So I got my license a number of years ago on a Ninja 500R and since then I've had an SV650S (bionicle edition), a carb'd R6 with a hair trigger throttle, an F4i that was comfortable and my favourite all-around, and most recently a CBR954RR which was not comfortable and a bit of a handful.
Well, I got tired of dodging minivans and a lot of my friends have gotten into off-road riding, so I sold my 954RR (and experienced just how painful it can be to sell a litre bike) and picked up a Kawasaki KLX250SF which is basically the motard version of the KLX250S off-road bike. Not my bike but looks exactly the same:
I have to say, I miss being "cool" and doing the odd 14,000RPM burn down the road hoping no radar guns are watching or nearing 300km/h on undisclosed roads on a litre bike... but this is the most fun I've *ever* had on a motorcycle bar none. Taking it into mud near SilverCity powersliding everywhere... riding along pretty much anywhere and just deciding to go up a grassy hill for no reason... and it doesn't even have knobbies on it (yet)! It also feels like a BMW and the insurance of course is laughably cheap. Brilliant! I also think the styling is spot on for this type of bike and the blue backlit LCD dash with bar graph rev counter looks pretty sweet at night. Biggest con so far is the tiny gas tank, but I've got a solution coming for that.
First thing I did do though (after riding it back 2-hrs from Marysville on the I-5 in the rain as I purchased it in the USA with only 1,000kms on it for a song -- and yes it will do 130km/h but not that much more) was get rid of the ball-buster stock dirtbike seat with a new one courtesy of Seat Concepts. Great to deal with and super easy install:
Removing staples from the OEM seat:
Comparison of OEM seat (yellowed one) and the new Seat Concepts foam pad:
Installing the new seat cover after spraying 3M vinyl adhesive over the foam:
Ta-da! If you ever do something liek this make sure it's a sunny day and you put the vinyl out in the sun for an hour first so it's nice and pliable: