Kawasaki New Zealand has announced that we’ll soon be joined by an all-new Dual Sport machine in August, with the new KLX230 sporting the modern features needed to ensure it survives the coming new regulations we face.
Developed jointly with Bosch, the 2020 KLX230 features Kawasaki’s first ABS system developed specifically for both road and off-road applications. That means the bike won’t be facing the imminent demise of other – and you could say much loved – road legal trail bikes due to the overwhelming lack of ABS in much of the segment.
Apart from the mandated whiz-bang nanny aid, however, Kawasaki has kept the rest of the KLX230 as a simple machine.
At its heart is a fuel injected 233cc air-cooled 4-stroke single which is wrapped in a tubular steel frame.
While the bike will be road-legal, Kawasaki says the all-new frame was designed from the start with off-road riding use in mind and offers the handling stability needed for confident trail riding.
Wheel choice is straight out of the trail bike guidebook with an 18-inch rear and 21-inch front wheel combo wrapped in 4.10-18 and 2.75-21 tyres respectively.
When it comes to suspension, Big Green has kept the formula simple again, opting for long-travel suspension front and rear (250mm / 251mm) with 300mm of ground clearance. In terms of hardware, up front are 37mm telescopic forks while out back is the expected Uni-Trak mono-shock.
Importantly, Kawasaki NZ says that the KLX230 does not replace the recently reborn KLX250S which returned to the Kiwi marketplace in the last year. With Kawasaki now boasting a multi-purpose ABS system, we can assume that the 250 will receive it in the near future too.
Pricing on the KLX230 is yet to be announced, but we can assume it will be under $10,000 based on other offerings in this segment of the market, with the first bikes expected in dealers in August.