After three years in the wilderness, the Kawasaki KLX250 returns to the fold. While it was gone, it acquired an important update—fuel injection to replace the Keihin carburetor. Here are the essential fast facts you need to know about the 2018 Kawasaki KLX250.EFI is the big news on the returning 2018 Kawasaki KLX250. The DOHC motor gets a 10-nozzle injector to better feed the oversquare combustion chamber. This should help the motor work better on- and off-road in the mountains, where the altitude can change by thousands of feet during a ride.
Emissions have been reduced to satisfy the government tailpipe sniffers. The new KLX250 is 50-state legal, and features a catalyzer to clean up the exhaust.The chassis returns from the earlier KLX250S (note that the S is gone from the name or 2018). The fork has compression-damping and spring-preload adjustments, and it’s an inverted 43mm design with cartridge internals. The new shock is fully adjustable, and linkage-assisted. The frame is the same perimeter design. Ultimate Motorcycling last reviewed the KLX250S in 2014 and noted its lack of EFI—we’re glad to see that rectified.There is also a Camo version. If Lime Green isn’t to your liking, the 2018 Kawasaki KLX250 is available with Matrix Camo Gray/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray graphic for an additional $200. The base KLX250 runs $5349, which puts it within $200 of the Honda CRF250L and Yamaha XT250.2018 Kawasaki KLX250 SpecsENGINE
Bore x stroke: 72.0 x 61.2mm
Compression ratio: 11.0:1
Fueling: EFI Transmission: 6-speed
Final drive: Chain
Front suspension; travel: Compression-damping and spring-preload adjustable 43mm inverted cartridge fork; 10.0 inches
This week, Senior Editor Nic de Sena rides the all new Ducati Monster. Big changes have been made by Ducati–has the company ruined the considerable heritage of the iconic Monster–or are the changes worth it? In the second part of the show, we chat with Nick Ienatsch, Founder and Head Instructor at the Yamaha Champions Riding School. He says: “We aim to change your riding life by introducing you to Champions Habits: The techniques, approaches, skills, and the mindsets of the best riders in the world. These Champions Habits are the foundation of safety and consistency to whatever speed you ride, in any venue on any bike. Street riders, this is just as much for you as track riders. The best way to make safe riders is to make good riders.“ We hope you enjoy this episode!