11 June 2009 New Kawasaki off-road range for 2010


Pushing the boundaries of what’s possible while delivering the ride customers deserve...

...that’s the philosophy behind the new 2010 range of Kawasaki off-road competition machinery. With engineering innovations matched by truly practical and innovative thinking, the KX and KLX series continue to fly the lime green flag at the head of the field.

Read on for an initial overview of the updates and model line for the much anticipated season ahead.

New KX450F
Consistently ranked top of the pile in numerous enthusiast magazine shootouts for 2010 the KX450F receives a number of engine and chassis updates to ensure its place at the front of the pack.
To keep the Lime Green riders way out in front, Kawasaki engineers have made a number of performance-enhancing updates to both engine and chassis.
Feedback from the factory racers has resulted in a number of refinements that deliver increased high-rpm and over-rev performance. In fact, the new engine has specs on par with Ryan Villopoto’s KX450F race bike.
Also inherited from the racing world, a new piston with bridged-box bottom makes its first appearance in a mass-production machine. Additionally, fine-tuning of the clutch results in an improved clutch feeling.
Chassis updates focus primarily on making the KX450F even easier to ride fast. Revisions to the frame and suspension components result in lighter handling, improved suspension action, increased comfort and greater cushioning when landing.

Tech highlights:
* NEW Factory-inspired engine tuning
* NEW Adjustable competition ECU
* NEW Lighter-handling chassis
* NEW Revised front/rear suspension spring rates and damping settings
* NEW Improved clutch feeling

More specific information about this model and its new features will be released soon.

New KX250F
Kawasaki factory race engineers have further increased the KX250F’s winning potential. Straight from the racing world, a new piston with bridged-box bottom makes its first appearance in a mass-production machine. Other modifications offer increased performance and enhanced durability for this extreme competition machine.
Updates to the chassis include revisions to the swinging arm and suspension for increased cornering performance and an optimised front-rear balance that contributes to enhanced stability – especially on corner entry.

Brief highlights:
* NEW Factory-inspired engine tuning
* NEW Lighter-handling chassis
* NEW Showa twin-chamber fork with titanium coating
* NEW Rear shock absorber
* NEW Updated Uni-Trak rear suspension

More specific information about this model and its new features will be released soon.

KX65 / KX85 / KLX450R
At extremes and yet united, the smaller KX series represent the first rungs on the Kawasaki off-road ladder of opportunity, while the mighty KLX is the epitome of what a big four-stroke Enduro bike should be.

For 2010, all three bikes feature updates aimed squarely at maintaining their enviable place in the styling stakes while maintaining their justifiable reputation for rider friendly maintenance features and durability.