from 8 kg/cm2 to 9 kg/cm2, and Kawasaki is offering
lighter 8. 5 or heavier 9. 5 options.
With all the changes to the engine for 2013, the KX250F
receives a redesigned exhaust system, featuring an
Acoustic Resonator Chamber and a 30mm-shorter muffler
with a 7mm-wider outlet that meets the 94 dB AMA sound
The 2013 engine is has much-improved bottom and mid-range power.
Smaller radiator shrouds flow more air around the radiators and engine for improved cooling.
requirements. For tuneability on the fly, Kawasaki
includes three DFI map-selector couplers—standard-,
hard- and soft-terrain settings—all color-coded for quick
Kawasaki’s 2013 KX250F has been restyled from front to
back. The new minimalist bodywork, flatter seat, more
compact fuel tank, blue anodized finished suspension
adjusters with matching engine plugs, silver clutch cover,
silver generator cover, black anodized rims, and a black
rear fender give the bike a whole new look.
The controls receive attention as well—a softer, 10mm-
longer handlebar grip and a pushrod-style front-brake master cylinder replace the knocker-style linkage, teamed with
a softer brake pad for greater stopping power.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
The new styling jumped out at us right away; the front
fender and front number plate have a cool aerodynamic
look, and the rest of the bike has a seamless streamline
feel. In the boost world, the 2013 KX250F engine has more
power right of bottom, with a strong pull through the mid-range, targeting riders who demand strong bottom and mid
on 250Fs. For the pros who work the rev limiter, it seems to
sign off a shade earlier than the 2012 model and a lot earlier than the 2011 version. For some of our test riders, this
made it easier to ride, but for the intermediate to pro-level
tester, they commented on the amount of shifting needed
to stay in the sweet spot. We changed the DFI setting with
the soft-terrain-map coupler; this gave us the higher-revving power curve the faster riders wanted without sacrificing much of the bottom-end grunt the slower riders
We want to keep an eye out on the clutch. With less oil
capacity (only 350cc), it seems to get hot easily and go
away far too soon. We’ll keep you posted.
The new frame gives the KX250F a slimmer feel, making
it easy to grip when entering and exiting corners. Kawasaki
went to great length to increase the rigidity of its frame and
swingarm for 2013, giving you a firmer but sometimes
harsher feel under hard breaking or acceleration.
All-new bodywork gives the 2013
KX250F an aggressive look.