2021 Kawasaki KX250X Review

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By Ryan Adams

2021 Kawasaki KX250X

Editor Score: 93.5%

Engine 19.0/20
Suspension/Handling 14.5/15
Transmission/Clutch 9.5/10
Brakes 9.0/10
Instruments/Controls 4.5/5
Ergonomics/Comfort 8.0/10
Appearance/Quality 9.5/10
Desirability 9.5/10
Value 9.0/10
Overall Score 92.5/100

The 2021 Kawasaki KX250X is essentially the same motorcycle as the ‘21 KX250(F) with a few necessary changes to convert the motocrosser to an off-road racing machine. That’s not a bad thing by any means, particularly because the KX250F just received a major overhaul this year. Since this “new” model marks Kawasaki’s focus on off-road racing – a genre it has had major success in in the past – we couldn’t wait to get our hands on this latest model.

Way back in the middle of 2019, we tested Honda and Yamaha’s cross-country 250s – both of which are also heavily based on their corresponding motocross models. These off-road machines are not only weapons for off-road racing, but also exciting performance-focused trail bikes. Now that Kawasaki has a new entry into the XC segment, we were excited to see how the KX250X would stack up to others in the field.

What turns an F into an X?

In Kawasaki’s eyes, not a lot. Just the essentials. The changes consist of a 21/18-inch wheel combo (instead of the standard 21/19 for motocrossers) which is fitted with off-road specific rubber, revised suspension, an extra tooth on the rear sprocket, a plastic skid plate and rear rotor guard, and a handy, convenient side stand for when you can’t find anything to lean your bike against.

The KX250X’s 21/18-inch wheel combo is wrapped in Dunlop’s standard off-road rubber – the Geomax AT81. These tires are developed specifically for use in off-road environments which can require a more rugged tire as well as extra sidewall height. This acts as …read more

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