2017 KLX450R

Serious Off-Road Performance

The 2017 KLX450R is Kawasaki's capable big-bore 4 stroke off-road Enduro model. The easy to handle, rider friendly, road registerable, learner legal, trail explorer, enduro racing KX derived motorcycle that has stump-pulling low down torque. Electric start and performance components combine to deliver a fast and usable total package built for the off-road.

The 2017 KLX450R is now even better value for money. Talk to your local Kawasaki Dealership to find out more!


Kawasaki Learner Approved Logo 196 2015



High Performance 4-Stroke Engine

The high-powered, lightweight 4-stroke engine is derived from the Championship Winning KX450F and features several tweaks including increased flywheel mass for greater low-end torque.

The high powered, lightweight 4-stroke engine of the KX450F has been tweaked for more stump-pulling low end torque.

449cm³ Single cylinder DOHC 4-valve engine.

Electric Starter

Electric Starting

An electric starter was regarded as essential in the design brief. A lightweight, highly reliable electric start system is employed for fast, easy, trouble-free starting.

A manual kick starter is retained as a backup. Having both electric and kick starter means the bike can be quickly restarted if the engine stalls or has to be stopped.


Wide Ratio 5-Speed Transmission

The KLX450R's gear ratios have been selected to specifically suit off-road competition. The engine is tuned for a broad delivery of power to optimize the gear ratios. The gear sets and center cases are very compact allowing the frame to be narrower at the rider‘s ankles.

Great, grippy footpegs are standard and ready to race.

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4-Valve Cylinder Head

Featuring dual overhead camshafts lifting lightweight titanium valves with dual progressive valve springs, the KLX's head boasts revised cam lift and timing to boost low and mid range torque.

Race Oriented Chassis

The MX inspired aluminium chassis features centralised gravity and inertia points to deliver incredible traction, light handling and confidence inspiring high speed stability.

Chase my Tail-Light

Kawasaki has fitted an LED rear light for the benefit of the distant competition.  The KLX450R comes fully equipped with everthing need for registration on Australian roads.  Images shown are without mirrors an indicators, etc.

Tail Light

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Smooth Suspension

Kayaba twin chamber forks take care of the big hits up front while Kawasaki's legendary Uni-Trak rear suspension gets the power to the ground.

Fully adjustable damping at both ends provides easy tuning and setup. The high-spec KYB AOSS 48mm inverted front fork and superb rear suspension have been tuned for off-road competition and to minimise rider fatigue over long distances.

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Powerful Disc Brakes

Petal brake discs front and rear reduce unsprung weight, and help clean the brake pads for more efficient braking. The forged aluminium rear brake pedal has a heavy duty mounting bolt and a large “foot” with sharp teeth to provide a solid feel. An integrated rear brake fluid reservoir provides increased reliability.

Keep it Clean

Petal disc brakes keep pads clean and efficient, lap after enduro lap.


Digital Instrumentation

Fully equipped for off road competition the KLX450R instrument panel lets the rider see what the bike is doing....right now.

This lightweight digital instrumentation includes a speedometer, twin tripmeters, odometer and clock.


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Type 4-Stroke, Liquid Cooled, DOHC, 4-Valve, Single
Displacement 449 cm³
Bore and Stroke 96.0 x 62.1 mm
Compression ratio 12.0:1
Valve system DOHC, 4 valves
Fuel system Carburettor Keihin FCR40
Ignition Multi-map Digital CDI with TPS (K-TRIC)
Starting Electric and Primary Kick
Lubrication Forced lubrication, semi-dry sump
Transmission 5-speed, return
Final drive Sealed Chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.727 (60/22)
1st 2.167 (26/12)
2nd 1.533 (23/15)
3rd 1.188 (19/16)
4th 0.950 (19/20)
5th 0.810 (17/21)
Final reduction ratio 3.846 (50/13)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Type Perimeter, aluminium
Wheel travel:
Front 305 mm
Rear 315 mm
Front 80/100-21M/C 51P
Rear 120/90-18M/C 65P
Caster (rake) 27.7°
Trail 122 mm
Steering angle (left/right) 42° / 42°
Front 48mm Inverted, Kayaba AOS with 22-Way Compression
and 18-Way Rebound Damping Adjustment
Rear Uni-Trak with Adjustable Preload, 22-Way (Low Speed)/ Stepless (High Speed) Compression Adjustment, 22-Way Rebound Damping Adjustment, Temperature Compensating Rebound Adjustment
Front: Semi-Floating 250 mm Petal Disc
Caliper Dual Piston
Rear: 240 mm Petal Disc
Caliper Single Piston
Overall length 2,175 mm
Overall width 820 mm
Overall height 1,250 m
Wheelbase 1,480 mm
Ground clearance 315 mm
Seat height 935 mm
Curb mass 125.8 kg
Fuel capacity 8 L
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The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets.

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