Dirt bikes are a rarity in India. But manufacturers are opening up and exploring this untouched segment of sorts. Kawasaki is one of the very few manufacturers who have officially launched off-road ready dirt bikes in India. The Kawasaki KX100 and the KX250F were recently launched across the country at a price of ₹ 4.68 lakh and ₹ 7.14 lakh respectively. The prices are ex-showroom, Delhi and are exempt from road and registration taxes as they are not road-legal. Therefore, riding these dirt bikes will be restricted to off-road trails and tracks only.
The Kawasaki KX100 is a mini-motocross bike which gets a 99cc 2-stroke (Yes! These still exist!) Single-cylinder engine which is liquid-cooled and features Kawasaki’s integrated power valve system (KIPS) which can change the exhaust port open times and the ignition timing as well, so as to offer a broader powerband. It also gets 36 mm inverted forks at the front which has 275mm of travel and can be adjusted for compression while at the rear, it gets a Uni-Trak monoshock, again fully adjustable and having 275mm of travel. The bike weighs in at barely 77kg.
On the other hand, the Kawasaki KX250F gets a bigger 249cc single-cylinder engine which is liquid-cooled. The highlight is the launch control, which ensures that you get the perfect start in a race situation or even just for kicks. The bike is built around an aluminium perimeter frame and weighs in at 107 kg. At the front end, it is fitted with Showa SFF forks and a Showa monoshock at the rear. The travel is 310mm at both ends. The ground clearance on the bike is a massive 330mm. Both these bikes will be brought to India as CBUs. Time to get dirty, then!