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2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Review


Classic Good Looks, Top-Shelf Comfort
For those who heed the call of the open road, the Vulcan® 1700 Voyager® satisfies that wanderlust – and then some. Complete with all the full-dress accouterments necessary to keep riders and passengers comfortable on long journeys, and equipped with a powerful engine that helps eat up the miles, the Voyager delivers a memorable experience in classic style. And with its muscle car-inspired styling, the curvaceous Voyager turns heads whether your destination is across the country or just across town.

The Voyager boasts all the stuff you’ll need for adventurous treks: a smooth and torquey 1,700cc V-twin powerplant, large frame-mounted fairing, beautifully integrated luggage that stows a week’s worth of gear, a comfortable saddle, electronic cruise control, high-fidelity sound system, optional K-ACT anti-lock/integrated braking system and the sort of design acumen and dependability Kawasaki is renowned for.

All V-twins present engine heat challenges, especially full-dress models with leg shields, since the rear cylinder and exhaust pipe are almost directly under the rider. Kawasaki is the first manufacturer to provide, as standard equipment, an effectively designed air management system to help increase rider comfort at a stop.

The primary part of the Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) routes radiator heat to the ground, below the engine, while the secondary part of the system draws heat away from the rear cylinder and exhaust pipe and directs it to the ground on the left side of the motorcycle. This system is particularly effective in warm weather while stopped in traffic or for extended periods of low-speed operation, such as during staging for group rides or parades.

Though a non-ABS model is available, the 1700 Voyager’s driveline/braking technology is enhanced with the addition of the second-generation Kawasaki Advanced Coactive Braking Technology (K-ACT) system. Available on the ABS-equipped Voyager, K-ACT uses advanced electronics to translate the rider’s braking inputs from both the front lever and rear pedal into smooth, balanced deceleration and maximum stopping performance. Basically, the front lever also activates the rear brake, and the rear pedal also engages the right front caliper: K-ACT ensures all this happens seamlessly and efficiently, and the second-generation system uses the same smaller, lighter ABS unit and faster, higher-spec brake ECU found on the Kawasaki Concours™ 14 ABS motorcycle for even smoother, more precise operation. K-ACT’s coactive function does not engage when braking is applied at speeds below 12 mph, and the ABS function is automatically disengaged at speeds below 4 mph.

There’s much more on the unique technology front, including Kawasaki’s fully electronic throttle valve system, which works in concert with the Voyager’s Electronic Fuel Injection (EFI) system to enhance engine response without dulling the big Vee’s distinctive throb. The system also helps the ECU deliver ultra-precise air/fuel metering and more accurate idle speed control. The setup utilizes an Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) and Throttle Position Sensor (TPS) that feed data to the ECU, which adjusts the throttle plates to tailor intake airflow accordingly. The system offers natural throttle feel, as APS is activated by a throttle-body pulley connected by cables to the throttle grip.

The 1,700cc 52-degree V-twin all of this cool technology was designed to support is a marvel of engineering, and is as functionally capable as they come. Featuring liquid cooling, four-valve cylinder heads and a single overhead cam setup for big-time mid-range power, the engine utilizes a pair of big pistons to pump out a massive quantity of torque over an unbelievably wide rpm range – a key to this engine’s superb flexibility. There’s a boatload of the stuff located throughout the rpm zone where riders will spend the most time – and more than enough from idle all the way to 5,000 rpm, so major-league, arm-straightening thrust is available right now every time you twist the grip.

The Voyager’s fuel injection and exhaust systems are tuned to deliver peak torque and horsepower at slightly higher rpm than the Classic models, which is optimal for an open-road tourer. The Voyager’s mufflers have excellent sound quality and a tapered, classic look. Additional touring functionality is provided by the Voyager’s beefy but easy-to-squeeze clutch, which features six damping springs and progressive three-stage engagement for easier shifting under hard acceleration.

The Voyager’s innovative technology is matched with essential touring features such as electronic cruise control and a six-speed transmission with overdrive fifth and sixth gears. The cruise control is conveniently operated from the right handlebar and can be activated between 30 and 85 mph in any of the top four gears. Conveniently, the cruise control can be disengaged by pressing the brake lever, clutch lever, rear brake pedal, or by manually rolling off the throttle.

Featuring overdrive ratios and a super strong carbon fiber reinforced drive belt, the Voyager’s drivetrain is ideally suited to its role as a relaxed mile-eater. Its tall fifth and sixth gears contribute to relaxed riding and better fuel economy at highway speeds, and its carbon fiber reinforced drive belt has a 40-percent higher tensile strength than the latest Kevlar units, allowing use of a 28mm design that minimizes drivetrain width.

A long-haul tourer needs superior wind and weather protection, and the Voyager packs plenty in the form of its large frame-mounted windshield and fairing, as well as leg shields that incorporate effective venting to keep engine heat off the rider’s legs during slower going. Mounting this beautifully sculpted fairing to the frame transfers any wind buffeting to the bike rather than the handlebar, which reduces rider fatigue on longer trips.

