2020 Kawasaki KX250

A more powerful and stiffly suspended KX250 than was available in past years.

KX250 front right
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While the 2020 Kawasaki KX250 doesn’t look much different on the outside than the 2017–2019 models, it features a significantly changed engine, new suspension components, and a few other chassis upgrades. The heavily revised powerplant makes 3.8 more peak horsepower than the 2019 machine. It has, however, lost some of the low-end grunt that it had before, which makes fanning the clutch a necessity for maximum acceleration. The KX250’s lack of electric start wouldn’t be a big deal if the engine were easier to fire up, especially when hot.

KX250 left side
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The new KYB 48mm coil-spring fork and KYB shock share their spring rates with the KX450 and are set up on the stiff side. Both ends of the bike feel somewhat harsh at slower speeds—in braking bumps, for example—and lack comfort on all but the biggest-impact landings. “The suspension on the KX250 is a tad harsh,” tester Tanner Basso noted. “It’s not very plush over smaller bumps and lower-speed sections of the track.” All that said, the KX250 remains one of the better-handling bikes in its class due to its nimble and smaller overall feel on the track.

KX250 right side
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2020 Kawasaki KX250 Reviews, Comparisons, And Competition

Manufacturer Claimed Specifications

Price $7,799
Engine Liquid-cooled, DOHC, single-cylinder
Displacement 249cc
Bore x Stroke 78.0mm x 52.2mm
Horsepower N/A
Torque N/A
Transmission 5-speed
Final Drive Chain
Seat Height 37.3 in.
Rake 28.6°
Trail 5.1 in.
Front Suspension 48mm fully adjustable; 12.4-in. travel
Rear Suspension Fully adjustable; 12.2-in. travel
Front Tire 80/100-21
Rear Tire 100/90-19
Wheelbase 58.3 in.
Fuel Capacity 1.7 gal.
Claimed Wet Weight 231 lb.

Cycle World Tested Specifications

Seat Height 36.8 in.
Dry Weight 233 lb.
Rear-Wheel Horsepower 39.6 hp @ 12,500 rpm
Rear-Wheel Torque 18.9 lb.-ft. @ 9,600 rpm
0–60 mph N/A
1/4-mile N/A
Braking 30–0 mph N/A
Braking 60–0 mph N/A