What does Kawasaki have to say about their new bike? Well … we’ll get to that in a minute.
First, our opinion. Fun! Great! Fun! Awesome! Fun! Did we mention fun?
Kawasaki has introduced two models actually for 2010. The ‘regular’ model is what we are reviewing with you here, and the ‘L’ model is just a little big bigger sized bike, with many of the same, if not more, features!
So, here is what Kawasaki has to say about their bike:
One of the most fun-to-ride, kid-friendly bikes of all time, the KLX has a little secret: adults seem to enjoy riding it as much as kids do! That’s some serious versatility, and for 2010, the thoroughly re-engineered KLX110 is more versatile than ever, with more power, more performance and more convenience.
You can still kick-start the KLX110 if you want, but there’s an easier option now: Push-button electric starting makes it even simpler than ever to get riding. And once that dependable 111cc four-stroke thumper is warmed up, it puts out about 15 percent more torque and horsepower than before thanks to revised valve timing, a free-flowing new exhaust, a new ignition system and low-tension piston rings.
There’s also one more gear in the gearbox: The new four-speed provides a wider range of ratios so riders can better exploit the engine’s new-found power. Shifting has been improved too, thanks to changes to the shift drum and springs. Meanwhile, the KLX’s automatic centrifugal clutch gives novice riders one less thing to worry about when all they want to do is ride.
More power calls for more control, so a longer shock out back with a stiffer spring and damping rates to match provides longer, firmer rear wheel travel and greater resistance to bottoming. Up front, fork spring and damping settings have been revised to complement all the other changes, and tapered roller bearings at the bottom of the steering stem mean more durability.
While they were busy overhauling everything else, the KLX design team outfitted the bike in all-new bodywork: gas tank, seat, side panels, shrouds and fenders now mimic the KX450F. A reshaped seat is part of the deal, too, along with a new handlebar bend that gives more comfort and control to a greater variety of riders. Because variety is what the KLX110 is all about. This little machine will definitely spice up anybody’s life.
2010 Kawasaki KLX 110 – Features and Benefits
Air-Cooled, Four-Stroke 111cc Engine
Revised valve timing, a new freer-flowing muffler, a new ignition system and lower piston-ring tension add up to 15 percent more power and torque than before
Pushbutton electric starting makes it easier than ever to get rolling, but a reshaped kick-starter that clears the rider’s leg better is there for back-up
The starter button and kill switch are located on the left handlebar for easy access
KACR (Kawasaki Automatic Compression Release) provides easy starting
KLX’s compact lay-down engine design is perfect for engine cooling and a low center of gravity
An ignition timing inspection hole was added for easier maintenance
A redesigned choke knob on the 18mm carburetor is easier to grab with gloves on
4-speed gearbox: Four speeds instead of three exploit additional engine power: While the overall top-gear ratio is nearly the same, that extra gear is combined with a shorter final drive ratio to effectively tighten the gaps between each gear, while also widening the available range of operating speeds
A rugged, reliable centrifugal clutch teaches entry-level riders to shift without the distraction of having to operate a clutch lever
A redesigned shift drum cam groove and positioning spring, and a smoother cam surface, result in improved shift feel and more positive gear engagement
The KLX110 will only start in neutral for added safety
The engine off switch is within easy reach on the left handlebar
A screw-type throttle limiter allows adult supervisors to control kids’ speed while learning
30mm telescopic fork with 4.3 inches of travel is revised to deal with the new bike’s increased performance
Tapered roller bearings at the lower steering stem add durability
A new handlebar bend fits a greater variety of riders, along with a reshaped seat
A longer rear shock controls the rear wheel through a swing-arm with a lower pivot. Stiffer spring and damping rates control the rear wheel through 4.3 inches of more firmly controlled travel, with greater resistance to bottoming
Lowering the swing-arm pivot point accommodates the longer shock and increased stroke
14-inch front and 12-inch rear knobby tires on strong, steel rims provide great off-road traction and durability, and keep the seat low
The rear brake rod is more rigid for better braking and feel
The high-tensile KLX steel backbone frame is strong, lightweight and built to take years of abuse
Four strategically placed heat shields provide protection from the exhaust pipe
A low, 26.8-inch seat height accommodates a broad range of riders
Cool new KX450F-style fuel tank, seat, shrouds, side panels and fenders look fast even sitting still
KX-style half-waffle grips provide better control
A convenient side stand makes life easier
A U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrester comes as standard equipment
The KLX110 meets California ‘Green Sticker’ requirements, for year-round riding fun
Engine: Four-stroke, SOHC, two-valve single
Bore x Stroke: 53.0 x 50.6mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Carburetion: Mikuni PB18
Transmission: Four-speed with automatic clutch
Final Drive: Chain
Frame: Backbone frame, high-tensile steel
Rake / Trail: 24.8 degrees / 2.0 in.
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel: 30mm hydraulic telescopic fork / 4.3 in.
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel: Swing-arm with single hydraulic shock / 4.3 in.
Front Tire: 2.50×14
Rear Tire: 3.00×12
Front Brake / Rear Brake: Mechanical Drum / Mechanical Drum
Overall Length: 61.4 in.
Overall Width: 25.6 in.
Overall Height: 37.6
Ground Clearance: 8.5 in.
Seat Height: 26.8 in.
Curb Weight: 168 lbs.
Wheelbase: 42.3 in.
Fuel Capacity: 1.0 gal.
Color: Lime Green
Warranty: 6 Months
Bottom line. Fun. Fun fun fun!