Kawasaki have a range of motorcycles designed specifically for use on the farm. The KLX150BF SE is also a viable option for a new rider thanks to LAMS compliance, while the Stockman 250 is primarily for working properties.
2021 Kawasaki Stockman 250
The Stockman 250 is the utilitarian of the pair, being non-road registerable, so for use on private property only, featuring a 250 cc air-cooled four-stroke engine that is a no fuss, reliable powerplant.
Making the Stockman 250 particularly ready for farm and work duties is the standard inclusion of a front rack, ideal for strapping down items. Hand guards protect the levers and riders digits.
On the rear of the Stockman is a larger rear rack rated to carry a fairly hefty 20 kg of load. Providing further protection to the bike is a set of engine guards, ensuring the rugged machine can easily deal with the rigours of farm life and doesn’t need to be babied.
Dual side stands also offer the flexibility to leave the bike almost anywhere easily. A nine-litre fuel tank and great fuel effeciency offering a generous range.
The Stockman 250 runs a stainless steel exhaust, LCD display, disc brakes, a 21-inch front and 18-inch rear with knobby tyres and comes with a toolkit mounted opposite the exhaust.
Forks are 36 mm telescopic units, and the rear shock offers stepless spring preload and 18-way rebound adjustment.
The Stockman 250 weighs 133 kg all up with an 830 mm seat height and comes in Lime Green with a 12-month warranty. It’s available for $6,299 RRP plus delivery and associated costs.
2021 Kawasaki KLX150BF SE
In comparison the 2021 Kawasaki KLX150BF SE offers a road registerable, LAMS compliant machine, with a higher-spec despite running a smaller capacity 144 cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine.
The KLX150 BF runs full size 21 and 18-inch front and rear wheels respectively, alongside petal disc brakes. Lightweight aluminium rims are used with a black alumite finish.
Inverted 35 mm forks allow for 175 mm of travel and are gold finished, while a gas charged rear shock allows for five preload levels and offers 192 mm of travel.
The dash is a simple analogue design, with a halogen headlight, Fat bar handlebars and MX style throttle grips. The ‘bars are also rubber mounted to minimise vibrations, with separate upper triple clamp and handlebar clamps allowing for different ‘bar fitment.
A flat seat design makes for easy movement on the bike, but the height is taller at 870 mm, while simple single-mount handguards are fitted, as well as engine and frame guards.
The KLX150BF runs a 6.9 L fuel tank, which with the bikes meagre fuel use, should offer a significant range and is covered by a 24-month unlimited kilometre warranty.
The bike weighs in at 118 kg fully fueled at the kerb, in Neon Green/Ebony and makes for an ideal option for those after a LAMS machine for a new rider. Priced at $4,399 plus on road costs, in Sydney that equates to $5,255 ride-away, making for an easy entry point into registered riding.
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