First Thoughts - 2019 Kawasaki KX450

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6/14/2018 8:17 AM

Here ya all be, in the link is our video from the press intro of the 2019 KX450 and below the video I dropped in a 30 minute audio file to go more in-depth on my thoughts.

https://www.vitalmx.com/product/guide/Bikes,6/Kawasaki/KX450,16360#product-reviews/831

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6/14/2018 9:55 AM

how is the seat height? Never heard that mentioned

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6/14/2018 9:59 AM

oh and what tires...only gives the size in the specs....

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6/14/2018 10:01 AM

Thanks for the QUICK reporting ML512. Scoop again! Holeshot!

Did you know that 512 is the Austin area code? You aren't one of those guys tagging with spray paint around here are you? w00t

You stole the show with that Shift gear set, really clean look. You just need to spray paint those bootstongue

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6/14/2018 10:03 AM

grunkster wrote:

oh and what tires...only gives the size in the specs....

Dunlop MX3S.

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6/14/2018 3:47 PM

Mr. Lindsay, well done, as always.

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6/14/2018 3:53 PM

grunkster wrote:

oh and what tires...only gives the size in the specs....

ML512 wrote:

Dunlop MX3S.

What about hardware quality? I had a 14 & a 15, and had nothing but issues with their "soft" metals, and hardware.

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6/14/2018 3:56 PM

grunkster wrote:

oh and what tires...only gives the size in the specs....

ML512 wrote:

Dunlop MX3S.

MK128 wrote:

What about hardware quality? I had a 14 & a 15, and had nothing but issues with their "soft" metals, and hardware.

Well, I didn’t turn any wrenches on it for the first day so...

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6/14/2018 4:00 PM

ML512 wrote:

Well, I didn’t turn any wrenches on it for the first day so...

Just curious if it was mentioned in any of their "all new" discussion, that's all. It was always a frustrating thing with the Kawis.

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6/14/2018 4:02 PM

Nice, good review as always.

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6/14/2018 4:18 PM

Well put together. Reporting on new bikes is definitely your forte.

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"Nothing happens until something moves"

6/14/2018 4:28 PM

ML- Are these the same forks as the Honda, but with coatings?

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6/14/2018 5:02 PM

MK128 wrote:

What about hardware quality? I had a 14 & a 15, and had nothing but issues with their "soft" metals, and hardware.

ML512 wrote:

Well, I didn’t turn any wrenches on it for the first day so...

MK128 wrote:

Just curious if it was mentioned in any of their "all new" discussion, that's all. It was always a frustrating thing with the Kawis.

Dude just expect to replace some bolts. Its pretty much standard practice on Green, Yellow and Blue bikes.

Honestly my husky doesn't seem to have the highest of quality either. Hondas bolts/ fit and finish is top notch for sure.

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6/14/2018 5:27 PM

They seem to have made quite a leap foward with this new bike!

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6/14/2018 5:37 PM

jake721 wrote:

ML- Are these the same forks as the Honda, but with coatings?

Basically, they have their own settings and valving, different coatings and a different fork lug.

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6/14/2018 5:47 PM

Seems to be pretty well loved initial impression across all of the media outlets. Nice work Mr Kawasaki!

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6/14/2018 6:19 PM

MK128 wrote:

Just curious if it was mentioned in any of their "all new" discussion, that's all. It was always a frustrating thing with the Kawis.

I'm curious what issues you had with the bolts? I've ridden Kawi the last six years and lost a single front fender bolt. No stripping or breaking of bolts anywhere.

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6/14/2018 8:44 PM

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At field days in New Zealand.... look what was on show... no pricing yet.... just got in country. Likely high 14 thousands... NZD...
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6/14/2018 9:14 PM

Took a bit to get use to the new look and I really like it, but the small part of the shroud not aligning with the frame, well, I'd just have to perform a little plastic surgery...it's a disease.

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There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear.

6/14/2018 9:17 PM

So basically going for the 2 stroke characteristics on a 4 stroke platform. Hydra clutch and litho battery + starter. I'm interested.. It did look like you were able to move around on the bike more and power delivery looked smooth from the videos. Good work!

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6/14/2018 9:17 PM

ledger wrote:

Took a bit to get use to the new look and I really like it, but the small part of the shroud not aligning with the frame, well, I'd just have to perform a little plastic surgery...it's a disease.

I can't get past that either. Also, the side number plates not being symmetrical annoys me but those are minor issues.

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6/14/2018 9:33 PM

I really like what everybody is saying about the bike,but am I the only one that can see that the plastics are little bit off compared to the frame.Cosmeting thing.....

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6/14/2018 9:58 PM

Idp57 wrote:

I really like what everybody is saying about the bike,but am I the only one that can see that the plastics are little bit off compared to the frame.Cosmeting thing.....

I can’t tell from the post above yours but I think you are the only one with the Cosmeting thing issue...

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6/14/2018 10:02 PM
Edited Date/Time: 6/14/2018 10:04 PM

Idp57 wrote:

I really like what everybody is saying about the bike,but am I the only one that can see that the plastics are little bit off compared to the frame.Cosmeting thing.....

brocster wrote:

I can’t tell from the post above yours but I think you are the only one with the Cosmeting thing issue...

laughing laughing laughing I'm so damn glad I wasn't having my morning coffee.
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There's something happening here, what it is ain't exactly clear.

6/14/2018 10:05 PM

brocster wrote:

I can’t tell from the post above yours but I think you are the only one with the Cosmeting thing issue...

Lol maybe.Just lines are not parallel

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6/14/2018 10:39 PM

Agree on the plastic lining up looks like it's was not designed to perfection.. smile.

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6/15/2018 1:10 AM

2WheelJocky wrote: Photo
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At field days in New Zealand.... look what was on show... no pricing yet.... just got in country. Likely high 14 thousands... NZD...

thats a dam good mullet on that kid,

nice bike too,

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