Kawasaki rides in new motocross & enduro bikes

Japanese motorcycle g­i­­ant Kawasaki Motors Corporation has int­rod­uced the 2019 versions of KX250, KX450 motocross co­mpetition bikes and 2019 KLX450R enduro bike in In­dia. While KX250 bike is pri­ced at Rs 7.43 lakh, KX450 costs Rs 7.79 lakh at pan In­dia showroom. KLX450R enduro bike is priced Rs 8.49 lakh. Chan­g­es have been made to KX450’s engine and cycle parts while KX250 gets minor graphical alterations.

The engine of the 2019 KX450 bike has been revised with the inclusion of a finger-follower valve actuation accompanied by hydraulic clutch and electric starter.

Also, it is based on a new aluminium frame that is lig­hter and the traction control system has been improvised.

The 2019 Kawasaki KX­250 bike gets a 249cc, liquid-coo­led, single-cylinder, DO­HC engine that is mated to a five-speed gearbox. It is suspended on 48mm telescopic forks on the front and uni-tr­ak suspension at the rear. A 270mm petal disc on the fro­nt and a 240mm at the rear give it the stopping power.

Powering the 2019 KX4­50 is a 449cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder, DOHC mot­or that comes mated to a fi­ve-speed gearbox. Braking du­ties are handled by a 270­mm semi-floating disc on the front and a 250mm petal disc at the rear while 49mm adjustable USD forks on the front and adjustable uni-trak suspension at rear take care of the suspension duties.

The 2019 KLX450R is al­so powered by a 449cc, liqu­id-cooled, single-cylinder, D­O­HC mill that is mated to a five-speed gearbox. The bi­ke gets electric as well as ki­ck st­­arter. It comes with LED tail lamp and digital ins­­t­rument cluster which cons­­ists of speedometer, twin tr­ip meters, odometer and clo­ck.

“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 Enduro enthusiast­ic are concerned the KLX­450R is a complete package with power performance, el­e­ctric start and performance components,” Yutaka Yama­shita, managing director at India Kawasaki Motors, said.

Michael Gonsalves