Written on: 10/07/2012 by amphlettmike (2 reviews written)
I had my 1998 KDX200 for about 2 years, sold it about 2 years ago.
It was a good bike, always started easily,being a two stroke, it smoked a bit when starting, but had no effect on the performance.
Many guys I know rode these bikes alot harder than I did they all seemed to enjoy the rides. It was reasonably economical but not nearly as economical as my Honda XR250.It also went alot quicker than the Honda, and handled alot better.
I did have some problems with the carburettor, it was a while before I realised that the previous owner must have fiddled with carb, I found the float level was wrong, and petrol kept leaking from it.
Once I sorted this, it gave no problems, I stress this was not the bikes fault, just some backyard mechanic that did not know what he was doing.
The bike was very good in 2nd & 3rd gear, felt very torquey, great for going up hills, passed many other bikes up hills.
Suspension was a bit loose/soft feeling, but I read that alot of other owners had put upmarket shocks and springs in the forks to upgrade the bikes, apparently with great effect.
It was a very reliable bike,In two years I only had to replace the gear change lever, the fuel cap that cracked.
Being a water cooled two stroke It never had any overheating problems.
If I was too have kept the bike the only thing I would have upgraded would have been the suspension.