2012 Kawasaki KLX140L Review — Ultimate MotorCycling

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Kawasaki KLX 140 L

2012 Kawasaki KLX140L |

2012 Kawasaki KLX 140 L Test

It may be a bike for budding dirt riders, yet the 2012 Kawasaki is much more sophisticated it needs to be. The range of high-end belies its MSRP of $3249.

a big-wheel version of the standard (16/19 RK Excel aluminum on the L compared to 14/17 on the standard), the is perfectly sized for riders around 5-feet even.

The KLX140L’s air-cooled SOHC motor is simplicity at its best, power that is not intimidating (it’s a little lean there) or through the wide yet will move things nicely as you approach the stratospheric rpm redline (a gentle rev limiter in to prevent a blown engine).

If running, the 144cc motor is not off the so highly technical trails can be if the rider is willing and capable. The Keihin PB carb is jetted lean to satisfy governmental sniffers. A little fiddling the pilot jetting if it’s not right where you ride can throttle response down the carb is a bit buried, so you have to some plastic to get to it.

The jetting seems fine the midrange and top end.

There is of power on tap for just about any a young trail rider need. Hillclimbing power is the KLX140L up in the top of its rev range and it just to keep pulling. On technical it puts the power to the ground

The light-action, manual clutch has engagement, claimed to improve controllability. The 5-speed transmission complete flexibility out on the trail that wide powerband. some fairly complex on the shifter, but no one complained about a shift and feel is good.

with full-sized guys it (yes, we let them and they it), the KLX140L’s clutch up to some very ugly with 1.2 quarts of oil helping to the heat.

This friendly motor (with no kick is just part of what the 140L so agreeable. The handling of the KLX is impressive. In addition to the 16-inch and 19-inch front tires, allows a choice of premium rubber for minis, the L also a one-inch longer aluminum(!) than its smaller brother.

With the larger wheels, wheelbase and firmed up suspension just over 7 inches at end), the Kawasaki KLX140L is stable at speed. We enjoyed it around a tight, smooth MX (no whoops or doubles) while the throttle wide open and as needed. This isn’t the KLX140L is designed to do, but it illustrates how well it handles.

 In tighter conditions, the 50.6-inch wheelbase and 27 of rake makes the KLX140L as as it needs to be. The front end sticks well in turns, even in conditions. The rear can find when needed, or you can slide it corners if desired.

The stock IRC will be fine for most though upgrading to terrain-specific tires will make even better.

Suspension is good, with smooth through the …. Considering the use of the KLX140L, the suspension is superb. riders will never use all inches of travel, as they be doing big jumps or slamming the roughest terrain.

The suspension be a bit softer, but that would it less sure in turns, so I Kawasaki nailed it.

The front forks are non-adjustable, is fine. Kawasaki went on the shock adjustment. Twenty-two of rebound damping adjustment is confusing than helpful on a The compression damping has four of adjustment, which makes far sense.

Regardless, the vast of KLX140L riders will it stock and be perfectly satisfied.

The brakes at both ends are Oversized four-piston calipers the front 220mm petal while at the rear a large caliper handles the 186mm Bite is initially soft–perfect for experienced riders–and ramps up to plenty of deceleration for larger, pilots.

The larger wheels magic on the rocky, highly trails we tested it on, as they more easily roll obstacles than the standard wheels. Ground clearance is better, as the L has an additional 0.7 inches of before rocks and logs

Other than the 0.8-inch in seat height over the KLX140, which brings the height to 31.5 inches, is little downside to the L. The weight is only four pounds for the L, and it the scales at a reasonable 209 pounds wet).

Ergonomics are a bit tight for taller the seat/peg/bar arrangement is unchanged the standard KLX140, which is for shorter riders–slightly taller will help. The footpegs great support, and are larger the pegs on a KLR650! The KLX140L’s frame is narrow, so a rider can move around on the machine.

The is comfortable and unobtrusive, providing when needed.

Maintenance for the KLX140L is straightforward, so a new rider can that art easily. The oil filter is accessible, and a beginner can change the It does take tools to get to the air wing nut holds the cage in

The KX-style chain adjustment is robust and impervious to trail

Appearance does matter to and new riders, and the 2012 Kawasaki is a sharp looking bike. swingarm, box-tube frame, USFS-approved spark-arrester/muffler, and sleek with nice graphics–no one is to laugh at the KLX140L.

Like any off-road bike, it’s all getting the right-sized bike for the The Kawasaki KLX140L may be in the same class as the Honda CRF150F, but it is a more compact machine, so aren’t exactly direct

Always be sure to properly fit a to the rider, and don’t expect the to grow into it. Get a bike fits and the rider can learn to An oversized bike is a bad idea; a small bike can just be fun–again, full-sized adults had a taking this bike on the MX and trails.

Far better it needs to be, the 2012 Kawasaki is a superb playbike and learner’s If the ergonomics work for the rider, has delivered on every other of the bike.

2012 Kawasaki Specs:

Engine…Four-…, SOHC, single


Bore x x 54.4mm

Compression ratio…9.5:1


Carburetion…Keihin PB20

Transmission…Five-speed with wet multi-disc clutch

Final drive…Chain

Type…High-tensile steel, box-section

Rake/Trail…27 degrees / 3.8 in.

Kawasaki KLX 140 L
Kawasaki KLX 140 L

Front / wheel travel…33mm telescopic / 7.1 in.

Rear suspension / wheel linkage system and single with piggyback reservoir, adjustable preload and 22-way damping / 7.1 in.

Front Tire…IRC Motocross

Rear Tire…IRC Motocross

Front brakes / rear 220mm petal disc a dual-piston caliper / Single petal disc with caliper

Overall length…74.6 in.

width…31.1 in.

Overall height…42.3 in.

clearance…10.0 in.

Seat height…31.5 in.

weight…209.4 lbs.

Wheelbase…50.6 in.

capacity…1.5 gal.

Color Green

Warranty…6 months warranty

Riding Style:

Thor Quadrant

Goggles: Women’s Enemy

Jersey, and pants: Thor Women’s Storm

Boots: Thor Quadrant

Photography by Don Williams

Kawasaki KLX 140 L
Kawasaki KLX 140 L
Kawasaki KLX 140 L
Kawasaki KLX 140 L
Kawasaki KLX 140 L


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