From the moment we rode the 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R, we were crossing our fingers that we would see a dual-sport version. It took only a year for Kawasaki to take the leap, and now we’re thrilled to see the 2021 Kawasaki KLX300. Here’s what you need to know about this dual-sport motorcycle.1. The 2021 Kawasaki KLX300 is heavily based on the KLX250 platform we’ve enjoyed since the debut of its latest iteration in 2018. 2. The KLX250 gets to the KLX300 via a larger bore. With the bore increased 6mm to 78mm, the KLX300’s 292cc DOHC motor displaces 43cc more than the KLX250’s powerplant. The KLX300 retains the 34mm throttle body and six-speed transmission, and the compression ratio is boosted a tad to 11.1:1. The cam profiles are the same as the KLX300R off-road motorcycle.
3. Although the chassis looks identical—it’s a steel perimeter frame—the spec sheet reveals a few differences. The KLX300 has 0.2 degrees more rake, and the trail is increased by 0.1 inches. The KLX300 also has a wheelbase that is extended by 0.4 inches. Suspension travel and adjustability are unchanged—10 inches of travel in the fork and a bit over 9 inches for the linkage-assisted piggyback-reservoir shock. The KLX300’s seat height is 0.2 inches higher than the KLX250’s. The KLX300 weighs just four pounds more than the KLX250, now breaking the 300-pound barrier.4. The odd spec is the ground clearance, which Kawasaki says is reduced by 1.4 inches to 9.8 inches on the KLX300. When we figure out why we’ll update this story.5. The 2021 Kawasaki KLX300 is $200 more than last year’s KLX250. That puts the MSRP at $5599 for the Lime Green version. If you like the Fragment Camo Gray look, be prepared to shell out $200 for it. We don’t yet know when it will hit the showroom floors.
Honda CRF-E2 Electric + Dale Schmidtchen and the $50M V-Rod
byMotos and Friends by Ultimate Motorcycle
Hello everyone and welcome to Ultimate Motorcycling’s podcast, Motos and Friends. My name is Arthur Coldwells.
This week’s episode is brought to you by Yamaha YZF-R7. The R7 lives up to its legendary name, as a high-performance supersport machine. Check it out at at your local Yamaha dealer, or of course at YamahaMotorsports.com.
In this week’s first segment, Editor Don Williams and I chat about electric bikes and the electric bike revolution that is likely the future of motorcycling. Actually this episode is specifically about Honda’s new CRF-E2… an electric dirt-bike for kids. We asked our tester, 8-year old Avery Bart to put the E2 through its paces and according to Don, she loved it. Honda has stated that the company goal is for 50% of its sales to be electric by 2030—an ambitious goal for sure, and the CRF-E2 is the first step in that direction.
In the second segment, I chat with one of my Aussie motorcycle industry friends—Dale Schmidtchen. Dale has worked for most of the major moto factories globally during his career, and his take on his CF Moto ADV bike is interesting. Beyond that, one his many projects is currently helping to sell the world’s most expensive motorcycle—a Harley V-Rod worth around 50 million dollars. Yes, that’s 50 million with an ‘M’.
Dale also owned a race team in the 1990s and helped bring several well-known Aussie racers to the world stage. He’s a very modest, matter-of-fact guy, but I always really enjoy chatting with him; I hope you enjoy listening.
Incidentally, if you’ve got around fifty mill burning a hole in your pocket and you fancy owning the so-called ‘Mona Lisa of motorbikes’—contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll put you in touch with Dale.
From all of us here at Ultimate Motorcycling, we hope you enjoy this episode!