King of the hill
If looks could kill this machine would be locked up. The KFX700 is the Monster Truck of the Quad world. It looks like it could climb Everest with power to spare and out-gun all but the swiftest off-roader, four-wheel or two.
And those looks do not deceive. An impressive 697 cm³ V-twin power plant provides 49 ps driven through the purposeful and ever so wide rear tyres via an automatic transmission that’s been specially designed for the job.
Why bother changing gears when you could just be having fun. Along with the CVT, the long travel shock absorbers, swing arm rear suspension and powerful front disc brakes reveal this to be the ultimate off road adventurer.
The KFX700’s power and performance begins with its engine. The liquid-cooled, 697cc, four-stroke, 90-degree V-twin is matched to a performance-tuned continuously variable automatic transmission. Combined, the powerful engine and automatic transmission eliminate rpm and shifting concerns because it’s in the optimum powerband at all times. This allows the rider to focus even more attention on choosing good lines, whether it’s on the race track or trail.
Other features include shaft drive, powerful dual front disc brakes and Kawasaki’s sealed, oil-bathed, multi-disc rear brake system. The KFX700 also features the industry’s first mass-produced ATV chassis with a racing-inspired single lower front frame tube – the design preferred by cross-country ATV racers.
Rear suspension duties are handled by a motocross-inspired swingarm with a piggy-back reservoir shock, and ITP® Holeshot® tires provide the KFX700 with maximum traction and maneuverability.
Rounding out the features list are sport-style serrated footpegs, a protective engine skid plate and a powerful 45-watt headlight.
Kawasaki KFX 700 Specifications
Engine: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke V-twin, SOHC, four valves per cylinder with wet sump lubrication
Bore x stroke: 82 x 66mm
Carburetion: Dual Keihin CVKR-D32
Transmission: Continuously variable transmission with forward, reverse and neutral
Final drive: Shaft
Frame type: Double cradle, racing type, high-tensile tubular steel
Front suspension / wheel travel: Dual A-arms, coil-over shocks / 9.3 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Linkless swingarm, piggy-back reservoir shock, dual-rate spring / 7.9 in.
Front tires: ITP® Holeshot® AT22x7-10
Rear tires: ITP® Holeshot® AT22x11-10
Front brakes: Dual discs with two-piston calipers
Rear brake: Sealed, oil-bathed, multi-disc
Overall length: 78.1 in.
Overall width: 47.0 in.
Overall height: 46.1 in.
Seat height: 33.5 in.
Wheelbase: 50.6 in.
Ground clearance: At center of chassis – 9.6 in, at rear axle – 6.3 in.