2022 Bringing us New Things

We weren't expecting to see much for 2022 (besides the previously announced third gen Hayabusa). But now well into the fall, we have details of several new models of note.

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT
2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE
2022 Kawasaki Z900RS SE
2022 Kawasaki Z650RS
2022 Kawasaki KLR650
2022 Kawasaki KX 450SR
2022 Kawasaki KLX230S
2022 Ducati Multistrada V2

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT

Suzuki says:

Introducing the all-new 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT. Suzuki Motor USA, LLC (Suzuki) is thrilled to unveil a high-performance motorcycle with a soul of a champion that delivers features and technologies enhancing any long-distance sport tour. A high-performance, yet comfortable motorcycle with optional attractive integrated side cases (or standard as part of the GSX-S1000GT+ model) and a sophisticated, avant-garde look that creates its own category – Grand Touring – ready to take the rider any distance with speed and comfort.

The GSX-S1000GT’s total performance is transformative, breaking new ground for a sport touring motorcycle, and the new SUZUKI mySPIN connectivity application integrates with a large, full-color TFT instrument panel to provide easy access to a wide range of smartphone information and entertainment options augmenting any ride.

Using legendary and proven GSX-R engine architecture, the 999cc four-stroke, liquid-cooled DOHC in-line four superbike engine delivers smooth, consistent power throughout a wide and linear powerband.

The GSX-S1000GT’s engine offers multiple updated components to best deliver performance where a Grand Touring rider demands it. Enhancements to the engine include revised intake and exhaust camshafts, cam chain tensioners and valve springs, as well as a redesigned clutch and gearshift components.

All updated to take the best aspects of GSX-R championship-winning engineering and apply it to the real-world demands of riders seeking spectacular performance and tractability for high-mileage tours on challenging, exciting roads. All delivering an even broader, smoother torque curve with fewer peaks and valleys. These components also help enhance performance versus the prior model while delivering full Euro 5 emissions compliance.

Refined engine performance is managed by expanded Suzuki Intelligent Ride System (SIRS) technology, including electronic cruise control, five modes of adjustable traction control* and bi-directional clutchless quick-shifting, helping augment sport rides on Sunday mornings as well as cross-continent tours. SIRS is rounded out with an updated Low RPM Assist system and Suzuki’s Easy Start System, providing improved starting control and a simpler starting procedure.

The strong twin-spar aluminum frame and braced swingarm help deliver agile handling and great road-holding ability. Visually attractive, the new trellis-style sub-frame design creates secure attachment points for the high capacity 36L side cases, while allowing for a more comfortable passenger seat.

The GSX-S1000GT’s suspension control will also easily adapt to the needs of two-up riding, thanks to its fully adjustable, inverted KYB fork and easy-to-adjust rear shock. The dual, ABS-equipped**, radial-mounted, four-piston, Brembo-front brake calipers and 310mm floating rotors help provide the confident, controlled stopping performance needed when travelling with a passenger and gear on an extended ride.

Comfort is vital for miles of effortless grand touring performance, and the GSX-S1000GT is ready to conquer high performance rides of any distance. The new cast-aluminum handlebar is wider than the prior bike’s handlebar, and is shaped and positioned for a comfortable reach, delivering the proper leverage to guide the GSX-S1000GT on any road. The handlebar’s special rubber mount damps vibration while the footrests have durable rubber inserts to damp vibration to the rider’s and passenger’s boots. The GT emphasizes long ride comfort as well as exhilaration.

The rider and passenger seats have a new sporty design maximizing comfort on long rides, and both seats sport a new cover material that balances grip with freedom of movement. The rider’s seat-shape further enhances freedom of movement, while the pillion seat design maximizes passenger comfort and integrates well with the new grab-bar design.

Despite their spacious storage capacity, the GT’s large-capacity side cases (Optional on the GSX-S1000GT, and standard on the GSX-S1000GT+) feature a compact design that integrates seamlessly with the motorcycle’s sharp, futuristic styling. With 36L of storage capacity, each side case may hold most full-face helmets. To further integrate them to the motorcycle, an optional color-matched side case painted panel set provides a perfect match to the GSX-S1000GT body colors. Optional locksets are available that may be set so the motorcycle’s ignition key opens the side case lid or disengages the quick-release mechanism. Side cases and mounts, color-matched painted panel sets, and side case lock sets are standard on the GSX-S1000GT+.

The GSX-S1000GT puts a new face on sport touring performance and comfort. The striking and original face of the GT begins with a raked nose, while a pair of horizontally arranged LED headlights, V-shaped position light, new mirror design, and side-mounted LED turn signals fashion a unique Grand Touring appearance that is distinctively Suzuki. The GT’s daring styling continues into the standard side cases and optional touring windshield for a fully integrated appearance.

The GSX-S1000GT’s instrument panel uses a new-generation 6.5-inch, full-color TFT LCD screen. Developed specifically for use on motorcycles, this large TFT display is the first of its kind on a Suzuki motorcycle. This high-quality instrument panel is set into the inner fairing above the handlebars, for great visibility and protection from debris. The brightness-adjustable TFT panel features a scratch-resistant surface and an anti-reflective coating that help improves visibility in bright light.

The TFT display uses GSX-S1000GT-exclusive graphics, including blue background lines that add an extra visual touch to help convey Suzuki’s spirit and brand identity. An additional feature of the TFT screen is a brief custom animation that plays when the ignition key is switched on. This playful presentation is pleasing to the eye and builds excitement for the ride to come.

The TFT readouts include: Speedometer (digital), RPM indicator (shift light), Tachometer (analog format), Transmission gear position, Fuel gauge, Coolant temperature, Ambient air temperature, Cruise control setting, SDMS mode, Traction control mode, Quick Shift (ON/OFF), Voltmeter, Clock (12-hour format), Odometer, Dual trip meter, Average fuel consumption (Trip 1 & 2), Instant fuel consumption, Riding range (per fuel onboard), Smartphone battery level, Smartphone connection status, and Rider-passenger intercommunication status (Bluetooth®).

The TFT display was developed to provide smartphone connectivity through the SUZUKI mySPIN application. While competitive models use systems originally developed for automobiles, the GSX-S1000GT adopts hardware and software designed specifically for the demands of motorcycle use. As such, SUZUKI mySPIN works seamlessly on the TFT screen to enrich the functionality of smartphone connectivity. The GSX-S1000GT’s smart cockpit blends riding and vehicle status updates, such as the speedometer and tachometer readouts, with pertinent information, communication, and entertainment from the rider’s smartphone.

Located to the left of the instrument panel is a USB outlet the rider may use to connect an iOS or AndroidTM smartphone to the TFT panel. The data connection can also be established via Wireless LAN and Bluetooth. The USB outlet can also charge the smartphone’s battery.

Available through the Apple App Store or Google Play, riders can install the free SUZUKI mySPIN app on their smartphone. Once installed, mySPIN provides an array of useful functions from five bundled applications specifically developed for motorcycle use.

The mySPIN system applications include Contacts, Phone, Maps, Music, and Calendar

Contacts – the system can access the contacts application on the smartphone and inform the rider who is calling. Calls can also be placed by selecting a contact from the list.

Phone – conveniently, the system can place phone calls, either dialed directly or from the contacts application, and can display the rider’s call history, all without stopping the bike.

Maps – the rider can view his or her current location on the map without having to download any third-party map application or data. The Suzuki Map can search for destinations and get routing information, all while allowing the rider to easily navigate from screen to screen by using the switches on the left handlebar.

Music & Content – the rider can use a Bluetooth headset to listen to music, podcasts, or other content from his or her smartphone’s library; the passenger can listen, as well, if they are wearing a Bluetooth headset wirelessly connected to the system.

Calendar – the rider can display calendar entries from his or her smartphone on the TFT screen, checking scheduled events and reminders.

The GT’s body colors include majestic Metallic Reflective Blue, and the sleek Glass Sparkle Black, each set off with distinctive GT logos, indelibly stamping the 2022 GSX-S1000GT and GT+ as motorcycling’s newest and most sophisticated, high-performance Grand Touring leaders. Manufacturer’s Suggested Pricing for both models will be announced.

The all-new 2022 Suzuki GSX-S1000GT and GSX-S1000GT+ will be available in Suzuki dealers in early 2022.


