|Kawasaki releases first details and images of 2012 KX450F|
Kawasaki has revealed some select images and information relating to the upcoming release of the 2012 Kawasaki KX450F.
A Championship winning model already as proven by Ryan Villopoto in the 2011 AMA SX series, the 2012 model is not resting on its laurels. With many new additions to the new model being announced today including adjustable foot-peg and handle-bar positioning, a slimmer rider interface and the world’s first production use of Launch Control on a motocross bike, the KX450F doesn’t look like it’s ready to relinquish its winning status anytime soon.
Expected to arrive Down Under in the second half of 2011, the updated KX450F features a slimmer new frame (4mm slimmer over its predecessor), new minimalist bodywork and a flatter tank-seat line offer a noticeably slimmer riding position and improved ergonomics.
A choice of four different handlebar positions and two different foot-peg positions allows the rider to tailor the new bike to their riding position. Already one can see that this is a noticeably different motorcycle, and it hasn’t even been started yet.
Kick it over and the new ECU does a masterful job of communicating with the KX but not without your input. Using the supplied DFI couplers, riders can quickly and easily access their choice of three maps (standard, hard or soft) according to track conditions.
But perhaps the most exciting addition to the all new 2012 Kawasaki KX450F is the world’s first production use of Launch Control on an MX bike. Activated by the push of a handlebar mounted button, the Launch Control system, similar to that on the factory Kawasaki racers, activates a separate engine map designed to ensure efficient race starts in slippery conditions. (The Launch Control Mode map retards ignition timing, allowing tyres to gain grip in low-traction situations, and allowing riders to focus on their lines.) Once the rider shifts into 3rd gear, the system is automatically disengaged, switching back to the normal engine map.
Other new features on the 2012 KX450F include a new Uni-Trak rear suspension, new factory-inspired tuning, new front Petal brake disc, narrower front tyre and lower centre of gravity, revised transmission for smoother shifting, new factory styling and more.