2018 Kawasaki KLX250 First Ride Review

In the 1960s and early ’70s, small dual-sport bikes were a common and affordable way for new riders to enter into the world of motorcycling. Today sees a resurgence in the tiddler dual-purpose bikes, with Honda recently offering up its updated CRF250L ($5,149, plus $330 destination charge) and the mechanically similar CRF250L Rally, an adventure-styled quarter-liter mount. Yamaha continues to sell its higher-spec WR250R, which offers greater performance but at an inflated price ($6,699).

Now comes along a freshened KLX250 from Kawasakiafter a three-year hiatus, ringing in at $5,349 for the lime green color option. The worst aspect of the previous model was its lean carburetion that resulted in difficult starting and imprecise throttle responses. Addressing that issue is a fuel-injection system utilizing a 10-hole injector that delivers easier starting and improved performance while purportedly consuming less fuel. The EFI system has actually been available in overseas markets for several years.

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