2021 Kawasaki KLX300 Review

The outgoing KLX250 has been replaced by the KLX300 as a result of a 6mm larger bore and consequent 292cc engine size for 2021.

2021 Kawasaki KLX300 Review

Kawasaki Base Price: $5,599 and $5,799 for Fragment Camo

The playing field is extended by the KLX300 motorcycle with high-grade dual-sport performance . firm power is featured by the flagship KLX . versatile performance for engaging paved streets, back roads. Roads wooded trails and beyond. Experience thrills on a variety of terrain with the KLX300—the possibilities are plentiful on this highly capable dual-sport. With enduro racer-derived performance, the fuel-injected, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, single-cylinder engine. A rewarding spread is delivered by single-cylinder engine of power across the rev range . Complementing its firm, rider-friendly low-mid range, It offers crisp response with every twist of the throttle thanks to cam profiles sourced from Kawasaki’s 2020 KLX300R play bike. chassis components are the source of the KLX300’s high-level off road performance. Both manoeuvrability is offered by the weightless package and first-class control . Aggressive styling is offered by the KLX300 .

2021 Kawasaki KLX300 First Ride Review

They say that variety is the spice of life. when it comes to riding motorcycles, truer words. Truer words have never been spoken. We’d all love to see our garages crammed full as a TV chef’s spice racks. that just isn’t a reality for most riders outfitting a garage gets a lot more spendy than buying spices. Dual-sport was priced by thankfully, an like the 2021 Kawasaki .

The seasoning right is gotten by an for those who’d like to sample a heaping helping of riding . With an MSRP of $5,599 for the quintessential Kawi Lime Green trim and a couple-hundred smackers more for the Fragment Camo livery, The entry-level. along with its KLX300SM supermoto (MSRP $5,999) that we also tested,

fills a crucial part of Kawasaki’s off-road lineup. An MSRP providing a financially accessible entry point to the wide world of motorcycles. Street-legal and off-road-ready, dual-sport bikes. Dual-sport bikes are complete for riders. Street-legal off-road-ready want to leave. Street-legal off-road-ready taste-test a small bit of everything. Plenty of recently minted motorcyclists have cut their teeth on lower-displacement dual-sport machines like the KLX300. Plenty finding the versatility quite appealing. Dart around suburbia, the trails. the trails fill in the gaps with some economical local commuting. Not a bad deal, Eh? specially since building dirt-riding skills is the fast-track to improving street-riding expertise. A nice boost was received by this year Kawasaki’s KLX300 in power thanks to a bigger .

This year Kawasaki’s KLX300 292cc DOHC liquid-cooled four-valve engine. It’s a motor with a happy-go-lucky personality you can’t help but adore. Compared to the KLX250 that the KLX300 replaces, the new steed’s. The new steed’s fuel-injected single-cylinder powerplant is punched out 6mm. The new steed’s increasing the bore to 78mm while retaining its 61.2mm stroke. The 34mm throttle body postpones until later.

A skosh is collected by the compression ratio to 11 . 1 : 1 . It also uses more aggressive cam profiles. It making it livelier than its predecessor. All is paired to a 6-speed gearbox and 14/40 last drive. If all of those engine specs seem similar to the mill found in the green-sticker-legal KLX300R off road bike. All because it is — lock, stock and barrel. We took to the sweeping streets of Folsom, California aboard the new KLX300.

bounced around plenty of fire roads before adventuring into the off-road wonderland of Prairie City SVRA where we could really check out its off-road chops. The electric start was hit . you’re met with a quiet pitter-patter that will never upset the relationship with your neighbors. Thanks to EFI, You won’t have to deal with the notoriously cold-blooded mannerisms of the pre-2014 carbureted KLX250. No matter the setting, the KLX300. Get-up-and-go is produced by the KLX300 to satisfy most riders .

No matter the setting reaching speeds into the eighties without becoming a rattily mess. It churns out a healthy dose of bottom-end torque. good midrange power that’s just as handy when zipping through city streets, As it is on the trail. If you wring its neck on freeway long hauls, You will feel some vibes come through,. power flattens out up top anyway. Combine all those traits with near-perfect fueling and you net power delivery that’s fun, linear and extremely predicable. It we’re talking about accessible, real-world every-rider power here, folks. The KLX300 isn’t a fire-breathing dual-sport from Europe that’s small more than a high-strung MX machine with lights; this bike feels accommodating for new riders and engaging enough for salty veterans alike.

