Kawasaki Details the 2014 KX450F, Launch Control Added [Photo Gallery]
This factory-style feature maximized traction and grip for better race starts by retarding a bit the ignition in gear one and two, offering better thrust immediately after releasing the clutch.
Easy to engage in neutral or any of the first two gears, the Launch Control is automatically disengaged after shifting into third and brings back the initial mapping.
Other top-notch features are the multi-map ECU, easily selectable using the DFI coupler caps which offer standard, hard terrain and soft terrain, no laptop needed: just plug in the desired cap and hit the kickstart. Speaking of which, Kawasaki claims extreme performance: "the engine can be started with only three rotations of the crankshaft using the electricity generated by a single kick of the starter, no battery needed."
The 2014 Kawasaki KX450F is powered by a 449cc, 12.5:1 single engine, with a 43mm Keihin throttle body and mated to a manual 5-speed close-ratio gearbox. Improved radiators are now offering better heat transfer for the coolant liquid and the redesigned shrouds offer better air flow.
Heavy-duty 48mm pneumatic Kayaba forks come with 22-was compression and 20-way rebound adjustments, while the rear Uni-Trak linkage assembly comes with a 50mm piston shock and even more setup options.
250mm and 240mm single discs are in place for the front and rear, respectively, and Kawasaki estimated they will do a great job slowing the 248 lbs (112 kg) machine when needed. The light weight is enhanced by using an aluminium swingarm.
The 2014 Kawasaki KX450F will be available for $8,699 (€6,620).
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