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Kawasaki KLX 140G [2017-2018]

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Key specs
  • Displacement144 cc
  • Transmission5 Speed Manual
  • Kerb Weight99 kg

Last known Avg. Ex-showroom price

₹ 4,06,598

Kawasaki KLX 140G [2017-2018] is now discontinued in India.

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Kawasaki KLX 140G [2017-2018] Summary

KLX 140G [2017-2018] key highlights

Engine Capacity 144 cc
Transmission 5 Speed Manual
Kerb Weight 99 kg
Fuel Tank Capacity 5.8 litres
Seat Height 861 mm

About KLX 140G [2017-2018]

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.
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Kawasaki KLX 140G [2017-2018] Review

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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Specifications

  • Power & PerformancePower & Performance

    Fuel Type Petrol

    Max Power --

    Max Torque --

    Cooling System Air Cooled

    Transmission 5 Speed Manual

    Transmission Type Chain Drive

    Emission Standard --

    Displacement 144 cc

    Cylinders 1

    Bore 58 mm

    Stroke 54 mm

    Valves Per Cylinder 1

    Compression Ratio --

    Ignition Digital DC-CDI

    Spark Plugs 1 Per Cylinder

    Clutch Wet Multiplate

    Fuel Delivery System Keihin PB20

    Fuel Tank Capacity 5.8 litres

    Reserve Fuel Capacity --

    Riding Range Maximum distance a petrol bike can travel on a full fuel tank and an electric bike can travel on a full charge --

    Mileage - ARAI --

    Mileage - Owner Reported BikeWale collects mileage information from bike owners to provide you with the actual mileage that you might get. --

    Top Speed --

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  • Brakes, Wheels & SuspensionBrakes, Wheels & Suspension

    Braking System CBS, IBS, SBT, UBS, HBS - Combined braking of both front and rear wheel | ABS - Anti-lock braking system which can be just for front wheel (single channel) or both wheels (dual channel) or can be switched off (switchable) | E-ABS - Electronic assisted braking system | Standard - Cable operated --

    Front Brake Type Disc

    Front Brake Size 220 mm

    Rear Tyre Size 4.10x18

    Tyre Type Tubed

    Radial Tyres No

    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

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider) --

    Front Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Rear Tyre Pressure (Rider & Pillion) --

    Front Suspension 33mm Telescopic Fork

    Rear Suspension Single Shock with Piggyback Reservoir

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  • Dimensions & ChassisDimensions & Chassis

    Kerb Weight 99 kg

    Overall Length 2,004 mm

    Overall Width 790 mm

    Wheelbase 1,331 mm

    Ground Clearance 315 mm

    Seat Height 861 mm

    Overall Height 1,135 mm

    Chassis Type Tube, Semi-Double Cradle

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  • Manufacturer WarrantyManufacturer Warranty

    Standard Warranty --

    Standard Warranty --

Features

Odometer --

DRLs (Daytime running lights) --

Mobile App Connectivity --

Pillion BackrestNo

Pillion GrabrailNo

Pillion SeatNo

GPS & Navigation --

USB charging port --

Front storage box --

Under seat storage --

AHO (Automatic Headlight On) --

Speedometer NA

Fuel Guage No

Tachometer Not Present

Stand Alarm No

Stepped Seat No

No. of Tripmeters --

Tripmeter Type NA

Low Fuel Indicator No

Low Oil Indicator No

Low Battery Indicator No

Pillion FootrestNo

Digital Fuel GuageNo

Start TypeElectric Start

Shift LightNo

KillswitchYes

ClockNo

Electric System--

Battery--

Headlight TypeNA

Headlight Bulb TypeNA

Brake/Tail LightNA

Turn SignalNA

Pass LightNo

Additional features--

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