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HE'S OUT!!! 7300 US!!! :blah: GO AT KAWASAKI TO SEE IT!!
 

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If i get accepted by Kawi for Team sponsorship then I'll get be getting it for around $6,000 but then for it to be raceready it's going to cost me a lot of money for Nerfs, tether, shocks, axle and a-arms, then pipe and tires. I'll just stick with my LTR.
 

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LOL>........7300??......when i can get a suzuki already wide and proven reliable for 100 for???.............HA
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And you're on this forum why??
 

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Yep, I'm bummed twice now. First, at the 46" width. Now with the $7399 MSRP. Just can't see spending that much and still having to dump another few grand in it to get it ready for the track. Especially when you can get one already set for $7499. Sorry, I know this is a pro-KFX thread, I was just really looking forward to this machine, and am really dissapointed.
 

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I think the KFX is geared more towards trail riding and GNCC style racing. This would explain the 46" width and reverse gear. The KFX is going to make a lot of recreational riders happy, which is a good thing since not everyone rides on the track. I know that the reliability is unproven at this point, but I think Kawasaki did a great thing by targeting the everyday rider rather than the racer. Maybe they will come out with a motocross version which will be 50" wide without a reverse gear, and call it the Tecate 450?
 

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Maybe they will come out with a motocross version which will be 50" wide without a reverse gear, and call it the Tecate 450?[/b]
I could see that. But I bet they'd get rid of the elec. start too. Which would make sense I suppose. It'd sure be light. I guess I was hoping for an LT-R with reverse, but I've said that before. And you're right, something like that really doesn't make alot of marketing sense.
 

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This seems like it'd be a good upgrade if you really like the Z400. Pretty much all the good features the Z has for everyday riders, but more performance. I don't mind the width, love the reverse, but wish it had suspension more like the LT-R. And I can get an '07 LT-R now for $6100. Well, we'll see how she performs before I decide on what 450 I guess.
 

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Well you have to look at a few things .....

1. Retail on the LTR450 is $7399.99

2. When the LTR first came out people were paying 10k for them. I am sure in 6 - 8 months the price on the KFX450 will come Down too.

The KFX has alot of potential. Will it be as good as the LTR450 for MX right out of the box? I dont think so. It does offer these points that IMO COULD make it the best 450.

1. The Chassis looks to have very narrow front end pivot points. This will be great once you widen it up. It has the potentail to be the best chassis out of all the 450's

2. It is said the Kick start option will be availabe to purchase aftermarket. This will make the bike even lighter.

3. There are claims that it is very light even with the reverse and electric start.

4. The engine is said to be a monster.

So all in all this bike has the potontial to have the best chassis and motor out of all the 450's. I will take that all day long.


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Well you have to look at a few things .....

1. Retail on the LTR450 is $7399.99

2. When the LTR first came out people were paying 10k for them. I am sure in 6 - 8 months the price on the KFX450 will come Down too.

The KFX has alot of potential. Will it be as good as the LTR450 for MX right out of the box? I dont think so. It does offer these points that IMO COULD make it the best 450.

1. The Chassis looks to have very narrow front end pivot points. This will be great once you widen it up. It has the potentail to be the best chassis out of all the 450's

2. It is said the Kick start option will be availabe to purchase aftermarket. This will make the bike even lighter.

3. There are claims that it is very light even with the reverse and electric start.

4. The engine is said to be a monster.

So all in all this bike has the potontial to have the best chassis and motor out of all the 450's. I will take that all day long.
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Very well said. I think with a low center of gravity in mind and to make it not tippy at 46" wide like the Z400 is a great thing. Add wider A-arms and a wider axle and this quad should rip!. Rumor has it Kawie has this in mind in the future.

I think Kawie's key point was an almost race ready with REVERSE, and the X/C racers are the target market for this Quad out of the box. As there is no other race 450 on the market with reverse.
If Kawie puts out a MX model 48"wide without reverse at 345# along with the X/C model and keep the price the same I think we will see alot of green at the races :D
 

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I think when people see how fast it is and how great it handles once it is wider people will buy them up. Thats if it is a great as i hear. I am not too worried about the bike needing a-arms for MX. You would be surprized how many people with LTR's still buy a-arms.


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I think when people see how fast it is and how great it handles once it is wider people will buy them up. Thats if it is a great as i hear. I am not too worried about the bike needing a-arms for MX. You would be surprized how many people with LTR's still buy a-arms.
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I read interviews from the factory riders in QUAD magazine. I know the interviews could be subjective, but both riders were very impressed with the handling. One said "you know how stock bikes like to two-wheel a bit through turns? This bike, you can't get this thing to go on two wheels." He also said "this is the best-handling stock bike I've ridden in my life..." I don't know, maybe it's the fact that he got signed with Team Green talking. Or maybe he's telling the truth! I have a feeling that the specs on the KFX450 don't do the bike any justice. The frame is going to have a lot to do with the handling characteristics. All we can do is hope they got it right the first time.
 

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Yeah i got QUAD magazine too...they said its one of the best stock 450 and they never made test session so easy with the bike...and after all...we all like the look of the elka with chrome a-arm on a quad...and he's the same width as the 450r and the yfz...they both have great handling for 46' wide so the kfx shouldnt be so bad in its stock form
 

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Exactly. Like I said the width does not concern me, the bike will have the lowest seat height (with 20" tires) and that may make the handling very good at 46". If it is, I'd only be concerned with how the suspension might be. Until I see some of these results, I could not buy one myself. However, this bike is impressive enough so far to wait on a 450 purchase to me...
 

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With the super narrow lower a-arm pivot points it should handle very good. As usual the stock shocks may need some revalving, but who cares. I will have some max clearance Long Travel A-arms for it ....... Then that suspension will work.


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Well you have to look at a few things .....

1. Retail on the LTR450 is $7399.99

2. When the LTR first came out people were paying 10k for them. I am sure in 6 - 8 months the price on the KFX450 will come Down too.

The KFX has alot of potential. Will it be as good as the LTR450 for MX right out of the box? I dont think so. It does offer these points that IMO COULD make it the best 450.

1. The Chassis looks to have very narrow front end pivot points. This will be great once you widen it up. It has the potentail to be the best chassis out of all the 450's

2. It is said the Kick start option will be availabe to purchase aftermarket. This will make the bike even lighter.

3. There are claims that it is very light even with the reverse and electric start.

4. The engine is said to be a monster.

So all in all this bike has the potontial to have the best chassis and motor out of all the 450's. I will take that all day long.
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I can't wait for you to get yours and compare it to you wifes LT-R. I think it will be a great quad, I just wonder how small it feels.
 

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Correct me if I'm wrong, but stock, the Suzuki is 49" wide? This one is 46. ( the others are also right near 46") Take your beadlock wheels, with an inch more offset, 18/19" MX tires..bolt them on... and now you are sitting at 48" wide and a full inch lower ( stock LTR will sit HIGHER than this) WITHOUT needing to buy Aarms or an Axle.

This setup is NOT that expensive to do, and most guys that will take this bike on a MX track will be swappin out wheels and tires anyway. :banana:
 
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