Engine: 999cc, 4-stroke, liquid-cooled, 4-cylinder, DOHC
Bore x Stroke: 73.4 mm x 59.0 mm (2.890 in. x 2.323 in.)
Compression Ratio: 12.2:1
Fuel System: Fuel injection with Ride-by-Wire electronic throttle bodies
Starter: Electric
Lubrication: Wet sump
Clutch: Wet, multi-plate SCAS type
Transmission: 6-speed constant mesh
Final Drive: Chain, RK525GSH, 525 x 116 links
Suspension Front: Inverted telescopic, coil spring, oil damped
Suspension Rear: Link type, single shock, coil spring, oil damped
Brakes Front: Brembo, 4-piston, twin disc, ABS-equipped
Brakes Rear: Nissin, 1-piston, single disc, ABS-equipped
Tires Front: 120/70ZR17M/C (58W), tubeless
Tires Rear: 190/50ZR17M/C (73W), tubeless
Fuel Tank Capacity: 19.0 L (5.0 US gal.)
Color: Metallic Reflective Blue or Glass Sparkle Black (Final specifications including color options subject to change.)
Ignition: Electronic ignition (transistorized)
Spark Plug: NGK CR9EIA-9 or DENSO IU27D Iridium-style
Headlight: Dual LED
Turn Signals: LED
Tail Light: LED
Overall Length: 2140 mm (84.3 in.)
Overall Width: 825 mm (32.5 in.)
Overall Height: 1215 mm (47.8 in.)
Wheelbase: 1460 mm (57.5 in.)
Ground Clearance: 140 mm (5.5 in.)
Seat Height: 810 mm (31.9 in.)
Curb Weight: 226 kg (498 lb.)
Warranty: 12-month, unlimited mileage limited warranty
Introductory MSRP: US$13,149 base model, US$13,799 with bags

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE

2022 Kawasaki Z900 SE

Kawasaki says:

The aggressive, elegant, and inspiring Kawasaki Z900 supernaked gets a fresh variation for 2022 with the introduction of the Z900 SE to the Z line of motorcycles. Channelling the cool and exciting ideals of its Z900 brethren, the new 2022 Z900 SE supernaked comes to life with its aggressive Z Sugomi™-inspired styling and nimble handling that the Z model line is known for. With the addition of an upgraded brake package and higher-grade suspension components, riders are granted improved handling, performance, and excitement in addition to the iconic eye-catching styling that makes this supernaked motorcycle stand out from the crowd.

- NEW Large-diameter inverted fork with added compression damping adjustability
- NEW Öhlins S46 rear shock
- NEW Improved suspension settings

The Z900 SE features a 41mm, fully adjustable inverted fork that allows for compression and rebound adjustments to be easily made, allowing the rider to dial in more precise settings to better suit their preference and riding style and ultimately receiving excellent riding comfort and sporty riding potential. Stepless adjustable preload can also be fine-tuned to further enhance the rider’s experience.

To further supplement the ride feel, the Z900 SE features an Öhlins S46 rear shock. The shock is built with an aluminum body and single-tube construction, a large 46mm piston and internal air and gas chambers separated by a floating piston, the combination of components offers a superior feeling of grip and handling. The remote preload adjuster allows for quick and easy adjustment settings without tools, perfect for those tandem rides and luggage-bearing trips. With the improved movement in the initial part of the suspension stroke from both the front and rear suspension components, riders are left with an increased sense of contact with the road, further adding to rider confidence throughout the ride.

- NEW Brembo® front brake package with stainless-steel braided lines

The Z900 SE motorcycle features dual 300mm Brembo front petal disc brakes and a 250mm rear petal brake with ABS. This contributes to the high level of quality and sportiness. Dual opposed four-piston Brembo M4.32 calipers with resin Brembo brake pads offer a linear brake feel, facilitating control for the rider. This new Brembo brake package offers stronger stopping power and contributes to greater rider control, all while presenting an overall greater ease of use. The brake pads are complimented by a Nissin radial-pump master cylinder and stainless-steel braided lines, delivering greater stopping power and a more linear progression when operating the lever, further facilitating rider feel. For an added degree of rider reassurance, the Z900 SE comes fully equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) to help prevent wheel lock-up and assist braking in certain conditions.


Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, Transverse In-Line 4-Cylinder
Displacement: 948 cc
Bore & Stroke: 73.4 x 56.0 mm
Maximum Torque: 73.0 lb.-ft @ 7,700 rpm
Compression Ratio: 11.8:1
Fuel Injection: DFI with Mikuni 36mm Throttle Bodies (4)
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission: 6-Speed
Final Drive: Sealed Chain
Rake/Trail: 24.9°/4.3 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 4.7 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 5.5 in.
Front Tire Size: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire Size: 180/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 57.3 in.
Front Suspension: 41mm Inverted Fork with Adjustable Preload, Compression and Rebound Damping
Rear Suspension: Horizontal Back-link, Ohlins S46 Shock with Remote Adjustable Preload and Adjustable Rebound Damping
Front Brake Type: Dual 300mm Petal Discs with Brembo M4.32 Monobloc Calipers/ABS
Rear Brake Type: Single 250mm Disc/ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.5 gal.
Seat Height: 31.5 in.
Curb Weight: 469.7 lb.
Warranty: 12 months

2022 Kawasaki Z900RS SE

2022 Kawasaki Z900RS SE

Kawasaki says:

With the resurgence of retro-sport motorcycles going strong, the new 2022 Z900RS SE is sure to turn heads with its timeless design and integral beauty that pays homage to the iconic old-school Z models. Serving as a high-grade variation of the Z900RS, the Z900RS SE inherits the same upgraded brake package and similar suspension package of the Z900 SE with a new, iconic "Yellow Ball" livery that is sure to pull at those nostalgic heartstrings.

- NEW Öhlins S46 rear shock with remote preload adjuster
- NEW Improved suspension settings

To further supplement the ride feel, the Z900RS SE features an Öhlins S46 rear shock. The shock is built with an aluminum body and single-tube construction, a large 46mm piston and internal air and gas chambers separated by a floating piston, the combination of components offers a superior feeling of grip and handling. The remote preload adjuster allows for quick and easy adjustment settings without tools, perfect for those tandem rides and luggage-bearing trips. With the improved movement in the initial part of the suspension stroke from both the front and rear suspension components, riders are left with an increased sense of contact with the road, further adding to rider confidence throughout the ride.

The Z900RS SE receives revised damping settings to the 41mm, fully adjustable inverted front forks, with 10-way compression and 12-way rebound damping, which help to compliment the new rear shock. The outer fork tubes are also gold for 2022 to match the signature look of the Öhlins rear shock.

Fitted with Kawasaki’s modern horizontal back-link rear suspension, the Z900RS SE allows for a high level of sporty riding potential while matching the front fork’s level of riding comfort and performance. The extruded aluminum swingarm is lightweight and helps contribute to the light handling of the motorcycle, and the linkage placed atop the swingarm allows for better mass centralization. This also allowed for the lay-down shock absorber to be moved further away from the exhaust so that its operation is not affected by any heat omitted by the exhaust. The shock has an adjustable preload and rebound damping.

- NEW Brembo® front brake package featuring M4.32 calipers

The Z900RS SE features dual 300mm Brembo front petal disc brakes and a 250mm rear petal brake with ABS. This contributes to the high level of quality and sportiness. Dual opposed four-piston Brembo M4.32 calipers with resin Brembo brake pads offer a linear brake feel, facilitating control for the rider. This new Brembo brake package offers stronger stopping power and contributes to greater rider control, all while presenting an overall greater ease of use. The brake pads are complimented by a Nissin radial-pump master cylinder and stainless-steel braided lines, delivering greater stopping power and a more linear progression when operating the lever, further facilitating rider feel. For an added degree of rider reassurance, the Z900RS SE comes fully equipped with an anti-lock braking system (ABS) to help prevent wheel lock-up and assist braking in certain conditions.

- NEW Iconic “Yellow Ball” styling

With a seamless blend of Z1-inspired styling elements and modern craftsmanship – from the iconic teardrop fuel tank to the innovative oval LED taillight – the Z900RS offers timeless good looks with an exquisite attention to detail and superb fit-and-finish. The Z900RS SE’s styling is reminiscent of the iconic “Yellow Ball,” a black and yellow version of the orange and brown paint of the original Z1. The unique colors come to life on the fuel tank, and thanks to the use of immersion graphics and rich quality paint, the design does not leave a raised surface, resulting in a high-quality finish that one would expect on a timeless motorcycle.

The Z900RS SE features a large-diameter LED headlamp with a convex lens and chromed headlamp ring, adding to the iconic retro feel of the motorcycle. LED lighting is used to illuminate not only the headlamp, but the position lamps, taillight, and license plate lamp as well. The turn signals feature bulb-type lighting.

