2009 Kawasaki KX450F - Meaner And Greener

By Brian Catterson, Photography by Mark Kariya

Tech Spec
Evolution

The latest, fuel-injected iteration of the bike on which James Stewart just had a perfect season.

Rivals
Honda CRF450R, Husqvarna TC450, KTM 450 SX, Suzuki RM-Z450 and Yamaha YZ450F.

Tech
Price $7549
Engine type l-c single
Valve train DOHC, 4v
Displacement 449cc
Transmission 5-speed
Frame Aluminum perimeter
Front suspension 48mm Kayaba inverted fork with adjustable
compression and rebound damping
Rear suspension Single Kayaba shock with adjustable spring
preload, high/low-speed compression and
rebound damping
Front brake Two-piston caliper, 250mm petal disc
Rear brake Single-piston caliper, 240mm petal disc
Front tire 90/100-21 Dunlop D742 FA
Rear tire 120/80-19 Dunlop D756
Seat height 38.0 in.
Wheelbase 58.3 in.
Fuel capacity 1.8 gal.
Claimed dry weight 236 lbs.

Contact:
www.kawasaki.com

Verdict 4.5 stars out of 5
Better than last year, but can it match the new Honda?

By Brian Catterson
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