A full complement of stylish and integrated luggage is also part of the Voyager package. Sealed, lockable and top-opening side cases with 10 gallons (38L) of volume partner with a color-matched, 13.2-gallon (50L) lockable tail trunk that’s big enough to swallow two large full-face helmets. Besides ample storage, the Voyager also has a pair of lockable glove boxes up front that provide a handy place for storing small items and accessories.

Comfortable seating for rider and passenger is a must on a touring bike. The Voyager delivers again with deluxe touring seats sculpted to provide support for all-day touring. Contributing to long-distance passenger security and relaxation are a luxury backrest and floorboards for both the rider and passenger.

Built-in instruments and radio controls mounted on the Voyager’s classic automotive-style dash offer exceptional functionality and classic muscle car styling. The image is reinforced by the classic font used on the large round dials of the instrumentation and a radio styled to resemble 8-track players from the 1960s.

A multi-function LCD display is mixed in with the retro analog dials in the center of the instrument console. It’s controlled by switches on the right handlebar and features a gear-position indicator, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption.

The intercom headset-compatible, 40-watt, twin-speaker audio system features navigation audio prompts, a three-band (FM/AM/WX) radio that is also compatible with iPods, an XM radio tuner, or a CB radio unit. The audio system (and iPod) can be operated by an integrated controller on the left handlebar. In addition to volume, the rider can also adjust the bass, treble and balance levels of the system.

The Voyager also features a water-cooled, rare earth magnet alternator that produces an impressive 46.8 amps of electrical output – enough to power add-on navigation systems and other electrical accessories that add to the modern touring experience. The Voyager also features a convenient cigarette lighter-style power port on the dash and two power outlets under the seat – ideal for additional accessories.

Kawasaki designers packed the Voyager with advanced technology without dulling its dramatic styling and attractive visual appeal. Like the dashboard, the Voyager’s bodywork continues the ’60s muscle car inspiration with its curved, muscular lines. The meticulous attention to detail and exquisite craftsmanship of the bodywork and engine covers is obvious in contoured shapes that look good from any angle and are as pleasing to the touch as they are to the eye.

The Voyager handles like a much lighter machine thanks to optimal chassis design and excellent suspension. Dual air shocks offer 3.1 inches of rear suspension travel and feature settings unique to the Voyager. The shocks feature 4-way rebound damping adjustability to help ensure predictable handling and a comfortable ride.

Offering a stylish alternative to other run-of-the-mill V-twin tourers, the Vulcan 1700 Voyager combines Kawasaki reliability with the performance, V-twin feel, comfort and amenities long-distance touring riders demand.

2012 Kawasaki Vulcan 1700 Voyager Features and Benefits

Key Features

• Powerful 1,700cc liquid-cooled V-twin delivers high levels of torque
• Six-speed transmission for relaxed cruising
• Electronic cruise control maintains speed for more comfort on long trips
• Frame-mounted fairing provides stylish wind protection to the rider and passenger
• Lower color-matched fairings increase wind protection for legs
• Color matched trunk is big enough to hold two full-face helmets
• Lockable, color matched, top-opening hard saddlebags are capacious and easy to pack from the top
• Feature-rich audio system comes standard, has AM/FM/WB, and is compatible with iPods and XM radio
• New for 2012, Navigation Audio Prompt Capability can play navigation voice prompts from Garmin Zumo 600 or 665 series GPS devices through the motorcycle’s audio system or Kawasaki Genuine Accessory helmet headsets
• New for 2012, Kawasaki Air Management System (KAMS) maximizes rider and passenger comfort when stopped or at very low speeds in warm weather
• Low 28.7-inch seat height enhances the comfortable riding position
• Compact and upright ergonomics for all-day rider comfort

2nd Generation Kawasaki Advanced Coactive-Braking Technology (K-ACT) ABS

• Voyager ABS models feature the latest, fastest version of Kawasaki’s sophisticated K-ACT system, which enables riders to execute controlled, balanced braking. Designed to complement the riders’ brake inputs, the system distributes the ideal amount of brake pressure to maximize braking efficiency
• Low battery mode maintains ABS function while reducing signal frequency to conserve power when needed
• For controllability in tight corners and when executing U-turns, K-ACT’s coactive function does not engage when braking is initiated at speeds below 12 mph
• ABS function is disengaged at speeds below 4 mph
• Both ABS and non-ABS models use dual 300mm front disc brakes with four-piston calipers and a two-piston rear disc brake for sure, powerful stops

Powerful 1,700cc V-twin engine

• Liquid-cooled, four valves per cylinder, fuel-injected 1,700cc 52-degree V-twin engine
• Long-stroke 102 x 104mm bore and stroke dimensions help deliver high levels of torque with a distinctive V-twin feel
• Valve system uses a single overhead cam arrangement instead of pushrods for quicker revving and enhanced mid
• to high-rpm power
• Semi-dry sump allows a lower crankshaft placement and a longer piston stroke without increasing engine height
• Single-pin crank accentuates the engine’s V-twin character by providing stronger power pulses
• Large capacity airbox is located on both sides of the engine
• Small-diameter iridium sparkplugs reach deep into the combustion chamber for high combustion efficiency, especially during low-load operation
• Dual mufflers, one on each side of the bike, allow maximum clearance for luggage
• Engine tuning offers superior acceleration in the 50 to 70 mph range
• Even in overdrive, the engine pulls strongly in this speed range, facilitating overtaking at highway speeds