As awesome as the Euro dual-sports may be. Awesome they’re aimed at a more hardcore clientele. Awesome they’re come at a much steeper price. The sturdy bones of the KLX250 date all the way back to 2006. the KLX300 utilizes the equivalent basic chassis. Despite their age, the steel perimeter frame aluminum swingarm. aluminum swingarm perform admirably. Age pairing well with the level of engine performance on tap.

The short 56.7-inch wheelbase imbues the KLX with a whippy personality. It is aimed in any direction without much effort . It’s an uncomplicated affair when peeling into a paved canyon road or while tip-toeing through a rock garden. The footpegs some input are given . the KLX does exactly as it’s told; it’s that simple. Equipped with off road ready 21-. 18-inch wheels, as well as Dunlop D605 tires, You will have to respect their lean angle limits on the street (a truism for dual-sports overall), but there’s plenty of grip. doesn’t suffer from headshake or front-end nervousness at high speed.

KLX reinforcing its accommodating disposition. The 43mm USD fork is considered with changeable compression damping and the fully changeable gas-charged Uni-Trak shock — respectable amenities at this price point . With 10 inches of travel in the front. 9.1 inches in the rear, You have a solid package for soaking up bumps and thumps, regardless of the environment. On urban jaunts, the soft suspension setup. The soft suspension setup gobbles up anything mean city streets can muster. Out on the trail, the suspension. Its own is held by the suspension . that soft setup won’t hamper your dirt riding ambitions — it’s Cadillac cushy.

Loads are offered by soft setup of comfort . Competent is remained by the trail . If you get frisky. A small too high is jumped . rail some rough high-speed sections with too much zest, You may meet the bump-stops, but even in those situations, the KLX doesn’t. The KLX doesn’t leave of shape.

The 10.8 inches of ground clearance. an integrated bash guard are on hand, just in case. The most difficult job is carried by entry-level machines in the market . Building products to a price point while also making them accommodating to a wide variety of rider sizes. skill levels is no easy task. Its impressive performance creds, the 2021 Kawasaki KLX300 were given .

The 2021 Kawasaki KLX300 wears its entry-level title like a badge of honor: This is one affordable all-rounder that’s also an eminently capable ride.

2021 Kawasaki KLX300 vs KLX300SM First Ride

Its KLX300R was introduced by a year ago Kawasaki . A year an affordable user-friendly off road enduro model appealing to dirt riders of all ability levels. At the time it was only natural to ponder the possibility of a road-legal dual sport version to follow. We didn’t have to wait long. A pair has been introduced by kawasaki of road-legal KLX300 models for 2021 . Offered alongside the on-and-off-road-capable KLX300 dual sport is the KLX300SM, a supermoto version for pavement-pounders seeking an affordable and ultra-agile urban scraper with roomy ergonomics. ultra-agile urban scraper roomy ergonomics thrilling backroad potential. There’s a chance you may have already seen.

a chance sat astride the KLX300. A chance as both versions have been available in dealerships for some time now. With COVID restrictions beginning to lift. Members were invited by cOVID restrictions Kawasaki of the motorcycle press to Folsom, California, for two days of play aboard its fun-evoking KLX300 duo . As to be expected. To the event was conducted in adherence to social-distancing protocol; to this end. To the technical brief was held via a Zoom conference call a few days before the ride, once on-site in Folsom, A face mask was to be worn when not wearing a helmet. Seems helmets can reduce the spread of the virus somewhat; who knew? Anyway.

Seems helmets despite there being no group meals or broin’ at the hotel bar. Seems helmets it was good to leave. bump elbows with fellow enthusiasts. Our first day began with us riding a varied route incorporating freeway. First day winding pavement. dirt backroads threading through the Sierra Nevada foothills aboard the dual sport KLX300. We spent the later part of the day trail riding at Prairie City SVRA off-road park. The next day found us tracing a similar route, sans dirt roads.

trails, aboard the KLX300SM, Once again arriving later at Prairie City for an afternoon hot-lapping the facility’s paved kart track. The 61 is retained by the KLX300 . 2mm stroke of its 249cc predecessor . Engine-wise uses a 6mm-larger bore. Its four-valve head shares the equivalent cam profiles as the KLX300R. The fuel-injected liquid-cooled DOHC four-stroke 292cc single-cylinder engine churns out ultra-linear delivery from bottom revs to its 10,500 rpm limit. Power is accented with a whisper of top-end surge. Power comes in around 8,000 rpm. Power can be felt in the bottom gears of the 6 speeds gearbox. The chassis is a direct carryover from the KLX250 and features a weightless perimeter steel frame and aluminum D-section swingarm.

