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.

  • 2014 Kawasaki KLX450R
  • Year:
  • Make:
  • Engine:
    Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Single DOHC, 4 valves
  • Transmission:
  • Energy:
  • Displacement:
    449 cc
  • Top Speed:
    115 mph (Est.)


2014 Kawasaki KLX450R Exterior
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A real enduro racer, mixing motocross power with electric start convenience.

2014 Kawasaki KLX450R Key Features:

2014 Kawasaki KLX450R Exterior
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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.


Engine type Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Single
Displacement 449 cm³
Bore x stroke 96.0 x 62.1 mm
Compression ratio 12.0:1
Valve/Induction system DOHC, 4 valves
Fuel system Carburettor: Keihin FCR40
Ignition Digital AC-CDI
Starting Electric, primary kick
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi‑dry sump
Transmission 5-speed, return
Frame type Perimeter, aluminium
Rake/Trail 28˚/122 mm
Wheel travel, front 305 mm
Wheel travel, rear 315 mm
Tyre, front 80/100-21M/C 51P
Tyre, rear 120/90-18M/C 65P
Brakes, front Single semi-floating 250 mm petal disc, dual piston caliper
Brakes, rear Single 240 mm petal disc, single piston caliper
Suspension, front 48 mm upside-down AOStype telescopic fork with 22-way compression and 20-way rebound damping
Suspension, rear New 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
Wheelbase 1,480 mm
Ground Clearance 315 mm
Fuel capacity 8 litres
Seat height 935 mm
Curb Mass 126 kg
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