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2014 Kawasaki KX250F Comparison Photo Gallery
The competition is on to Kawasaki’s game of overpowering its rivals, so can it still stay on the top step?
Does the 2014 Kawasaki KX250F have what it takes to knock out the competition? See photos in the 2014 Kawasaki KX250F Comparison photo gallery. Read the full report in the
2014 250 Motocross Shootout
You can’t avoid mentioning the power; it just plain rips. Healthy bottom-end torque rockets the KX out of the turns and then pulls hard with a rush from the mid-range power.
During our holeshot testing the Kawasaki was able to lay down the second quickest time to the 125 mark at 3.168 seconds at 42.8 mph. An impressive result considering its meaty low- and mid-range power would have just spun on our dusty start straight.
The Kawasaki KX250F has been dominant in racing and has also done well in our annual 250 Motocross Shooutout. Its brutish power and stable chassis year-in and year-out make it a staff favorite.
Factory-racer-turned-trainer, Sean Hamblin, says, “As usual the Kawi has a strong motor package and with the changing of couplers to better suit the power to your liking, it is always responsive when needed.”
On the MotoUSA DynoJet the Kawasaki makes a respectable 36.77 horsepower at 12,700 rpm for a third-best result.
When it comes to torque the KX makes the podium as well with 18.24 lb-ft of toque with a flat curve that is easy to feel on the track.
2014 Kawasaki KX250F Dyno Chart
MotoUSA 2014 250 Motocross Shootout Torque
MotoUSA 2014 250 Motocross Shootout Horsepower
Power is nothing without handling, and the KX250F has it.
While the KX looks heavy with its black wheels and large big flat seat, the 2014 KX250F tips the scales as the lightest in the test at 234-pounds with a completely full tank of 1.61 gallons of 91-octane.
The suspension settles nicely in ruts and berms making easy to turn yet it can handle a pounding in the chop and whoops. Only the Honda is easier to ride.
The Kawasaki was second in both suspension and handling according to our test crew thanks to its ability to turn on a dime yet still be stable at speed.
Our go-to pro Chris See adds, “The green machine, as always, has a great stock package, supplying bottom-end power to fulfill my needs. But I feel as if this bike could use more top-end over-rev to make this bike perfect for me.”
When it’s time to throw out the anchor the KX250F’s brakes rated mid-pack as well. The front brake has a feel that lets you know when traction is at its limit, but the power could be stronger and the lever more firm.
Our crew found the Kawasaki to be one of the most comfortable behind the bars with a compact rider’s area and a thin feel between the legs. Also gone are the notoriously harsh grips that seemed to be made of granite; Kawasaki replaced them with a much softer compound taking mercy on our calloused palms.
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