The 2019 Kawasaki KX 450 is an out and out dirt bike which is best ridden on trails and farm lands. The design is that of a typical dirt bike which is minimalistic and gets a narrow profile thanks to a slim seat and a fuel tank. The bike is built around a lightweight Aluminium perimeter frame which is an evolution of the current design. The new frame features revised rigidity and includes the engine as a stressed member. A new swingarm also contributes to the revised rigidity balance and increased rear traction. The bike also gets fully new bodywork which is designed to facilitate rider movement. The long, smooth surface of the seat makes it easy to slide back and forth when negotiating trails and off-road surfaces. The tank is lower and flatter, making it easier to sit farther forward. Slimmer tank shrouds make it easier to grip on to with your knees. The engine covers too are built with smooth surface so that they do not impede rider movement on the motorcycle.
The Kawasaki KX 450 gets a 449 cc single-cylinder engine which is liquid cooled and has a kerb weight of just 110 kg. This makes for impressive power to weight ratio as well. The engine control unit has three maps (or riding modes) which are standard, hard and soft. Also, the Kawasaki KX 450 gets a factory style launch control system which helps the riders gain maximum traction when launching on slippery surfaces. There is electric start for quick starting in case you stall the bike on difficult terrain and need to get moving quickly. The KX 450 dirt bike gets a new lithium ion battery which is lightweight and compact and doesn’t add to the weight either.
What is added bonus on the Kawasaki KX 450 is that the rider ergonomics can be changed. The handlebar can be fixed in four positions while the footpegs can be fixed in two positions. Other features of the new Kawasaki KX 450 include added traction on both wheels and better braking, thanks to bigger 270 mm disc brake up front and a 250 mm disc brake at the rear.
The Kawasaki KX 450 is priced at Rs. 7.79 lakh ex-showroom India and while there are no direct rivals, if you are looking to buy a 450 cc factory dirt bike, you could also look at the Suzuki RMZ 450.