Kawasaki launched three motocross motorcycles in the India recently. All the three motorcycles are based on the perimeter type aluminium chassis. The KX250 is powered by a 249cc liquid-cooled engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are handled by 48mm inverted telescopic separate function fork (SFF) with 22 way compression damping and 20 way rebound damping, spring preload is 40 way with 310mm of suspension travel at the front. At the rear is a uni-trak monoshock unit and 19 way compression damping and 22 way rebound damping with 310mm of suspension travel.
The KX250 features a launch control system which activates a separate engine map that is designed to ensure efficient race starts in slippery conditions. The KX series of motorcycles also gets a lightweight ECU designed specifically to withstand harsh terrains. The ECU contains four maps including the launch control mode. Settings for the three maps can be reprogrammed with the optional KX FI Calibration kit. Using the provided FI couplers, riders can quickly and easily access their choice of three maps (standard, hard, soft) provided in the ECU.
Upper triple clamp with two sets of handle mount slots and reversible handle mounts offers riders a choice of four handle positions to choose from: 25 mm forward, 15 mm forward, STD and 10 mm backward. Adjustable footpeg brackets enable riders to lower their footpeg position 5 mm. In the lower position, centre of gravity is lowered as is the rider’s point of view, adding to both physical and psychological stability.
The KX450 is powered by a 449cc liquid-cooled engine mated to a 5-speed gearbox. Suspension duties are handled by 49mm inverted telescopic forks with adjustable compression and rebound damping with 305mm suspension travel at the front and a uni-trak monoshock unit with adjustable dual-range compression and rebound damping with 307mm travel at the rear. Braking is done by single semi-floating 270mm petal disc at the front and a single 250mm petal disc at the rear.
The bike gets easy tuning DFI setting by which riders can quickly and easily access their choice of three maps (standard, hard, soft) provided in the ECU. The KX450 also gets Kawasaki’s first hydraulic clutch on a motocrosser offers more direct feel and lighter lever action. The KLX450R is a standard trail bike that shares almost all the underpinnings with the KX450 bike.
Speaking on the launch, Mr. Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors, said, “Our motocross models have been performing well and KX250 especially continues to have great success in various national and global competitions. Motocross enthusiastic now will have more exciting experience with KX450 and KX250 and as far as Enduro enthusiastic are concerned the KLX450R is a complete package with power performance, electric start and performance components.”