2018 - 2019 Kawasaki KLX250
Kawasaki pulled the KLX250 out of the mothballs, updated it and released back into the domestic market in 2018. That came on the heels of a three-year break, over which the KLX250 became kind of like the Loch Ness Monster, much discussed but rarely seen. Among the improvements are updated looks, revised suspension components and electronic fuel-injection that replaces the old Keihin carb from the previous generation. So, better looks, better ride and better performance in a market that hasn’t been glutted with KLX250 models for a few years.
2015 - 2018 Kawasaki KLR 650
Equipped with a 651 cc thumper and what looks like a beefy front end, the KLR 650 from Kawasaki is a capable middleweight dual-purpose ride. Big enough to be an adventure bike, but not really intended as such, the KLR 650 has an ample-size fuel tank, frame, rims and suspension that show true off-road roots, yet has enough straight-line stability to handle the pavement. If not-quite-adventure, but more than dirtbike is what you need, the KLR 650 might be your Huckleberry.
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Every budding motocross star reaches a crossroads in their career, when choosing the right motorcycle can mean the difference between success or failure. With more amateur national championship titles than any other brand, the pedigree of the Kawasaki KX™ 85 already outshines the competition and the 2015 KX85 continues to do so. In fact, the one thing that hasn’t changed is that the KX85 is still the ultimate training tool for the Ryan Villopotos of tomorrow. Box-stock, it’s ready to win championships!
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The Kawasaki KX™ 100 represents a natural step in the progression of any budding young motocross rider who is on the verge of outgrowing the KX™ 85, but maybe still needs to grow a few inches, gain a few pounds or simply get a little more seat time before jumping aboard a full-sized KX™ 250F. The new KX100 offers the perfect blend of a power and a larger chassis for an ideal learning curve en route to the big bikes.
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Good family fun. That’s what I hear over and over when I hear people talk about the KLX 140 and its big brother, the KLX 140L, from Kawasaki. Recreational off-road riding is what it’s all about in the KLX line, but recreational doesn’t mean less attention to detail.
For an affordable price, the KLX 140 and KLX 140L comes with front and rear disc brakes — something you don’t usually see in this size and price range — and a 144 cc four-stroke engine with a close-gear-ratio tranny for fun in the dirt.
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Like so many other manufacturers, Kawasaki started out 2016 by tweaking its biggest MX bike, the award-winning KX 450F. Already an accomplished model, the engineers focused on making it lighter and faster as they seek an edge in the battle for big-bike supremacy. Now that the summer is over and the 450F is back from fat camp, we can see exactly what Kawi has in store for us this year.
In short, it’s almost an entirely new bike, one that Kawi hopes will bring more podium finishes and championships for themselves and their buyers. Toward that end, the factory trimmed a total of 7.5 pounds out of the frame, engine and transmission, and revised the mill to put out a bit more power. Rider feedback so far is good, but only time will tell how competitive this revised ride will be.
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For more than 30 years, Kawasaki’s smallest KX™ motocrosser has played a key role in the sport of motocross, providing a race-winning platform on which countless national and supercross champions have begun the journey to superstar status. Today, Kawasaki’s KX™ 65 maintains the same successful attributes, including a powerful and reliable two-stroke engine, lightweight chassis, disc brakes and long travel suspension. Its reputation as the quintessential learning tool for young racers taking their first steps into the world of competitive riding is well deserved.
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If you still don’t know what dual purpose motorcycle is better suited for your needs, then you should take a closer look at Kawasaki’s 2014 KLX 250S.
With features like diamond frame, digital instrumentation or petal shape disc brakes, the KLX 250S is here to reward its riders with the best performances on- and off-road.
Boasting a sharp-cut look, the 2014 model year is offered in two color schemes namely Ebony and Lime Green. And since a sporty dual purpose machine has to constantly remind its rider about its aggressive personality, the KLX 250S also comes with an angular headlight and a sharp tail light design.
Power comes from a 249cc, four-stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, four-valve single engine which is kept in leash by a six speed transmission.
