Kawasaki has revealed their refreshed 2019 KX450F. The bike gets slight cosmetic updates and lots of mechanical changes to make it even better than before. Upgrades have been made taking inputs from riders like Eli Tomac (2017 Lucas Oil Pro Motocross winner) and that really shows.
Here are some of its differences when compared to the 2018 model:
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2019 Kawasaki KX450F design and ergonomics
The new KX450F gets redesigned bodywork as well as refreshed cosmetics. Its footpegs are lighter and wider, radiator shrouds slimmer and engine guards, smoother and better-looking. Footpegs are wider for convenience and surprisingly, lighter too. They are adjustable, as are the handlebars.
Kawasaki Motocross bikes have been for long kick-start only, well, that changes with the new KX450F. The bike comes with an electric start and a compact li-ion battery. All these changes, along with the ones mentioned below, help reduce the bike’s weight by eight pounds.
Updated Chassis, Suspension and brakes
The 2019 Kawasaki KX450F comes with slimmer aluminium perimeter frame with engine as stressed member. The swingarm has been updated as well, cushioned by Uni-Track rear suspension. Front gets Showa 49 mm coil spring forks.
Braking is improved by new front and rear master cylinders, and bigger 250mm rear discs.
Engine and transmission changes
The 449cc engine has been thoroughly upgraded and produces 3.4 PS more power than before. Its 5-speed transmission gets reduced weight and the clutch now offers more direct feel.
Coming to more advanced features, Finger Follower valve actuation is provided which is straight out of Kawasaki’s MotoGP and WorldSBK racing technology. Digital Fuel Injection couplers allow riders to change engine mapping while running. It comes with launch control mode and 3 engine map plugs as standard.
2019 Kawasaki KX450F price and release date
The new KX450F will hit US dealerships soon. It is priced at $9,299 which is $450 more than outgoing model but if you ask us, money well spend!
Stay tuned for more news and updates!