The Dirt Bike Guy: 2013 Kawasaki KLX 250S
2013 Kawasaki KLX 250S: A Lightweight Dual-Sport Motorcycle Made To Please
There are plenty of dual-sport dirt bikes on the market, but if
you're looking for a top-of-the-line model, the new 2013 Kawasaki
KLX 250S may fit the bill. This lightweight performance machine is
designed to excel equally on the road and in the dirt, and the best
part is that it's fuel efficient, so you won't have to fill up in
the middle of a day of riding. The lightweight bike's handling is
extremely responsive, making it as easy to maneuver an off-road
track as it is to zip through town. Overall, the modern motorcycle
is one of the best in its class, so you may want to schedule a test
drive during your search for your next dual-sport dirt bike.
Lightweight engine improves handling
The KLX 250S weighs just under 300 pounds, giving it the
versatility to transition flawlessly from the pavement to an
unpaved path. The 249cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled dual overhead
cam engine is mounted in a lightweight steel frame, and positioned
to give the bike a low center of gravity. That, coupled with a
short wheelbase, makes sharp turns and tight maneuvering feel
natural for the rider.
Keihin carburetor keep things running smoothly
Attached to the engine is a 34 millimeter semi-flat side Keihin CVK
carburetor that helps the engine make the most of every drop of
fuel. While many newer bikes are relying on electronic fuel
injection to power their engines, Kawasaki's decision to stick with
the traditional setup may seem like a bold move. But spend a little
time on this bike and you'll see why the company chose this
gear. The motorcycle rides smoothly and has an even
delivery of power from low to high RPMs.
Suspension designed for on- and off-road comfort
When it comes to dual-sport bikes, it can be difficult to find one
that has a suspension built to handle all riding conditions. The
KLX 250S has a 43mm inverted cartridge-style front fork equipped
with adjustable compression damping that has 10 inches of travel.
Riders will have plenty of room to get the setting just right,
thanks to a 16-way compression damping adjustment. In the rear, the
Kawasaki has a Uni-Trak suspension that gives the rider 9.1 inches
of travel. The rear suspension's progressive linkage rates help
with bottoming resistance, making for a smoother ride.
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