2014 Kawasaki KLX450R

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The Kawasaki KLX was born to conquer the toughest terrains without backing down. At the heart of the motorcycle sits a 449 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, single cylinder engine which is mated to a five speed transmission and can be brought to life by either an electric starter or a kick starter. The engine needs to deal with a curb mass of 126 kg and is fueled by an 8 litres fuel tank.

The bike rides on a pair of rugged spoked wheels which are wrapped in 80/100-21M/C 51P front and 120/90-18M/C 65P rear tyres.

Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include digital instrumentation (speedometer, twin tripmeters, odometer and clock), LED rear lights and petal disc brakes.

The motorcycle rides on 48 M upside-down AOStype telescopic forks with 22-way compression and 20-way rebound damping and rear uni-trak adjustable suspensions.

Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki KLX450R.

Overview

Kawasaki KLX450R

A real enduro racer, mixing motocross power with electric start convenience.

2014 Kawasaki KLX450R Key Features:

Kawasaki KLX450R

What’s going on?

KLX450R’s clocks let Enduro riders see what the bike’s doing, right now. This lightweight digital instrumentation includes a speedometer, twin tripmeters, odometer and clock.

Electric starter

An electric starter was regarded as essential in the design brief. Having both electric and kick starter means the bike can be quickly restarted if the engine stalls or has to be stopped.

Chase my tail

Kawasaki has fitted an LED rear light for the benefit of the distant competition.

Keep it clean

Petal disc brakes keep pads clean and efficient, lap after enduro lap.

Specifications

Engine typeLiquid-cooled, 4-stroke Single
Displacement449 cm³
Bore x stroke96.0 x 62.1 mm
Compression ratio12.0:1
Valve/Induction systemDOHC, 4 valves
Fuel systemCarburettor: Keihin FCR40
IgnitionDigital AC-CDI
StartingElectric, primary kick
LubricationForced lubrication, semi‑dry sump
Transmission5-speed, return
Frame typePerimeter, aluminium
Rake/Trail28˚/122 mm
Wheel travel, front305 mm
Wheel travel, rear315 mm
Tyre, front80/100-21M/C 51P
Tyre, rear120/90-18M/C 65P
Brakes, frontSingle semi-floating 250 mm petal disc, dual piston caliper
Brakes, rearSingle 240 mm petal disc, single piston caliper
Suspension, front48 mm upside-down AOStype telescopic fork with 22-way compression and 20-way rebound damping
Suspension, rearNew Uni-Trak with 22-way low-speed, 2 turns or more high speed compression damping, 22 way rebound damping and adjustable spring preload
Dimensions (L x W x H)2,175 x 820 x 1,250 mm
Wheelbase1,480 mm
Ground Clearance315 mm
Fuel capacity8 litres
Seat height935 mm
Curb Mass126 kg

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