2018 Kawasaki KX 250F features upgraded engine with more power and torque; suspension has been revised for better rider control
Kawasaki’s portfolio has certainly been increasing in recent years as evident from the presence of KLX 110, KX 100 and KX 250F motocross-derived bikes and recently the trail-based KLX 140G introduced earlier in 2017. The Japanese manufacturer has brought another product to India now as the new version of the KX 250F is launched within a few weeks of its global debut.
Priced at Rs. 7.52 lakh (ex-showroom, pan India), the non-road-legal 2018 KX 250F is clearly aimed at enthusiasts or professional or amateur motocross racers from the get-go. It is the most powerful motocross bike Kawasaki sells in India. The KX 250F is not for the faint-hearted as experienced pros will get a hang of it quickly but for the starters there are better options available down the range like KLX 110 and KLX 140.
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As for the powertrain, it comes equipped with a 249 cc single-cylinder liquid-cooled four-stroke engine that has received several upgrades. It includes modifications to the fuel injector angle and availability of a new throttle body for improved torque delivery throughout the rpm range.
Not just torque, as the new KX 250F sees increase in power as well courtesy of changes made to the cylinder head, intake camshaft and exhaust header while the new fuel pump is also claimed to help the power hike. Kawasaki has kept the same aluminium chassis without any changes from its predecessor but the suspension components have been revised for better rider control over uneven bumps and surfaces.
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The 2018 KX 250F tips the weighing scale at just 104 kilos and has Showa separate function front forks and Uni-Trak rear unit. The stopping power is handled by petal discs with single 270 mm and 240 mm units up front and rear respectively. Some of the highly advanced assistance features include the launch control for precise getaway at the start.