Yeah, we know, it’s cold – in New Zealand, anyway. But the news of the 2019 dirt bikes from all the major marques is coming in hot. That includes the unveiling of the 2019 Kawasaki KX450F, the all-new flagship motocross bike from “Team Green”, a moto that has some serious upgrades – and will have a significant impact on the way you might think of the stalwart of Kawasaki’s “Green Meanies”. Like what? The ’19 four-fiddy has an electric starter and hydraulic clutch. But, as the embedded video illustrates, there is much, much more to the new KX450F.
The 2019 Kawasaki KX450F
There’s no doubt that Kawasaki’s range of KX motocross bikes has an unmatched history of success. It’s a legacy that has paved the path to championships for the motocross heroes of today, and yesteryear, which includes the likes of Ricky Carmichael, James Stewart, Ryan Villopoto, and Eli Tomac. The range of those Green Meanies still serves as one of the ultimate tools for the future stars of moto. That’s part of the reason why the KX range is one of the most dominant brands of motorcycles available, being led by its flagship model, the KX450F (the four-fiddy still retains the ‘F’ in marketing for Kiwis).
For ’19, the KX450F weighs in at 105.4 kilos, without fuel. But while the weight has dropped, the power hasn’t. In fact, the next generation of the KX450F has an engine with more power than the last. It also has a new, slimmer aluminium frame. When combined with the new Showa coil spring forks – with A-Kit technology, no less – the bike is said to feel more nimble, despite the increase in ponies.
But it’s not just an increase in power and handling, ’cause Kawasaki has included features that are derived directly from the motorcycles used by the marque’s professional racers. So, along with the new engine and frame (both being more lightweight), A-Kit-derived forks, there is also the introduction of a hydraulic clutch and electric start system.
Main Photo: Kawasaki