Fuel Injection

• Utilizes one sensor in place of the usual three for reduced complexity and weight
• The touring-oriented Voyager utilizes FI and exhaust systems tuned to reach peak torque and horsepower at a higher rpm than the engines used in standard Vulcan 1700 cruisers

Electronic Throttle Valve System

• Fully electronic throttle actuation system enables the ECU to control the volume of intake air (via throttle valve angle) and fuel (via fuel injector timing) delivered to the engine
• Optimized fuel injector timing and throttle valve position result in accurate, powerful engine response
• Control of both fuel injection and airflow provides easy starting and precise cold-engine idle speed control
• From the rider’s perspective, the ETV works like a standard cable-operated throttle; the throttle grip is still connected to cables, so the feel at the grip is the same
• Twisting the throttle turns a pulley on the throttle body which triggers the Accelerator Position Sensor (APS) to send a signal to the ECU, which then modulates the throttle valves via a DC motor
• Accurate throttle position is relayed to the ECU by a Throttle Position Sensor (TPS)
• APS and TPS send two sets of signals to the ECU for system redundancy in the unlikely event of a sensor failure

Cruise Control

• Cruise control can be engaged and adjusted entirely from the right handlebar
• Cruise control can be activated in 3rd gear or above at any speed between 30 mph and 85 mph
• Pressure on the brake lever, clutch lever or rear brake pedal automatically disengages the cruise control, as will manually rolling off the throttle

On Board Diagnostics

• Diagnostic system allows self-testing of the electronic systems on the Vulcan 1700
• Display codes on the instrumentation can be read by owner using accessory manual

Six-speed Transmission / Final Drive

• Both 5th and 6th gears are “overdrive” ratios, which contributes to stress-free riding and better fuel economy when cruising at highway speeds
• 28mm carbon fiber reinforced final drive belt offers a 40-percent increase in tensile strength compared to current Kevlar belts. This allows the Vulcan 1700 to use a slim belt only 2mm wider than the Kevlar unit on the Vulcan 900
• Belt drive system is quiet, efficient and offers reduced maintenance compared to a chain

Light Handling Chassis

• A more compact package than its predecessors, the Voyager has a shorter wheelbase and shorter distance between the seat and steering head, for improved rider ergonomics and easier maneuverability
• Designed to be as light and slim as possible, the frame minimizes the number of forged parts and trims any unnecessary metal. The only forged parts are areas that require additional strength – the down-tube joint, engine brackets, side-stand bracket, and rear fender/shock absorber bracket
• The compact design contributes to light handling and facilitates handling at low speeds, especially when executing precise slow-speed maneuvers like parking or making U-turns

45mm Telescopic Fork

• Provides superb steering feedback
• 5.5 inches of travel helps provide excellent ride quality

Dual Adjustable Rear Air Shocks

• Features air-adjustable spring preload to help compensate for passenger and luggage variations
• 4-way rebound damping adjustments help the shocks compensate for changes in spring pressure
• Voyager-specific settings match the load carrying and long distance touring requirements inherent in this type of motorcycle

9-Spoke Cast Wheels

• Allow the use of tubeless tires and complement the Voyager’s muscular styling
• 130/90 front and 170/70 rear tires offer optimal traction and wear characteristics
• Tire choice and suspension settings augment the chassis’ light handling characteristics

Classic V-twin Appeal

• Basic architecture has a significant impact on a V-twin engine’s appearance
• The line created by the top of the airbox and the cylinder heads forms a curved shape that continues to flow through the bike
• Deeply chromed engine covers have curved upper surfaces. Their three-dimensional form adds volume and gives a quality appearance
• The edges of the cooling fins receive a special NC treatment that makes them gleam in sunlight
• All the non-chromed parts of the engine have a matte black finish that further accentuates the chromed parts

Bodywork

• Muscular fairing is reminiscent of classic American muscle cars in its sculpted, flowing design
• Chromed headlamp cover and twin fog lights contribute to the muscle car theme
• The fuel tank’s hand-sculpted contours employ constantly varying radii, giving the bike a dynamic flow that is pleasing both to the eye and to the touch
• The lines flowing through the rest of the bike and its elegant fuel tank contribute to the Voyager’s curvaceous figure
• Liberal use of chrome contrasts nicely with the bodywork’s deep, lustrous paint. The engine, front and rear guards, accents on the side cases and trunk, and the trunk brackets are fully chromed
• Design motif from the front fender continues on the rear fender, which features an elegant LED taillight
• Front and rear guards help protect the bike’s bodywork in case of a tip-over
• Dual 35W fog lights have a dedicated On/Off switch and can be adjusted vertically
• In addition to the taillight on the rear fender, the Voyager also has a large, highly visible LED taillight mounted on the rear of the trunk that contributes to its appearance