The Z900RS SE utilizes a dual-dial instrumentation panel with a multi-function LCD screen, balancing retro-style looks with modern functionality. A negative display (white letters on a black background) adds to the instrument cluster’s sporty, modern appearance, and the highly visible gear position indicator helps to increase shifting precision and confidence.


Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, Transverse In-Line 4-Cylinder
Displacement: 948 cc
Bore & Stroke: 73.4 x 56.0 mm
Maximum Torque: 72.3 lb.-ft @ 6,500 rpm
Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
Fuel Injection: DFI with Mikuni 36mm Throttle Bodies (4)
Ignition: TCBI with Digital Advance
Transmission: 6-Speed
Final Drive: Sealed Chain
Rake/Trail: 25.0°/3.9 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 4.7 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 5.5 in.
Front Tire Size: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tire Size: 180/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 57.9 in.
Front Suspension: 41mm Inverted Fork with 10-way adjustable compression damping, 12-way adjustable rebound damping, and adjustable reload
Rear Suspension: Horizontal Back-link with Ohlins S46 shock with adjustable compressoin and Rebound Damping, remotely adjustable preload
Front Brake Type: Dual 300mm Brembo Discs with M4 Monobloc Calipers/ABS
Rear Brake Type: Single 250mm Disc/ABS
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.5 gal.
Seat Height: 32.9 in.
Curb Weight: 471.9 lb.
Warranty 12: months

2022 Kawasaki Z650RS

2022 Kawasaki Z650RS

Kawasaki says:

Kawasaki’s 650cc class Twins come in a wide-range of shapes and styles – from full cowling Ninja® sportbikes, to the Z family of supernaked models, to the Versys® adventure-style and Vulcan® cruiser-style machines. The newest member to join the venerable 650cc lineup is the all-new 2022 Z650RS, a middleweight retro sport that combines timeless looks inherited from the Z900RS with a compact, responsive package that riders will love to enjoy daily.

Just like its bigger Z900RS counterpart, the Z650RS tempts the eye with its timeless beauty of an orthodox motorcycle. Distinguishing itself from its bigger sibling is a slimmer fuel tank and a shorter, more compact tail, which express its light handling and approachable character.

The Z650RS has a fun and easy character that can be attributed to an engine and chassis based on that of the highly acclaimed Z650. The responsive 649cc parallel twin engine with robust low-end torque, combined with a lightweight chassis, deliver rider-friendly power delivery and light, natural handling that evokes a dose of fun to city outings and daily commutes. Factor in the relaxed upright riding position that you would expect from a retro sport model, plus a comfortable reach to the ground, and riders will be looking for any excuse to head out for a ride. The stylish new Z650RS retro sport model is another exciting option for riders looking to “Let the good times roll. ®”

- Parallel-twin 649cc engine
- Lightweight trellis frame
- Telescopic front fork and horizontal back-link rear suspension system
- Compact, horizontal tail
- Dual-dial instrumentation with multi-function LCD screen
- Round LED headlight
- Spoke-style cast wheels
- Disc brakes with standard ABS
- Assist and slipper clutch
- Relaxed retro-style riding position

Optimized for everyday riding, the exciting paralell-twin engine offers quick response, strong low-mid range performance and excellent fuel economy. When opening the thottle, riders will notice a smooth and powerful engine character offering both a high level of control and gratifying rush of acceleration. The liquid-cooled, DOHC, 8-valve, 649cc paralell twin is equipped with fuel injection and has a strong low-end power focus that inspires rider confidence, while also lending itself to sporty riding. The 36mm throttle bodies contribute to the engine’s strong low-mid range performance and response, while sub-throttles ensure a smooth response. Fine-atomizing injectors delivering 75-micron droplets complement the throttle bodies, providing the ideal fuel-air mixture needed for the low-mid range focused engine.