The 2014 Kawasaki KLX 250S is offered with a base price of $5.099.
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Kawasaki has released the full specifications of its 2014 KLR 650. Until now, the motorcycle was one of the best sold dual purpose models in the company’s lineup and the 2014 model year has all it need to continue to be as successful as its predecessors.
Powered by a capable four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve, 651 cc engine, the Kawasaki KLR 650 can deal effortless with a wide range of terrains.
The motorcycle also comes with a generous 6.1 gallons fuel tank and a smooth shifting five speed transmission.
Like any respectable off roader, the Kawasaki KLR 650 needed a set of capable suspensions, therefore it comes with a 41mm front fork with 7.9 inches of travel and a rear Uni-Trak suspension that features a five-way preload shock absorber with four-way rebound damping and 7.3 inches of wheel travel.
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The 2014 Kawasaki KLX 140 is a versatile dirt bike with a sophisticated character. It is propelled by a four-stroke, SOHC, two-valve, single cylinder engine with a displacement of 144cc. The engine is brought to life by an electric starter and sends its power to the ground through a five-speed transmission with wet multi-disc manual clutch.
The engine is mounted on a high-tensile steel perimeter frame which sits on 33 mm telescopic front forks and a rear single shock with 5 way preload adjustability. You also get a pair of RK EXCEL aluminum rims wrapped in 70/100-17 front and 90/100-14 rear tires.
Once on board, you are greeted by a narrow seat, comfortable foot pegs and a sporty handlebar. The motorcycle comes with a moderate 30.7 seat height which makes it perfectly suited for short riders too.
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With its high ground clearance, the grippy tyres and the solid frame, the Kawasaki KLX 250S is the perfect motorcycle for off road riding.
The Kawasaki KLX 250S is powered by a four-stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, four-valve single cylinder engine with a displacement of 249cc.
The engine is mated on a six speed transmission and is mounted on a semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel frame that keeps the center of gravity to a low level improving the bike’s handling and stability.
To be able to tackle any type of track with poise the motorcycle needed a set of long travel suspensions therefore you get a 43mm inverted cartridge fork with 16-way compression damping adjustment and a Uni-trak rear suspension with adjustable preload, 16-way compression and rebound damping adjustment.
As far as the stopping power is concerned the KLX 250S comes with petal-style disc brakes.
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Once you jump on the back of the Kawasaki KLX140 you’ll be rewarded with a great riding experience regardless of your age.
This compact dirt bike has anything it needs to help you deal great with the tough tracks and has also more than enough punch to make your heart start beating faster than usual.
At its heart lies a compact four-stroke, SOHC, two-valve single engine with a displacement of 144cc. The engine’s power can be controlled fairly easy thanks to the five speeds, close ratio transmission. It can be brought to life very easy pressing the power switch and thumbing the start button.
The engine is mounted on a high tensile steel perimeter frame which sits on a front telescopic fork and a single shock with 5-way preload adjustability.
The Kawasaki KLX140 is offered with a starting price of $2,999.
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The 2013 Kawasaki KX100 is a compact motocross motorcycle developed for those who are leaving the mini categories for a more advanced segment. The bike was designed to help the riders improve their skills before jumping on a large 250 motorcycle.
At the heart of the Kawasaki KX100 sits a 99cc, two-stroke, liquid cooled engine mated on a six speed transmission.
This compact engine is mounted on a high-tensile, steel perimeter frame that offers a perfect mix between rigidity and lightness. To keep the center of gravity to as low as possible, the motorcycle’s fuel tank is located inside the frame.
The ride quality is kept in leash by front and rear adjustable long-travel suspensions which include a front 36 mm inverted cartridge fork with compression damping adjustment capability and a rear Uni-Trak system with a fully adjustable shock absorber.
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With its unstoppable character the Kawasaki KX 250 is ready to deal with any type of terrain with poise. The bike is propelled by a fuel injected, liquid cooled, 4 stroke, 249 cc engine which sends power to the rear wheel through a five speed gear box. The sound of the new 30mm shorter muffler is pretty impressive because it was designed with a 7mm wider outlet than the previous one. On the other hand, the stainless header now uses an acoustic resonator to decrease sound output and boost low-end power. The 2013 Kawasaki KX 250F is now offered with DFI map selector couplers to make the power change much faster than before.
