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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The Kawasaki KX250F is true adventurer on two wheels. It is tough, reliable and powerful being able to conquer the most difficult terrains without breaking a sweat.
At the heart of the motorcycle sits a 249 cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single with DOHC and four-valve cylinder head. The engine’s power is transferred to the rear wheel by means of a five-speed transmission with wet multi-disc manual clutch. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the clutch cable holder is integrated with the crankcase for accurate feel at the clutch lever.
For 2015, the motorcycle received updated Showa SFF forks, an oversized Braking-brand front brake rotor, improved engine tuning, as well as adjustable footpegs and handlebar clamps.
The engine is mounted on an aluminum perimeter frame which offers a perfect balance between stiffness and lightness.
The Kawasaki KX250F is offered with a starting price of $7,599.
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The Kawasaki KLX 110L is a compact dirt bike aimed at the young and passionate riders. Weighting only 168 lb., the motorcycle is propelled by a lively four stroke, SOHC, two valve, single engine with a displacement of 112 cc. The engine is brought to life by a push button electric starter, but there is also available a kick starter. You also get a smooth-shifting four-speed gearbox which is more than capable to keep the engine’s power under control.
The Kawasaki KLX 10 L rides on 14-inch front and 12-inch rear knobby tires which are mounted on strong steel rims.
The bike’s backbone is represented by a high-tensile steel frame. Other notable features include four strategically placed heat shields, a 28.7-inch seat height, a KX450F-style fuel tank and a convenient side stand.
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The Kawasaki KLX 140 is the perfect proof that small displacement bikes have all they need to go head to head with harsh terrains without baking down.
Easy to handle and light, the Kawasaki KLX 140 will reward its owner with a fun ride each time he jumps on its saddle.
At the heart of the Kawasaki KLX 140 sits a 144cc, four-stroke, SOHC, two-calve single engine which is mated on a five speed transmission with wet multi-disc manual clutch. The unit is brought to life by an electric starter.
Other notable features include a 30.7 inch seat height, a high-tensile steel perimeter frame and wide footpegs.
The front wheel is kept in check by a 33mm telescopic fork featuring optimally-tuned spring rate and damping settings. At the rear there is a Uni-Trak linkage-equipped rear shock featuring 5-way preload adjustability.
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The Kawasaki KLX 110 is a compact dirt bike designed for children and beginners. Its light weight, lively engine and comfy riding position help you maneuver it without too much fuss, while its grippy tires (2.50x14 front and 3.00x12 rear) can get you out of trouble in any situation.
In terms of power, the Kawasaki KLX 110 is fitted with an 125 cc, four-stroke, SOHC, two-valve single engine which is mated on a sleek shifting four speed transmission with automatic centrifugal clutch.
For enhanced versatility the seat height can be adjusted and for easy starting you get a push-button electric start, but there is also a traditional kick start lever for backup.
Like any respectable dirt bike, the Kawasaki KLX110 needed a set of capable suspensions. Therefore it comes with a single shock with 4.3 inches and a beefy, 30mm telescopic fork offering 4.3 inches of wheel travel.
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The race ready Kawasaki KX 450F proves once more that Kawasaki is ahead of the pack when it comes to building first class motorcycles.
The bike is propelled by a 449 cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single engine with DOHC and four-valve cylinder head. The engine transfers its power to the ground by means of a five speed transmission. You also get a 1.64 gallons fuel tank, a high-performance multi-map ECU and launch control.
The ride is kept in check by a Showa SFF-Air TAC fork with triple air chamber and a Uni-Trak rear suspension with SHOWA shock.
The stopping power is handled by lightweight 270mm “oversized” Braking-brand front rotor which is squeezed by a twin-piston caliper and a lightweight 240mm Braking-brand petal-type rear rotor which is gripped by a single piston hydraulic rear caliper.
The Kawasaki KX 450F is offered with a base price of $8,699.
