KX450 and KX250: What's New In Mechanics?
Both models have seen significant enhancements to their engine configurations. The KX450 has undergone several changes, including a lighter piston and a redesigned connecting rod for improved performance. The KX250 is not far behind, offering similar tweaks to its 249cc engine, promising a robust riding experience.
Comparative Table for KX450 and KX250 50th Anniversary Editions
|Engine||4-stroke, 449cc||4-stroke, 249cc|
|Bore x Stroke||96.0 x 62.1mm||78.0 x 52.2mm|
|Fuel System||DFI with 44mm Keihin throttle||DFI with 44mm Keihin throttle and dual injectors|
|Transmission||5-speed, wet multi-disc manual clutch||5-speed, wet multi-disc manual clutch|
|Front Suspension||49mm inverted coil-spring fork||48mm inverted coil-spring fork|
|Rear Suspension||Uni-Trak gas-charged shock||Uni-Trak with dual-range compression damping|
|Front Brakes||270mm Braking/Sunstar petal disc||270mm Braking petal disc|
|Rear Brakes||240mm Braking/Sunstar petal disc||240mm Braking petal disc|
|Wheelbase||58.3 in||58.5 in|
|Fuel Capacity||1.64 gal||1.64 gal|
Customizable Features For The Modern Rider
Both the KX450 and KX250 are equipped with advanced rider aids. While the KX450 comes with Power Modes, Kawasaki TRaction Control (KTRC), and Launch Control Mode, the KX250 offers Launch Control Mode. Additionally, each model allows smartphone connectivity via RIDEOLOGY THE APP, enhancing user control over these impressive machines.
Braking And Suspension: Key Details
The braking system for both models is another standout feature. They boast single semi-floating 270mm petal discs upfront, which work in conjunction with either Brembo or dual-piston calipers, depending on the model. The rear setup includes a 240mm petal disc that delivers reliable stopping power.
Pricing And Availability
The standard KX450 comes with an MSRP of $10,399, and its 50th Anniversary Edition is priced at $10,699. Meanwhile, the 50th Anniversary Edition of the KX250 is available at an MSRP of $9,099.
The 50th anniversary of Kawasaki's KX line brings two revamped models that are rich in both aesthetics and technical refinements. Whether it's the more powerful KX450 or the agile KX250, Kawasaki is offering riders a refined off-road experience as a fitting tribute to half a century of motorcycle excellence.