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2015 Kawasaki KX250F First Ride Photo Gallery
Along with cosmetics, a list of small, yet effective, upgrades should keep the KX in the running for 250 Class excellence.
See photos of the new KX250F on track in the 2015 Kawasaki KX250F First Ride photo gallery. Read about all the updates in the
2015 Kawasaki KX250F First Ride
The fit and feel have only improved for 2015 thanks to the new adjustable footpegs.
On the track, the KX250F frame allows you to lock your legs against the bike, which makes controlling the machine with your lower body that much easier.
On straights, whoops, and choppy terrain the Kawasaki is about as stable as one could hope for a motocross bike to be.
Jump faces and landings are met with progressive action that never caught me off guard.
Helping riders get to the first turn first is a new Downstream Fuel injector paired with revised ECU settings, a Bridged Box piston and a new magneto rotor with increased inertia.
In the suspension department, the KX250F now has updated valve settings in both the rear shock and the proven Showa SFF (Separate Function Fork).
Overall, Kawasaki has put together a very strong platform for 2015.
Balancing out the bike, the revised Showa rear shock also provides smooth and progressive action, but did feel a little under sprung for my weight and intermediate riding ability.
Even for someone tipping the scales at 200 pounds with gear, I never had the sense that I needed more power on the Milestone circuit.
Long sweepers are the KX’s best friend, as it is best steered with a rear-end bias; accelerating through a turn aggressively rather that rolling on the throttle and relying on the front end for steering.
Fortunately for Kawasaki owners, there is a limitless range of ignition maps that can be programmed with the optional Kawasaki Racing Software kit, along with the preprogrammed coupler system.
Braking with the new petal-style front rotor, which provides excellent stopping power, the fork would gradually settle into the travel with appropriately dialed rebound so as to maintain contact with the track surface.
For 2015, the revised valve settings on the Showa fork provide smooth, predictable action.
Quick bumps and chop are soaked up effectively while still providing the muted feedback one might expect out of a traditional and well-tuned coil fork.
I would gladly throw a leg over the 2015 KX250F again… and again.
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