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When it comes to dirt bikes, the Kawasaki KLX 140L is considered by many one of the top players in its segment. And there is no wonder why, as it comes with first class components and a wide range of modern technologies which help it deal effortless with anything you ask of it.
Like any respectable off-roader, the Kawasaki KLX 140L sports long travel suspensions which offer 19 inch of wheel travel up front and 16 inches in the back.
The motorcycle also features a tall 31.5 in. seat height, electric starting, a progressive clutch and a Keihin PB20 carburetor.
The Kawasaki KLX 140L is powered by a 144cc, four-stroke, SOHC, two-valve single engine which is fueled by a 1.5 gallons fuel tank and is paired with a five speed transmission.
The engine is mounted on a high-tensile steel perimeter frame which is covered by KX-like shrouds, a two-tone seat cover and sharp, aggressive body work.
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The Kawasaki KLX150L was especially developed for all those seeking ultra-easy handling, minimum weight plus low acquisition and maintenance costs.
The motorcycle’s engine, is a lively 144 cc, air - cooled, 4 - stroke single, SOHC, 2 Valves unit which generates a maximum power of 8.6 KW (12 PS) at 8,000 Rpm and 11.3 Nm (1.2 KgfM) at 6,500 Rpm. The engine is combined with a Keihin NCV24 Carburettor and is mated on a 5 speed transmission.
Apart from the strong engine, the Kawasaki KLX150L is also equipped with a large volume fuel tank with a capacity of 7.0 litre, an electric starter and disc brakes.
The bike rides on 21” front and 18” rear aluminum wheels.
Once on board, you are welcomed by a new seat with two-tone leather, easy to read instruments and an ergonomically designed handlebar.
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With its compact chassis, minimalist fairing and superior ergonomics, the Kawasaki KLX125 will reward you with first class off road performances any time you want to have some fun on two wheels.
The bike weighs only 113 kg and is propelled by a 125 cc, air-cooled, 4-stroke single cylinder, SOHC 2 valves engine which cranks out a maximum output of 7.6 KW (10.3 PS) at 8,000 rpm and 10.0 NM (1.0 KgƒM) of torque at 6,400 rpm. All this power is kept under control by a five speed transmission with wet multi-disc clutch.
The engine is mounted on a light permiter steel frame which is combined with 33 mm front forks and a rear Uni-Trak suspension.
The motorcycle’s speed is kept in check by a set of front and rear petal disc brakes.
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The Kawasaki KX is a race ready motorcycle equipped with all it needs to be a winner. At its heart sits an 84 cc, liquid-cooled, 2-stroke single engine with KIPS. The unit transfers its power to the ground by means of a six speed transmission.
As far as suspensions are concerned, the Kawasaki KX85 is equipped with a revised fork which offers improved damping and bottoming resistance and a fresh Uni-Trak rear suspension which comes revisions to the shock absorber.
Apart from the upgraded suspensions, the new Kawasaki KX85-I also features a fresh bodywork, flatter tank and a slimmer, flatter seat.
The Kawasaki KX855-I is available with two wheel sizes namely 19” front and 16” rear wheels, and 17” front and 14” rear.
The motorcycle is offered with a base price of €4.631.
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The smallest model in Kawasaki’s KX’s lineup was created especially for young, beginner riders, so it serves as a great platform for learning the secrets of off road riding.
It is powered by a compact 54cc, twin stroke engine with digital ignition. The engine transfers its power to the rear wheel through a smooth-shifting six-speed transmission and a manual clutch.
When building the KX65, Kawasaki’s engineers used a high tensile steel frame that helps the rider get first class handling performances thanks to its exceptional torsional rigidity. It is also worthy of being mentioned that the engine and chassis bolts feature rust-resistant coating for more durability.
The stiff frame is combined with an adjustable front fork and a Uni Trak rear suspension with a nitrogen charged shock.
The 2014 Kawasaki KX 65 is offered with a base price of $3.699.
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Kawasaki revealed the 2014 KX 85. The motorcycle received a series of improvements for the new model year, so we can expect to better performances.
