it. My dealer is one of the oldest in CA and has a great rep. My dealer has a special number to call to get parts, I'm sure yours does too. It is pretty silly though. The parts schematic just came out late last week.

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8/23/2018 11:27 AM

Have had my 2019 Honda for about a month and like it a lot. Zero complains other than the forks being too harsh. Rode a stock 2019 KX450 back to back yesterday with the Honda. These bikes are very similar surprisingly. Basically I like the clutch and suspension on the Kawi way better than my Honda. Prefer the Honda front brake and motor, although I didn't get to try any of the Kawi couplers or any type of mapping. The Kawi felt like my Honda on the standard map. But with the a aggressive map in the Honda, I much prefer the motor over the Kawi. Everything else was very, very similar. Darn good bike.

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8/23/2018 6:06 PM

Took a couple of better pics at the first race on it. Really liking this bike! Photo
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8/23/2018 7:36 PM

Picked up mine last night. First race coming up over the weekend. Looking forward to trying it out. Photo

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