India Kawasaki Motor (IKM) has launched the 2018 KX250F, a hard-core motocross motorcycle in India with a price tag of Rs 7.52 lakhs (ex-showroom, pan India). The manufacturer had launched the KX250F last year, but the 2018 model promises to excite Indian motocross enthusiasts with a few upgrades and an additional Rs 38,000 over the older model.
The motorcycle now gets an update engine with a new throttle body and fuel injector to increase torque. The 249cc four-stroke single-cylinder engine also sports a new intake boot, camshaft and cylinder head along with a revised compression ratio. The 2018 KX250F gets a new exhaust header with bigger and longer piping which will ensure that the bike gets a wider power band across its rev range.
Suspension performance on the KX250F is carried out by 48mm Showa front forks with separate function and a Uni-Trak suspension setup at the rear. The bike still uses the aluminium perimeter frame as the 2017 model. The KX250F can be tuned with three engine tuning maps- standard, hard and soft. This can be done with DFI connectors, while Kawasaki is also offering revised ECU settings. An optional KX FI calibration kit allows selecting up to seven separate engine maps. Adding to its list of goodies, the motorcycle now features a launch control system. Braking is done by 270mm petal discs up front and a 240mm disc at the rear.
The 2018 KX250F will come to India via the CBU route but is not road-legal and can only be ridden on a dirt track or well, off the road.