If you expect the new 2018 Kawasaki KX450F to have a drastic change for 2018 model, be prepared to be disappointed. As one of the toughest and most powerful ride in the business, the bike is considered having enough features, power, and accents, leaving Kawasaki to have minor updates only instead of the big one. Naturally, there are still some good elements to expect from this line although major upgrades may not be done for the current production. But then again, why would you need so much updates and changes if the existing one is already good enough?
The Newest Updates
So far, the green machine is only experiencing the new (and expectedly improved) radiator shroud graphics. So, you should have the general idea of how the machine works and performs based on the 2017 model. When taken to the tracks with tricky corners, long straightway, and bumpy setting (especially for the big jumps), the bike is still able to show some power. It won’t disappoint you, for sure.
The Familiar Specs and Strength
Okay, so let’s start from the engine because it is always the major core of any running machine. When we are talking about 2018 Kawasaki KX450F engine, you can still expect a linear power with smooth effect, resulting to the feel that this bike is easy to control, handle, and ride. Another thing to like about the bike is the less hit on the bottom end so it doesn’t create a sudden jumpy effect. Most riders like this feel because it doesn’t surprise them and it makes the bike easy to manage, especially on tight settings like deep rutted corners.
Even with the less bottom power hit, the bike still has many impressive strength and power. But then again, everything is managed and delivered smoothly so there is nothing harsh or surprising about this unit. Switching gear is nice and even comfortable, even when you have to do it on tight turns and corners.
The second most important things about the 2018 Kawasaki KX450F is the suspension. Kawasaki decided that they will stick to the SFF Showa Air TAC (Triple Air Chamber) fork. The greatest thing about this kind of suspension is the easiness in making the adjustment, depending on your preference. Each of the experienced riders has their own preference and like when it comes to choosing the right suspension setting. Some may like it harsh but some may like it soft. With this fork and suspension setting, Kawasaki is providing a greater flexibility and freedom to tweak the setting the way you like it. Is such a feature good? Yes, you can believe that it is.
But in the meantime, the Showa shock is nice, in terms that it is plush but it has its own rigidity itself. Somehow, it is just right. It is soft and plush but not to the point of being mushy. And it is also stiff and firm but not to the point of being hard and harsh. With this kind of suspension, you can tackle any obstacle easily even to the biggest bumps ever without feeling uncomfortable at all.
Other Elements and Features
This 2018 Kawasaki KX450F chassis is somewhat convenient for different kinds of riders with different skills and sizes. It is responsive with improved easiness in control, especially when dealing with the corners. And since the bike is pretty sleek and slim with no protruding elements or parts that can hinder the riders from making maneuvers and movements, leaning forward or moving backward is super easy and nice. It creates a balanced feel. Even on a high speed setting, the overall feel and handle of the bike is super convenient, resulting is effortless whipping and scrubbing.
The Final Conclusion
In the end, there is an improvement in the handle and feel of the bike although it may be the similar product as last year. Don’t be fooled by the outer look that is similar to the 2017 model. Despite the minimal change, you can tell that the feel of the ride itself is different. The performance of the 2017 and 2018 models is different with a smoother and nice end for 2018 model.
After all, the green company has been known for their great craftsmanship and mechanical skill in the business so it is not really surprising if they deliver something different for the 2018 model. So, ready to try the 2018 Kawasaki KX450F?