How quickly things change in the MX world; one year you’re hot and the next you’re knocked to second spot. Suzuki’s RM-Z450 held onto the trophy for two years, but refinements and upgrades to Kawasaki’s KX450F have vaulted it into the hot seat for 2013. Key to its improved performance is Kayaba’s Pneumatic Spring Fork [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Adam Campbell
Motorcycles intended for racing always get better in their second year of production. The KX450F, which received a new frame and a high-tech electronics package last year, is a prime example. For 2013, Kawasaki has refined the power delivery and improved the handling to help give the KX an edge on its competition. Grab some [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Motocross is going through a dynamic shift in suspension technology. Concepts that were way ahead of their time—like the Fox Air Shox and Factory Forx from the mid-1970s—are now viable options due to progress in technology and manufacturing. Two of the latest suspension systems that have made headlines are Showa’s Separate Function Fork (SFF) as [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Mark Kariya
For 15 years, Honda has dominated the Class 22 Pro Motorcycle division in SCORE competition on the Baja peninsula. But that streak finally came to an end when the Kawasaki KX450F-mounted THR Motorsports Monster Energy team of Robby Bell, David Pearson and Steve Hengeveld crossed the finish line in the Tecate SCORE Baja 500 two [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
After Ryan Villopoto won back-to-back Supercross championships and last year’s outdoor motocross title, Kawasaki could be excused if it sat on its hands and left the KX450F unchanged. Unfortunately for the competition, Kawi couldn’t leave well enough alone. On the $8699 2013 KX450F, the big news is the KYB Pneumatic Spring Fork (PSF), which saves [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Ryan Villopoto: Down, Now Out Kawasaki factory rider wins back-to-back AMA Supercross titles then suffers season-ending knee injury.
Ryan Villopoto crashed while running mid-pack on the first lap of Saturday night’s AMA Supercross main event at Seattle’s CenturyLink Field, near his hometown of Poulsbo, Washington, and appeared to hurt his knee. At the time, no one knew the extent of the injury, but the damage was serious enough that the 23-year-old Monster Energy [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The Weapon – World’s Coolest Bikes Ryan Villopoto wins the AMA Outdoor Motocross Championship and $1 million; Dudek rides the KX450F that got him there.
Photography by Jeff Allen It is my belief that this highly tuned factory 2012 KX450F has helped re-elevate Ryan Villopoto to the high expectations set by his previous Lites-class dominance. His performance during the final rounds of the 2011 AMA Motocross Championships and his Monster Energy Cup $1 million sweep showed the speed that had [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The headline feature for Kawasaki’s new KX450F is Launch Control, but don’t let that one item overshadow the extensive list of changes that transform this green machine into an all-new motorcycle. While Launch Control is cool, a redesigned frame, a heavily revised engine and a new electronics package are the updates that make the 2012 [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
[2012 KX450F] Just over a week after winning the 2011 AMA Supercross championship with Monster Energy factory rider Ryan Villopoto and the SX Lites West title with Pro Circuit’s Broc Tickle, Kawasaki announced significant improvements to its 2012 KX450F and KX250F motocrossers. Both machines will hit the market with industry-first technology never before seen on production [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)