Classic Retro Dashboard

• Instrument layout and large round dials give the Voyager’s console a classic automotive elegance, which is reinforced by the font used in the instrumentation
• Even the radio has a classic look, reminiscent of the 1960s
• Multi-function LCD display in the center of the instrument console is controlled by switches on the right handlebar. Features include a gear position indicator, fuel gauge, clock, odometer, dual trip meters, remaining range and average fuel consumption
• Analog displays include speedometer, tachometer and coolant temperature gauge
• Audio system with twin speakers features radio (FM/AM/WX) and compatibility with optional iPod®, XM tuner or CB radio units
• The audio system (and iPod) can be operated by switches on the left handlebar
• Ignition switch allows key removal in the on position; preventing keys from damaging the chrome finish around the ignition area during operation
• Turning the ignition switch collar to the ACC position allows accessories to be used while the engine is off and turning it to the “OFF” position turns the engine off and necessitates re-insertion of the key to restart

Wind Protection

• Large windshield and fairing help protect the rider and passenger from wind and elements
• With the front fairing mounted to the frame, any wind buffeting is transferred to the bike rather than the handlebar, helping to enhance highway stability and reduce rider fatigue
• Leg shields have adjustable vents to tailor the amount of airflow to the rider’s legs

Ample Storage

• 13.2-gallon (50L) lockable trunk is large enough to fit two full-face helmets
• Top-opening side cases are sealed and lockable, with a volume of 10 gallons (38L) each
• Up front, lockable glove boxes provide a handy place for storing small items and accessories. An iPod jack (optional connector required) is located in the left-side glove box

Comfort

• Sculpted seat designed for both long-distance ergonomics and an easy reach to the ground
• Upright riding position and floorboards contribute to all-day touring comfort
• Roomy passenger seat is complemented by padding on the trunk that provides back and arm support
• Rear floorboards contribute to passenger comfort
• Dual adjustable rear air shocks use settings optimized for load carrying and long-distance comfort

Long Range

• 5.3-gallon fuel tank offers a substantial range, helping to minimize fuel stops when out on the open road

Specifications
US MSRP Price: $17,899 USD

Engine Four-stroke, liquid-cooled, SOHC, four valve per cylinder, 52° V-twin
Displacement 1,700cc / 103.7ci
Bore x Stroke 102 x 104mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Maximum Torque 108 lb-ft @ 2,750 rpm
Cooling System Liquid, plus cooling fins
Ignition TCBI with Digital Advance
Induction Digital fuel injection, dual 42mm throttle bodies
Transmission Six-speed with overdrive
Final Drive Belt
Frame Type Steel, double-cradle with box-section single-tube backbone
Rake/Trail 30° / 7.0 in.
Front Suspension / wheel travel 45mm hydraulic fork / 5.5 in.
Rear Suspension / wheel travel Swingarm with twin air-assisted shocks, with 4-way rebound damping / 3.1 in.
Front Tire Size 130/90x16
Rear Tire Size 170/70x16
Brakes, front / rear Dual 300 mm discs, dual four-piston calipers, K-ACT II (ABS model) / Single 300mm disc, twin-piston caliper, K-ACT II (ABS model)
Overall length 100.8
Overall width 39.2
Overall height 61.0
Seat height 28.7
Curb weight 886 / 895 (ABS) lbs.**
Wheelbase 65.6
Fuel capacity 5.3 gal.

Color Choices Metallic Graystone / Metallic Spark Black, Pearl Alpine White / Pearl Luster Beige

Warranty 36 months

Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24 or 36 months

** Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90-percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied).



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2012 KAWASAKI KX450F motorcycle desktop wallpapers

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2012 Kawasaki KX450F Review

2012 KX™450F highlights begin with the Supercross winning DNA of last year’s bike. The advanced design of the aluminum perimeter frame and dominating motor received a host of refinements to create a more compact and mass-centralized chassis propelled by more useable power than ever. Headlining the technological charge, the KX450F features an all new Launch Control Mode, which changes DFI settings with the push of a button to maximize traction out of the starting gate. This is accomplished without sacrificing any of the mid-range grunt or straight-line speed that made the KX450F famous.

No other production motocrosser offers a higher degree of adjustability to the rider interface or engine character than the new 2012 KX450F. With a choice of four different handlebar positions, two footpeg positions, and two optional plug-in DFI settings (plus virtually unlimited DFI mapping capabilities with the use of Accessory Kawasaki Racing Software Kit) – thanks to its advanced Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system – the KX450F is uniquely able to adapt to changing track and surface conditions and meet the needs of a surprisingly wide range of riders. Available Colors: Lime Green

Just sitting on the new 2012 model reveals that it's an all new bike. The slimmer new frame (4mm slimmer over its predecessor), new minimalist bodywork and a flatter tank-seat line offer a noticeably slimmer riding position and improved ergonomics. A choice of four different handlebar positions and two different foot-peg positions allows the rider to tailor the new bike to their riding position. Already one can see that this is a noticeably different motorcycle, and it hasn't even been started yet.

Kick it over and the new ECU does a masterful job of communicating with the KX but not without your input. Using the supplied DFI couplers, riders can quickly and easily access their choice of three maps (standard, hard or soft) according to track conditions.

