Kawasaki adds more punch to learner line-up

Kawasaki has launched the KLX230SM, a learner legal supermoto, based on the popular dual-purpose KLX230 S, with an emphasis on fun. The new model adds another exciting dimension to the line-up, with sharp styling and ultra-nimble attributes.

The urban enjoyment factor is off the scale with 17-inch wheels, a 37mm upside-down fork, road-orientated suspension settings and a large 300mm semi-floating petal disc at the front, gripped by a twin-piston calliper. ABS is a standard feature.

The road-focused suspension settings provide 204mm travel at the front and 168mm at the rear. Combined with the 845mm seat height, a low 135kg wet weight and closely spaced ratios in the six-speed gearbox, the KLX230SM is the perfect commuting companion.

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The engine is the same tireless campaigner as found in the KLX230 range; a 233cc air-cooled, fuel-injected, four-stroke single, rated at 14kW/19.8Nm. ECU updates include a revised fuel map to offer improved throttle response in cold temperatures.

A compact LED headlight is the centrepiece of the bike’s sporty, aggressive front-end. The front fender also has sleek overtones, while the blacked-out engine, frame, swingarm and handlebar complete the eye-catching package.

Set to be available in two liveries, buyers can choose from Ebony, which features contrasting gold rims, and traditional Kawasaki Lime Green. A range of factory accessories will also be available, including a skid plate, hand covers, a helmet lock and rear carrier.

Pricing will start from $7,494 for Lime Green and $7,595 for Ebony. Both prices are plus on-roads. The new Kawasaki KLX230SM is on sale nationwide. For further information, contact your local dealership.

2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM
2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin
Andrew Jenkin is the ride editor at Exhaust Notes Australia, founding editor of Two Wheel Addicts, a contributor at Bike Review and panel judge for Harley Davidson's Breakout Boss competition. Andrew has a love for anything on two wheels whether that be sports, naked or adventure bikes, with a guilty pleasure for cruisers.

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