Riding Impression: 2009 Kawasaki KLX250SF: Kawasaki’s new supermoto-style…

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Kawasaki KLX 250 S

Riding Impression: 2009 KLX250SF Kawasaki’s new supermoto-style defies the notion that an machine must be mundane.

By Jeff Allen

It doesn’t if you’re a novice or an experienced both are prime candidates for a 250cc Single. While new KLX250SF’s sharp appearance anyone’s fervor for fun and frolic, its lightweight package also the more basic needs of use.

Based on the reworked KLX250Sdual-purpose the SF trades that bike’s off-road-oriented suspension and knobbies for components that provide pavement performance. Adhering to supermoto practice, the KLX features wheels shod with IRC Winner rubber, which, with reduced suspension at both ends, offers planted feel on the street.

will appreciate the SF’s low 33.7-inch seat, while pilots stand to exploit the cornering clearance and almost attainable bank angles.

The 249cc, liquid-cooled four-… the KLX is equipped with an electric and a gear-driven engine balancer, its comfort and civility. We measured 21 horsepower at 8100 rpm on the Cycle dyno, with power off smoothly as revs approached the rev limiter.

Vibration levels subdued until revs 8000 rpm, at which things get a little bit buzzy but tolerable. Running at 7500 rpm in top nets an indicated 75 mph and a clear view in the superb mirrors. there’s another 15 or so mph to be had, need to tuck in and stretch the cable to get there on flat

Kawasaki KLX 250 S
Kawasaki KLX 250 S

In town or on tight backroads is the KLX shines, exhibiting lightness and an uncanny handling ease. pull requires but a single and the six-speed gearbox shifts and lightly.

Steering effort is effortless, as the mere thought of input to the wide motocross-style initiates a turn. Straight-line at freeway speeds is decent, there’s a slight tendency for the tire to track rain resulting in a familiar shimmy of dirt-based streetbikes. Fuel is limited by the 2-gallon tank reserve around the 85-mile

Our 56-mpg average netted a range, coinciding with our for the narrow and firm saddle.

brakes are another supermoto Kawasaki adapted to the KLX250SF. A 300mm petal disc and caliper up front work a robust rear setup to haul the 293-pound machine from speed. The 43mm cartridge fork offers compression damping, while rebound on the shock helps out excessive chassis pitch hard braking.

In the $5299 KLX250SF, Team has come through with a fun and means to keep you out of the red.

Kawasaki KLX 250 S
Kawasaki KLX 250 S
Kawasaki KLX 250 S
Kawasaki KLX 250 S
Kawasaki KLX 250 S
Kawasaki KLX 250 S
Kawasaki KLX 250 S

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