But perhaps the most exciting addition to the all new 2012 Kawasaki KX450F is the world's first production use of Launch Control on an MX bike. Activated by the push of a handlebar mounted button, the Launch Control system, similar to that on the factory Kawasaki racers, activates a separate engine map designed to ensure efficient race starts in slippery conditions. (The Launch Control Mode map "exceptional people" ignition timing, allowing tyres to gain grip in low-traction situations, and allowing riders to focus on their lines.) Once the rider shifts into 3rd gear, the system is automatically disengaged, switching back to the normal engine map.

Other new features on the 2012 KX450F include a new Uni-Trak rear suspension, new factory-inspired tuning, new front Petal brake disc, narrower front tyre and lower centre of gravity, revised transmission for smoother shifting, new factory styling and more.

2012 Kawasaki KX450F Features and Benefits

• Improved top-end power and a wider powerband
• New four-way adjustable bar position
• Footpegs adjustable to two different positions, accommodating taller riders
• New frame features slimmer midsection
• Upgraded transmission for easy, reliable shifting and greater durability
• All-new Launch Control Mode increases the chance of nailing the holeshot
• Switching pre-programmed ignition maps as easy as changing DFI wire coupler caps, no PC required

2012 KX450F riders can easily activate the new Launch Control mode – a key feature never before seen on a production motocross bike. The push-button system is activated by a touch of the switch on the left handlebar, and optimizes off-the-line acceleration by altering ignition timing in first and second gears to help maximize grip and reduce the chance of excessive wheelspin. Shifting into third gear automatically deactivates Launch Control Mode and returns the ignition timing to the parameters of the installed ignition map. The Launch Control’s effectiveness is further enhanced by a chassis designed to maximize suspension performance and rear wheel traction.

No other production motocrosser offers a higher degree of adjustability to the rider interface or engine character than the new 2012 KX450F. With a choice of four different handlebar positions, two footpeg positions, and virtually unlimited ignition mapping capabilities – thanks to its advanced Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system – the KX450F is uniquely able to adapt to changing track and surface conditions and meet the needs of a surprisingly wide range of riders.

The DFI system comes with pre-programmed ignition maps, but new for 2012, these maps are interchangeable without the use of a laptop computer – or other separate electronic devices. Maps can quickly and easily be changed between three settings – standard, hard (conditions) and soft (conditions) – by swapping the DFI wire coupler cap clipped to the side of the steering head. No additional accessories are needed to alternate between preprogrammed settings – simply install the coupler cap with your desired ignition mode and start winning. The ECU is also still fully re-programmable by using the accessory KX FI Calibration Kit, the same tool used by Kawasaki factory and privateer teams in AMA and FIM racing.

The KX450F delivers improved mid- to high-end power and a wider powerband, thanks to numerous upgrades. The KX450F’s race-proven bridge-box bottom piston allows for optimum strength just like last year, but has been revised to optimize its rigidity balance and enhance mid- high-rpm character. A new thinner top piston ring with upgraded surface treatment reduces friction and helps improve throttle response. A new intake cam offers a slight increase in intake valve lift and allows the motor to breathe deeper, boosting power as well. The resulting combination offers a wider spread of torque and increased high-rpm performance. That extra power makes it to the ground more effectively than ever, thanks to the new electronics, plus multiple transmission upgrades and chassis improvements designed to complement the bolder power delivery.

The five-speed manual transmission handles the torque load with an ideal balance of precision and durability, thanks to an extra dog on the gears (up from 3 to 4) which improves shift feel. A new, shorter shift fork gives a smoother, more positive feel and reduces stress when changing gears, making shift action more efficient, while a new first gear is 2.8 mm thicker to enhance strength and durability. A new shift lever moves the pedal 3mm farther from the footpeg and offers greater durability. Finally, heavier clutch springs help channel the engine’s considerable torque when rocketing out of the gate.

Not only have the electronics, engine and gearbox been extensively upgraded, but a new frame and slimmer rider compartment also join the party for 2012. A total width reduction of 4mm across the main frame spars gives the 2012 KX450F the most slender mid-section ever. Chassis rigidity has been refined by altering the shape of the ribbing inside the new frame, creating more flex in the upper portion and stiffening the lower sections around the swingarm pivot. These changes helped increase rear wheel traction and also allowed additional room for the alternate footpeg mounting position.

In another industry-first innovation, the 2012 KX450F offers two footpeg positions to choose from. The alternate position places the footpegs five millimeters lower than stock, which not only allows for taller riders, but lowers the center of gravity and gives the rider a lower point of view, adding to both physical and psychological stability.

The tie rod arm of the Uni-Trak® rear suspension linkage is now slimmer, offering slightly less rigidity for added rear-wheel traction. Kawasaki will also offer an optional rear suspension tie rod, which can be used to reduce seat height. The optional unit is one millimeter shorter than stock, which translates to a six millimeter reduction in seat height – a subtle but effective change for “inseam challenged” riders.

