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Old 13-06-2018
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So...Kawasaki released all the hype about the new Kx450 over the last couple of days.

Correct me if I'm wrong but is this the first of thr big 4 Jap manufacturers to use a ☆☆☆ HYDRAULIC CLUTCH ☆☆☆

Those KYB forks with the black shafts look sweet!!!

A good read here:

http://adbmag.com.au/editorial/first...wasaki-kx450f/

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Bike numbered "2" has KYB stickers
Bike numbered "331" has Showa stickers

Both "Team Green"

Mixed messages there lads!
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Bike numbered "2" has KYB stickers
Bike numbered "331" has Showa stickers

Both "Team Green"

Mixed messages there lads!
Maybe they were testing both and ended up with KYB.
Shots were supposedly Spy shots from Japan a few months ago.


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2019 Kawasaki KX450F Press Release:
The Kawasaki KX lineup has an unmatched history of success and has paved the path to championships for the motocross heroes of today, while continuing to serve as the ultimate tool for the future stars of tomorrow. The KX family is the most dominant motocross and Supercross brand of motorcycle available today, led by its flagship model the KX450. The all-new 2019 KX450 weighs in at 232.4 lbs without fuel while boasting a powerful engine, nimble handling, and technologically advanced features that are derived directly from the motorcycles used by Kawasakis factory race team. All-new features for 2019 include a new lightweight, more powerful engine, new slimmer aluminum frame, new Showa coil spring front forks with A-KIT technology, new hydraulic clutch and new electric start system.
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Leaves only Suzuki without estart? Hydro clutches & estarts on jap mxers-who'd have dreamt it in their wildest dreams?!!
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So...Kawasaki released all the hype about the new Kx450 over the last couple of days.

Correct me if I'm wrong but is this the first of thr big 4 Jap manufacturers to use a ☆☆☆ HYDRAULIC CLUTCH ☆☆☆

Those KYB forks with the black shafts look sweet!!!

A good read here:

http://adbmag.com.au/editorial/first...wasaki-kx450f/

Stu...
To be fair, I think they largely play to their US market, and if I remember correctly there are a lot of riders who simply don't like the feel of the hydraulic clutch and prefer being able to quickly adjust their clutch with the fast adjust mechanisms available for cable clutches. That, and the fact that the cable clutches would be cheaper for them to source, so they possibly milked that "excuse" as much as they could too.

As for the KYB's with the DLC coated tubes, I would be very surprised if the bike off the showroom floor comes with them. The manufacturers will be going for the lowest cost components to maintain their margins, so you'll probably see chrome tubes on stock bikes imo.

It is nice to see some development going on though.... even if a lot of it is old news for us enduro model riders
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black shafts look sweet!!!
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Positive ride review with Kris Keefer

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Positive ride review with Kris Keefer

https://itunes.apple.com/au/podcast/...=1000413724036
I was actually reading this last night. Sounds like a great bike and so glad they pissed off those poxy airforks the kx had,shocking. Kroozetune made a fortune out of those forks,lol.Hydralic clutch,awesome.
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