For the 2021 model year, Kawasaki is making an interesting introduction to its lineup – a supermoto model. Based off the new KLX300 dual-sport, we see the 2021 Kawasaki KLX300SM debuting as the other side fo the coin, for the street.
Decidedly more of a budget option than a track-performer, the Kawasaki KLX300SM uses a 292cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine, with dimensions at 78mm x 61.2mm and a compression ratio of 11.1:1.
17-inch wheels are featured fore and aft, with supermoto-tuned long-travel suspension (compression tuning on the forks, preload and rebound on preload tuning on the shock).
For ease of use, there is an electric starter as well, but the bike overall is fitted with price-minded options.
Overall, the Kawasaki KLX300SM is a break from the usual small-displacement offerings from motorcycle manufacturers, and it will be interesting to see if Team Green can find some traction with the supermoto package.
An often overlook form factor in the motorcycle industry, we will welcome any supermoto we can get – especially those that are street legal.
At $5,999 MSRP, the 2021 Kawasaki KLX300SM slots in below the venerable Suzuki DR-Z400SM in terms of price. Will it be able to achieve the same cult status though? Time will tell.
Source: Kawasaki USA