The Kayaba rear shock features a beefy 50mm piston and also receives a top-shelf Kashima Coat surface treatment in its internals. Ample adjustability of the shock body helps ensure smooth, reliable and consistent action of the rear suspension that not only offers superior performance, but also helps the rider relax and conserve valuable strength on the way to the finish line.

Up front, the Kayaba Air-Oil-Separate (AOS) fork keeps oil and air in separate chambers for remarkably stable damping performance during long motos. A revised lower triple clamp contributes to improved fork action. The new clamp can be recognized by its rear-opening design. The super-hard Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating on the outer surface of the inner fork tubes and high-tech Kashima Coat treatment on the inner surface of the outer fork tubes significantly reduce drag compared to a standard fork assembly and help deliver supple, fade-free fork action.

Mass centralization and a lower center of gravity were additional targets for the 2012 KX450F, so a new fuel tank, upgraded bodywork and a shorter muffler help relocate weight toward the center of the motorcycle and make the new KX more nimble than ever.

The new fuel tank has a shorter overall height and a narrower top section, which forms a straighter, smoother line with the seat and allows greater freedom of movement for the rider. The new fuel tank also houses an upgraded fuel pump, which is lighter in weight thanks to an integrated filter cover which wraps around the inlet port and acts as a fuel trap. This also eliminates the need for a pressure regulator fuel return hose.

The new header pipe has a shorter length and features a tapered mid-section. The new silencer is a full 60mm shorter than its predecessor, but features a revised cross-section and the same overall volume as the 2011 model and meets noise regulations.

A new rigid-mount wave-type front brake rotor, slimmer front tire and new seat foam add to the lengthy list of improvements made to the 2012 KX450F. Minimalist body work, revised shrouds and smaller number plates contribute to the slender feel and sleek new looks of Kawasaki’s flagship motocross machine. Sparing no attention to detail, the seams between the radiator shrouds, seat and side covers are very flush fitting, which helps prevent snags and allow the rider to alter position and maneuver the bike more effectively.

A blue alumite finish on the oil cap and two caps on the generator cover highlight the upgraded appearance of the KX450F motor, and match the blue finish on the suspension adjusters and splashes of color in the new graphics. A new embossed logo on the clutch cover features a trick design that reveals a raised Kawasaki racing insignia as the black paint is worn away by the rider’s boot.

The 2011 KX450F is available in Kawasaki Lime Green, with black alumite-coated rims, blue anodized highlights and aggressive graphics.

Racers who ride their KX450F at designated events are eligible to receive support from Team Green™, Kawasaki’s amateur racing support program. Each year, Team Green provides regional support vehicles and highly trained technicians at more than 100 events throughout the United States, offering technical information and assistance to those who race Kawasaki products. Kawasaki also offers a comprehensive contingency program for amateur and professional riders who place well at designated events.

• All-new Launch Control Mode increases the chance of nailing the holeshot
• New pre-programmed ignition maps, interchangeable trackside, no PC required
• Upgraded engine with more top-end thrust and a wider powerband
• New adjustable bar and footpeg positions
• New slimmer frame and minimalist bodywork
• Upgraded transmission for easy, reliable shifting
• New pipe and silencer help centralize mass
• 48mm AOS forks with DLC coated inner fork tubes
• Black Alumite coated rims

• 449cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-stroke single
• Works-based Bridged-box Bottom piston has revised rigidity for improved high-rpm power
• Revised intake cam and all-new exhaust result in wider powerband
• A forward lean angle of 3° puts the engine in the ideal position for maximum traction
• Highly balanced crankshaft, on par with Villopoto’s factory racer, creates minimal vibration
• Maintenance-free automatic cam chain adjuster
• Large airbox flap helps prevent mud and water from entering

• Thinner top ring and revised surface treatment of oil ring reduce friction
• Same design as used on our factory racers; offers optimum performance at all rpm
• Lighter and more durable than traditional piston designs
• Short piston skirt features low-friction coating to minimize mechanical losses
• Reinforced external ribs enhance strength and durability

• Compact head is only 100mm tall
• Intake camshaft profile revised to increase intake for better low
• and mid-range power
• 36mm titanium intake and 31mm exhaust valves with aluminum spring retainers minimize reciprocating weight and cylinder height to help ensure reliable valve control at high rpm
• Double valve springs allow a short cylinder head height and help ensure stable valve operation
• Camshafts, lobes and tappet surfaces feature a soft-nitride treatment for long wear and high-rpm reliability

• Crankshaft with high inertial mass helps maximize rear wheel traction
• Wedge-shaped crank web provides enough offsetting moment for a 60 percent balance factor – and is similar to the crank balance in Kawasaki’s factory race engines
• Net result is reduced engine vibration, smoother power delivery and increased performance, with a noticeably snappier response at low rpm
• Crankshaft and connecting rod feature a special carburizing and quenching treatment to maximize rigidity

• Self-adjusts to atmospheric changes for easier starting, sharper throttle response and optimized power and stability when jumping/landing
• It is not necessary to re-tune, or change any jets to suit climatic conditions like on a carbureted model
• Ultra-fine atomizing injector with 12 holes sprays particles with a droplet size of 60ยต for smooth power delivery and engine response throughout the throttle range
• 43mm throttle body uses a progressive throttle linkage to deliver airflow in much the same way as an FCR carburetor
• Using two linked shafts, the throttle body opens more quickly after reaching the 3/8 open position
• Fast-idle knob on the throttle body allows riders to increase engine speed when starting a cold engine
• Fuel injector set at 45°, the optimum angle for mid-range power