As far as style goes, the bike comes with Factory-style graphics, black alumite rims, black front guard and rear fender, blue alumite finish on the suspension adjusters, and a blue finish on some of the engine.
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The Kawasaki KLX 110L was especially designed to be used by the kids who dream of becoming famous dirt racers.
The Kawasaki KLX 110L is technically the taller version of the standard KLX 110. The taller height is given by the longer 2.4 inch fork that offers 5.5 inches of wheel travel and the longer rear shock which offers 5.2 inches of wheel travel.
This 2013 Kawasaki KLX 110L is powered by a four-stroke engine mated on a four speed gearbox. The bike can be started very easy by means of a convenient Push-button electric start, while a reshaped kickstarter is included as a back-up.
The bike’s fuel tank, seat, side panels, shrouds and fenders are borrowed from the race winning KX450F. The Kawasaki KLX 110L can be personalized with Authentic Kawasaki Accessories that are accessible at Kawasaki dealers.
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When it was introduced for the first time, the Kawasaki KLX 250S has manage to set new standards in the dual purpose bikes segment and since then it started to be considered a benchmark in its class.
For 2013, the bike received only style upgrades featuring new color and graphic schemes. Unfortunately, the technical specifications remained unchanged, so don’t expect to any power upgrades. Thankfully nobody had any significant complains on the old 249cc liquid cooled engine, so it’s not such a bad news after all. The engine features a 34mm semi-flat slide Keihin CVK carburetor, an aluminum guard, an electric fan and dual lightweight, Denso radiators.
Like the previous generation, the 2013 model continues to be built on a lightweight, high-tensile steel frame, designed to keep the bike’s center of gravity to as low as possible to increase performance. The low center of gravity is combined with a short wheelbase which provides an extra tight turning radius helping you to move with agility even on the tightest tracks.
The stopping power is assured by twin-piston calipers which bite a 250mm semi-floating petal-shaped disc up front and a 240mm petal-shaped disc at the rear.
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The Kawasaki KLX 140 was developed with the direct help of some of the best motocross riders. Fortunately the result was even better than expected and the KLX 140 won its place among the best play bikes in its class. Moreover thanks to its versatile character the Kawasaki KLX 140 can be used without problems by both yang and old riders.
Featuring an attractive design with big footpegs, rubber mounted handle bars and a set of tasty KX-Style wheels the Kawasaki KLX 140 is ready to deal with any type of terrain with poise.
The bike is powered by a 144cc Four-stroke, SOHC, two-valve engine which can be started by means of an (keyless) electric starter button mounted conveniently on the handlebar.
Power is sent to the wheel using a close ratio transmission helped by a progressive manual clutch. Up front the bike is fitted with a 33mm telescopic fork featuring custom-tuned spring rate and damping settings handles suspension, while at the back, you’ll find a rear shock equipped with Uni-Trak linkage.
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The Kawasaki KX 450F offers a high-quality sports bike that you can take with you wherever you want to go.
For the 2013 model, the bike is complemented with four different handlebar positions and two footpeg positions. For the frame, the KX 450F offers a total width reduction of 4mm across the main frame spars, giving it the most slender mid-section ever. Furthermore, this vehicle make use of Uni-Trak rear suspension linkage that is now slimmer than ever before. Along with the Kayaba rear shock and Kayaba Air-Oil-Separate forks up front, the AOS system controls oil and air in separate chambers for stable damping performance.
As for the engine, the KX 450F features virtually unlimited ignition mapping capabilities due to its enhanced Digital Fuel Injection (DFI) system. The bike’s high power capabilities and the wider power band comes as the result of many engine refreshments while the five-speed transmission is also overhauled for improved shifting.
In terms of styling, the bike will definitely catch your attention, thanks to its slim frame and the blue alumite finish on the oil cap that matches with the blue finish on the suspension adjusters and splashes of color in the new graphics.
