Is Kawasaki making new KLX 450s


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  • jw423

Posted January 21, 2012 - 07:57 PM

#1

I have been checking out the kawasaki sites for a couple of years now. When did they stop making the KLX 450? Are there plans to start again? Or am I just missing something?

I have heard it's great one.

Thanks.

  • pantera66

Posted January 21, 2012 - 09:11 PM

#2

They stopped making them in 09 for the states, but in other countries like Australia we are up to 2012 models but they havnt changed since they were released late 07.
As for a new one i dont think it will happen.

  • Slackkinhard

Posted January 22, 2012 - 08:49 AM

#3

I wish they'd put the EFI goodies from the KX, and SS valves on the KLX and release it.

  • dmac1

Posted January 23, 2012 - 07:25 AM

#4

I wish they'd put the EFI goodies from the KX, and SS valves on the KLX and release it.


That would be ok, but I'm not interested in a FI bike until they get all the problems resolved. I don't need an injector problem miles from my truck. At the track is one thing...off road is another.

  • Slackkinhard

Posted January 23, 2012 - 08:28 AM

#5

I've got several friends with EFI bikes, and other than a fuel pump death, they've been solid. I hear ya though, I always know what's wrong with my carburetor.

  • jw423

Posted January 24, 2012 - 03:17 PM

#6

They stopped making them in 09 for the states, but in other countries like Australia we are up to 2012 models but they havnt changed since they were released late 07.
As for a new one i dont think it will happen.


What's the deal? Did they not sell well? It seems like there is plenty of room for the KLX on the market ??

  • Pit_Man

Posted January 24, 2012 - 03:43 PM

#7

http://www.thumperta...ff-road-market/

Read this link. It will answer your question.

  • jw423

Posted January 25, 2012 - 03:18 PM

#8

http://www.thumperta...ff-road-market/

Read this link. It will answer your question.


Thanks, I did a search for just that and got nada. That was a very interesting thread.

  • kx250fnick

Posted January 26, 2012 - 02:00 PM

#9

Thanks for the positive feedback from my thread LOL.Along with you guys I'm bummed they won't make off-road bikes.I'm so loyal to Kawasaki I won't ride anything else.Back in '07 the 450R took the off-road market by storm,but was short-lived.If they had a 250F off-road bike I would buy one.EFI would be nice,my dad has an '08 KLX450R its a great bike.

  • Slackkinhard

Posted January 26, 2012 - 02:10 PM

#10

Thanks for the positive feedback from my thread LOL.Along with you guys I'm bummed they won't make off-road bikes.I'm so loyal to Kawasaki I won't ride anything else.Back in '07 the 450R took the off-road market by storm,but was short-lived.If they had a 250F off-road bike I would buy one.EFI would be nice,my dad has an '08 KLX450R its a great bike.


My KLX450R has been great to me...4yrs and 20K miles of solid abuse.

  • kx250fnick

Posted January 26, 2012 - 04:39 PM

#11

Yes,the KLX450's are solid as rocks.My dad's bike has only had 2 valve adjustments with normal maintenence for 4 years of hard riding.

  • onekawboy

Posted February 11, 2012 - 07:20 PM

#12

Love them !!

  • kx250fnick

Posted February 11, 2012 - 07:43 PM

#13

One drawback to a carbed 450 is they are a %itch to kick start,well atleast for me.I'm practicing kicking if I get an EFI kx250f,which are far easier to start.

  • Slackkinhard

Posted February 12, 2012 - 06:16 AM

#14

One drawback to a carbed 450 is they are a %itch to kick start,well atleast for me.I'm practicing kicking if I get an EFI kx250f,which are far easier to start.


Jet it right and it will start first kick. My e-start isn't near as reliable as the kick

  • kx250fnick

Posted February 12, 2012 - 06:47 AM

#15

They do start easy with kick,that is if your leg is strong enough to kick this beast over.I have Cerbal Palsy which affects the right side of my body.This muscle condition makes my right leg weaker than my left leg.But I've been doing leg excersises,and now I can successfully kick my dad's 450 over.

  • Slackkinhard

Posted February 12, 2012 - 07:02 AM

#16

They do start easy with kick,that is if your leg is strong enough to kick this beast over.I have Cerbal Palsy which affects the right side of my body.This muscle condition makes my right leg weaker than my left leg.But I've been doing leg excersises,and now I can successfully kick my dad's 450 over.


Gotcha...it's all good!

A routine I follow when kickin is 'push' it just past TDC, so the compression releases, you'll feel it click if ya kick it slow enough, then give it a healthy stroke. Doesn't take much effort if done right. I've been sitting on my garage floor, reached up and pull started it with my hand.

  • kx250fnick

Posted February 12, 2012 - 07:14 AM

#17

I used the TDC method,and started it in 3 kicks.I like how they make the lever nice and thick, so you have alot of grip and surface to get a hard kick in.

  • pantera66

Posted February 13, 2012 - 03:05 AM

#18

current model kx450,six speed,e-start(with a decent charging system)head light,bigger tank,18 inch rear and shave some weight F@#$ Yeah would have one of them in my garage!!!!!!!!!

  • onekawboy

Posted February 14, 2012 - 01:13 PM

#19

One drawback to a carbed 450 is they are a %itch to kick start,well atleast for me.I'm practicing kicking if I get an EFI kx250f,which are far easier to start.



I have a '11 KX250 ..kicks over super easy ... have to remember to charge the system prior to first start ... funny seeing this post in here, I wanted a KLX450 but since no longer being sold I ended up with a new KX250 ..like it but 100% happy becasue it really wasn't what I wanted...lol

  • G31m

Posted February 22, 2012 - 06:26 AM

#20

current model kx450,six speed,e-start(with a decent charging system)head light,bigger tank,18 inch rear and shave some weight F@#$ Yeah would have one of them in my garage!!!!!!!!!

I just returned from a Kawasaki Product & Service school, where the KX450 was one of the bikes discussed. Believe me, you would not be happy with a KX450 as a substitute for the KLX450R. Better to stay with the KLX......you'll go faster on it.

Edited by G31m, February 22, 2012 - 06:27 AM.






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