Kawasaki KX450F 2016 first photos and specs

First images and specs of the 2016 Kawasaki KX450F are available. The new KX450F scores big points in the weight department due to engine and chassis modifications loosing around 7.5 pounds.

The new engine has all new cases in order to save weight and increase rigidity. The cylinder head has revised intake ports. This change improves high RPM performance. Also the 36mm titanium intake valves are changed for 2016. Kawasaki claims that the fuel injection and throttle system are now changed in order to reduce vibrations. The Kawasaki KX450F features a new exhaust system for 2016 that helps low RPM power.



Frame and alloy swing arm are completely new allowing better rider movement and better rear wheel traction. Bodywork is also new and looks more radical in comparison with the previous version. Also the fuel tank area is lowered for greater freedom of move from back to front on extreme riding conditions.

The SFF-Air TAC suspension is provided by Showa and has 22 positions for compression and 20 positions for rebound dumping adjustment. Foot-pegs are adjustable in two positions while the handlebars have four positions of adjust ability.

The new 2016 Kawasaki KX450F promises to be a true king of the hill just its predecessor.


Engine: 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled
Displacement: 449cc
Bore x Stroke: 96 x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio: 12.8:1
Fuel System: DFI with 43mm Keihin throttle body
Ignition: Digital DC-CDI
Transmission: 5-speed
Final Drive: Chain
Frame Type: Aluminum perimeter
Rake/Trail: 28° / 4.9”
Fuel Capacity: 1.66 gal.
Front Suspension / Wheel: Travel 49mm Inverted Showa SFF-Air TAC Separate Function front Fork w/ Triple Air Chamber, DLC coated sliders, 22-position compression and 20-position rebound damping adjustment / 12.2”
Rear Suspension / Wheel: Travel Uni-Trak linkage system and Showa shock, 19-position low-speed and 4-turns high-speed compression damping, 22-position rebound damping and fully adjustable spring preload / 12.4”
Tire Size, Front: 80/100-21
Tire Size, Rear: 120/80-19
Brakes, Front: Single semi-floating 270mm Braking petal-style disc with dual-piston caliper
Brakes, Rear: Single 240mm Braking petal-style disc with single-piston caliper
Overall Length: 86.4”
Overall Width: 32.3”
Overall Height: 50.8”
Ground Clearance: 13.6”
Seat Height: 37.8”
Curb Weight (claimed): 239.6 lb
Wheelbase: 58.9 in.
Fuel Capacity: 1.66 gal.
Color: Lime Green

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