We test two new models from Kawasaki: the KLX300 dual-sport (MSRP $5,599) and the KLX300SM supermoto (MSRP $5,999). Both are powered by a 292cc DOHC liquid-cooled four-valve fuel-injected single borrowed from the KLX300R off-road bike.
The KLX300 dual-sport is equipped with off-road-ready 21- and 18-inch wheels shod with Dunlop D605 knobby tires, a 43mm USD fork with adjustable compression damping and 10 inches of travel and a fully adjustable gas-charged Uni-Trak shock with 9.1 inches of travel. It has a 35.2-inch seat height and weighs 302 pounds wet.
The KLX300SM has 17-inch wire-spoke wheels shod with IRC Road Winner RX-01 rubber. Compared to the KLX300, the SM has stiffer suspension damping, less suspension travel, taller final-drive gearing and a larger front rotor.
Road Test Editor Nic de Sena spent a full day testing each bike, on public roads, at an OHV park (on the KLX300) and on a kart track (on the KLX300SM). He had a ball and says these bikes are great for newer riders or for those who just want to have fun on a budget. Check out his video review below: