OK, let’s start with that stuff we’ll call ‘the specifications’. You’ve got to be a real supercross or motocross fanatic if you dig this info!
Engine – Liquid-cooled, four-stroke single with DOHC and four valves
Displacement – 449cc
Bore x stroke – 96.0 x 62.1mm
Compression ratio – 12.5:1
Fuel Injection – 43mm Keihin Throttle body
Ignition – Digital DC-CDI
Transmission – Five-speed
Rake / trail – 26.7 degrees / 4.6 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel – 48mm inverted, Kayaba AOS with DLC coated sliders, 22-position compression and 20-position rebound dampening adjustment / 12.4 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel – UNI-TRAKÂ® linkage system and Kayaba shock with 50mm piston, 22-position low-speed and step-less high-speed compression dampening, 22-position rebound dampening and fully adjustable spring pre-load / 12.4 in.
Front tire – 90/100-21
Rear tire – 120/80-19
Front brake – Single semi-floating 250mm petal disc with dual piston caliper
Rear brake – Single 240mm petal disc with single-piston caliper
Overall length – 86.0 in.
Overall width – 32.3 in.
Overall height – 50.4 in.
Wheelbase – 58.3 in.
Ground clearance – 13.4 in
Seat height – 38.0 in.
Curb weight – 250.4 lbs.
Fuel capacity – 1.9 gal.
Color – Lime Green
Well, all that cool info about the 2010 Kawasaki KX 450F is nice .. but we aren’t that much into being ‘gear-heads’ … we just want to ride.
On our brief ride at Pala Raceway, we can say without any doubts – this is a nice ride. Smooth. Fuel injection is smooth too. Smooth pretty much describes this bike all the way around, … motor, suspension, power delivery – all very smooth.
Here’s what Kawasaki says about their bike (and they should be proud):
The 2010 Kawasaki KX 450F provides an ideal platform for riders looking to win races. Its precise aluminum frame, premium suspension components and expert-tuned settings are designed to deliver superb high-speed stability, enabling racers to capitalize on its amazing engine performance. Hole-shot acceleration is delivered by a strong power-band and optimized chassis geometry specifically engineered to maximize rear wheel traction. Monster Energy Kawasaki rider Ryan Villopoto used his new KX450F to win several AMA Supercross and Motocross races, during his first year on a 450.
That’s nice too. All we know is – it looks good, rides good … and we’d like a couple for our garage.
Oh yeah … you can check out more info on the 2010 Kawasaki KX 450F at www.kawasaki.com … along with all their other supercross and motocross offerings