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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- I would gladly throw a leg over the 2015 KX250F again… and again.
- 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.
- Overall, Kawasaki has put together a very strong platform for 2015.
- In the suspension department, the KX250F now has updated valve settings in both the rear shock and the proven Showa SFF (Separate Function Fork).
- The fit and feel have only improved for 2015 thanks to the new adjustable footpegs.
- 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.
- 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.
- Along with cosmetics, a list of small, yet effective, upgrades should keep the KX in the running for 250 Class excellence.
- For 2015, the revised valve settings on the Showa fork provide smooth, predictable action.
- On straights, whoops, and choppy terrain the Kawasaki is about as stable as one could hope for a motocross bike to be.
- 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.
- Jump faces and landings are met with progressive action that never caught me off guard.