An open-deck aluminum die-cast cylinder contributes to the overall light weight of the Z650RS. Its plated, cylinder bores enable a narrow cylinder pitch and slim engine width. The 180° crankshaft drives a balancer shaft for silky smooth engine operation and a semi-dry sump design reduces engine height. The engine’s compact size allows it to be positioned lower in the frame and contributes to a low center of gravity. A simplified cooling system routes coolant through the engine cases to the cylinder and head to reduce external routing. A radiator fan cover, which is located behind the radiator, directs hot air down and away from the rider to signficiantly increase rider comfort when at a standstill. The 6-speed, return transmission is paired with an assist and slipper clutch which lightens the pull at the lever and reduces wheel hop under heavy engine braking for direct and precise shifting.

A key contributor to the light weight of the Z650RS is its innovative high-tensile steel trellis frame, which can be felt immediately when lifting the bike off of its side stand. The lines of the frame were made as straight as possible, and when bends were necessary their angles were made as small as possible, resulting in a design highly adept at dispering stress. Using Kawasaki’s in-house anaylsis technology, the necessary pipe diameter, length, and wall thickness were precisely determined to deliver the ideal lateral and torsional rigidty. This also allowed unnecessary material to be trimmed, further resulting in the light weight frame. Rigid-mounted engine and footpeg stays are used as stressed members, aiding in the frame’s rigidty and light weight. In order to give the Z650RS a light handling feel, Kawasaki engineers used a steep angle design.

Kawasaki’s in-house analysis technology was also used in the swingarm, and similar to the frame, the line from the pivot to rear axle was made as straight as possible. This lightweight swingarm design contributes to the bike’s light, natural handling. Great manueverability was achieved through a short wheelbase and tight turning radius. The angle of the rear frame is less upswept than that found on the Z650 and helps to achieve the Z650RS flat, even tail design. Just like the Z650, the rear frame’s twin-tube design contributes to the bike’s comfortable reach to the ground.

Handling the front suspension duties on the Z650RS retro machine is a 41mm telescopic front fork. On the rear, horizontal back-link suspension offers a progressive character and delivers a balance of sport performance and ride comfort. The rear suspension positions the shock unit and linkage above the swingarm, contributing to mass centralization and ensuring that it is not affected by exhaust heat.

Stopping the Z650RS is a pair of 300mm front brake discs that deliver plenty of braking power. The front discs are matched to dual-piston front calipers that offer superb brake feel and control. On the rear, a single 220mm brake disc can be found and matched with a single-piston caliper. Round discs on both front and rear contribute to the bike’s retro sport image. ABS is a standard feature on on the Z650RS, providing braking confidence and a compact Bosch 9.1M ABS keeps weight to a minimum.

Similar to those found on the Z900RS, original cast wheels feature flat spokes designed to look like classic wire-spoked wheels. The wheels were designed using Kawasaki’s advanced anaylsis technology and offer a balance of light weight and stylish looks that contribute to both handling and a design suited to the retro category. Together with the swingarm, the wheels contribute to the bike’s light, natural handling. Dunlop Sportmax Roadsport 2 tires have been fitted for performance and add to the light handling of the motorcycle.

The wide, flat handlebar and relaxed riding position found on the Z650RS puts the rider in a natural, comfortable position that both inspires confidence and facilitates control for a wide range of riders. Thanks to longer fork tubes, the upper-triple clamp is positioned 20mm higher than that found on the Z650, contributing to a higher handlebar position and more upright riding position. The handlebar grips are 50mm higher and 30mm further back and closer to the rider than that of the Z650. Its wide 35° steering angle facilitates low-speed handling. Thanks to the bike’s low 31.5 inch seat height and slim overall design, riders can more easily keep both feet firmly on the ground when stopped. The narrow frame and engine design combined with the slim fuel tank, allow the rider to grip with their knees and keep their feet closer together.

Excellent ride comfort can be found thanks to a stepped seat design, which is slimmer at the front and facilitates the reach to the ground. Utilizing the ignition key, the seat can be removed and offers hassle-free access to the fuse box and tool kit. Rubber mounted handlebars reduce vibration transmitted through the handlebar grips and to the mirrors, adding to the bike’s comfortable feel. The 5-way adjustable clutch and brake levers help accommodate a variety of hand sizes for increased comfort. Rubber pads on both the rider and passenger footpegs use a harder rubber material with hollow centers to reduce vibration felt through the footpegs.