16-way-adjustable compression damping is offered by a 43mm inverted cartridge-style fork and 10 inches of travel . Supporting the rear is a gas-charged piggyback reservoir shock offering preload adjustability and 30-way rebound damping adjustments to its 9.1 inches of rear wheel travel. Wheel size is a standard off road combo of 21-inch front. 18-inch back fitted with Dunlop D605 dual sport rubber. I stand 5-foot-10 with a 32-inch inseam,. I found the KLX’s 35.2-inch unladen seat height does require a bit of a leg hike to mount. With the suspension compressed a few inches under my 185 pounds. The suspension my boot heels still hovered an inch off the ground with both feet down. Even so, I had little difficulty backing the light KLX out of a parking stall. Beyond that I rarely put both feet down. It making traffic signals. Stable one-footed affairs are stopped by trailside .

Equipped with EFI and convenient electric start, the KLX. Hassle-free was proved by the KLX to cold start, a momentary bump . A momentary bump of the thumb button effortlessly prodding the motor into a smooth idle. The bike’s compact battery doesn’t offer much surplus capacity, As discovered by a few riders in the group who repeatedly left the ignition key on during our frequent engine-off photo stops, the KLX bump-started with ease. The initial leg of our ride, along US Route 50. A positive impression was provided by it of the bike’s freeway manners .

A gear-driven counterbalancer is featured by the engine . The engine does an superior job smoothing vibes. The engine with only a light buzz detected in the bars and footrest. The engine mildly gaining intensity when engine revs climb beyond 6,000 rpm. At an indicated 70 mph in height gear, the LCD bar-type tachometer registers 7,500 rpm. The KLX hums along contentedly at that pace.

that pace will pull upwards of 8,500 rpm on a level stretch; however. The KLX hums the assistance of a downhill grade. tailwind is needed to tap the remaining 2,000 revs in sixth. The KLX’s upright riding position provides generous legroom, a relaxed feel,. a deeply padded urethane seat, a combination. Decent comfort range is suggested by a combination . The KLX’s couldn’t be confirmed on our fairly short 70-mile ride loop. I can say with certainty, however, the airflow. That the airflow at head.

shoulders level was without buffet, a credit to the stubby cowl above the headlight. Venturing onto a narrow winding backroad, the nimble KLX. The nimble KLX tipped into corners with just a hint of steering input. I initially felt the bike was too willing to fall in when entering slow to medium speed bends, a sensation. A sensation I became accustomed to after a few miles of curves. Its plush suspension soaks up road bumps. Good damping control is offered by ripples with ease, . Plush suspension soaks delivering a comforting sense of overall stability and composure. Selecting the suitable gear easy work was made by slick shift action . there’s enough low-end torque available to pull cleanly out of corners when you choose to play it mellow. When we left the pavement for a groomed gravel road, the chassis.

The chassis continued to track straight. true at speed whether seated or standing. Natural was felt by perching on the pegs . Perching as the KLX300′s ergos are more akin to a full-size dual sport than small-displacement playbike. The road became more entertaining as rain-filled potholes of varying size provided a 50 mph slalom. The bike threaded through the bigger water holes with ease. The bike control; a total blast. A variety was offered by prairie City of slower technical terrain . Prairie City including rutted single-track climbs, rocky creek beds, loamy sand, berms, and whoops.

Being a casual trail rider at best, I appreciated the mild-mannered. when shaking off years of off road riding rust. back grip is maintained by predictable power delivery help . The engine chugs smoothly at its 1,800 rpm idle speed in low gear. The engine with no hesitation as the throttle is cracked open. The engine making it all the better when picking a line through the cannonball-sized river rocks littering few of the trails.

