|The wall-o-carbs that blast|
the Concours to warp speeds.
The KLX I rode home today is a rev-happy 250cc single cylinder bike that weighs an astonishing 370lbs less than the Concours. Everything the Concours does well the KLX doesn't and vice-versa, which was kinda the point.
Having never ridden a fairingless bike before I was surprised at the wind blast from the very naked KLX. It could get to 100km/hr with some judicious gearing and a willing throttle hand. If I squeezed the Concours that hard I'd be travelling well over 100mph while vaulting over the horizon.
|A very different riding experience, and I haven't even taken|
it off road yet!
The tallness of the KLX makes cornering nothing like the Concours. Where the Concours (and the Ninja before it), tuck in and conquer corners in a buttoned down way the KLX feels like you're on a ladder. Tall rims and seat, long suspension and a clear view ahead conspire to give you an unobstructed view of the road. Again, once I developed some confidence in the bike's strange geometry managing corners, I had no trouble rolling on throttle through turns and getting things more settled on the floaty suspension.
|A two Kawi garage|
The skinniness of the KLX is also a shock after straddling the wide and heavy Concours. You feel like there is nothing around you and virtually nothing under you.
Looking down, the wasp waisted KLX is barely there. Strangely, it has a less cramped riding position in spite of it being a skinny, 370lb (!) lighter bike. With more relaxed knees and taller bars it feels like a good fit; it's funny how such a small bike can feel so big.
I'm hoping to have the paperwork in order by the weekend then it'll be time to see how the KLX handles what it was build for. Taking it out on some trails in imminent!