Despite being meant to haul kids, the 112cc air-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder engine never felt stressed while carrying my weight. Power peaks at 7bhp, which might not seem a lot on paper. However take into account the punchy power delivery and the KLX110’s feathery 76kg wet weight, and the performance fits the bike to a T. The power delivery throughout the rev range is smooth. There is abundant torque at low revs, enough to keep you going even when you are a gear higher than needed.
At a dirt track, you hardly need a motorcycle with a high top speed. Being fast is all about adopting proper body language and carrying momentum. Right from the word go, the KLX110 felt light and peppy enough for me to flick it around the dirt track. The quick throttle made it easy to keep the taps wide open even while tackling the bends. However, the small proportions of the KLX110 got me overenthusiastic in no time. I gradually increased the pace at which I entered corners, even losing the rear at exits a couple of times. But even in such situations, kicking the bike back up and regaining your composure without dropping the motorcycle seemed like child’s play. And even if you do happen to drop it, the KLX110 has been built to take a lot of abuse just like its brethren.
The KLX110 rides on knobby 14-inch front and 12-inch rear tyres with 30mm telescopic front forks and a rear mono shock. The 4.3-inch travel at the front and the rear and the 8.5-inch ground clearance give the KLX110 decent off-roading capabilities, though we stuck to the dirt track for the most part. The front tends to move around, but it does not feel scary at all. While suspension does offer decent bottoming resistance, I did get the rear to clunk on a couple of occasions (read, jumps).
The slick all-up four-speed gearbox doesn’t get a clutch lever, all you need to move through the cogs is shut the throttle and shift. While you would prefer to have a clutch for serious off-roading, its absence doesn’t really matter on a dirt track. The gear ratios are closely stacked and you always have enough juice to pull through tight corners. Even though it doesn’t have enough grunt at the top end, the smooth power delivery allows you to hold the gear through these corners. The KLX110 only gets drum brakes at both ends, though they offer enough stopping power for the kind of performance the bike can dish out.