One of the most important upgrades is represented by the retuned liquid-cooled, two-stroke, 85cc engine that now delivers 20% more peak power than previous unit.
To be able to deal with tough terrains with poise, the motorcycle is equipped with a fully adjustable Uni-Trak rear suspension and rigid 36mm inverted cartridge forks that are 20-way compression damping adjustable.
The 2014 model year has also received a revised carburetor, a fresh seat with a lower height, wider handlebars and some style modifications.
The stopping power is assured by new petal-type brake rotors (220mm front/184mm rear) that deliver a sharper stopping power than the old units.
The 2014 Kawasaki KX 85 is offered with a base price of $4349.
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Developed for the young motocrosers, the 2014 Kawasaki KX100 represents the perfect platform for learning the secrets of off road riding.
Since its inception, the KX100 has received a lot of improvements, and the 2014 model year has also received its share of modifications.
Among other upgrades, the new model year gets a larger chassis, a new fuel tank and a retuned liquid-cooled, two-stroke, 99cc engine that delivers nearly 17% more peak power than the old unit. The engine’s power is transferred to the rear wheel through a six-speed transmission that delivers smooth and precise shits.
The breaking system is also new, featuring petal-type brake rotors (220mm front and 184mm rear) for a better bite.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the motorcycle rides on black alumite-coated lightweight aluminum rims wrapped in new Dunlop Geomax MX51 tires.
The 2014 Kawasaki KX100 is offered with a base price of $4599.
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Kawasaki revealed the 2014 model year of its X250F off road champion. The motorcycle comes with a series of important upgrades which help it solidify its leader position.
Among the technologies offered for the 2014 KX250F’s you’ll find a new Launch Control system, a plug-and-play adjustable ECU, Separate Function Fork (SFF), new motor mounts, revised suspension tuning and an upgraded transmission.
The motorcycle is built around a 249 cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single engine with DOHC and four-valve cylinder head. The engine is kept in check by a five-speed transmission with wet multi-disc manual clutch.
The ride quality is assured by a Showa rear shock with 9 position low-speed and stepless high-speed compression damping, 22 position rebound damping and fully adjustable spring preload. The rear shock is paired with a front 48mm inverted Showa SFF telescopic fork with 40-way spring preload adjustability and 22 position compression and 20 position rebound damping adjustability.
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Like the previous versions, the 2014 model year of the KX 450F continues to impress us with its first class performances.
The bike is fitted with a plethora of sophisticated technologies featuring the highest degree of rider adjustability and the most progressive electronics package in its class.
The bike’s front wheel is linked to a 48 mm Kayaba Pneumatic Spring Fork (PSF) that uses compressed air as a spring. The rear wheel is combined with a Kayaba shock absorber that features dual compression adjustability, allowing 22-position high-speed and stepless low-speed damping adjustments to be made independently.
It is propelled by a 449 cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke single engine with DOHC and four-valve cylinder head that sends its power to the rear wheel through a five speed transmission.
The 2014 Kawasaki KX 450F is offered with a base price of $8699.
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Kawasaki showed its 2014 KLX 110, a simple, accessible and agile off roader designed for the beginner riders. The motorcycle comes with a handful of nifty features to offer its rider a safe and pleasurable experience.
Featuring a low seat height rated at only 26.8 in. the KLX 110 is a non-intimidating machine that has all it needs to inspire confidence to the young riders being the perfect platform for learning.
As far as power is concerned, the Kawasaki KLX 110 is equipped with a 111cc, four-stroke, SOHC, two-valve single engine that breaths through a Mikuni PB18 carburetor. Mated to an easy shifting four-speed transmission with automatic clutch, the power plant offers all the power and torque needed to help you tackle off road trails with ease.
In terms of suspensions the 2014 Kawasaki KLX110 rides on a single shock with 4.3 inches of travel and a beefy, 30mm telescopic fork offering 4.3 inches of wheel.
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