Kawasaki’s 250 dual-sport is an great value but does it still offer enough performance in the class? Find out in the 2013 Kawasaki KLX250S Comparison review.
- The build quality and attention to detail like hose and wiring routing and placement isn’t at the same level of the Honda and Yamaha.
- The engine in the KLX250S feels similar to the Honda in terms of how smooth and mellow feeling the power comes on.
- The Kawasaki offers the most versatile ergonomics package that will work well for both short and tall riders alike.
- The Kawasaki has the most dated look and could benefit from an styling update.
- The KLX offers more engine character than the Honda which makes it more fun to ride.
- Despite lacking the top-end power of the Yamaha the Kawasaki’s engine still gets the job done.
- There really isn’t a whole lot to not like about Kawasaki’s KLX250S. It is an capable performer on and off-road.
- The suspension on the KLX250S is a good balance between on and off-road use.
- Although it still employs a mechanical carburetor the KLX250S’s engine runs excellently as long as the engine is warm.
- The Kawasaki’s instrumentation is clean and legible but it lacks a fuel gauge as employed on the Honda.
- With a price tag of $5099 the KLX250S is still an exceptional bargain even against the Honda.
- The KLX was comfortable to ride on the street. Its overall ride characteristics are a good balance between the street and dirt.
- The Kawasaki’s ergonomics were well received for their versatility. This will be the bike of choice for the biggest group of riders.
- The headlight is one of our favorite styling elements of the KLX250S.
- The Kawasaki handles well off-road but even its easy handling couldn’t prevent Waheed from taking spill moments before this photo was taken.
- 2013 250 Dual Sport Shootout - Horsepower chart.
- 2013 250 Dual Sport Shootout - Torque chart.