The Kawasaki KLX140G is the brand’s new dirt bike targeted at beginners. The combination of full-sized wheels, a capable chassis and suspension setup and a docile powertrain make it a good gateway for someone planning to take up off-roading. Priced at Rs 3.91 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), the KLX140G slots between the KLX110 mini-bike and the KX100F motocross bike. Here is a detailed photo gallery of the KLX140G.
The KLX140G draws influence from the KX motocross range and features several weight saving measures to restrict the weight to 99kg.
The absence of headlamp, turn indicators, mirrors and the miniscule tank contribute towards the KLX140G’s sporty and lightweight character.
The raised handlebar, narrow tank, clawed footpegs and the high ground clearance boost the KLX140G’s off-road abilities.
The KLX140G rides on full-size 21-inch front and 18-inch rear spoke wheels shod with rugged button tyres.
The KLX140G is built around a steel perimeter frame with a 144cc air-cooled four-stroke single-cylinder engine mated to a five-speed gearbox.
The 33mm telescopic front forks offer 190mm travel, while the fully-adjustable rear monoshock allows 200mm of travel.
The rear monoshock has three levels of adjustability – preload, four-way compression and 22-way rebound damping to suit the rider’s comfort.
Braking is taken care of by a 220mm disc with dual-piston calliper up front and a 190mm disc with single-piston calliper at the rear.
The firm seat offers decent levels of comfort. The slim profile avoids interfering with the rider’s leg whenever he wishes to stand up and ride.
The KLX140G is offered with an electric starter to make it friendlier for beginners. Absence of a kick starter is surprising.