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If you’re looking for a championship-caliber sports bike, look no further than the Kawasaki KX65. At the heart of the Kawasaki KX65 is a powerful two-stroke engine, a lightweight chassis, disc brakes, and long travel suspension to bring the strong power that enables you to compete and even win whatever race you decide to enter.
The KX65’s liquid-cooled, 64cc engine is able to bring an impressive level of power for its small displacement while the smooth-shifting transmission and manual clutch controls the transfer of that power into the ground. Furthermore, the KX65 comes with a semi-double-cradle steel frame that has been fitted with Kawasaki’s legendary Uni-Trak linkage system, allowing it to change power on the rear shock as the suspension is compressed.
As far as handling is concerned, the KX65 comes with both shock and fork four-way adjustable rebound damping. Meanwhile, the lightweight black aluminum rims lessen the unsprung weight to enhance the suspension action bring the same impressive look as the rims on the larger KX models. Both wheels are then fitted with hydraulic disc brakes to ensure great stopping power.
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Dirtbikes need not be built on the most expensive of materials. After all, it’s main purpose is to get down and dirty, right?
In essence, that’s what the Kawasaki KLX 140L provides you; a fun and exciting bike that allows kids and adults alike to enjoy the thrills of off-road riding. More specifically, the KLX 140L will appeal greatly to taller riders because it incorporates all of the virtues of the standard 140, including an engine that provides a steady flow of power that new and seasoned riders will enjoy. The 140L model is equipped with a more performance-oriented, reservoir-equipped shock, because it’s popular with a larger, more experienced crowd. The main difference between the 140L and the 140 is that the former features taller wheels - 19" on the front and 16" on the back - as compared to the specs - 17"/14" - of the 140.
Other unique features of the KLX 140L include an internal LED to remind riders when the ignition is on and prevent dead batteries. The KLX 140L also features a powerful 144cc engine that’s both easy to manage via a manual clutch and a five-speed, close ratio transmission. It is also powerful enough to let younger and beginning riders get the hang of shifting and clutch use without having to worry about any sophisticated machinery. The bike’s progressive nature also means half-clutch can be used at extremely low speeds.
The KLX 140L is a bike that’s been built for use at a quicker pace. That’s why it features a rear shock with a piggyback reservoir fully adjustable spring preload, 4-way compression damping and 22-way rebound damping. It also has a 33mm telescopic fork assembly with spring rates and damping settings specific to the 140L, making for a seamless and easy-to-handle bike that kids and adults will come to enjoy.
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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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Kids today are getting more and more sophisticated about their hobbies, so much so that seeing a little tyke riding a motorcycle isn’t an uncommon occurrence anymore. That being said, it’s much easier to get these kids introduced to the world of motor bikes by going the route of a small and nimble ride as opposed to going straight to the big leagues.
One such bike that can accommodate the young ones is the Kawasaki KX85. In terms of its overall look, the KX85 comes with a black-painted, high-tensile steel perimeter frame with a specially designed fuel tank sitting inside the cage to keep the fuel load and, thus, the center of mass as low as possible for improved handling. All this is wrapped in lime green body panels, with lightweight black aluminum wheels and aggressive graphics. The result is a factory-look racer with factory-like performance.
This little rocket ship is also powered by a simple two-stroke, 84cc engine that actually puts out eye-popping power relative to its size. The KX85’s engine is mated to a six-speed transmission that delivers smooth and positive shifting along with enhanced durability, proving that this intro bike is tougher than it looks. Further enhancing the KX85’s tractable power are the Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve System (KIPS) and tuned exhaust pipe that provides better drive out of corners and a linear power delivery for young riders of varying skill levels.
More than just the engine, the Kawasaki KX85 comes with an advanced chassis package with a 36mm cartridge fork that has 18-way compression damping adjustability and settings designed to make mince meat of even the toughest of tracks. The UNI-TRAK shock in the back features fully adjustable spring preload, compression, and rebound damping for superior rear wheel control.
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