Kawasaki have announced the all-new KLX230, a machine aimed at getting started with trail riding, while still delivering some serious dirt fun, featuring a 233cc air-cooled single-cylinder, 21in front and 18in rear, as well as Kawasaki’s first dual-purpose ABS.
The 2019 KLX230 will arrive in August this year, with pricing yet to be announced and will come in a traditional Kawasaki Lime Green. The KLX230 is road registerable, making for an ideal first option for new riders interested in exploring off-road riding.
2019 Kawasaki KLX230 Features
- 233cc Single Cylinder fuel-injected, air-cooled engine
- Compact Perimeter Frame
- Petal rotors, with ABS as standard
- Revolutionary Dual-Purpose ABS developed with Bosch
- Stylish KX themed bodywork
- Flat seat for freedom of movement and comfort
- Large, bright headlamp
- Smooth shifting Six Speed Transmission
- Electric Start combined with fuel injection
- Long Travel Suspension
- 7.5L fuel capacity
- On-bike Tool Kit in a lockable compartment
- Passenger Footpegs equipped
- RRP – TBA, arriving August 2019
The KLX230’s all-new engine offers ample power to use on the trail. Its long-stroke configuration offers robust low-mid range torque, pulling strongly and facilitating low-speed control. Fuel injection delivers precise response, also facilitating control. The smooth torque creates an easy-to-handle character and delivers linear acceleration. Further, the simple construction afforded by air-cooling makes it ideal for trail riding.
A bore and stroke of 67 x 66mm yield a displacement of 233cc. The long-stroke engine offers robust low-mid range torque, pulling strongly and facilitating low-speed control. The 4-stroke air-cooled single cylinder engine offers both reliability and strong performance, while contributing to a compact package.
Simple SOHC two-valve design reduces complexity and contributes to an easy-to-use character that lends itself to trail riding. The fuel injection system, featuring a 32mm throttle body, delivers precise response, further facilitating control. With fuel injection, fuel delivery is stable regardless of outside air temperature or atmospheric pressure. It also ensures excellent starting characteristics, whether the engine is hot or cold, and contributes to clean emissions.
A gear-driven engine balancer helps to reduce engine vibrations, ensuring smooth power delivery from idle to limiter. This contributes to greater comfort and increased ride quality. Exhaust pipe length was selected to contribute to the engine’s low-mid range performance.
Designed from the start for dirt-riding use, the all new perimeter frame offers the handling stability needed for confident trail riding. Extensive feedback from Kawasaki test riders helped achieve the highly accommodating balance between engine and frame that enables a wide range of riders to enjoy the KLX230.
Large-diameter aluminium wheels, measuring 21” at the front and 18” at the rear, efficiently overcome obstacles encountered on trails, greatly contributing to trail-riding performance. Long-travel suspension front and rear greatly contributes to the KLX230’s ability to soak up bumps when attacking the trail. And with 265 mm of ground clearance, riders are more easily able to clear obstructions they encounter. Petal disc brakes front and rear provide sure stopping power.
The revolutionary new system, jointly developed with Bosch, was carefully tuned to enable both on-road and off-road use. Designed to assist riders to stop effectively in a short distance in either situation, dual-purpose ABS offers additional reassurance to new and intermediate riders when riding on a low-friction surface.
Styling cues taken from Kawasaki’s KX motocross machines give the bike an agile, aggressive image to match its trail-riding prowess. Providing a light, manoeuvrable package was a key consideration. Designing the simple air-cooled engine concurrently with the easy handling perimeter frame helped keep the KLX230 compact, while the balance between the engine and frame results in performance that can be enjoyed by a wide range of riders.
2019 Kawasaki KLX230 Specs at a glance
Engine: Air-cooled, four-stroke, SOHC, single-cylinder, 233cc, 67 x 66mm bore x stroke, 32mm throttle-body, EFI, electric start
Power: 14.0kW @ 7600rpm
Torque: 19.8Nm @ 6100rpm
Gearbox: Six-speed, return
Clutch: Wet, multi-disc
Chassis: Tubular high-tensile steel semi-double cradle
Rake: 27.3, Trail: 116mm
Suspension: 37mm telecopic fork, 220mm travel, Uni-Trak swingarm shock with preload adjustability, 223mm travel
Brakes: ABS, single 265mm petal discs, twin-piston caliper, single 220mm rear petal disc, single piston caliper
Wheels: 2.75 x 21in, 4.10 x 18in
Seat height: 885mm
Fuel capacity: 7.5L