The new motor was designed to have the electric start from the outset, and there isn’t even a place to put a kickstart lever if you wanted one. The engine was completely reworked with massive buckets in a new head. It has an electric starter with no provision for a kick-start lever. The Yamaha has a kick-start lever and the KTM doesn’t. We swapped black boxes between the two models, and not only did the electric starter become inoperable, but the whole battery went dead overnight. By: Michael Allen As the 250(F) class continues to be more competitive, it puts increased pressure on the manufacturers to make a solid platform for racers to start with. KTM has had mixed results with the 4CS fork. As much as I like the 125X, I liked the FX better. Keep it revving and it’s happy, but there are problems with that kind of approach. Updated 2020 Yamaha YZ250FX. At BRP we pride ourselves in offering a wide variety of mounting options with unsurpassed knowledge and experience. Yamaha TT-R230 vs. Honda CRF250F. This bike is different. Toby Price Won the last race after American Ricky Brabec dropped out with a failed motor. As the leader of the KLX ® lineup, the KLX300R combines the best of both engine and chassis performance to create the ultimate lightweight, fun off-road machine. The fuel injector is a Keihin system with a 44mm throttle body. Now that’s changed. It features a KDX-style chassis for precise handling, plush suspension, comfortable ergonomics for all-day trail rides and its four-stroke engine provides a smooth powerband for traction on the most difficult trails. The Kawasaki KLX300R. But, the KTM is also much busier at speed. For years this was the most difficult motorcycle event in the world, made so by the fact that it took place in November in Sweden. Finally, there’s the price comparison. The FX is a racer, and is imported as a closed-course, competition bike. That’s the home of Randy Hawkins’ Ampro Yamaha race team, and the conditions were absolutely perfect–as long as you brought warm riding gear. All Rights Reserved. These cookies will be stored in your browser only with your consent. This year will have the best opportunity for a U.S. win in years. We didn’t have a 2019 model for back-to-back comparison, but the new YZ250FX probably lost  some low-end power. Is that extra room in the budget enough to attain true perfection? The Yamaha YZ250FX is completely redesigned for 2020, and last week I got to spend a couple days riding it in the woods around Union, South Carolina. You also have the option to opt-out of these cookies. It’s much faster than the older version. The same is true here. The rear shock is longer, and the linkage is altered. Motocross, off-road, and dual sport bikes we’re looking forward to riding We’ll give the Yamaha the edge in overall stability. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. It will cross 9,000km of sand to reach Al-Qiddiya on January 17. By Trevor Hunter. It wasn’t long ago that the 250cc four-stroke off-road market was in hibernation. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. Let’s say 230. Meanwhile, the KLX300R is in a market of its own, with other 300cc off-road four-strokes, such as Sherco’s 300 SEF Racing and the SWM RS300R, being road-legal, more trail-oriented and more expensive. Story by Jimmy Lewis/Trevor Hunter; Photos by Craig Hunter/Gabe Adams. Until now, KTM has enjoyed free rein in the world of off-road competition. At the IMS show in Long Beach, this concept version of the Suzuki was on display. YZ250FX. The G650GS is great for long distances to distance fire trails and SOME 2-track. It encourages you to use the clutch, and the pull at the lever is much more difficult than that of the Yamaha. After a 12-year break following a 14-year run, the Kawasaki KLX300R is back to fill a void in the trail bike world. The 30th host country in the history of the race will provide a vast expanse of desert for the cars, bikes, trucks, quads and UTVs leaving on January 5 from Jeddah. 1984 Kawasaki GPz750 Turbo vs. 2020 Kawasaki H2 Carbon vs. Ken Vreeke and JB Best Sport-Touring Motorcycle of 2020 2021 Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and ZX-10RR – A Detailed First Look Does the centralized mass of the Yamaha cancel out its extra weight? As for the suspension, it’s still excellent—the best in the off-road world. The compression adjuster on top of the left leg accomplishes very little. The idea is to centralize the heaviest parts of the bike and keep all the outboard areas nice and light. The fuel cell is more rearward, virtually in the center of the whole machine. They really are at home in both worlds, but they lean in different directions. We’re fairly pleased with the KTM’s front end. Of the two, though, the Yamaha is friendlier down low. The clutch is the best of all the Japanese bikes, and it can take some abuse despite having a super light pull. The KLX300R scores fully adjustable handlebar mounts, like the Kawie motocrossers, but the 230 has fixed mounts. When the throttle is chopped on the FX, it’s almost like you’ve hit the kill button. The KTM weighs 234 pounds. Both bikes make much more torque than the 250 four-strokes of just two years ago, whereas in the 450 class there hasn’t been significant advancement in engine output for years. 