When you need a nimble and versatile bike that can also pose as an effective commuter, look no further than the Kawasaki KX 250S.
The bike is built to be a double-duty machine, capable of traveling on any surface with the kind of all-world versatility that Kawasaki bikes are known for. The KX 250S blends excellent craftsmanship with performance capabilities few other bikes in its class can match. As a bike that’s suited for the rigors of off-road riding, the KX 250S boasts of additional protection for the exposed underside of the machine in the form of an aluminum engine guard. Dual lightweight, high-capacity Denso radiators and an electric fan are also part of the set-up, providing ample cooling, especially when the bike is exposed to the radiant heat of the sun.
The KX 250S is powered by an efficient 249cc single-cylinder engine that’s best suited for maneuvering through urban traffic or exploring the trails. The engine is mounted in a light, high-tensile steel perimeter frame, providing a low center of gravity that then translates into superior maneuvering on tight trails. A highly refined six-speed transmission is then mated to the bike, boasting of the right gears that can take on any terrain it travels on, be it the dirty trail or paved open road. The engine set-up also boasts of a 34mm semi-flat slide Keihin CVK carburetor that gives great throttle response and broad, smooth power across a wide rpm range.
Some bikes are built for a single purpose while others are built to become everyday rides. The Kawasaki KX 250S is a card-carrying member of the latter group, and for all of its qualities, it’s definitely deserving of your attention.
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Enjoying the thrills of motocross riding doesn’t have to involve using a high-powered bike. Sometimes, you’re actually better off with a simpler and easier to handle bike like the Kawasaki KLX140.
As a multi-talented ride that provides a steady flow of power, the KLX140 is the kind of bike that riders of all shapes and sizes will come to enjoy. Whether you’re a novice in the game or a seasoned veteran, the accessibility and usability of the KLX140 is a true hallmark of this compact, straightforward dirt bike.
The KLX boasts of a high-revving, smooth and surprisingly quiet 144cc engine that’s remarkably simple to use, thanks to a manual clutch and a five-speed, close ratio transmission. Combine that with a high-tensile steel perimeter frame covered by KX-like shrouds, a two-tone seat cover, and sharp, aggressive body work, and you have a bike that’s built for any and all occasions. The KLX140 also boasts of a roomy cockpit, overall control layout, and a narrow footpeg/frame relationship – including wide and comfortable footpegs – making it easy for riders to move around without worrying about losing their way.
Handling the suspension duties for the KLX140 is a 33mm telescopic fork featuring custom-tuned spring rate and damping settings. In the back, a UNI-TRAK linkage equipped rear shock featuring 5-way preload adjustability provides a smooth and controlled ride while lightweight RK EXCEL aluminum rims and advanced braking components make for a completely versatile bike. A large 220mm front disc and 27mm twin-piston caliper at the front and 186mm rear disc provide serious stopping power. Both utilize petal shaped rotors, which help clean the brakes and reduce unsprung weight for better wheel control.
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When you a have a kid that has shown an inclination to riding bikes, at some point, they’re going to start clamoring for something with a little more edge than just bells and pedals.
Fortunately, Kawasaki has the KLX110, a bike that was designed to get young ones acclimated to a two-wheeled ride with an engine on it. The KLX110 is not overly complicated; it’s a bike that features plenty of grin-inducing properties, including its confidence-inspiring performance and accessibility to young people and grownups alike.
Inspired with KX-style bodywork, the 2012 KLX110 comes with a design that includes a gas tank, an MX-style seat, side panels, shrouds and fenders, and a comfortable handlebar, all which look as if they came straight off the race winning KX450F.
The KLX110 is also the picture of versatility, thanks in part to an easy-to-ride 111cc four-stroke engine that offers plenty of torque and push-button electric that makes for comfortable riding. To make the KLX110 even more beginner-friendly, it’s equipped with Kawasaki’s automatic centrifugal clutch system, allowing easy no-clutch shifting while a semi-automatic gearbox boasts four speeds to access the KLX’s full spread of torque.
Optimum wheel and chassis control is also another highlight of the KLX110. A single shock offers 4.3" of travel and plenty of bottoming resistance while a beefy, 30mm telescopic fork offering 4.3" of wheel travel tames the bumps up front. Tapered roller bearings at the bottom of the steering stem add durability to what is essentially one of the best value bikes on the market.
Whether you’re a young kid or an elder kid-at-heart, the Kawasaki KLX110 is the right kind of ’fun’ bike for you.
