Kawasaki is hoping to encourage growth in the economical dual-sport market with the 2009 KLX250S. A user-friendly, economical, light weight, capable motorcycle, it could be just the thing for first-time rider who want to explore trails and commute to work, or experienced riders looking for a super cheap city commuter.>
Off-road prowess comes in the form of standard aluminum engine guards,
stronger wheels, dual high-capacity Denso radiators, heavily modified
suspension that includes reduced travel and a new shock linkage, a
firmer seat and straighter handlebars.
On-road ability and ease of use are provided by the electric starter,
closer 5th and 6th gear ratios for more high-speed (we use that term
lightly) acceleration, a gear driven engine balancer and 50-state
The KLX250S costs $4,899 weights just 126kg / 277lb (wet), and should
return fuel economy in the high 80mpg range. Combine that with the
10-inches of suspension travel and knobbly tires and it should make
short work of light trail use or potholed commuting.