June 18, 2019
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2020 Kawasaki KLX300R First Look

Kawasaki introduced a new 292cc off-road bike, offering an option between its smaller trail bikes and its full race-ready KX models. The 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R brings back a model name that was last used in 2006, but with much needed modern updates.

The engine is a 292cc liquid-cooled DOHC Single, which actually similar to the old KLX300, down to the same 78.0 mm bore and 61.2 mm stroke. The new engine, however, is fuel injected, with a 34mm throttle body, providing more precise throttle control, improved emissions, easier starting in cold conditions and more stable fueling in different air temperatures or altitudes.

The engine uses a lightweight flat-top piston, with light connecting rods for faster engine speeds without too much vibration. The piston skirt was designed to minimize contact with the Nikasil-plated cylinder walls, reducing friction and improving durability. The dual radiators offer a similar design to the ones used on the KX250.

The 2020 KLX300R comes with an electric starter and a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrester, allowing access to designated riding areas.

The engine is mounted to a box section and tubular high tensile steel perimeter frame optimized for rigidity. Suspension duties are handled by a 43mm inverted cartridge fork with adjustable compression damping and a Uni-Trak rear shock with adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping. Both offer 11.2 inches of travel.

The front brakes are inherited from the KX250 and KX450, with a twin-piston caliper and 270mm disc. The rear wheel is matched with a single-piston caliper and 240mm disc.

Like the KX models, the KLX300 uses Kawasaki’s Ergo-Fit system, with an adjustable front brake lever and four different handlebar positions. The seat-tank junction was also designed with ergonomics in mind, providing freedom of movement, allowing riders to slide further forward during turns.

Other features include KX-inspired styling, a 36.4-inch seat height, and a claimed 282.2-pound wet weight (286.4 pounds for California models).

The 2020 Kawasaki KLX300R will be offered in lime green for $5,499.

2020 Kawasaki KLX300R Specifications
MSRP $5,499
Engine Type 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4-Valve Single
Displacement 292 cc
Bore & Stroke 78.0 x 61.2 mm
Compression Ratio 11.0:1
Fuel System DFI with 34mm throttle body
Ignition Digital DC-CDI
Transmission 6-Speed
Rake/Trail 26.5°/4.3 inches
Front Tire 80/100-21
Rear Tire 100/100-18
Front Suspension 43mm inverted cartridge fork with compression damping adjustment, 11.2 inches of travel
Rear Suspension Uni-Trak with adjustable preload, compression and rebound damping adjustment, 11.2 inches of travel
Wheelbase 56.5 inches
Front Brake 270mm Petal Disc
Rear Brake 240mm Petal Disc
Fuel Capacity 2.1 gallons
Ground Clearance 12.0 / 11.8 (CA Model) inches
Seat Height 36.4 inches
Curb Weight 282.2 pounds / 286.4 pounds (CA Model), claimed
Warranty 6 months
Kawasaki Protection Plus 12, 24 or 36 months
Colors Lime Green