• Factory-style launch control system increases chance of getting a good start by maximizing traction on a slippery surface
• Push-button activation of the Launch Control Mode retards ignition timing in first and second gears, giving the greatest effect within the first few seconds of releasing the clutch
• Launch Control can be activated in neutral, first or second gear
• Shifting into third gear deactivates Launch Control Mode and returns the ignition to normal mapping
• System is designed to same specifications as factory Kawasaki AMA machines

• New ECU programming offers three preprogrammed maps: Standard, Hard (conditions) and Soft (conditions)
• Maps are now easily selectable via DFI wire coupler caps, no computer necessary
• No battery needed; the engine can be started with only three rotations of the crankshaft using the electricity generated by a single kick of the starter
• The system delivers electricity to FI system in sequence: first the ECU, then the fuel pump, and finally the injector for quick, easy starting
• The compact, lightweight ECU, located on the front of the steering head behind the number plate, was designed specifically for motocross use. The fuel pump relay is integrated with the ECU to help cope with the shocks and vibrations of motocross riding

• KX FI Calibration Kit allows racers to reprogram the ECU’s data maps for volume of fuel injected and ignition timing to alter engine characteristics to suit rider preference
• The tool can also be used as a data logger, recording up to six hours of data, including engine rpm, degree of throttle opening, engine boost, coolant temp, air temp, ignition timing, fuel adjustments, gear position and system voltage
• 2012 software program is updated for compatibility with 64-bit operating systems such as Windows 7

• Revised shape of kickstart ratchet enables lever to return to start position more smoothly
• Strong output from the large ACG rotor provides enough electrical power for the battery-less FI system to enable true one-kick starting without using a battery
• Equipped with an automatic compression release (ACR) system for quick and easy starting. The dual-weight centrifugal decompression system is fitted to the exhaust cam
• Compression release features 1.0mm of valve lift, to minimize the required kicking power

• Fuel pump now features a one-piece filter cover and body, eliminating the need for fuel return tube from pressure regulator and contributing to weight reduction
• Features a plastic (formerly rubber) fuel filter cover that wraps around the inlet port and acts as a fuel trap to help ensure a stable fuel supply during vigorous motocross riding
• New 1.6-gallon fuel tank is formed using a blow molding process

• High-capacity Denso radiators feature tightly packed cores and a fin design that deliver superior cooling efficiency
• Changed left side radiator upper pipe angle for new shroud design
• New shroud shape features a slimmer profile and larger cooling outlet hole
• Radiator louvers feature four small blades set at a shallow angle for minimum overlap and maximum air flow

• Clutch assembly provides a direct feel and superb control
• Heavier clutch springs give a more positive feel to the rider
• Excellent oil drainage contributes to more direct feel
• Friction plates with substantial friction material contribute to a direct feel
• New clutch case cover features embossed logo, designed to be revealed as rider’s boot wears away black paint

• 5-Speed transmission and low-rpm engine response combination offers riders more gear options for traversing rough sections or getting into the rhythm of a course easily so they can focus more on racing
• Revised number of gear dogs (3 dogs/3 holes to 4 dogs/4 holes) improve shift feel
• Thicker first gear offers greater durability for launching off the line
• Shorter shift fork (5.3mm to 4.4mm) reduces the shift force necessary to change gears
• New shift lever moves the pedal 3mm farther from the footpeg and offers greater durability
• New polyurethane resin drive chain roller reduces weight

• New tapered header pipe is shorter in length and features a smaller overall diameter
• Tapered mid-piece is new for 2012 KX450F
• New silencer is 60mm shorter, but thanks to a new cross-section, features same overall volume as ’11 model to help meet current 94dB noise regulations

• New front disc features an aggressive petal design
• Powerful twin piston hydraulic front caliper squeezes 250mm rotor
• Lightweight rigid-mounted front disc reduces unsprung weight by 80 grams
• Single piston hydraulic rear caliper squeezes lightweight 240mm petal-type rotor

• New main frame spars are 4mm slimmer to help reduce overall width at the rider’s knees
• Increased rigidity in the swingarm bracket area helps increase rear wheel traction and provide a more solid feel when landing jumps

• Cross-section design contributes to light handling
• Tapered “D” shape swingarm provides ideal rigidity for excellent stability, and is lighter than a comparable box-section unit
• Alloy swingarm features a cast front section, tapered hydroformed spars and forged chain adjusters
• Uni-Trak® rear suspension linkage altered for improved traction, utilizing a revised tie-rod unit which is less rigid
• Suspension arm is mounted below the swingarm to allow a longer rear suspension stroke and more precise tuning
• New optional linkage tie rod is 1mm shorter, creating a 6mm reduction in seat height for shorter riders

