2008 Kawasaki KLX Review


Any kid who loves to ride dirt bikes is going to love the 2008 Kawasaki KLX. The KLX is a versatile motorcycle that's a blast to ride for both the inexperienced rider as well as beginners who may just be starting out. While the 2008 Kawasaki KLX may be designed and generally bought for children, adults simply cannot get enough of this fun and exciting ride as well. There is a good chance that if a parent purchases this bike for their child, they may wind up taking it out for a spin more than once.

There are a couple different models of the KLX including the KLX 110, KLX 140, the slightly longer KLX140L, and the more powerful KLX 450R. The push button electric start is one of the key features of the 2008 Kawasaki KLX. The simple ease of starting the bike with the push of button allows the inexperienced rider to gain the confidence they need to hone in on their riding skills. Once the child gets used to riding and enhances their skills there is also a kick start lever so the rider will have the option to start the bike however they choose. The kick start also acts as back up starting device in the event the electronic kick start fails. To help make the 2008 Kawasaki even more beginner-friendly, the bike is equipped with an automatic clutch system. This is a no clutch shifting system designed to help the inexperienced rider learn how to ride without worrying about having to shift. Parents will also appreciate the parental controls that are featured with the bike. These options allow for control of the throttle speed and a safety feature that allows the bike to only start when it is in neutral. Comfort, control, and manageable power help to make this bike a reliable choice for both the inexperienced and experienced rider.

The design of the bike is also one aspect that appeals to both parents and kids. A comfortable seat designed for optimal comfort and with easy to reach handlebars that bend help to allow for enhanced control of the bike. The stylish design of the fenders and sleek lines give the 2008 Kawasaki KLX a unique look. Optional decal and graphic kits are sold separate and can help to add an even more personal touch to the 2008 Kawasaki KLX.

The Kawasaki KLX 110 has plenty of power as well. The new 144cc, air-cooled, single-cylinder engine provides a lightweight power plant that is easy to operate and maintain. The KLX 140 has a 144cc, single-cylinder engine; and for those looking for even more power, Kawasaki offers the KLX 450R boasting a 449cc engine. No matter which model is chosen, the KLX is sure to provide hours of off-roading fun for riders of all ages.

New For 2008

  • This is the first year for the Kawasaki KLX.M

2008 Kawasaki KLX Specs

  • Model: KLX 110, KLX 140, KLX140L, KLX 450R
  • Engine Type: 111cc single-cylinder, 114cc single-cylinder, 449cc single-cylinder
  • Bore and Stroke: 53.0mm x 50.6mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.51:1
  • Valve Train: Single overhead cam shaft (SOHC)
  • Induction: Air
  • Ignition: Electric/kickstart
  • Transmission: Four speed with automatic clutch
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 1 gallon
  • Estimated Fuel Economy: TBD
  • Brakes (Front): Mechanical drum
  • Brakes (Rear): Mechanical drum
  • Suspension (Front): Hydraulic fork
  • Suspension (Rear): Single swing arm
  • Wheelbase: 42.3 inches
  • Rake: 24.8 degrees
  • Trail: 2.0 inches
  • Seat Height: 26.8 inches
  • Curb Weight: 168 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 2.50 x 14
  • Tires (Rear): 3.00 x 12


  • Custom graphic kit designed to add that unique sense of style to the bike. This kit features decals for airbox, shrouds, rear and front fenders, as well as the swing arms.
  • Covers for indoor storage of the bike. This cover helps to protect dust and keeps bike clean when in storage. Ideal for parking the bike for an extended period of time or stored in garages.
  • Engine covers that give the bike a custom appearance. Available in a variety of colors.

Key Competitors For The 2008 Kawasaki KLX

  • Honda CRF 100F
  • Suzuki RM125
  • KTM SX 85
  • Suzuki RM 85 L