Line selection: C We feel the
harsh spot in the forks makes it hard
to be as accurate as you could be
on a bike with better damping. The
front end likes to bounce around and
Planted feel: C It is hard to keep
the bike connected to the ground.
Overall feel: B We love that the
KX250F has chassis adjustments to
suit rider preference.
Brakes: B They are average.
Notes: This is a good-handling
chassis with less than mediocre sus-
pension underneath it. We love the
way it flows through the corners
effortlessly, but we hate trying to get
in them. It is the narrowest bike and
feels very light and flickable in the air.
Forks: C These are good forks with
bad settings. They have a mid-stroke
harsh spot that you can’t get around.
It destroys the entire handling of the
Shock: C Like the forks, the shock
has a bad setting as well. Kawasaki
should use last year’s setting.
Balance: B The forks and shock
may not handle all that well, but they
work together okay.
Gearing: B If this engine lacks any-
thing, it is bottom-end. To help this,
we went from a 50- to 51-tooth rear
sprocket. We have to shift more, but
it is worth it.
Maps: D None of the stock maps
were good. You can change this by
using the Kawasaki tuning tool or
going to your local dealer.
Noise: B We don’t mind the noise.
Tires: A Dunlop MX3S tires come
standard, front and rear.
Price: B At $7749, the KX250F is
Weight: B This is the lightest
Japanese 250F at 221 pounds. It is
only a pound off the FC250.
Rank in class: Fifth place.