India Kawasaki has a launched the refreshed line-up of their motocross bikes for enthusiasts in our country. The 2019 Kawasaki KX250, KX450 and KLX450R are priced at Rs 7.43 lakh, 7.79 lakh and 8.49 lakh, ex showroom, India.
What’s new on the Kawasaki dirt bikes?
The Japenese motorcycle manufacturer has equipped the KX450 with a new more powerful engine (3.8bhp more than the older model). Kawasaki says has the engine has been mounted into the leanest chassis they’ve ever made. The bike features a number of new features like finger-follower valve actuation, electric start and hydraulic clutch for lighter lever action. There’s also a new front brake master cylinder for better initial control and all-new body work to facilitate a better rider movement. Whereas, on the KLX450R, the upgrades are more on the features front. The dirt bike now benefits from digital instrumentation that includes twin tripmeters, odometer, clock and of course a speedometer.
The KX250 weighs just 104kg and has a staggering wheel travel of 310mm. The KX450 is slightly heavier at 100kg and has a wheel travel of 305mm at the front and 307mm at the rear. On the other hand, the more powerful KLX450R weighs 126kg and has a front wheel travel of 310mm while at the back its 315mm. These are crucial elements of these bikes as they are made to sustain high-octane jumps on enduring off-road terrains.
Speaking on the launch, Mr. Yutaka Yamashita, Managing Director of India Kawasaki Motors, said, “Our motocross models have been performing well in various national and global competitions. Motocross enthusiastic now will have more exciting experience with KX450 and KX250. And as far as an Enduro enthusiastic is concerned the KLX450R is a complete package. It has power performance, electric start and performance components.”
These bikes are known for their off-roading ability, exceptional handling and agility around dirt tracks. Suzuki also has their RM-Z range of motocross bikes in India. The RM-Z 250 and RM-Z 450 were recently launched on our shores.