Kawasaki has dropped the cover on an all-new KLX300 during the premiere of their Global New Product Launch video event. The new bike will replace the lower displacement KLX250 to create a more clearly defined dual sport lineup. It features a more powerful engine that, according to Kawasaki, delivers more ponies and torque “while maintaining the lightweight and nimble feel of the 250.”
2021 KLX300 HIGHLIGHTS
- Kawasaki’s digital Fuel Injection System
- Fuel-Injected 292cc Liquid Cooled four stroke engine
- Convenient electric start
- Full digital instrumentation
- Updated Radiator for improved cooling efficiency
- Dual-sport tuned long travel suspension
- On-road dual sport versatility
The new KLX300 dual-sport is powered by an enduro-inspired 292cc liquid-cooled DOHC single. The engine features cam profiles sourced from the KLX300R off-road model, an electrofusion cylinder and ultra-hard coating in the aluminum cylinder. “The result is a crisp throttle response that complements the motorcycle’s rider-friendly low to mid-range and offers improved engine reliability,” states Kawasaki. A lightweight piston, piston pin and connecting rod also contribute to power-producing revs. No horsepower and torque numbers have been announced by Kawasaki.
The engine has low reciprocating weight, thanks to the use of a cam lobe for each valve, with shim-under tappet arrangement, which also contributes to better efficiency at high RPMs. Rider comfort on longer trips is also increased in part to the engine’s low mounting point, which effectively lowers its center of gravity. A flat piston and pent-roof combustion chamber deliver a 11.1:1 compression ratio.
The fuel injection system contributes to reliable starting in a wide range of conditions and electric start makes firing up the KLX300 a breeze. Optimized ignition timing and a gear-driven engine balancer also contribute to a smooth engine with an easy-to-use power delivery, increasing rider comfort during long trips.
Several updates to the radiator deliver enhanced cooling efficiency, including the use of dual radiators and slimmer radiator sizing. The radiator fan cover is designed to direct hot air down and away from the rider, significantly increasing comfort when stuck in heavy traffic or operating in warm riding conditions.
Gear ratios on the new KLX300 facilitate shifting for optimal performance off-road and on. The KLX300 features a honeycomb catalyzer and a secondary air system for clean emissions, along with a spark arrester.
Chassis & Suspension
The KLX300 features a box-and-tubular-section high-tensile steel perimeter frame that creates a slim, lightweight package. A 26.7-degree caster angle and short wheelbase provide quick handling characteristics, while the lightweight, highly rigid aluminum D-section swingarm also contributes to low unsprung weight.
The 43mm inverted cartridge-style fork handles the suspension up front and comes with compression damping adjustability. A Uni-Trak® suspension can be found on the rear, which is designed to offer good road holding ability and bump absorption. A gas-charged shock with preload and rebound damping adjustments allows riders to tailor suspension settings to better suit different riding conditions. Suspension travel is 10 inches in front and 9.1 inches in the rear.
Brakes & Wheels
Stopping performance is delivered through front and rear petal disc brakes with a twin-piston caliper gripping a 250mm disc up front and a single-piston caliper gripping the 240mm disc in the rear.
The KLX300 comes fitted with dirt-friendly 21-inch and 18-inch spoked wheels. Kawasaki also highlights the new bike’s optimal wheel rigidity which “contributes to light, smooth handling and offers outstanding durability.”
Ergonomics & Instruments
The KLX300 receives a comfortable handlebar position that puts the rider in a relaxed and upright position to deliver an easy to control ride. Footpegs are also positioned closer to the bike’s centerline for an optimal riding position.
Complementing the new KLX300 adventure capabilities is a well-padded seat design for added comfort on longer rides and a 35.2-inch seat height for increased stability when stopped. A narrow fuel tank contributes to the comfortable riding position and it has a lockable, hinged one-touch cap.
An all-digital instrument panel offers the rider valuable information at a glance. The instrument panel features a digital speedometer, bar-type tachometer, clock, dual trip meters, and a range of warning/indicator lamps.
A handful of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories (KGA) allow riders to personalize the KLX300 and offer added convenience. Options include, rear luggage rack designed to conveniently secure gear on the back of the motorcycle, hand guards and handlebar pads.
Colors & MSRP
The 2021 KLX300 dual-sport is available in the Lime Green for $5,599 and $5,799 for the Fragment Camo Gray colorway, up from $5,399 and $5,599 respectively from the 2020 250cc model.
Kawasaki KLX300 Specs
|Engine:||4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, 4-valves, liquid-cooled|
|Bore x Stroke:||78.0 x 61.2mm|
|Fuel System:||DFI® with 34mm throttle body|
|Final drive:||sealed chain|
|Front Wheel Travel:||10.0 in|
|Rear Wheel Travel:||9.1 in|
|Front Suspension:||43mm Inverted Cartridge Fork with 16-way Compression Damping Adjustment|
|Rear Suspension:||Uni-Trak with Adjustable Preload, 16-way Compression and Rebound Damping Adjustment|
|Front Brake:||250mm single disc|
|Rear Brake:||240mm single disc|
|Fuel Capacity:||2.0 gal|
|Ground Clearance:||9.8 in|
|Seat Height:||35.2 in|
|Curb Weight:||304.3 lb|
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