2021 KAWASAKI RANGE REVIEW
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Kawasaki has made a bold statement with its 2021 range of dirt bikes, unveiling an all-new KX250 alongside introducing two brand new models to its fleet - the KX450XC and KX250XC.
2021 Kawasaki motocross range: The Kawasaki KX250 headlines the 2021 release of motocross bikes, as it's undergone an overhaul as a new-generation bike that brings it line with the KX450.
The KX450 was overhauled in 2019, and while the 250 generally follows the year later, Kawasaki decided to wait two years before bringing the KX250 into the latest generation chassis and bodywork.
There's a lot to cover with the 2021 KX250, and it starts with the bodywork - it's completely new for the 2021 model, and now matches what we've become accustomed to over the last couple of years with the 450.
With new bodywork comes a new chassis, and it's been derived directly from the premier class machine. There are numerous differences between the 450 and 250 frames, mainly to accommodate the KX250 powerplant.
A couple of interesting points surrounding the 2021 KX250 chassis is that the engine is actually used as a stressed-member, so it's basically a structural element of the frame to transfer forces, while the swingarm has been taken directly off the KX450 to provide maximum traction at the rear wheel.
The engine has also undergone a significant amount of work, which is really impressive considering Kawasaki claimed its 2020 engine as its most powerful 250 powerplant yet. The component list is long, although the end result the Japanese manufacturer is delivering is a raise in peak power and higher rev limit, plus there are also increases in low to mid-range performance.
The finishing touches to the 2021 KX250 are impressive, as it's now fitted with an electric starter, hydraulic clutch, and Renthal Fatbar handlebars, plus there are the strong suspension and brake packages. Existing features such as launch control and changeable DFI couplers return for 2021.
2021 Kawasaki cross-country range: One of the biggest surprises we've seen amongst the 2021 model launches is the introduction of the Kawasaki cross-country range. Both the Kawasaki KX450XC and KX250XC are based off their motocross counterparts, sharing many features and characteristics.
The differences are somewhat subtle, however are very clearly dedicated to improving the bikes' characteristics in enduro and off-road riding.
Both the motocross and cross-country models are due to land in Australian dealerships in the next few months.