2012 Kawasaki KX450F First Ride Preview
Wednesday, June 8, 2011
Hey all, MotoUSA is at Red Bud in southern Michigan test driving Kawasaki’s ’12 KX450F dirt bike. This year, Team Green has given its 450-class motocross motorcycle a face lift in hopes of fending off the competition both on the track and in this year’s motocross shootout. If you’re not familiar with all the updates check out the 2012 Kawasaki KX450F First Look
for all the technical details.
First off, I have to give a shout out to the folks at Red Bud for having us because the track here is totally awesome. The first half of the track is kind of like Southern California’s Zaca Station. The dirt is loamy (and rocky) plus the layout is fairly high-speed—third, fourth-gear pinned type stuff. The back half of the circuit is more like Racetown 395 with the terrain here being soft sand with big jumps and high and low-speed corners. The track is situated right in the middle of a forest so obviously it’s a very majestic place to ride.
On to the bike: I’ve always loved the KX450F ever since it received its first major overhaul in ’08. Heck even the old carbureted bike was pretty bad ass. And the ’12 machine continues to follow its successful formula which includes a stable chassis and wickedly fast engine. It’s not night and day better to the old bike but it does have some cool features that make it a little more accommodating to ride. What probably surprised me the most is the new launch control feature with it working even better than advertised. Make sure to check back next week for the full feature and videos. To download this picture and make it a wallpaper click here
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