First Look | 2024 Kawasaki KX450

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1/25/2023 5:14am Edited Date/Time 1/25/2023 7:48am

First shot of Febvre's 2023 KX450 (pre-production 2024 I assume) - I like it!

 

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1/25/2023 5:31am

I like the look/design of the new bodywork over the current generation. I'm a 250 guy so I'll have to wait for the 2025 model. Sign me up!

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soggy
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1/25/2023 6:00am

Maybe the best looking Kawi in the last 20 years. 

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1/25/2023 6:33am Edited Date/Time 1/25/2023 6:34am

That plastic design looks too bulky.

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1/25/2023 7:07am

Wow I am digging the new bodywork. Looks like it flows really well

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1/25/2023 7:09am

Haven’t seen white fork guards in a while. 

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1/25/2023 7:24am

Was supposed to be ready last year so hoping that it had extra time to be dialed in, I think longer generations with more R&D time is better for everybody at this point with how good all the bikes are now. Current generation bike is the longest a Kawi has ever gone unchanged. 

1/25/2023 7:38am
Cygrace74 wrote:
Was supposed to be ready last year so hoping that it had extra time to be dialed in, I think longer generations with more R&D time...

Was supposed to be ready last year so hoping that it had extra time to be dialed in, I think longer generations with more R&D time is better for everybody at this point with how good all the bikes are now. Current generation bike is the longest a Kawi has ever gone unchanged. 

And it is still winning the shootouts.

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1/25/2023 7:44am

Looks like it can carry a mad wheelie!

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1/25/2023 7:51am

Plastic looks great, but (1) it looks like it would hold a lot of heat on the shock and (2) where are the clickers?!  Airbox side?  There doesn't seem to be a removable panel like the Huskys.

 

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1/25/2023 8:29am

Looks great

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1/25/2023 8:30am
Cygrace74 wrote:
Was supposed to be ready last year so hoping that it had extra time to be dialed in, I think longer generations with more R&D time...

Was supposed to be ready last year so hoping that it had extra time to be dialed in, I think longer generations with more R&D time is better for everybody at this point with how good all the bikes are now. Current generation bike is the longest a Kawi has ever gone unchanged. 

In the four stroke era ,  the 94-98 k model 2 stroke range was the same 5 year run 

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1/25/2023 8:35am

Looks like a new spin on the 09-11 KX450’s

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1/25/2023 8:51am

That bike is going to be excellent if they just tweaked a few things and didn't try to reinvent the wheel.

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quadmx301
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1/25/2023 9:02am

Looks nice, but call me crazy, I like the looks of the ‘19-‘23 slightly better. 

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Coughlin639
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1/25/2023 9:09am
mattyhamz2 wrote:

Looks like a new spin on the 09-11 KX450’s

I thought the same exact thing. I still think the 17/18 generation was the best looking bike

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1/25/2023 9:26am Edited Date/Time 1/25/2023 9:33am
First shot of Febvre's 2023 KX450 (pre-production 2024 I assume) - I like it!    

First shot of Febvre's 2023 KX450 (pre-production 2024 I assume) - I like it!

 

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Where’s the side panel air intake holes? Only on the left side?  More pics please.  Liking it.

1/25/2023 10:09am

The chains still slacks slacks slacks.

Means it's gonna be a good damn bike like the 10 previous years.

 

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1/25/2023 10:19am

I really like the looks of it. Shroud is a bit Honda-ish and the sidepanels kinda look like a mix of KTM, '23 YZF and '11 KXF lol. But it looks good. Frame for sure looks thicker. I'm glad the exhaust tucks in a bit better than the current bike. I assume the new head that we saw at Japan Nationals will be on this bike, once we get better pics?

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1/25/2023 10:51am

I think they need to make that exhaust longer....tf is that about?

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1/25/2023 10:56am

Won't buy unless they make the exhaust longer. 

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1/25/2023 11:10am

The stock exhaust will go way past the rear fender and it will have a heat shield on the header the size of a stop sign, and the chain slider, rollers and guide will be made of butter, don’t worry..

The new plastics design looks great.

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1/25/2023 11:23am
280driver wrote:

Where’s the side panel air intake holes? Only on the left side?  More pics please.  Liking it.

The current bike only has vent on left side so probably just continued that 

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1/25/2023 12:42pm

It's okay. I'm onboard with the rear end but not the front shrouds. Looks too much like last-gen Honda.

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mx_phreek
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1/25/2023 1:00pm Edited Date/Time 1/25/2023 1:24pm

Some little videos on his page.

 

 

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m21racing
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1/25/2023 1:01pm

As long as it's still that kawi green! ⚡️💚⚡️

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1/25/2023 1:46pm

Finally they ditch the super busy shrouds. Too many lines/bulges on the previous model imo. Looks great!

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1/25/2023 1:59pm
280driver wrote:

Where’s the side panel air intake holes? Only on the left side?  More pics please.  Liking it.

Cygrace74 wrote:

The current bike only has vent on left side so probably just continued that 

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So here’s the left side.  Can’t really see the air intake vent here.  Certainly not one sized like the ‘23.   If it’s not on the right side and not much to be seen on the left, where could this thing be breathing from I wonder?

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