2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM First Look [9 Supermoto Fast Facts]

2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM First Look: MSRP

There’s a new supermoto steed in the corral—the 2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM. This cousin of the KLX230 dual-sport bike and KLX300SM supermoto is an entry-level supermoto machine. It will also be doing double duty as an affordable motorcycle for strafing urban and suburban neighborhoods. As it’s a new model, we’ll take an end-to-end look at the KLX230SM.

  1. The 2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM is powered by a basic single-cylinder engine. It’s an air-cooled, SOHC, two-valve design. Fueling is via EFI with a 32mm throttle body. A six-speed transmission optimizes the available power from the slightly oversquare 233cc mill.

  1. The chassis is a steel perimeter frame with basic suspension. The inverted fork and linkage-assisted shock have no damping adjustments, with the shock offering spring-preload adjustability.

  1. The suspension travel is shorter than a dual-sport bike, though still longer than a pure-street motorcycle. The fork has eight inches of travel, and the rear wheel moves 6.6 inches. The spring rates are also stiffer than on the KLX230 for more poise on the street.

  1. You’ll find 17-inch wheels at both ends. Pure-street IRC RX-01 Road Winner tires are shod on the wire-spoked wheels.

  1. The 2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM’s seat height is lower than the dual-sport KLX230, and the geometry tightened up. The KLX230SM’s rake is tucked in one degree to 26.5 degrees, and the trail shortened 1.2 inches to 3.4 inches. Also, the 54.1-inch wheelbase of the KLX230SM is 0.2 inches shorter than the KLX230.

  1. With the shorter suspension and smaller wheels, the seat height of the KLX230SM is an approachable 33.3 inches. That’s 1.5 inches lower than the dual-spot KLX230.

  1. Braking is supermoto ready. There’s a brawny 300mm petal disc in the front, and a 220mm disc in the rear. ABS is an option that supermoto-focused riders will give a hard pass.

  1. The various changes result in the KLX230SM weighing five more pounds than the KLX230.

  1. The 2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM hits the showroom floors immediately with an MSRP of $5299. If you want ABS, put another $300 down on the table. The standard and ABS models can be had in Lime Green, with non-ABS buyers able to opt for Oriental Blue.

2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM Specs 

ENGINE 

  • Type: Single-cylinder four-stroke
  • Displacement: 233cc
  • Bore x stroke: 67.0 x 66.0mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.4:1
  • Valvetrain: SOHC; 2 valves
  • Cooling: Air
  • Fueling: EFI w/ 32mm throttle body

    Transmission: 6-speed
  • Final drive: Chain

CHASSIS 

  • Front suspension; travel: Non-adjustable inverted 37mm fork; 8.0 inches
  • Rear suspension; travel: Linkage-assisted spring-preload adjustable shock; 6.6 inches
  • Tires: IRC RX-01 Road Winner
  • Front tire: 110/70 x 17
  • Rear tire:  120/70 x 17
  • Front brake: 300mm semi-floating petal disc w/ 2-piston caliper
  • Rear brake: 220mm petal disc w/ single-piston caliper
  • ABS: Optional ($300)

DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES 

  • Wheelbase: 54.1 inches
  • Rake: 26.5 degrees
  • Trail: 3.4 inches

    Seat height: 33.3 inches
  • Ground clearance: 9.1 inches
  • Fuel tank capacity: 2.0 gallons
  • Curb weight: 296 pounds (ABS: 298 pounds)
  • Color: Lime Green; Oriental Blue (non-ABS only)

2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM Price: $5299 MSRP

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