For riders who are familiar with the ride of the older KX models, saddling the familiar-looking 2005 cycle will surely impress. When kicked to start, everything sounds reminiscent of its predecessors, but with a twist of the throttle and click into gear, it's obvious this is a very different bike. At its essence, the bike serves as an excellent example of Kawasaki raising the bar to better compete with the other major Japanese motorcycle manufacturers. Before 2005, the KX250 served as an excellent option for riders new to trail and track riding, but it simply couldn't compare to the Honda, Yamaha, or Suzuki models. The 2005 model changed everything. Opening the throttle, this bike will keep up with its Japanese brothers.