Kawasaki has just announced it’s building the KLX230 dual sport, and bringing it to Canada.
The KLX230 is a street-legal version of the KLX230R trail bike, another machine Kawasaki just unveiled. Like the trail bike version, the KLX230 has a long-stroke single cylinder motor, with simple design. It’s air-cooled, has 233 cc displacement, and has a SOHC head with two-valve design. It makes roughly 20 horsepower. There’s a proper six-speed transmission, and electric start.
Suspension is likely on the soft side, as this bike isn’t intended for aggressive riding. Unlike the KLX250, the 230 has telescopic forks up front, and no mention of adjustability, except the rear preload. Suspension travel is 220 mm up front, and about 225 mm in the rear.
Fuel capacity is 7.5 litres, which is modest, but this EFI-equipped machine likely sips gas very conservatively. There’s a simple LCD dash, with readouts for rpm and speed, a fuel gauge, a blinker warning light and an odometer.
In some markets, the KLX230 will be available with Bosch-built offroad ABS, and without it (for less money, of course, and about one kg of weight savings). No word yet on whether both versions will be available in Canada, but guessing from the rest of Kawasaki’s lineup, we’d expect the ABS-equipped bike only. Kawasaki says this is its first machine coming equipped with an ABS system that has offroad mode. Interesting … might we expect another, soon?
It will be available at $5,499 with ABS in Canada, $5,299 without ABS.
Along with the bike itself, Kawasaki also plans to offer a few key accessories, including handguards, a rack, a skid plate and other useful bits. Talk to your dealer when the bike arrives in showrooms, and they’ll get you pricing.