2010 Kawasaki KLX250
Tracing its roots back to the KLX300R
Enduro machine, the KLX250 has all the design and
engineering credentials necessary to be an ideal quarter
litre machine. Whether simply riding into town, or
taking to country roads and trials at the weekends,
the KLX250 is an ideal partner.
Especially popular among those new to two wheels
– and also those returning to motorcycles -
the KLX250 has all the looks of a bigger machine yet
can be manoeuvred by a novice with confidence.
Electric starting, a 22PS rated water-cooled engine
and a reassuring riding position make the KLX250 easy
to live with and fun to ride.
To offer maximum performance, the KLX250’s
fuel injection system utilises an ultra-fine atomising
(10-hole) injector. The result is a very smooth engine
character, especially in the rpm range most used in
day-to-day riding. From the mid-range onward, the
engine revs quickly and easily. Further, the fuel
injection contributes to clean emissions, easier starting
and improved fuel economy.
The new KLX features an all-stainless steel exhaust
system. A honeycomb catalyser (located in the muffler)
and secondary air system ensure Euro-III emissions
regulations are met.
Frame and swingarm
The KLX250’s box- and tubular-section high-tensile
steel perimeter frame creates a slim, lightweight
package. The 26.5o caster angle and short wheelbase
contribute to quick handling, while the high rigidity
of the frame ensures straight-line stability. The
new lightweight, highly rigid aluminium D-section
swingarm contributes to reduced unsprung weight. New
KX racing-type chain adjusters allow precise adjustment
of chain slack, helping to minimise drivetrain power
Lower seat height (care of the suspension’s
reduced stroke) makes it easier for riders to reach
the ground with their feet, for added confidence when
stopped. Revised handlebar is straighter and moves
the hand position up and in. The more relaxed position
makes the bike easier to ride and control. Footpegs
are positioned close to the bike’s centreline
for a slim riding position conducive to both on- and
A new seat shape and stiffer urethane make it easier
to change seating position.
The 43 mm inverted cartridge-style front fork comes
with 16-way compression damping adjustment. The cartridge
provides consistent damping force by minimising aeration
of the fork oil. KX-style fork guards protect the
inner tubes from rocks and brush.
Uni-Trak rear suspension provides great road holding
ability and bump absorption. The gas-charged shock
with remote reservoir has 16-way compression and rebound
damping and fully adjustable preload adjustability.
All new linkage and revised damping settings reduce
some of the bike’s front-rear pitching motion,
resulting in increased straight-line stability and
a more planted feel in corners.
Front and centre, a new front cowl and two-bulb
headlamp design give the KLX an aggressive new visage.
All-digital instrument console gives at-a-glance
information. Features include a digital bar-graph
tachometer, digital speedometer, clock, and dual trip
meters. The fuel-injection lamp also doubles as a
low-fuel warning lamp.