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Same shocks as the Z400. Probably the same geometry as the Z400.

My wife loves riding my LTR but she wanted the same stability, handling, power, etc.... but with reverse. I was really hoping this bike would be the answer.

They stepped up nice with the frame and motor..... but then fell short on the suspension and geometry. :crazy:
 

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I completely agree. I was hoping for the same. Kawi's answer to the LT-R, but with reverse.

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Same shocks as the Z400. Probably the same geometry as the Z400.

My wife loves riding my LTR but she wanted the same stability, handling, power, etc.... but with reverse. I was really hoping this bike would be the answer.

They stepped up nice with the frame and motor..... but then fell short on the suspension and geometry. :crazy:[/b]
i actually want to narrow my ltr a little. i do alot of trail riding. i like that the kfx has reverse but i owe too much money on the ltr so i'm gonna keep it.
 

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This way, it's probably open to more buyers. Like the LT-R is pretty much an mx-only quad in stock form. I'm just happy it's got the low center of gravity, arms and axle can always be added later. I am wondering about the suspension though, looks like LT-R has it beat in that aspect.
 

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Looks can be decieving. They might look like z400 shocks . They are Dual Rate springed and have both compression and rebound adjustments. If you read what the pro's that have rode this quad have said then I would be expecting it to really perform. Both in the motor and suspension in stock form.

With this said just think of the possibilites when each rider modifies it to their race or riding style.

Everything I read in the specs and reviews it should handle like a YFZ450 with reverse but better! I can't wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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I'm supprised that there isn't more people out there that wish it was going to be wider. I think it sux being that narrow.
 

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I'm supprised that there isn't more people out there that wish it was going to be wider. I think it sux being that narrow.[/b]

I think it will be aimed more towards the XC and rec. crowd because of the reverse and electric start. ;)

There is alot more $$$$ to be made by Kawi from a 1st year model from the average blue collar worker who rides Xc or is just a weekend warrior! Think about it. :blink:
 

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While the KFX450 is not as wide as the LTR450 it does have narrow front pivot points. This should make the chassis geometry on the KFX450 the best in its class. You will have to widen it, but once you do it should be the best of the best.


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Well i have never owned anything stock and never will. the point of saying that is if you dont like it. fix it til you do. so get a new axle and new arms and stop whinning.
 

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Well i have never owned anything stock and never will. the point of saying that is if you dont like it. fix it til you do. so get a new axle and new arms and stop whinning.[/b]

i'll have to agree with go fast...I bought the ltr450 and now wish i waited for the kx....i mean c'mon...the majority of people on these forums and at the local races never keep the stock wheels,a-arms,shocks,axle or steering column...i bought the ltr thinking it was race ready...then i went to the races...lol....even the beginner d-class guys had $4,000 invested in the suspension....these quads will never be race ready until the have a bone stock class...and at this time the ltr would dominate...if you like kawi and reverse and an aluminum frame then this is the quad to get...just add your usual mods and you will have a "race ready " quad.......of course this doesnt apply to those who don't buy any mods...so you guys & girls don't need to flame me....lol............there, i feel better now
 

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The KFX front end geopmetry is the chit. So add a set of long travel a-arms, long travel shocks and you will have the best frontend available.


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I don't see how it would be the best one. Its based off a 1988 250R frame, same as the trx450r. I don't think the alluminum will hold up.
 

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I don't see how it would be the best one. Its based off a 1988 250R frame, same as the trx450r. I don't think the alluminum will hold up.[/b]
It is not even close to a 250R frame? You better go check again ........ The front end pivot points are similar to a Roll Lobo Chassis.

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It is not even close to a 250R frame? You better go check again ........ The front end pivot points are similar to a Roll Lobo Chassis.

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KOQ racing is working on a, wider long travel setup to set it up for mx and it should be out shortly.
 

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Just sat on one yesterday and they have hi and low speed compresion and rebound adjustment on both front and back... Means if you don't like the suspension settings you can just get them revalved and sprung instead of replacing them... Cost about half as much...
 

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Not too sure why they made it all aluminum when it isn't any lighter than an LTR. I have a hard time believing that front end will hold up. It's a small single rectangle aluminum tube. Once you stick longer a-arms on it (which it desperately needs) this will add even more leverage on this square aluminum tube. If this don't break I'm sure the other cast aluminum major frame components will. I guess only time will tell. However I don't know how much time anyone will be able to sit on that seat, which feels as if it may be filled with quikrete!

I just realized I am one of those annoying people who show up on a forum dedicated to a specific vehicle and then I just say bad things about it! Sorry about that. I've been a member on this forum since it was created and I have been looking forward for a long time for this thing to come out, only to be greatly let down. Other than being different, I can't see any advantage to this quad over an LTR, YFZ or TRX, which are all less expensive.
 

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I understand your feelings, but on the bright side as i have posted the front end geometry is the best in class. Plus the kick starter should be available soon. Once the kicker is installed it will be alot lighter. Who knows when the LTR kicker will become available? We will find out soon how it does in the HP dept. I can say that a think a stock KFX is faster then a stock LTR. i know it is not saying much, but who knows the motor could be a monster once uncorked?


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Everybody says how dissappointing it is for MX but it's kinda the same thing as saying how dissappointing the LTR is for
XC. Even though Kawi and Suzuki split from each other in the quad department, I'm pretty sure by the LTR being MX and this one being geared for XC (reverse - why would you need that for MX? Also in some write ups by Kawi they stated how good it will be for people in the woods) is a way for them to not compete directly with each other and put it to Honda and Yammi.

If the narrow front design is derived from the Roll lobo chassis or the laeger narrow chassis, weren't both of those designed for XC racing?


Fuel ATV, since you've had a 250R how does it compare in handling? I've heard YFZ's are pretty close but how about this?
 
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