I love this bike!!! I've owned it since this Spring and it's been amazing. Here's my review of it...just my thoughts and opinions really along with a brief history of my dirt biking experience. Perhaps this rambling review will help someone somewhere with questions that they may have before buying a KDX.
I bought this 2005 KDX200 in the early Spring. It has an aftermarket pipe and FMF exhaust, had some simple jetting done to it, a Scott's steering stabilizer, and came with new tires, chain, pulleys...really it was set up right and ready to ride.
I'm 6ft and weigh 175lbs and have been riding dirt bikes since 1985. I would describe myself as a four stroke rider in style. The only other two stroke I've owned was a 1986 Yamaha Tri-Z 250 three wheeler...a real beast and a great machine...but that's another story.
My first bike was a 1985 Honda XR100, my second was a 1987 Yamaha TT225 which was awesome for a young teenager with its headlight and easy to ride manners. In the early 90's I purchased a 1988 Honda XR600 which I still own. The Big Six is a great bike but after riding the nimble KDX I realize how difficult it was riding the large XR due to its weight. The bike just wears me out in tight areas where maneuverability and slow speed riding was priority. ...and living here in the Appalachian Mountains of Eastern Kentucky that is the largest percentage of my riding. And another problem with the 600 was its difficult starting, especially after a drop. ...not so with the KDX. One or two quick n easy kicks and it fires up!!!
So...onto the KDX.
It's just sooo nimble and quick!!! I love that I can flick it around so easily on tight trails. It's lightness just makes it a breeze to ride on slow trails and roads. It's plenty quick enough for me as well. I was riding beside the highway on the way home the other night and was easily staying with the nearby highway traffic. ...my skills are just fine with its speed performance in the dirt.
The ease of starting this bike amazes me. A quick kick and it's happily idling and ready to take off.