India Kawasaki Motors has launched two off-road motorcycles - the Kawasaki KX450F and the Kawasaki KLX450R in the country.
The Kawasaki KX450F comes at the price of INR 7,97,300, and the Kawasaki KLX450R costs INR 8,49,000, both ex-showroom, Delhi. The two motorcycles come via the CBU route and are not road legal. They are meant for off-road use only.
On the occasion of the launch, Managing Director, India Kawasaki Motors Yutaka Yamashita said:
The culture and passion for off road motorcycle need be developed in India. Right now it is a niche market and we are happy to contribute in this segment by introducing KX450F, which was awarded as world’s best motocrosser in 2016 by Cycle World.
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Kawasaki claims the KX450F is the lightest machine in the class with a significant reduction in the weight to engine and chassis. The bike tips the scales at 108.8 kg, kerb. The motorcycle employs a 449cc four-stroke single cylinder engine with liquid cooling and fuel injection. The engine pairs with a 5-speed transmission.
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Suspension components include 49 mm Showa inverted Separate Function front Fork Air - Triple Air Chamber (SFF-Air TAC) that is fully adjustable. The rear gets a fully adjustable Uni-Trak monoshock. For braking, the bike uses 270 mm front and 240 mm rear petal disc. The motorcycle comes with a 6.3-litre fuel tank, and a launch control mode as well. The ground clearance stands at 335 mm.
The Kawasaki KLX450R employs a 449cc single cylinder engine with liquid cooling and comes with a carburettor. It also comes with a 5-speed gearbox. The front suspension is a 48 mm upside-down AOS type fully adjustable telescopic fork. The rear features a Uni-Trak adjustable monoshock. For braking, it uses a 250 mm front and 240 mm rear petal disc. Salient features include LED tail light and an all-digital instrument cluster and electric start. The motorcycle gets an 8-litre fuel tank and 315 mm ground clearance. It weighs 126 kg, kerb.