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2011 Kawasaki KFX450R Comparison Photo Gallery

Take a look at the 2011 Kawasaki KFX450R Comparison photo gallery to see this sport quad in action.

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Kawasaki uses clean features like compact headlights and
reinforced rim plates to add value to a well-roundad package.
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Our testers were happy with the performance of the rear end with its aluminum swingarm and 10 inches of travel.
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The KFX runs great and comes to life easily with its electric start.
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Both front components are piggyback units with high/low compression, rebound and preload adjustment.
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Our riders also liked the Kawasaki’s headlights better, not necessarily because they shine brighter, but because they proved more durable and are tucked away more effectively to shield from abuse.
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The five-speed transmission places reverse below first gear, so the rider actuates with a reverse-lock release lever and then taps down into reverse.
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The aluminum chassis is designed to be very stiff and makes use of a similar single-tube lower design as the Yamaha which allows for longer lower A-arms.
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In order to absorb the larger impacts blowing through the stroke and bottoming, we have to run the shocks fairly stiff, and the compliance on small trail garbage is not comfortable.
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In the dunes and on fast sections it equates to a tendency to oversteer, but switchbacks and situations that require instant corrections favor the green quad.
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The punchy, tractable engine and lighter weight (392 lbs. claimed wet) helps give the sensation of closer-set wheels.
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The Renthal Fatbar handlebars are closer to the rider’s lap and create more of a hunched position when standing.
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Short-shifting works best and the green ATV as an easy clutch pull. It makes for easy launches and works well for less experienced riders.
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The Kawi employs a 42mm Keihin throttle body for its digital fuel injection (DFI) system.
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Most of our testers wished for more space and noted that the fenders create stopping points for moving around the cockpit.
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All of the riders agreed that the YFZ is still a valuable ride off the track, and the Kawi impresses with its easy, hard-working nature.