This year, Kawasaki`s KLX300 received a nice performance improvement thanks to a 292cc liquid-cooled 292cc DOHC four-valve engine. It`s an engine with a cheerful personality that you can`t help but adore them. Compared to the KLX250, which replaces the KLX300, the single-cylinder single-cylinder engine of the new fuel-injected horse is perforated by 6 mm, which increases the bore to 78 mm while maintaining the stroke of 61.2 mm. The 34 mm throttle body transmits and the compression ratio takes a skesh to 11.1: 1. It also uses more aggressive cam profiles, which makes it more dynamic than its predecessor. All this is coupled to a 6-speed gearbox and a 14/40 axle transmission. If all these engine specifications are similar to those found in the green-approved KLX300R off-road bike, it`s because it is – lock, ride and barrel. I agree. A remake/Kawi clone of a legal XR400 for the road would be ideal. E-start, solid suspension (but not too expensive), fuel injection and less than $5500.
Equipped with 21- and 18-inch off-road wheels, as well as Dunlop D605 tires, you`ll need to respect your tilt angle limits on the road (a truism for the dual sport overall), but there`s plenty of grip. KLX pursues True and does not suffer from head tremors or frontal nervousness at high speeds, which amplifies its oncoming disposition. The 6-speed transmission is well suited for both on- and off-road driving and, in conjunction with the 14/40 axle ratio, Kawasaki has reached an ideal point for riders riding on the track on public roads. Initial speeds are lower and ideal when exploring hiking trails, while the upper part of the gearbox adapts well to faster urban roads or highway driving. The quarter throw seems easy, and while I`d like to see a little more positive engagement, it`s a bit of a point of contention. Add extremely light clutch traction and you get a user-friendly package. With an MSRP of $5,599 for the typical Kawi Lime Green trim and a few hundred additional smackers for the Fragment Camo livery, the entry-level KLX300 – with its KLX300SM Supermoto (MSRP $5,999), which we also tested – fills a crucial part of Kawasaki`s off-road product lineup, offering a financially accessible entry point into the vast motorcycle world. Road-approved and off-road compatible bisport bikes are perfect for cyclists who want to get out and try a little bit of everything. Many newly minted motorcyclists have cut their teeth on bisport machines with smaller displacements such as the KLX300 and find versatility very attractive. Dart through the suburbs, head to hiking trails, and fill in the gaps with budget local commuters. It`s not a bad deal, right? Especially since acquiring dirt riding skills is the quick way to improve the know-how when it comes to driving on the street. After recently returning from Nebraska to AZ, I forgot how much they want people to drive here.
A few weeks ago, I bought a 79 XR250. When I went to the plate, I asked if I should have it inspected or show insurance. The DMV lady looked at me like I was crazy and said, “No. It`s on you. “, and gave me my plates with ohv and road signs (for $35). Here, it doesn`t matter if it`s “for off-road use” or not. You just need to meet the minimum requirements. Which, of course, includes lights and everything else. So that`s another thing I`m probably looking at. The KLX®300 motorcycle extends the playing field with high-quality bisport performance.
The KLX® flagship offers strong performance and versatile performance for paved roads, secondary roads, wooded roads and beyond. Experience thrills on a varied terrain with the KLX®300 – the possibilities are numerous in this high-performance and lightweight dual sport. [Edit 1: from another post I commented. “There is a set of power outlets under the lighthouse. With a recommended 15A fuse, you can power up to 85W of it.