1998 Kawasaki KX250 from Canada - Comments

20th Aug 2006, 18:18

My 1997 KX250 is a great bike. I've had it for two years and it's still kickin like a mule. It never fouls any plugs. I'm a 17 year old kid with no job, so I ride every day for a couple of hours. Never have any problems and it is still faster than all my friend's bikes.

7th Nov 2006, 20:00

I've rode KX250s for the last eleven years, getting a new one every two years. I have never had any trouble with them and no one else should either if they are serviced.

The only thing I can think of is to keep an eye on the spokes and the rear sprocket bolts; they tend to come loose.

Run good brand oil at the recommended ratio and the bike will love you in return.

3rd Jan 2007, 07:00

I have a 1997 KX 250, and after a year it still runs like a top.

The only thing I've seen wrong with them is the fork seals and the rear spokes. I've had to change the forks 4 months after I got it, but if you you use gear saver oil for the bottom end and good two stoke oil it will scream. I've noticed the best oil is two stroke marine oil, like some Evenrude, because boat motors run hotter than motorcycles.

27th Jan 2007, 22:04

I am 25, and I have a 1986 kx 250, and it runs good. It's 21 year old, and the only problem it ever had is the kick start lever breaking.

It's very fast, has great acceleration, lots of power, and never had engine problems.

The only thing I don’t like is starting the beast; it takes forever to start; it’s a work out.

Overall a great bike.

14th Feb 2007, 20:49

I have owned a 1997 KX250 for 2 years. It's been nothing but a handful of problems. If you know how to ride and you're fast, it's just too old and it's gonna keep on breaking.

I've had to replace the pistons and re-nickel the cylinder twice. I go through fork seals like they're nothing, and it has terrible brakes.

But regardless, it's still a power machine. It's very quick, but there's always something faster.

25th Feb 2007, 09:38

I have a 98 kx 250, and it seems like it's going slower than when I first got it?

22nd May 2007, 17:22

Not sure about fork seals with that year, but just because they leak, doesn't mean you have to replace them. There are plenty of articles on the Internet about cleaning them out with film negative or other thin plastic items. Dirt packs up under the seal and it just needs to be swiped out. I had a 2000 KX500, and it had bad performing front brakes also. But nothing was faster... including the CR500.

14th Jun 2007, 20:27

I have a 1997 KX 250 and it is a beast; great bottom end, and wicked fast on top end. Hard to start and stop though.

21st Jun 2007, 07:28

Hi. I have owned the 97 kx250 for the past 6 months, and have never had a problem with it. When I go out, the boys at the track are really surprised on how it goes and handles. I'm very very happy with it.

31st Aug 2007, 22:49

My 1998 (2nd I've owned) ROCKS! The 1st one I had I never had any problems with. The current one was stored for a bit, so the fork seals may have dry rotted from lack of use, so I will have to replace them. The 98 motor was the best Kawasaki ever made (99 is a detuned 98), so I still recommend one to anyone looking to get a beast of a bike for cheap...

10th Nov 2007, 12:57

I own a 1993 KX250 and it is a very strong bike.

The only thing I don't like is the start (very cold). Other than that, it is very responsive and loaded with power. Good strong bike.

19th Dec 2007, 18:16

I bought a 97 KX250, and I am pretty new to MX. When I ride other bikes they don't seem to be as fast or handle as nice. I thought it was because the guy I bought it from was meticulous with his maintenance, but the more people that are impressed with my ride, and the more bikes I test, the only conclusion I can come up with is it must be the greatest bike ever made.

6th Feb 2008, 20:12

Hi, I own a 98 KX 250. It runs awesome; it's like a rocket, the best bike I've ever ownd..

Sucks to start though, but well worth the work out LOL.

Only thing I've had to do with it was new brake pads.

24th Feb 2008, 15:55

Hi, I've got a KX250 1998, and I'm wondering if anyone could help? My brakes are not working; the piston in the caliper seems to be sticking out, and is hard to push in, and the brake pads are a bit worn. What can I do any ideas to solve this problem?

Thanks.

11th Mar 2008, 12:21

I have a 97 KX 250 and it is a screamer!!!

One helpful hint in keeping the top end in good shape is not to let the engine decel! When you get it wound out and then let off the throttle, the engine is free wheeling at high rpm (forced by revolution of rear tire), while this is happening the engine is not getting fuel/oil mix it needs to lube, especially when it is hot. This causes rings to stick and cylinder/ piston scoring. So when you slow down, keep burping the throttle and don't let the engine decelerate, especially down downshift and let it decelerate, pull in the clutch and burp the throttle. Save a top end!

27th Mar 2008, 16:39

I have a 97 KX 250 and it runs great. All I have done to it is put in new seals, but nothing else.

The brakes are great and it starts quick.

Everyone else complains, but it's a really good bike.

29th Apr 2008, 17:22

I own a 97 KX 250 and it's a champ. Everyone says that they have a lot of problems, but I've had it for two years and still runs like a champ; you just have to flush the oil every other ride, and use 4oz to a gallon of mixing oil, and you'll do fine.

26th Jul 2008, 22:48

I have a '97 Kawasaki KX 250. I bought it used (in very good shape). I have had it about seven years. My brother owns a 450 well known brand. The last time we were at the track, he wanted to warm my bike up for me. I was putting my boots on when I looked up and saw the front wheel straight up in the air.

My brother refuses to get back on my bike.

I'm very happy with my KX250.

12th Aug 2008, 12:07

I bought a KX250 that was advertised as a 2003, after I got it home found out it's a 96. Some people!!! CHECK THE VIN!!

Anyway, it was horribly maintained (if at all) and looks like a gorilla worked on it, cases were cracked from prying on it, piston skirt was broken off, etc - you get the picture.

I am an OLD exmxer from the 70s that had several Suzie RMs (love em) and NEVER had any problems with em. I ran em hard and they lasted and lasted. Cross my fingers, I never seized a motor, broke a chain or anything. Well, I did break my toe at DMC track (during practice) and didn't get to race that day.

What it boils down to is what I called "nut n' bolt" the bike every day and during breaks. That just means look the bike over and tighten nuts and bolts, while you're doing this ya notice lil problems that could turn into big problems. I can't wait to finally get this KX going.