The Japanese manufacturer is all set to enter the Indian Motocross scene in a big way by offering two of their renowned machines that have dominated the Motocross scene across the globe. Kawasaki India already sells the KLX 110 dirt motorcycle priced at ₹ 2.65 lakh. It is powered by a single cylinder, air-cooled 112cc engine mated to a four-speed transmission.
The biggest guy in this story here is the all new Kawasaki KX 250f. It is hands down is the single-most dominant motocross bike of the last decade. But for some time now, the Blue Crew has grabbed some of the limelight. And for Kawasaki, who have captured 16 titles already with their 250 motorcycles, are in for a setup that can make the Blues a run for their money and reign the territories again.
For 2017, the KX250F has received a full makeover, with a new lighter chassis, improved suspension settings, increased power delivery, and comfortable slimmer ergonomics.The 2017 model features slimmer shrouds as a result of revised radiators and their new orientation.Making the motorcycle be even more compact is the aggressive new bodywork that features front and rear fenders, number plate and fork guards all falling in line together.
For 2017, the Green team have given the 250f new redesigned engine with offset cylinder layout, for more efficient power and lighter piston designed by the company’s racing pedigree. The power mill is tuned to suit the rider’s race experiences and boasts of a 249cc liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, single cylinder motor. It has a wide power band that focuses on high-rpm performance and is made to even extend into the over-rev range. A 5-speed, return shift transmission takes the power to the rear via a chain drive. The motor provides 45 bhp and 27 Nm of peak torque. The motorcycle gets new exhaust header with integrated resonator maximising throttle response.
Talking about the business aspects of these machines, the 2017 model sees the return of the ERGO-FIT adjustable handlebars and footpegs. Suspension duties up front are taken by Showa 48mm Separate Function Front Forks (SFF Type 2). Out back the Uni-Trak rear suspension with Showa shock takes care of the damping.
Since this KX will be brought to our shores through the Completely Built Unit (CBU) route, it is priced at a steep ₹7.52 lakh. It will be provided with the Lime Green colour only. Accessories can also be purchased to level up the motorcycle’s capabilities. They include lever assemblies, KX FI Calibration Kit and green racing chain.
Entering a country where motocross is just a sport taken up by very few people compared to the mass, it is a gamble played by Kawasaki. And the fact that it is going to cost a bomb will shy away people even thinking of giving it a try. Hence, it is only safe to say that with this, Kawasaki will only cater to the professional few and to adventure groups running motocross activities.
The changes got into the motorcycle were a move in the right direction. A quick revving motor with traction control will steal the limelight out of any off – road motocross spec bike. The lighter and stiffer chassis is here to stay and it makes the motorcycle easier to ride and manoeuvre. And when it comes to competing against its cohorts, we have a strong reason to believe that the Green Team will bag top honours.