2012 Kawasaki KX250F - First Ride

Double squirt for the dirt.

2012 Kawasaki KX250F - First Ride

2012 Kawasaki KX250F - First Ride

Kawasaki isn’t afraid to grab existing technology from other market segments and throw it at its dirtbikes, even when that may mean being a class pioneer. The most recent example of this methodology was Launch Control on the 2012 KX450F. Now, Kawasaki has introduced dual fuel injectors on its latest KX250F.

Additionally, the Lites-class KX remains the only MXer to use Showa’s Separate Function Fork, which is said to have been improved, as well. Tweaks to both the fork and the shock include revised spring rates and valving, giving the ride a more supple feel without harsh bottoming. The updates have resulted in a faster, better-handling motorcycle.

The secondary injector is located upstream, near the airbox intake. Its purpose is to allow the fuel molecules more time to fully atomize, creating an easier-burning mixture without resorting to running lean. The result is a noticeable power increase higher in the rev range, and the engine gets there quicker, too. The powerband is broader and meatier with impressive overrev, which really helps driving out of soft corners or stretching a gear to make a jump without needing an upshift.

With a racing résumé that trumps all others in the class, the KX250F is already a proven winner, and the 2012 model is even better. Technology usually comes at a price, but in this case, the KX’s MSRP only increased by $100 to $7399—a small price to pay for awesomeness.