The little giant
dyno, but we know a good one when we see it. Launch
Control is a good thing to have, although each test rider
felt he personally didn’t need it.
We truly believe the KX handles better this year. We’ll
credit the minor suspension and chassis changes. The bike
also starts easily and shifts under a full load.
WEAK POINTS: You have to get nitpicky to find fault
with the KX, but here’s our list. It’s loud, bordering on
obnoxious. The clutch has a very short lifespan with the
stock springs, and some test riders complained that the
fork had a harsh zone on small and midsize impacts. It is
the second heaviest of the 250Fs, and that’s not surprising. The KX might not feel heavy, but it certainly doesn’t
feel light. It still has 7⁄8-inch bars.
BOTTOM LINE: The history books are full of crummy
bikes that won a lot of races. The KX250F is not one of
those. It has won races year in and year out because it is
deserving. This year’s KX might not boast many changes,
but all of them are improvements on a bike that was
already stunningly good.
The Kawasaki KX250F has the best record in the professional racing world. Most of the credit goes to James
Stewart, Ivan Tedesco, Blake Baggett and all the other
riders who have benefited from the Pro Circuit racing program, but you have to give some credit to the bike itself.
The KX is consistently good, year after year. For 2014,
Kawasaki only made a few changes. The most notable is
the inclusion of a Launch Control button, which alters the
bike’s power characteristics for increased traction off the
line. There are also subtle changes in the suspension and
gearbox. Kawasaki still uses a one-spring SFF fork, dual
fuel injectors and different EFI maps that can be changed
via electronic couplers.
STRONG POINTS: It’s all about the motor. The
Kawasaki doesn’t have the most power, but it does have
the best power. It jumps to attention, has great midrange,
and pulls hard on top. Beyond its output, the Kawasaki
motor just seems willing and eager. It revs freely and
cleanly, giving the impression that it wants to run. We
might be the
motorcycle of all time. KAWASAKI KX250F