2012 Kawasaki KX450F Photo First Ride

The motousa. com reported that The KX450F has had a tendency to stand up mid-corner but it feels much better for ’12. (Center) For shorter riders the fully extended cockpit seemed to be a little to open, or at least for our test rider Chris See which is 5’ 10”. (Below) The suspension received minor updates for 2012, but for faster riders it is still a bit on the soft side for faster riders.

449cc liquid-cooled Single, DOHC, 4-valve
Bore x Stroke: 96.0 x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Fuel Delivery: Fuel-injection
Clutch: Wet multi-plate, cable actuation
Transmission: Five-speed
Final Drive Gearing: 13F/50R
Front Suspension: Kayaba AOS 48mm fork, 22-position compression and 20-position rebound damping adjustment; 12.4 in. travel
Rear Suspension: UNI-TRAK-equipped Kayaba gas charged shock, 22-position low-speed and step-less high-speed compression damping, 22-position rebound damping and adjustable spring preload; 12.4 in. travel
Front Brake: 250mm petal disc, dual-piston caliper
Rear Brake: 240mm petal disc, 1-piston caliper Handlebar: Renthal
Front Tire: Bridgestone M403 80/100-21
Rear Tire: Bridgestone M404 120/80-19
Curb Weight: 250 lbs.
Wheelbase: 58.3 in. Length: 85.8 in. Width: 32.3 in. Ground Clearance: 13.4 in.
Seat Height: 37.6 in.
Fuel Capacity: 1.64 gal.
MSRP: $8399
Color: Lime Green

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