The Honda CRF 250 L / Kawasaki KLX 250 shoot out!
We'd been meaning to do this sooner, but 3 days of constant rained had hampered our schedule.
Managed to drag AlexUK out who's been riding KLX 250's for a number of years. His KLX 250 has some modifications, airbox, carb, ecu and exhaust, so we wern't comparing the bike this time to a stock KLX 250.
Before hitting the trails, we did a stationary push/ compression test on the suspension comparing the bikes.
The front suspension was noticeably harder on the Honda CRF 250 L than on the Kawasaki KLX 250.
The rebound on the rear shock absorber was faster on Honda CRF 250 L than that on the Kawasaki KLX 250 .
Off into the trails behind the 700 year stadium in Chiang Mai, a bit soggy everywhere but surprisingly puddle free considering all the constant rain.
One thing you immediately notice about the Honda CRF 250 L is how low it is compared to most enduro style bikes, it makes the bike very easy to handle through the tree roots and soft mud on gradients, where we were riding, it was not hindered in any way being slight lower.
We did a loop of the lower enduro trail area for Alex to get the feel of the KLX, then he took the Honda CRF 250 L for a test to compare.
Alex agreed that the lower seat and the bike generally being lower felt good and gave you confidence through the wet, slippy tree roots and soft mud, quite interesting that this had worked for the Honda.