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Factory rider for a day!

Published July 14th, 2005





Photos & video below.



When Kawasaki invited us out to the press introduction for the brand new ’06 KX250F, we could barely contain ourselves. After all, the KXF had already claimed 5 titles, including Ivan Tedesco and Grant Langston’s 2005 supercross titles. In addition to an already great package, Kawasaki used their knowledge in building perimeter frames to design and develop an all new twin spar perimeter aluminum frame for ’06.



The folks at Kawasaki decided to have the intro at Castillo Ranch. We’ve heard and seen wonderful things about Castillo Ranch in California, but never had the opportunity to experience it firsthand. When we got there we were blown away. As you drive in, to the left is a perfectly groomed supercross track backed by loamy rolling hills. As we pulled up to the track we would be riding at, we were met by a huge Kawasaki semi truck, race technicians, and a dozen brand new KX250F’s. After we all got our riding gear on and were assigned a bike, we were off.



The KX started first kick, and was probably the easiest 4-stroke we’ve ever started. Right away you can notice how smooth and torquey the motor was. It was easy to ride and had tons of over-rev compared to the previous models. (Kawasaki did this by revising the intake and exhaust ports.) For stronger low to mid range performance, the combustion chamber was also revised. New cam profiles and a higher 13.5:1 compression ratio improve high-rpm performance, and to compensate for the increased output, the piston now has a thicker crown.



For the first time ever, Kawasaki opted to go with Showa suspension simply because they said it worked better. And it didn’t disappoint. The rear end worked like magic, connecting the KX to the ground perfectly, never kicking, swapping, or bottoming. The same can be said about the front. It was supple on small bumps but resisted bottoming on the big hits. The new frame and suspension help the bike turn really well. It would dive into corners, never pushing, and would leave you with a huge grin on your face. Sitting on the bike also made me notice how comfortable and slim the bike felt. and it felt nimble in the air as well.



After riding the bike for a whole day, it still looked brand new. The fit and finish on the bike is first class, including new Renthal handlebars. The ’06 KX250F is an excellent bike that inspires confidence and pushes you to ride harder. Whether you’re a pro trying to make it in the sport, or your just starting out, the KX250F definitely won’t disappoint.



Watch the QuickTime video of the KXF in action!



Thanks for Kawasaki for all their assistance. (We can’t wait for the new 450!)



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New Showa suspension

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New aluminum frame

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The Kawasaki guys were great

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Kinney Jones at work

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Old fat guy on track

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Castillo Ranch

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Nichole and Melissa helped make it happen

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The technicians detailing our bike

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We were treated like factory riders

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Russ working the course

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The Kawasaki semi

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