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Everybody should have the opportunity to enjoy the thrills of riding a dirt bike. Yes, that includes the young kids that enjoy the trails and don’t mind getting their hands and feet dirty.
For these adventurous little ones - and some adults too - Kawasaki has their new KLX110L. Similar to the KLX110, the 110L version sports a
reliable four-stroke engine, automatic-clutch drivetrain and easy to use push-button starter. It’s the kind of bike that anybody in the family would love to ride, whether its the kids or the adults.
What makes the KLX110L different from the 110 is that it takes all the features of the latter and brings it up another level. The L-model incorporates several key features that make it even more accessible to an even wider range of riders, allowing those slightly larger, slightly more experienced riders to climb aboard and enjoy the thrills and excitement these little green thumpers can provide.
The L-model is slightly taller than the standard 110, due to its 2.4"longer fork that has 5.5" of travel and a longer shock out back, which offers 5.2" of wheel travel. The result is a seat height that measures 28.7," which is nearly 2" taller than that of the KLX110 version. As a result, the suspension comes with optimal spring and damping settings, giving those slightly larger riders the ability to push the KLX110L as hard as they choose.
In terms of performance, the KLX110 is powered by the same 111cc four-stroke, SOHC, two-valve single engine as the KLX110. Combined with the engine, Kawasaki also fitted the KLX110 with a manual clutch and a four-speed gearbox, giving more aggressive riders the opportunity to enjoy every ounce of performance from the engine.
When it comes to introductory motocross bikes, no other of its kind has the clout of the Kawasaki KLX110L. The proof is very much in the bike itself.
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Put the phrase “big fun in a small package” in Google and there’s a good chance that the Kawasaki KLX 250SF supermoto bike will pop up right in front of your eyes.
Based on the company’s critically-acclaimed KLX250S dual sport on/off-road bike, the 250SF dials it up with an aggressively style bodywork finishes that features a comfortable seat, a KLX-specific handlebar, an elaborate instrument panel, and a set of sticky street radials mounted on 17" wheels.
More than that, the KLX250SF also offers serious capabilities in a fun, easy-to-ride package, regardless of where the adventure takes it. The bike is powered by a 249cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve engine mated to a six-speed transmission, providing the kind of entry-level power that allows you to get introduced to the world of bikes. Compared to the KLX250S dual sport, the KLX250SF has also reduced wheel travel at both ends, placing the center of gravity lower for improved on-road handling and enhanced straight-line stability. At the same time, the suspension is still supple enough to soak up most road surface irregularities and offer a smooth ride. The KLX250SF comes with a fully-adjustable suspension that features a 16-way adjustable compression and rebound damping on both the 43mm inverted cartridge-style front fork and the UNI-TRAK rear suspension. A 300mm semi-floating petal disc with a two-piston hydraulic caliper is used as the front brake while the rear brake features a 240mm petal disc with single-piston hydraulic caliper.
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Ready to teach kids a thing or two about off-road riding are the 2010 Kawasaki entry-level off-road bikes, the KLX110 and the all-new KLX110L. Packed with bulletproof mechanics and frame, but still reliable and easy-to ride, the smallest Kawi trail bikes are upgraded for 2010 while their bigger siblings remain stuck in 2009.
Kawasaki presents their 2010 entry-level supermoto model, the KLX250SF, a motorcycle derived from the dual sport one with almost the same name. The engine and frame are those of the KLX250S , while the wheels are now suitable mostly for street exploitation and the suspensions position the bike as low as possible. That means a big “Aim here!!!” for beginners attracted by supermoto bikes, but also for those in search of a fun and versatile motorcycle capable of much more than what this category stands for.
Dual purpose motorcycles have never been quite the same ever since the Kawasaki KLX250S was presented. They are now even better! Combining awesome engine performance with light enduro handling, the KLX250S is a never ending source of fun both on and off the asphalt and a very possible leader of the quarter-liter dual-sport class. Let’s just see how.
Kawasaki successfully tries to make the KLX140 and KLX140L feel, look and perform like full-sized off-road bikes that should never miss a chance to make a great impression out on the terrain which they were built to conquer. And because they’re still destined to kids and teenagers, they stand as smooth translations between mini bikes and the real thing.
The off-road master from Kawasaki comes with plans of conquering the highly claimed 450cc class. It does it by packing performance, versatility and a fair share of comfort in a very compact and durable package. Sounds good?