2021 Kawasaki KLX300 Review (11 Highlights for Dual Sport Riding)
Last year Kawasaki brought the off-road KLX300R back to market, which we reviewed. This year Kawasaki upgraded the long-standing KLX250 dual-sport motorcycle to the 300-class, with the 2021 Kawasaki KLX300. We brought the new 300 to dirt and pavement to see if the off-road success translated into reality. by a dual sport capacity.
- The 2021 Kawasaki KLX300 improves on the performance of the previous KLX250. The new KLX300 has 43 cubic centimeters more and one more compression point, raising it to 11.1: 1 and 292cc. The performance of the DOHC engine is close to that of the EPA-compatible KLX300R off-road motorcycle. Freeways tax the single-cylinder engine, although it is capable of short high-speed excursions thanks to a wide-ratio six-speed transmission. The clutch and transmission work perfectly.
- It’s the weekend, you’re ready to explore to release the tension, and the 2021 Kawasaki KLX300 wants to join you. Your reason may be that you are retired, you want your child to go with you on your rides, or you want a fun way to get around town. The user-friendly KLX300 will bring a smile to any licensed motorcycle family member. It has electric start and, although the 35.2 inch seat height is great for the smaller pilot – we draw this pilot to the KLX230 we tested – getting a good grip on the ground will be easily and quickly achieved. with sitting time for those with a fairly long crotch.
- The KLX300 is agile and light while driving. However, at just over 300 pounds with the two-gallon tank topped up, it feels heavy on the lighter rider when abandoned on the trail.
- The mid-travel suspension is well suited for friendly off-road rides. The 2021 Kawasaki KLX300 has 10 inches of travel on the 43mm KYB cartridge fork, and just over nine inches of the linkage-enhanced piggyback damper. The standard suspension setup should work fine for most riders; it’s soft, without feeling soggy. For the discerning rider, the suspension is almost fully adjustable, with only fixed rebound damping preventing full customization. The suspension action is never harsh, and it doesn’t fail on sharp objects, which a novice or novice rider will appreciate.
- The 2021 Kawasaki KLX300 delivers comfort and confidence to the grips. Sitting in the cockpit, uh, the seat of the KLX300 feels great. The controls require all four limbs to operate the machine when crossing both tarmac and terrain. Doing this effortlessly takes practice, and a new rider wants as little bullying as possible. These factors must be taken into account in the production of such machines: bar width, positioning of manual and foot controls, throttle, switchgear and mirrors. It is supplied for most body configurations and personal preferences, but it is coming into stock to the general public as expected. Practice makes perfect, and few preferences require adjustment in the form of stock.
- What separates you and your machine from the surface you are going through are Dunlop D605 tires. The KLX300’s Dunlops must work both on the street and on the dirt. But, like the bike category, the tires satisfy both, within reason. An aggressive driving style requires either a true all-terrain studded tire or a street model for asphalt. The D605s are a smart choice that the owner can override at any time, but that probably won’t if 50/50 dirt / street is in the cards.
- If the rider is interested in more aggressive off-road riding, there are plenty of aggressive dirt options available. Choices are more limited for the street-oriented rider, due to its 21-inch front wheel. Street riders who just love the dual-sport style and attitude will want to consider its fraternal twin, the KLX300SM Supermoto, which we recently tested.
- The disc brakes provide a good feel and the 240mm rear disc will lock in off-road when needed. ABS is becoming more prevalent due to the influence of Euro 5, which is welcome for street bikes, but not the best for dual sport riders. We’re glad Kawasaki left the 2021 KLX300 without ABS, although a front-only system isn’t a bad idea.
- The LCD instrumentation is easy to read and provides the necessary readings in an orange glow. Your speed is easy to read at a glance, and those who want access to the tachometer have a wide-scan display to watch out for. Keep an eye out for the low fuel warning light, as there is no reserve setting on a gas valve on an EFI motorcycle.
- The KLX300 includes a rear fender bag to store a few tools, an inner tube repair kit, documents and an energy bar. This is much better than no fender bag, which is usually the case.
- Nothing sells out faster in showrooms than a bargain-priced motorcycle that offers functionality, looks and simple joy – the 2021 Kawasaki KLX300 does the trick. The base price of $ 5,559 (add $ 200 for Fragment Camo Gray) is worth the price of admission for years of fun and enjoyment exploring your garage’s 100 mile radius on a single fill-up, especially during or after a pandemic. Best of all, no trailer is required!
Photograph by Kevin Wing
Specifications Kawasaki KLX300 2021
- Type: single cylinder
- Displacement: 292cc
- Bore x stroke: 78.0 x 61.2 mm
- Compression ratio: 11.1: 1
- Valve system: DOHC; 4 valves
- Refueling: EFI with 34mm throttle body
- Cooling: Liquid
- Transmission: 6 speed
- Final drive: Chain
- Front suspension; Travel: 43mm adjustable inverted cartridge fork with compression damping; 10.0 inch
- Rear suspension; Travel: Fully adjustable linkage assisted piggyback reservoir shock; 9.1 inch
- Tires: Dunlop D605
- Front tire: 3.00 x 21
- Rear tire: 4.60 x 18
- Front brake: 250mm petal disc with 2-piston Nissin caliper
- Rear brake: 240mm petal disc with single piston caliper
- ABS: none
DIMENSIONS and CAPACITIES
- Wheelbase: 56.7 inches
- Rake: 26.7 degrees
- Trail: 4.2 inches
- Seat height: 35.2 inches
- Ground clearance: 10.8 inches
- Fuel tank capacity: 2.0 gallons
- Curb weight: 302 pounds
- Colors: lime green; Gray Camo Fragment (+ $ 200)
2021 Kawasaki KLX300 Price: From $ 5,599 MSRP
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