The Kawasaki KLX450R is powered by the same engine as the KX450, a powerplant that has proven itself in terms of performance, and dependability. The four-stroke, dual overhead cam, four valve single engine has been designed to be as light as possible, while at the same time producing both the power, and the on-the-fly torque needed for dirt trail riding. The 449cc engine produces 38 horsepower at 7800 rpm, while the Keihin FCR40 carburetor helps create 25 foot pounds of torque, and delivers superior throttle control. Kawasaki’s design features digital electronic ignition and liquid cooling, keeping things very dependable through various riding situations. Starting the bike is easy thanks to an electric starter, but in times of need, a backup kickstarter is also included.