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Kawasaki KLX 140G [2017-2018]


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KLX 140G [2017-2018] Model Image
Kawasaki KLX 140G Side
Kawasaki KLX 140G Rear Suspension
Kawasaki KLX 140G Side
Kawasaki KLX 140G Engine
Kawasaki KLX 140G Wheels-tyres
Kawasaki KLX 140G Engine
Kawasaki KLX 140G Brakes
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₹ 4,06,598
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Kawasaki has discontinued the KLX 140G [2017-2018] and the bike is out of production.

KLX 140G [2017-2018] key highlights

Engine Capacity144 cc
Transmission5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight99 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity5.8 litres
Seat Height861 mm

Kawasaki KLX 140G [2017-2018] Summary

The Kawasaki KLX140G is a dirt bike targeted at beginners. Positioned between the KLX110 mini bike and the KX100F motocross bike, the KLX140G is tough enough to handle serious off-roading while being easy-to-use for amateurs.

The KLX140G draws influence from Kawasaki’s KX range of motocross motorcycles. Bits like the tank shrouds and lightweight plastic body panels enhance the KLX140G’s sporty character. The clawed footpegs, tall handlebar and the narrow tank offer off-road friendly ergonomics. Despite its tall stance, the 99kg weight of the KLX140G makes it easy to handle for beginners. It even gets an electric starter.

The KLX140G is built around a steel perimeter frame. It is powered by a 144cc air-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder engine mated to five-speed gearbox. The 33mm telescopic forks at the front offer 190mm travel, while the fully-adjustable rear monoshock offers 200mm travel. The 315mm ground clearance boosts its ability to tackle different kinds of terrains. Stopping power for the 21-inch front and the 18-inch rear spoke wheels are offered by a 220mm disc and a 190mm disc respectively.

The KLX 140G is imported from Thailand as a CBU. The lack of mirrors, headlamp and turn indicators mean that the KLX140 isn’t road-legal, and can only be used on private property. As of now, the KLX140 occupies a niche market space and doesn’t have any competition in India.

Kawasaki KLX 140G [2017-2018] Expert Opinion

A mid-sized dirt bike for first-time riders, the Kawasaki KLX140G is built around a simple four-stroke engine with a chassis and suspension setup that can make even an amateur feel like a professional motocross rider. The price tag might raise a few eyebrows, but take a closer look at the rest of the Kawasaki’s off-road range and the KLX140G actually sounds like a bargain!

What is it?

A mid-sized dirt bike for first-time riders, the Kawasaki KLX140G is built around a simple four-stroke engine with a chassis and suspension setup that can make even an amateur feel like a professional motocross rider. The price tag might raise a few eyebrows, but take a closer look at the rest of the Kawasaki’s off-road range and the KLX140G actually sounds like a bargain!

We took the KLX140G for a spin around a specially laid trail littered with steep inclines and drops, dusty straights, bumps and logs to jump over, rocks to crawl over and even a small stream, where we got a chance to find out how beginner-friendly this bike is.

How does it ride?

Weight would be a good starting point for this discussion. Tipping the scales at just 99kg, the Kawasaki KLX140G is lighter than a few of my team-mates. This lightness and the narrow profile play a major role in making the bike feel nimble. Even when standing up on the KLX140G, the proportions and lightness give you the confidence to manhandle it. It encourages you to push yourself and ride aggressively without feeling like you will get yourself in trouble. The narrow tyres snake their way through all obstacles without breaking a sweat.

There is enough grunt in the 144cc air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke engine to tackle the variety of conditions that we were faced with. While going up the inclines, the generous low-end toque allowed me to keep climbing a gear higher than I should ideally have. Even through the rest of the rev range, the KLX140G has a smooth and linear spread of power. The delivery is not scary though, and necessitates a generous use of quick-throttle to get the most out of the engine. We do not have the exact power and torque output as Kawasaki refused to reveal these details. 

The handling is relaxed and confidence-inspiring, with incredible front-end feedback and plenty of grip available at both ends. The front 33mm forks do a very credible job with the 190mm of travel, but the rear is where the magic lies. The rear monoshock offers preload, four-step compression and 22-step rebound damping adjustability. The suspension helps the bike maintain its composure even as it ploughs through the steep inclines and drops. Even after spending a couple of hours in the saddle, my back had nothing to complain about. The ergonomics felt spot-on for my height, and both the hand and foot levers were easily accessible irrespective of whether I was standing or resting my butt on the seat. 

The brakes use a 220mm front and a 190mm rear disc. The front brake is progressive and coupled with the fantastic grip of the tyre and the suspension travel, allowed me to confidently dab the lever at any time. Even the rear has good stopping power. It also allowed me to slide the rear and have a good laugh.

Anything else I should know?

 

The G in KLX140G stands for ‘Giant’. The wheels are the same size as of those in the full-blown dirt bikes, but the seat height is a few inches lower and the power output is friendlier. The KLX140G gets 21-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels. 

 

Crashing isn’t fun, or easy on the pocket. But the ugly truth is that once you take up off-roading, you will end up dropping the bike every now and then. However, the KLX140G has been designed to be robust and take a fair amount of beating. Almost all of us had a fall or two during the course of the day and despite these the test bikes kept soldiering on.

