Latest Kawasaki premier class offering breaks cover.
Kawasaki has revealed the 2018 KX450F internationally this week with the model carrying over the host of high-quality components and design from the previous version.
Featuring a single cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled 449cc engine, the 2018 Kawasaki KX450F power-plant has been designed for instantaneous response and continues through to its strong top-end pull for peak performance.
To assist in low RPM power, a resonator chamber has been fitted to the exhaust header and the intake and air-box shape underneath the seat help to ensure consistent air-flow for maximum engine response and reduced intake noise.
Each 2018 Kawasaki KX450F comes standard with the DFI coupler system allowing riders to change the mapping of their motorcycle by choosing from a standard, hard or soft terrain coupler. For riders looking to fine-tune their ECU, the handheld KX FI Calibration Kit is also offered as a part within the Kawasaki Genuine Accessories catalogue.
The 2018 Kawasaki KX450F also features launch control for the serious racer focused on making it to the first turn ahead of the competition. Once the rider shifts into third gear, regular mapping immediately resumes and full power is restored.
In the chassis department the aluminium perimeter spars have been designed to ultra-thin specifications for a narrow profile and comfortable feel. A lightweight and rigid swing-arm is also used to help with rear wheel traction and overall feel.
The 2018 Kawasaki KX450F returns with the Showa SFF-Air TAC fork which separates damping and shock absorption duties into the individual fork legs. 22 compression and 20 rebound settings are available and changing air pressure covers a range of settings including ride height.
The Showa fork is matched up with a Showa shock featuring internal Kashima coating for improved suspension action and offers precise setting changes to help keep the rear wheel planted on-track.
Kawasaki also offers an optional rear linkage tie rod for riders searching for that extra edge. The tie rod is one millimetre longer than stock and can be used to reduce seat height by 4mm to give the rider additional adjustment options. For 2018 the Kawasaki KX450F also features aggressive styling matched with in-mold graphics on the radiator shrouds for increased durability.
Pricing and availability on the 2018 Kawasaki KX450F is yet to be released locally, however in the meantime you can visit www.kawasaki.com.au for updates on the model’s arrival.