It is a good thing that Kawasaki is bringing their KLX250 into an active production again after three months being absent from the off-road industry. Yamaha and Honda have to be ready for another tough competition with this new little agile bike. This sport bike has the flexibility and functionality with its small but powerful engine. The new unit has been gaining a lot of attention because of Kawasaki’s past decision to be in a hiatus period.
It was too bad that the 2014 saw the last of this 250cc bike since the Green Team had decided that they would use it for that year’s competition. Too bad they were using a carbureted, aging, and old unit – the same one they had been using back then in 2009. In 2014, Honda had come with their CRF250L, including the Rally, while Yamaha was coming with WR250R. The decision for Kawasaki to come with the aging and tired KLX250 was considered poor as the bike couldn’t take up the challenge and the competition.
Kawasaki probably has been rethinking about their decision since then so they decided to go on a hiatus period so they could come up with a better plan with this line. And it is a good thing that the new KLX has been coming with all the good hype and performance and quality that make them one of the world class bike manufacturers.
For this new bike, Kawasaki has changed some of the parts, systems, and mechanisms. With fuel injection technology and ten holes injector, new graphic, plastic, and colors, this KLX 250 is like being born again. And Kawasaki is wise enough to focus on some of the major flaws responsible for the weak performance and poor outcome of the old KLX.
For a starter, the old KLX was known to take forever to warm up because of its cold-blooded nature. Kawasaki decided that they had to do something about it so they have a new type of fuel injection technology to address the issue. Moreover, they also use their ACR (Automatic Compression Release) that is responsible for lifting the exhaust valve when cranking. Because of this technology, starting up the bike is easier. No need to wait forever. And the fact that it has electric start system also makes everything more convenient.
Another reason why Kawasaki stopped the production of KLX250 was because of the engine producing foul result and super noisy sound. But thanks to the new exhaust system from stainless steel paired with muffler mounted honeycomb catalyzer, not only the engine is smoother; it also produces a quiet purring sound. So far, it has been one of the quietest bikes in the industry without compromising quality and power.
When it comes to design, everything remains sturdy and solid. The frame, for a starter, is the one from the old KLX, still in its aluminum box section swingarm and high tensile steel. There are also the adjustable 16-way compression cartridge forks providing plush and soft absorption system. Kawasaki doesn’t stop there. They load the front brake system with gripper twin piston caliper.
When viewing the overall design of the KLX250, it is light and slim and sleek. It may not be the most accommodating bike for short riders as the seat height is 35 inches but it is super agile and flexible, quite impressive against tight corners and complicated turns.
This handsome bike is an adventure bike but without the feel of it. It feels nimble and easy to control and yet it packs only the greater punch of power usually found in the bigger units. Of course, its main function is as a dirt bike but then again it can be used for a laid back road tour.