The suspension had no issue dealing with anything I was inclined to tackle. The suspension such as hopping a log. The suspension rolling the whoops. The suspension catching a pitifully modest amount of air. Your dual sport aspirations may well be more demanding. Being primarily a road rider, I immediately felt at home astride the KLX300SM for our supermoto play day. Its lowered suspension and 17-inch wheels amount to a 1.3-inch reduction in saddle height. a 1.3-inch reduction saddle height allowed me a solid flat-foot stance. Cruising the freeway stretch at 70 mph registered a more relaxed 7,000 rpm on the tachometer due to a rear sprocket three teeth smaller than the KLX300′s. The SM also has rubber-topped footrests. The SM effectively isolate what small vibration is felt through the dual sport’s dirt-style footrests.

I also detected a slight reduction of vibes in the hand grips at any given rpm, something I assume can be attributed to a change of harmonic pitch with the SM’s inch narrower bar width. Or perhaps it’s the street-style mirrors? I digress. A highlight of the event was leathering up. A highlight the event lapping the kart track. A mix of foot-out moto-style in the circuit’s tightest hairpins. A fun was proved by knee-dragging in the faster bends . effective way to rip it up. I came away impressed with the level of grip offered by the IRC Road Winner tires, which allowed peg-scratching cornering lean without a slip or slide.

1mm thicker) floating front brake also impressed. The SM’s larger-diameter 1mm thicker) offering fade-free stopping performance and a consistent firm lever feel. While many KLX300SM owners may not have access to a kart circuit. Many KLX300SM owners it doesn’t hurt to know the bike does have the potential. It KLX300 model is the best choice for you will come down to riding priority. If off road capability is in the cards. off road capability the choice is obvious; the dual sport provides that while still being an equally superior economical commuter. Dirt the KLX300SM is a surefooted bet.

2021 Kawasaki KLX300 Specifications

MSRP: $5,599
Engine: 292cc DOHC liquid-cooled single
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 61.2mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel System: DFI w/ 34mm Keihin throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiplate
Engine Management/Ignition: CDI
Frame: High-tensile steel, box-section perimeter
Front Suspension: 43mm USD fork; compression adjustable; 10 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Uni-Trak piggyback shock; preload and rebound adjustable; 9.1 in. travel
Front Brake: 2-piston caliper,250mm petal disc
Rear Brake: 1-piston caliper, 240mm petal disc
Wheels, Front/Rear: Spoked; 21/17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: Dunlop D605; 21 x 3.0 in. / 18 x 4.6 in.
Rake/Trail: 26.7°/4.2 in.
Wheelbase: 56.7 in.
Ground Clearance: 10.8 in.
Seat Height: 35.2 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2.0 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight: 302 lb.
Availability: Now
Contact: kawasaki

2021 Kawasaki KLX300SM Specifications

MSRP: $5,999
Engine: 292cc DOHC liquid-cooled single
Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 61.2mm
Transmission/Final Drive: 6-speed/chain
Fuel System: DFI w/ 34mm Keihin throttle body
Clutch: Wet, multiplate
Engine Management/Ignition: CDI
Frame: High-tensile steel, box-section perimeter
Front Suspension: 43mm USD fork; compression adjustable; 9.1 in. travel
Rear Suspension: Uni-Trak piggyback shock; preload and rebound adjustable; 8.1 in. travel
Front Brake: 2-piston caliper, 300mm petal disc
Rear Brake: 1-piston caliper, 240mm petal disc
Wheels, Front/Rear: Spoked; 17/17 in.
Tires, Front/Rear: IRC Road Winner; 110/70-17 / 130/70-17
Rake/Trail: 25.0°/2.8 in.
Wheelbase: 56.5 in.
Ground Clearance: 9.3 in.
Seat Height: 33.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 2.0 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight: 304 lb.
Availability: Now
Contact: kawasaki

2021 Kawasaki KLX300 Videos

Summary

Its KLX300R was introduced. The time it was only natural. A pair has been introduced. Words have been spoken never. Isn’t a reality for most riders—outfitting a garage. Website:Kawasaki Base Price:DOHC w/4 valves Displacement:292cc Bore x. Website:Kawasaki Base Price:cable-actuated wet clutch Final Drive:O-ring chain Wheelbase:56. The playing field is extended. Firm power is featured. Performance for engaging paved streets,back roads. Roads wooded trails.

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