• Race-oriented suspension settings offer maximum overall performance
• Revised lower triple clamp locates the clamp opening in the rear as opposed to the side for increased rigidity and improved fork action
• Kayaba Air-Oil-Separate (AOS) fork keeps oil and air in separate chambers for stable damping performance during long motos. Low-friction fork seals contribute to smooth action
• Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) coating on the outer surface of the inner fork tubes offers minimum stiction when the fork is exposed to lateral forces that would usually hamper slide action. The result is improved fork response, especially during cornering
• Friction-reducing Kashima Coat on the inside of the fork’s outer tubes contributes to smooth suspension action (especially at the initial part of the stroke) and a superb ride feel
• Wrap-around fork tube guards offer effective protection for the sliders

• Rear suspension settings and linkage ratios derived from extensive rider testing
• Kayaba rear shock features a large 50mm piston
• Rear shock features dual compression adjustability, allowing high-speed and low-speed damping to be tuned separately
• Also features Kashima Coat treatment on the cylinder for reduced friction and smoother suspension action
• Easy adjuster access for track-side suspension tuning

• Dual injected 2-tone, one-piece plastic shrouds and side number plates minimized for mass centralization and rider comfort
• Upgrades bodywork features more flush seams for easier rider movement
• Lower-capacity fuel tank is shorter and narrower, creating a straighter line from the seat
• Black plastic covers, triple clamps, engine covers, and black alumite-coated rims – just like Kawasaki’s factory teams
• Blue alumite finish on suspension adjusters and engine plugs match new graphics accents
• Wide 50mm footpegs can be adjusted to alternate position, 5mm lower than stock
• Frame is wider at the ankles to offer optimum grip, narrows below the seat to allow a slim riding position
• Slim seat design uses new urethane foam designed to retain its original shape longer

• Skid plate made of resin material offers great protection without excess weight
• Clutch cable boot features a large quick adjuster, making it easy for riders to adjust play in the clutch cable on the fly
• Rear caliper guard helps protect the caliper from damage
• Ribless rear hub and butted spokes offer light weight and excellent durability

*Note: Specifications and pricing are subject to change.

Specifications
US MSRP Price: $8,399.00 USD

Engine
Liquid-cooled, four-stroke single with DOHC and four-valve cylinder head
Displacement
449cc
Bore x stroke
96.0 x 62.1mm
Compression ratio
12.5:1
Fuel System
43mm Keihin throttle body
Ignition
Digital DC-CDI

Transmission
Five-speed
Rake / trail
26.9 degrees / 4.4 in.

Rear suspension / wheel travel
Uni-Trak® linkage system and Kayaba shock with 50mm piston, 22-position low-speed and stepless high-speed compression dampning, 22-position rebound dampening and fully adjustable spring preload / 12.4 in.
Front tire size
80/100-21
Rear tire size
120/80-19
Front brakes
Single 250mm petal disc with dual piston caliper
Rear brakes
Single 240mm petal disc with single-piston caliper
Overall length
85.8 in.
Overall width
32.3 in.
Overall height
50.2 in.
Wheelbase
58.3 in.
Ground clearance
13.0 in
Seat height
37.6 in.
Curb weight
249.1 lbs.
Fuel capacity
1.64 gal.

Color Choices
Lime Green

2012 Kawasaki KX450F Press Release:

Kawasaki Lifts the Lid on 2012 KX450F
Kawasaki is pleased to reveal information and images for the all new and highly anticipated 2012 Kawasaki KX450F. A Championship winning model already as proven by Ryan Villopoto in the 2011 AMA SX series, the 2012 model is not resting on its laurels. With many new additions to the new model being announced today including adjustable foot-peg and handle-bar positioning, a slimmer rider interface and the world's first production use of Launch Control on a motocross bike, the KX450F doesn't look like it's ready to relinquish its winning status anytime soon.

Just sitting on the new 2012 model reveals that it's an all new bike. The slimmer new frame (4mm slimmer over its predecessor), new minimalist bodywork and a flatter tank-seat line offer a noticeably slimmer riding position and improved ergonomics. A choice of four different handlebar positions and two different foot-peg positions allows the rider to tailor the new bike to their riding position. Already one can see that this is a noticeably different motorcycle, and it hasn't even been started yet.

Kick it over and the new ECU does a masterful job of communicating with the KX but not without your input. Using the supplied DFI couplers, riders can quickly and easily access their choice of three maps (standard, hard or soft) according to track conditions.

But perhaps the most exciting addition to the all new 2012 Kawasaki KX450F is the world's first production use of Launch Control on an MX bike. Activated by the push of a handlebar mounted button, the Launch Control system, similar to that on the factory Kawasaki racers, activates a separate engine map designed to ensure efficient race starts in slippery conditions. (The Launch Control Mode map "exceptional people" ignition timing, allowing tyres to gain grip in low-traction situations, and allowing riders to focus on their lines.) Once the rider shifts into 3rd gear, the system is automatically disengaged, switching back to the normal engine map.

Other new features on the 2012 KX450F include a new Uni-Trak rear suspension, new factory-inspired tuning, new front Petal brake disc, narrower front tyre and lower centre of gravity, revised transmission for smoother shifting, new factory styling and more.



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