By Ryan Adams Editor Score: 80.5%
2020 Kawasaki KLX230
Editor Score: 80.5%
Rubbin’ elbows, backin ‘er in, and general tomfoolery. That’s what small displacement dual-sports are for, right? What? I’m doing it wrong?! You’re doing it wrong! The truth of the matter is that you get out what you put in. You’re your own fun limiter. If you can’t have a good time on a motorcycle, maybe take up something lame like ball sports. Our time spent in the lush green marijuana-strewn countryside of southern Oregon was an absolute blast onboard Kawasaki’s latest KLX models. Proof that absolute world-class motorcycle journalists (I’m sure there were some there) and newbies alike can jump on the 2020 Kawasaki KLX230 and have all of the fun.
New for 2020, the KLX230 slides in to Kawi’s lineup as an affordable all-rounder dual-sport. What about the KLX250, you ask? So did we. Kawasaki tells us there’s room in the category for both, citing the KLX230’s $800 lower price point, lower 34.8-inch seat height (though it feels shorter), lower weight, at 306 lbs, and lower tech as the biggest differences. At $4,599, it’s a sweet deal and feels like a much smaller and more lightweight package than the KLX250.
We set off through the small town of Jacksonville, Oregon, and wound our way into the surrounding hills. Before long, we quickly darted off the beaten path into some light technical two-trackers, which gave us a great chance to get an idea of the abilities and limits of the bike right out of the gate. What should come as no surprise for a street-legal, low-priced dual-sport was that the suspension was quickly overwhelmed at the pace we were riding. Hard edges, small to medium …read more