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  • By ATV Action on September 6, and the Yamaha Raptor and Kawasaki KFX®R are the two largest sport quads to come with reverse gearing.

    KXF power in a chassis that's ready to handle anything on the track or trail.

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    Kawasaki 450 quad

    Kawasaki 450 quad

    The KFXR also has a great engine package, and the power delivery is crisp and smooth. The transmission of the KFXR is a good one. You might also like More from author. The 42mm EFI throttle body and bit ECU delivers a great combination of low-end hit and high-speed over- rev, and the transmission also has excellent gear spacing.

    Kawasaki 450 quad

    Kawasaki 450 quad

    Kawasaki 450 quad

    Kawasaki 450 quad

    Kawasaki 450 quad

    KAWASAKI KFXR VS. YAMAHA RAPTOR | UTV Action Magazine

    Still, the green machine is a very solid ATV, which features a lightweight aluminum chassis, and a peppy cc electronic fuel injected powerplant. Should Kawasaki have made improvements to the model? Unfortunately not for this year, but who knows what time will bring to the KFXR? It is not the fastest, or most explosive , but it is smooth and very fun to ride. Fuel is fed through a bit digital fuel injection system, with a 42mm Keihin throttle body. This system is great for the rider who lives in higher altitudes and colder climates.

    The motor has good bottom end pull, and is smooth all the way through the power ranges. We had a lot of fun on the tight and technical test track we rode. It is a high revving powerplant that is good for the track and great for the trail. The transmission of the KFXR is a good one. The five-speed one-down, four-up manual transmission is set up with a thumb-activated reverse gear found below first.

    Kawasaki 450 quad

    To beef up the stock clutch components for racing, Hinson supplied the Factory KFXR with a clutch basket, inner hub and pressure plates and cool clutch cover. Last year, Creamer rode with Elka suspension, but made the switch to Fox just after the race season. This stem makes the KFXR seem less crunched, and easier to control. The stock Renthal handlebars are excellent, and were used by Creamer.

    Sunline hand guards, and an aluminum clutch perch, were also equipped on the racer version. An Elka steering stabilizer still graces the front of the KFXR racer, and according to Kawasaki staff, will remain for the race season.

    Kawasaki 450 quad

    A stabilizer is a key ingredient to a good-handling race machine. You will not see a racer at the track without one. Out back on the KFXR is a standard swingarm with a single piggyback reservoir shock. This shock offers up ten inches of wheel travel for the rear. That shows that the overall quality is right for the stock unit. He did however, switch the stock rear shock out for a Fox Podium X. You can purchase this setup through Kawasaki accessories.

    These tires offer great traction in most terrains, and hooked up great on our test track. The factory race team tossed out the all-terrain type tires and replaced them with more MX track friendly ITP Quadcross front and rear treads.

    Braking on the KFXR is achieved through a mm rotor with single-piston caliper in the rear, dual mm discs, with two-piston calipers, up front. These brakes offer strong, consistent stopping performance that is good for all types of terrain. There is an integrated rear parking brake that is easily engaged and released while wearing gloves.

    Kawasaki 450 quad

    When engaged, the parking brake lever also prevents the clutch lever from being actuated. They were installed using their trick-looking billet clamps. The stocker was already peppy, but the motor mods, and full T-4 exhaust and airbox mod turned it into a full-on racer. A two-tone seat features a smooth top surface, and slip-resistant sides. Creamer replaced his with the same style seat from QuadTech. This was not based on performance, but on looks alone.

    The carbon fiber shock guards, hood and underhood were also replaced. The stock plastic skidplate was also removed in favor of a lightweight, yet strong, Fundamental Industries carbon fiber skid plate. To transform the stock KFXR, or other narrow machines, into a top contender in motocross, you would have to throw down at least the cost of another stocker. We are big fans of its smooth ride through all the power ranges.

    2008 Kawasaki KFX450R ATV Review - MotoUSA



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