Kawasaki USA have added an updated, fuel-injected KLX250 dual sport to its 2018 line-up. The standard edition will price at $5349 and the Camo version rings in at $5549. Both will be available for purchase starting early October, 2017.
Editor’s Note: We’ve since test ridden the 2018 KLX250. Read our impressions in the 2018 Kawasaki KLX250 First Test Review.
The KLX250 runs on a liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve 249cc Single which draws petrol from a new fuel injection system that features an ultra-fine atomizing 10-hole injector. The mill has a lightweight flat-top piston, pin and connecting rod and features an electro-fusion hard-coated cylinder which aids in heat transfer and allows for a tight piston-to-cylinder clearance. It’s positioned to give the KLX a low center of gravity and has a gear-driven balancer to make power delivery as smooth as possible.
It comes with a stainless steel exhaust system and six-speed transmission. Braking is handled by a single 250mm disc, twin-piston caliper at the front and 240mm disc, single-piston caliper set-up at the rear.
There’s a high-tensile steel semi-double cradle frame holding everything in place, suspended by an inverted 43mm inverted fork and Uni-Trak rear shock. The fork comes with 16-way compression damping adjustment and provides 10-inches travel. Out back riders will have 16-way compression and rebound damping and preload adjustability and 9.1 inches travel.
The 21-inch spoke wheel front and 18-inch spoke rear wheel are shod in Dunlop D605 rubber off the showroom floor.
Kawasaki asserts a curb weight of 304.3 pounds. The KLX250 has a 35-inch seat height, 2-gallon fuel tank and comes with a 12-month limited warranty.