1 4 KX250F KAWASAKI
Some of us are risk-takers and some of us aren’t. If you’re not sure which category you fall into, there are some very simple
clues. Taking big tax deductions, walking in San Bernardino late at
night, and wearing a Speedo on the beach are all signs that you are
pretty comfortable with risk. On the other hand, ask yourself if you
are a Kawasaki KX250F kind of guy. If there’s such a thing as a risk-free decision, getting on board the KX250F bandwagon is it.
Kawasaki’s KX250F is proven beyond any doubt. On the pro level,
it has won more races than anything in its class. In the real world,
it goes fast, handles well and sells in respectable numbers. If you
never gamble at all, you can still bet that the KX250F is about as
good as a 250F gets.
One reason for this is that Kawasaki’s corporate bosses are risk-averse themselves. They know the KX250F is a winner, and they
want it to stay that way. Kawasaki made very few changes to the
2014 model, which means the bike can’t fail. Regardless of what
else happens in the 250F world, the KX will still be good.
The no-risk 250F
THE GOOD STUFF
There’s isn’t any one reason for the Kawasaki’s success. The finished puzzle
has many pieces. Topping the list is the motor. It has a number of features
that set it apart. One is the secondary fuel injector located in the air intake
boot. It was originally introduced on a street bike, but it’s responsible for much
of the KX’s snappy throttle response. The bike comes with three different ignition maps reprogrammed in the CPU. You can access the different maps by
changing between color-coded electric plugs located on the steering head. All
the settings are good, but for most tracks and most conditions, the standard
plug is hard to beat. The four-valve, DOHC motor has proven to be solid, reliable and a great platform for hop-ups—just ask the guys at Pro Circuit. This
year’s motor isn’t completely unchanged. A crankcase oil jet was altered to
better cool the underside of the piston. Also, the five-speed gearbox was
changed, with several of the gears using four dogs for engagement instead of
three. There were some minor changes in the shift drum as well.