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Kawasaki unveils 2023 KLX230SM supermoto in Japan

We sure hope Kawasaki introduces this lightweight motard here in the Philippines.

Kawasaki unveils 2023 KLX230SM supermoto in Japan

The KLX230 from Kawasaki is a rather reliable entry-level dual-sport platform. The KLX230 is well-liked by both novice and expert enduro riders and has won accolades for its use, unfailing dependability, and unquestionable adaptability. Numerous aftermarket enhancements, such as aftermarket wheel sets that turn the dual-sport into a supermoto, are readily accessible in terms of modifications.

Fortunately, Kawasaki will begin offering a supermoto version of the KLX230 in Japan starting with the 2023 model year, addressing the needs of customers searching for an entertaining, rowdy ride for the streets and supermoto courses. With the exception of the previously stated 17-inch front and rear wheels, the new bike, known as the KLX230SM, has almost all of the same components as the conventional KLX230. By October 15, 2022, it's anticipated to be on the Japanese market. The suggested retail price for it is approximately P220,000.

Kawasaki KLX230SM

With an air-cooled single-cylinder engine producing 19 horsepower at 7,600 rpm and 13.7 ft-lbs of torque at 6,100 rpm, the KLX230SM presents itself as a practical, if not agricultural, machine overall. A six-speed gearbox is used to transfer this power to the rear tire, giving the motorcycle a slightly higher top speed and improved road performance. Kawasaki asserts that the KLX230SM can achieve an outstanding 33.4 kilometers per liter.

The KLX230SM's workhorse engine is complemented by a brand-new 37mm inverted front fork with 204 millimeters of travel. Kawasaki's Unitrack rear suspension, complete with progressive springs and preload adjustability, is used at the back. Wheel travel on the back wheel is 168 millimeters overall. Last but not least, the front and rear disc brakes on the KLX230SM measure 300 and 220 millimeters, respectively, to bring the vehicle to a halt. Because of its relatively low 136-kilogram wet weight and reachable 845-millimeter seat height, the KLX230SM should be a reasonably simple motorcycle to ride—both aggressively and around town.

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