 

One thing I found surprising was the absence of a kick starter. It gets minimalistic bodywork (which means fewer things to replace in case of a crash), no instrumentation, headlamp, turn indicators, tail lamp or mirrors. Even the fuel tank can hold only 5.8 litres of fuel.

Should I buy one?

The Indo-Thailand trade pact has allowed Kawasaki to price the KLX140G at Rs 3.91 lakh. Still, that is a lot of money for something which cannot be ridden on the road or doesn’t even have a headlamp. The advantage is that the on-road price is same as the ex-showroom price and you save a significant chunk of money in registration and other charges.

You can probably spend that money setting up a small dirt track in your backyard. So if you are new to off-roading, plan to take it up seriously and have access to private land, then yes, the KLX140G would be the pick of the lot for you.

 

Where does it fit in?

The KLX140 currently occupies a niche space in the Indian two-wheeler market. Until the other manufacturers catch up (and how we wish they would!) the KLX140 will stay unrivalled in the Indian two-wheeler industry. For this kind of money you can also buy two Royal Enfield Himalayans, one in each colour. Of course, you would be able to ride them on the road as well, but will you be able to have so much fun in the wild? No way!

Photography by Sagar Bhanushali

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KLX 140G [2017-2018] Specifications & Features

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      Specifications

      • Power & Performance

        • Displacement
          144 cc
        • Max Power
          -
        • Max Torque
          -
        • Mileage - Owner Reported
          -
        • Riding Range
          -
        • Top Speed
          -
        • Riding Modes
          -
        • Transmission
          5 Speed Manual
        • Transmission Type
          Chain Drive
        • Gear Shifting Pattern
          -
        • Cylinders
          1
        • Bore
          58 mm
        • Stroke
          54 mm
        • Valves Per Cylinder
          1
        • Compression Ratio
          -
        • Ignition
          -
        • Spark Plugs
          1 Per Cylinder
        • Cooling System
          Air Cooled
        • Clutch
          -
        • Fuel Delivery System
          -
        • Fuel Tank Capacity
          5.8 litres
        • Reserve Fuel Capacity
          -
        • Emission Standard
          -
        • Fuel Type
          Petrol
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      • Brakes, Wheels & Suspension

        • Front Suspension
          33mm Telescopic Fork
        • Rear Suspension
          Single Shock with Piggyback Reservoir
        • Braking System
          -
        • Front Brake Type
          Disc
        • Front Brake Size
          220 mm
        • Rear Brake Type
          Disc
        • Rear Brake Size
          190 mm
        • Calliper Type
          -
        • Wheel Type
          Spoke
        • Front Wheel Size
          21 inch
        • Rear Wheel Size
          -
        • Front Tyre Size
          2.75x21
        • Rear Tyre Size
          4.10x18
        • Tyre Type
          Tubed
        • Radial Tyres
          No
        • Front Tyre Pressure (Rider)
          -
        • Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider)
          -
        • Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
          -
        • Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion)
          -
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      • Dimensions & Chassis

        • Kerb Weight
          99 kg
        • Seat Height
          861 mm
        • Ground Clearance
          315 mm
        • Overall Length
          2004 mm
        • Overall Width
          790 mm
        • Overall Height
          1135 mm
        • Wheelbase
          1331 mm
        • Chassis Type
          Tube, Semi-Double Cradle
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      • Manufacturer Warranty

        • Standard Warranty
          -
        • Standard Warranty
          -

      Features

        • Touch Screen Display
          -
        • Instrument Console
          -
        • Odometer
          -
        • Speedometer
          NA
        • Fuel Guage
          No
        • Digital Fuel Guage
          No
        • Hazard Warning Indicator
          -
        • Average Speed Indicator
          -
        • OTA Updates
          -
        • Call/SMS Alerts
          -
        • Geo Fencing
          -
        • Distance to Empty Indicator
          -
        • Tachometer
          Not Present
        • Stand Alarm
          No
        • No. of Tripmeters
          -
        • Tripmeter Type
          NA
        • Gear Indicator
          -
        • Low Fuel Indicator
          No
        • Low Oil Indicator
          No
        • Low Battery Indicator
          No
        • Clock
          No
        • Service Reminder Indicator
          -
        • Battery
          -
        • Front Storage Box
          -
        • Under Seat Storage
          -
        • Mobile App Connectivity
          -
        • DRLs (Daytime Running Lights)
          -
        • AHO (Automatic Headlight On)
          -
        • Shift Light
          No
        • Headlight Type
          -
        • Brake/Tail Light
          -
        • Turn Signal
          -
        • Pass Light
          No
        • GPS & Navigation
          -
        • USB Charging Port
          -
        • Riding Modes Switch
          -
        • Traction Control
          -
        • Cruise Control
          -
        • Hazard Warning Switch
          -
        • Start Type
          Electric Start
        • Killswitch
          Yes
        • Stepped Seat
          No
        • Pillion Backrest
          No
        • Pillion Grabrail
          No
        • Pillion Seat
          No
        • Pillion Footrest
          No
        • Front Suspension Preload Adjuster
          -
        • Rear Suspension Preload Adjuster
          -
        • Additional Features
          -
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