In 2021, the Japanese motorcycle manufacturer added to its off-road lineup the Kawasaki 450XC, a new cross-country racer that retained all the championship-winning performance and factory-style features of the KX450 machine.
In addition, the added XC abbreviation was translated into specific engine tuning and suspension settings, 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels shoded with enduro-type tires, and conventional standard features such as a side stand and a skid plate.
The ultimate combination of a championship-winning package consisted of a 449cc liquid-cooled engine, a slim aluminum perimeter frame, a Showa A-KIT technology suspension, a hydraulic clutch, and an electric starter, which resulted in a cross-country racing machine with a tune for more experienced riders.
In the aluminum perimeter frame, the engine was used as a stressed member that contributed to the frame rigidity, but also, the frame was made of a combination of forged, extruded, and cast parts, designed with a balance of torsional and longitudinal rigidity for quick handling.
As for ergonomics, the 2021 Kawasaki 450XC featured wide footpegs, a bodywork designed for better rider movement with long, smooth surfaces, and the fuel tank offered a flat progression to the seat that gave the rider more freedom of movement.
As for braking performance, the bike packed a single petal disc with a hydraulic caliper on the front wheel and a 250 mm petal disc with a hydraulic caliper on the rear wheel that offered optimum braking power.
|engine specs||Type:||Four-stroke single, DOHC, liquid-cooled||Displacement:||4449 cm3||Bore X Stroke:||3.8x2.4 in OR 97 mm||Compression Ratio:||12.5:1||Horsepower:||/ KW(hp)/RPM||Torque:||/ lb-ft/RPM OR 0 Nm/RPM||Fuel System:||DFI with 44 mm Keihin throttle body|
|transmission specs||Gearbox:||5-manual speed||Clutch:||Wet, multi-plate||Primary Drive:||-||Final Drive:||Chain|
|chassis specs||Frame:||Aluminum perimeter||Front Suspension:||49 mm inverted telescopic coil-spring fork with 16-way compression damping and 16-way rebound damping/12.0 in||Rear Suspension:||Uni-Trak gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir with dual-range (4 turns stepless high speed/19-way low-speed) compression damping, 22-way rebound damping and adjustable preload/12.1 in||Front Brake:||Single disc 270 mm||Rear Brake:||Single disc 250 mm|
|dimension specs||Overall Length:||-||Overall Width:||86 in OR 2184 mm||Seat Height:||49.8 in OR 1265 mm||Weelbase:||58.5 in OR 1486 mm||Ground Clearance:||13.2 in OR 335 mm||Weight:||247 lbs OR 112 kg||Fuel Capacity:||1.64 gallons OR 6.2 L|
|power system specs||Power pack:||-||Nominal Capacity:||-||Maximum Capacity:||-||Charger type:||-||Charging time (normal):||-||Charging time (quick):||-||Range:||-|