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R First Look. The features that set the FX apart from the full moto version are softer suspension, a six-speed gearbox and different mapping (with a mild map that can be selected from a handlebar switch). Before there was Erzberg, before there was Romaniacs and before there was the Tennessee Knock Out, there was Novemberkasan, the original hard enduro. The FX’s black box has a timer that shuts down the whole system if there’s no activity for a few seconds. Both bikes have oversize handlebars and no-tool air-filter access. That helps push the redline to an astonishing 14,000 rpm. Yamaha, in the meantime, only offered mildly tuned trail bikes like the WR450F and WR250F for this segment. The bikes in this contest are racers and not especially quiet. So much for hydraulics. More Tests. With a tractable engine and comfortable chassis, the KLX300R is the ideal partner for off-road adventures. The KLX300R was designed and built to be a lightweight and easily maneuverable motorcycle for riders who aren’t looking for a full-time race machine. Yamaha and the rest of Japan’s heavy hitters pretended not to be interested in dirt—aside from the extreme ends of the bell curve: motocross bikes and trail bikes. The fact that KTM subdivided the 250cc four-stroke off-road market into these categories shows just how serious the company is about covering every angle in the dirt world. Thinking back, we loved that bike, but we did have a few complaints. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. Neither of them has a spark arrestor and neither is EPA or CARB compliant. Out of these, the cookies that are categorized as necessary are stored on your browser as they are essential for the working of basic functionalities of the website. 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R First Ride Review. Any cookies that may not be particularly necessary for the website to function and is used specifically to collect user personal data via analytics, ads, other embedded contents are termed as non-necessary cookies. That left KTM unchallenged to build high-performance hardware for off-road racing and hard-core riding. Yamaha YZ250X vs. Yamaha YZ450FX - COMPARISON TEST. Many manufacturers release new adventure bikes at this time of the year. The EFI uses the battery to fire up the system, whereas the YZ has a capacitor. The biggest changes between the motocross bike and the new FX are the addition of a sixth gear and an electric starter. Beginner dirt bikes come in a wide variety of sizes, and the full-size beginner dirt bike from Yamaha is the TT-R230, with Honda offering the brand-new fuel-injected CRF250F for 2019. When the Yamaha and KTM met in our 250cc motocross comparison back in the December 2014 issue, it was advantage Yamaha. After all, the rearward cylinder and relocated fuel cell mostly result in less weight on the front wheel. The FX is slightly quieter. If you would like to get a quote on a new 2006 Kawasaki KLX™ 300R use our Build Your Own tool, or Compare this bike to other Off-Road motorcycles. This category only includes cookies that ensures basic functionalities and security features of the website. They’re powerful, revvy and responsive. The YZ250FX is the off-road racing version of the Yamaha YZ250F motocrosser. The authority for motorcycle and product testing. KTM, of course, started off with an MX bike that already had both, making less work for itself. © 2020 - Dirt Bike Magazine. Drew Ruiz. It’s going to be fun. Necessary cookies are absolutely essential for the website to function properly. Just like the motocross version, you can hook up to the bike with any smartphone and retune the mapping quickly and easily. Compare models, find your local dealer & get a quote. 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R First Look: Between Trail and Race. SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: THE YAMAHA YZ250 2-STROKE STORY, HONDA’S GREATEST BIKE: THE CR250R TWO-STROKE. POWER SWEEPSTAKES On the paved section of the Hilltoppers GP at 29 Palms, for example, the bike didn’t even pull fifth well, whereas an MX bike would easily attain top speed. Engineered with all the reliability and durability you've come to expect from Yamaha, this 2‑stroke was born to win Cross Country races. On top of that, the KTM has much better brakes. There’s no point in a six-speed if you can’t use it. In 2019, the motocross version was, in fact, all new, and the FX got the same treatment one year later. Starting at: $8,499 * Destination Charge: $425 . That’s big for a motocross bike but small for an off-road bike. It is mandatory to procure user consent prior to running these cookies on your website. First of all, it wasn’t as fast as the motocross version no matter what mapping we tried (then, we used the hand-held Yamaha Power Tuner). The mapping is clean, and there are rarely any coughs, sputters or stalls. By Brendan Lutes. The 2020 Dakar Rally switches to Saudi Arabia in January after three decades in Africa and 11 editions in South America. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Similar to the Kawasaki KX™450 and KX™250, the all-new KLX300R features bodywork designed to facilitate easy rider movement. Photo by Kevin Wing. The shocks work well in rocks and at slow speeds without giving up any performance in big whoops. Bikes like the 250XC-F have the latest technology and the best performance that the Austrian factory can muster wrapped in an off-road package. That happened to the motocross bike when it got the same modifications, but that bike still has more bottom end than any of the other 250 four-strokes. Yamaha calls the YZ250FX a new model, but as with the KTM, most of the parts come directly from the motocross version, which was completely new last year when it got the reverse-engine treatment. Everything else is the same as on the SX; it’s a double-overhead-cam four-valver that uses a system of finger-followers between the cams and the valves. But opting out of some of these cookies may affect your browsing experience. The biggest surprise in this test is how high the bar has been raised. The KTM also has a hydraulic clutch, whereas the Yamaha’s is cable-actuated. The KTM also has more engine braking when you chop the throttle from high revs, and that makes the bike lurchy. Maybe not, but close enough. At last weeks EICMA show in Milan, Italy, we got to see the new Suzuki V-Strom 1050. These two bikes have another story to tell. The company’s previous big adventure model was the Stelvio, but it was sent to the cornfield by Euro 4 emission regulations. The KLX300R was designed and built to be a lightweight and easily maneuverable motorcycle for riders who aren’t looking for a full-time race machine. Comfort isn’t always the same thing as effectiveness, though. 2020 Yamaha YZ250FX. It’s not perfect, though. The terrain was hard enough, but it was almost always frozen solid, and half of the race took place at night. On paper, Yamaha’s off-road bikes have their designated purpose with the FX and WR lineups, but we’ve found the YZ450FX and WR450F to be a lot more similar than one might think. These cookies do not store any personal information. It’s really all about horsepower here. We don’t know if Suzuki is testing the waters to attract a more serious adventure bike buyers, but if Suzuki was interested enough to build this bike for real, we’re sure they will find riders interested in buying it. This website uses cookies to improve your experience. In other words, it’s a KTM hunter. This Cross Country racer has all the features to win including the smartphone Power Tuner app that adjusts the bike's settings to fit your style and the track. All Rights Reserved. Tests. KTM TOOLS OF BATTLE It has enough torque to allow fast trail-riding without high revs. Decisively. The YZ250FX is a focused racer with all the intensity of the YZ250F motocross bike, but it has electric start, a six-speed gearbox and off-road trappings. The last YZ250FX that we had in our shop was two years ago, and it was 239 pounds. SUSPENSION AND HANDLING But, when you’re going down a steep hill, you feel every pound. Kawasaki KLX 300R MX Motorcycle: The Kawasaki KLX 300R offers a compact, quick-turning package that well-suited to tight trails or long days exploring off the beaten-path. I love the hell out of each, but each has their place. Something about the addition of electric start didn’t translate well, and the motor seemed to have some internal drag. It should be about the same weight as the motocross bike (227 pounds without fuel) plus the weight of a kickstand and whatever difference the six-speed makes. This website uses cookies to improve your experience while you navigate through the website. It’s been a full year since we first saw the Moto Guzzi V85, and now it seems like the bike is in full production with a number of variations. The only thing that a home-spun racer couldn’t make for himself is the semi-close-ratio six-speed gearbox, which gives the rider a wider speed range. We would guess that it still can’t pull max rpm in sixth on that short straight, but it will at least go as fast as the motocross bike without screaming on the rev-limiter. The easy clutch pull, comfortable fork and forgiving powerband make it the favorite of most test riders. The new MX bike has a smaller tank, so Yamaha deemed it necessary to made an off-road-specific fuel tank. The gap is much larger between these two. The YZ250FX weighs 239 pounds without fuel. KTM TOOLS OF BATTLE It needs more power on top to hang with the KTM, and it should have come with a bigger tank and handguards, but it’s $709 less expensive to start with. Off-roaders have been missing the KLX300R for years. The softer valving absorbs just enough light impact to increase the comfort factor. It headshakes occasionally and keeps you on your toes. Like the KTM’s fork, it benefits from softer spring and valve rates as far as comfort goes, but it doesn’t dive as much or collapse on a big hit. 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It’s what a racer would build if he wanted to race the motocross bike in a GNCC or a hare scrambles. ALIKE BUT DIFFERENT In other words, it’s a KTM hunter. YAMAHA YZ125X 2-STROKE VS. YZ250FX 4-STROKE: A VERSUS VIDEO, YAMAHA ANNOUNCES PRICING ON 700 TENERE ADVENTURE, 10 BEST TWO-STROKE BUILDS OF 2020: TWO-STROKE TUESDAY, THE WEEKLY FEED: LAPORTE DRAGGING BARS • EPIC VIDEOS • LAST MINUTE SHOPPING, SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST: THE YAMAHA YZ250 2-STROKE STORY, HONDA’S GREATEST BIKE: THE CR250R TWO-STROKE. The KLX ® 300R is the ultimate high-performance trail bike for off-road thrills, bridging the world between a weekend play bike and a full race bike. 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R Review: Single-track to Jeep-trail Tested. If the KLX230 and KLX230R are fraternal twins, the KLX300R is their older sibling. Now a third wave of 250Fs is here, and these bikes are far, far better than their predecessors. It also got an integrated electric starter system. 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