I ordered myself a new 2007 Husaberg FE650 for Christmas 2006 and figured I need to get her something too. So a 2006 KLX250 was my 2006 Christmas present to my wife, she got the KLX250 and I got my 2007 Husaberg FE650.
This is my FE650 not long before it moved on. 63 Dynojet Hp at the knobs, exciting.......
The KLX replaced her XT250. This is the only pic I have of it. It was passed on to #1 daughter, hence the 50/50 tyres and top box for commuting about town on.
When I first met her she had a DT175, and this is the only pic I have of it. She had no car or car licence, just the DT to commute on.
To convince me to propose to her, she bought us a new GPZ1100B2 which we rode to Queensland on our honeymoon. We're now coming up for our 39th anniversary.
So back in 2006 when I needed a new enduro bike, the FE650, it was a toss up between the DRZ250, TTR250 and KLX250 for her, lower maintenance, easy to ride, and with a magic button. The KLX won on the day because it was the cheapest and KHA were also doing deals on the 300 kit which was an extra $300, and it was all still the cheapest. All 3 have pros and cons, and the availability of the 300 factory kit may have been a deciding factor even if not the cheapest. We'd had a mate's DRZ250 stored here for a year or more at the time too, so I/we were pretty familiar with them, good bikes too.
The new KLX was a big surprise for her on the day, I scored some good brownie points!
She's not hard on a bike, and now more or less retired from riding. I sold my FE650 18 months ago, the arthritis/old age thing was telling me its time. The FE650 is not a bike to cruise on, it keeps telling you to have a go and is wonderful when you do, but my body not so much anymore.
The KLX only has 10k kms on it, so lots of life left in it. Back in the day, before YZ250Fs they were the bike to beat in the ThumperNats. OTTOMH the only failure to date was the neutral light switch, everything else has been the usual wear items, its even still on the original chain.
Anyway, that's some background, this thread is about the KLX and what has happened to it, mainly over the last year or two. And upon reflection, it may now be the bike we've owned longer than any other, and there's no plans to move it on.