2020 Kawasaki KX450

First Impression: 2020 Kawasaki KX450
More like Second Impression, because this is the same Kawasaki KX450 (minus BNGs) that we saw last year.

For 2020, the KX450 gets green numberplates (instead of the standard white) and new graphics. That's it. But we are not disappointed because of two very important facts: One, just last year, the 2019 was pretty much all new. Two, this year's KX250 was also heavily updated. Team Green isn't slacking in the least.

For a detailed look at what changed from the 2018 to 2019 KX450, check out this First Look. And for our first test of the 2019 KX450 take a look at this video. The main things to recap are an new frame and swing arm, an all-new engine design (new valve train, exhaust, e-start, new throttle body, etc.), new suspension (going back to a coil spring fork, new linkage, and internal changes to the shock), new ergos with slimmer bodywork and flatter seat.

Check out what Vital Tester Ryan Orr has to say about the 2020 KX450 and since he hadn't swung a leg over a 2019 but he's ridden the 2018, it is his first time riding the new generation of KX450. 

Nothing new for 2020, but all new motor for 2019.
We like this generation of ergos.

This generation of KX450 handles better than the 2018 and earlier models.

The power is beefy, but still very controllable.


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Kawasaki KX450
Model Year
Engine Size
Engine Type
Engine Displacement
Bore x Stroke
96.0 x 62.1mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System
DFI® with 44mm Keihin throttle body
Digital CDI with electric start
5-speed, return shift, with wet multi-disc manual clutch and hydraulic clutch actuation
Final Drive
Suspension Front
49mm inverted telescopic coil-spring fork with 16-way compression damping and 16-way rebound damping/12.0 in
Suspension Rear
Uni-Trak® gas charged shock with piggyback reservoir with dual-range (4 turns stepless high speed/19-way low-speed) compression damping, 38-way rebound damping and adjustable preload/12.1 in
Brakes Front
Single semi-floating 270mm Braking® petal disc with dual-piston caliper
Brakes Rear
Single 250mm Braking® petal disc with single-piston caliper
Tires Front
Tires Rear
Overall Length
86.0 in
Overall Width
32.7 in
Overall Height
50.2 in
Seat Height
37.6 in
58.5 in
Ground Clearance
13.4 in
Fuel Capacity
1.64 gal
Curb Weight
232.3 lb without fuel / 242.4 lb**
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