around $3504, while the shock is $1350.
What did we think of Brewer’s KX250F suspension?
Even though Kobe Heffner is pint-sized compared to the
MXA wrecking crew riders, we found comfort in the Ohlins
suspension. That says a lot about the valving and rigidity. The forks were stiff enough to stay up in their stroke
under hard braking and soft enough to absorb rough chop.
Bottoming resistance was confidence-building, as we never
clanked metal to metal in the forks. As for the shock, it had
a progressive feel. Thanks to the longer Ride Engineering
lowering link, the initial part of the stroke was stiffer. A
common solution for the Kawasaki KX250F is to change
the rising rate, which creates a more stable feel at speed.
An additional benefit is that the rear end tracks straighter.
The Ohlins RXF 48mm forks were significantly better than
the Showa SFF single-spring forks that come stock on the
Kawasaki KX250F, while the TTX shock was a decent
The 2016 Kawasaki KX250F boasts a strong engine,
but everything else about the bike is rather pedestrian.
Handling traits are lacking due to a front end that understeers and a cumbersome chassis that feels sluggish in
corners. While Kawasaki addressed those issues for 2017,
it was too late for Brewer Cycles and Kobe Heffner, as the
pairing took to the hallowed grounds of Hurricane Mills in
Tennessee for Loretta Lynn’s on the fully modified 2016
model. Fortunately, the previous iteration of the KX250F
can easily be fixed with a different triple-clamp offset, a
longer pull rod, shortening up the wheelbase and adjusting
the rider position. Ride Engineering’s 21.5mm offset triple
clamps are the hot ticket for getting a KX250F to corner
properly. Brewer Cycles moved up the rear axle in the
swingarm by removing an extra link from the chain. It is a
free modification and makes a big difference. We discussed
the Ride Engineering link in the suspension section above.
The link lowers the 2016 KX250F’s rear end by 5mm.
What did we think of Brewer’s KX250F handling? MXA
was the first magazine to test Ride Engineering’s 21.5mm
offset triple clamps for the KX250F. We loved the clamps
back then, and they’re still at the top of our mod list for the
Kawasaki. It’s remarkable how differently the KX250F can
handle with the right aftermarket parts and a judicious use
of money. Brewer Cycles was able to give Kobe Heffner the
confidence to rail turns without too much handlebar input.
All it cost was around $800.
In total, Brewer Cycles used 28 companies in the construction of Kobe Heffner’s KX250F. What really stood out
were the black-anodized frame, swingarm and subframe,
done up by Top Coat Incorporated ($250). We also liked
the Dubya wheels ($1495), wild MGX Unlimited graphics
($150), reinforced ICW radiators ($300) and Cycra Racing
Flo Green Powerflow plastics kit ($169.95).
Is Kobe Heffner going to be the next Ryan Villopoto? It’s
too early to tell. Thanks to the support of Brewer Cycles,
Heffner has a shot at stardom at the Amateur level. If he
continues to pursue a Professional racing career, Kobe has
a good understanding of what he should expect out of a
motorcycle. Why? Thanks to Brewer Cycles Racing, every
bike Heffner throws a leg over from now until eternity will
have to measure up to what Tyler Brewer and his crew
created. That could be good or bad, depending on how
you look at it. Suffice it to say that any Brewer Cycles-sponsored rider is in good hands, regardless of whether
he has aspirations of going Pro or simply rides for the love
For more information on Brewer Cycles, visit www.brew-ercycles.com or call (800) 948-3480. Tell them the MXA
wrecking crew sent you. ;
FMF Racing: www.fmfracing.com
Nihilo Concepts: www.nihiloconcepts.com
Cycra Racing: www.cycraracing.com
CV4 Products: www.cvproducts.com
Hinson Racing: www.hinsonracing.com
Liquid Performance: www.liquidperformance.com
Mika Metals: www.mikametals.com
ICW Radiators: www.icwradiators.com
Ohlins Racing: www.ohlinsusa.com
TM Designworks: www.tmdesignworks.com
Top Coat Incorporated: (919) 787-0302
Works Connection: www.worksconnection.com
DH1 Mods: (330) 933-2064
Guts Racing: www.gutsracing.com
Ride Engineering: www.ride-engineering.com
MGX Unlimited: www.mgxunlimited.com
Twin Air: www.twinairusa.com
No Toil Industries: www.notoil.com
Ohlins has been in the suspension game for a long time. Their
tunable TTX shock offers many options for a customized feel.