Just like the Z900RS, the Z650RS features timeless good looks that give this middleweight model a light and casual appearance to reflect its rider-friendly character. The simple and modern design touches allow the Z650RS to blend seamlessly into your everyday life and riding. Featuring a blend of retro and modern design elements, the LED headlight casts a bright, white light and consists of two chambers (low-beam/high-beam) and a grooved design on the thick headlight ring that adds a modern touch. The retro-style fuel tank design uses edges dividing the top and sides of the tank to emphasize its compact size. A simple design of the engine’s side covers contribute to the modern retro styling.

The tail of the Z650RS traces a horizontal line, contributing to its flat stance. The tail is shorter than that of the Z900RS, which reinforces the light, casual styling theme. Unique to the Z650RS is the original design stepped seat, emphasizing the compactness of the tail. An oval design on the LED taillight pays homage to Kawasaki’s old-school Z models. The LED taillight on the Z650RS lights up as a solid surface to create a design that is both retro and modern. LED turn signals and an external helmet lock can also be found and add to the appearance.

Dual-dial instrumentation with multi-function LCD screen balances the retro-style looks with modern functionality. The bullet-shaped dial cases provide a retro sport model touch, while the modern typeface used on the dial faces add a contemporary touch. The LCD screen features a negative display with white letters on a black background, adding to the instrument clusters sporty, modern look. Display functions include gear position indicator, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, remaining range, current and average fuel consumption, coolant temperature, clock, and the economical riding indicator.

The 2022 Z650RS model is available with ABS in Metallic Moondust Gray / Ebony and Candy Emerald Green color schemes with an MSRP of $8,999.


Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4 Valve Cylinder Head, Parallel Twin
Displacement: 649 cc
Bore & Stroke: 83.0 x 60.0 mm
Maximum Torque: 48.5 lb-ft @ 6,500 rpm
Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
Fuel Injection: DFI® with Keihin 36mm Throttle Bodies (2)
Transmission: 6-Speed with Positive Neutral Finder
Final Drive: Sealed Chain
Rake/Trail: 24.0°/3.9 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 4.9 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 5.1 in.
Front Tire Size: 120/70-17
Rear Tire Size: 160/60-17
Wheelbase: 55.3 in.
Front Suspension: 41mm Hydraulic Telescopic Fork
Rear Suspension: Horizontal Back-Link with Adjustable Preload
Front Brake Type: Dual 300mm Petal Disc with 2-Piston Caliper
Rear Brake Type: Single 220mm Petal Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity: 4.0 gal.
Seat Height: 31.5 in.
Curb Weight: 412.3 lb.
Warranty: 12 months

2022 Kawasaki KLR650

2022 Kawasaki KLR650

Kawasaki says:

For 2022, Kawasaki welcomes the return of the widely popular and critically acclaimed all-new KLR®650 motorcycle to its lineup. The legendary dual-sport bike is back and better than ever, refined and ready to make new memories. Featuring new technology you’ve been waiting for, and the same reputable reliability, the KLR®650 is ready for your next expedition. Whether it’s traveling long distances or making the daily commute, this adventure-hungry, on-and off-road machine offers the versatility and toughness required to accommodate any adventure.

The all-new 2022 KLR650 receives the addition of fuel injection to the 652cc single-cylinder engine offering increased reliability and fuel efficiency. A new multi-functional digital instrumentation panel with a fuel gauge is paired with a new fuel tank design with greater useable volume. Numerous parts have been updated for increased riding confidence when carrying luggage, reduced vibrations, and increased generator capacity, contributing to the improved performance and ride comfort that is needed when searching for a tough adventure partner.

The all-new KLR650 features a new LED headlight, is available with optional ABS, provides a terrific riding position for all-day riding comfort and boasts plenty of carrying capacity. For 2022 the KLR650 motorcycle will also be available in two new special edtions featuring a number of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories including side cases, engine guards, LED auxililary light set, and more.

- NEW Fuel Injected 652 cc Single-Cylinder Engine
- NEW Multi-Functional Digital Instrumentation With Fuel Gauge
- NEW LED Headlight
- NEW Bodywork including fuel tank
- NEW Larger Front Disc And Optional ABS
- NEW Greater Wind Protection and Styling
- NEW Increased Carrying Capacity

- NEW Fuel Injection
- NEW Revised Cam Profiles
- NEW Exhaust Pipe Diameter
- NEW Updated Clutch
- NEW Increased ACG Output
- NEW Low Maintainence Battery
- NEW Lighter Starter, Ignition Coil, And Evaporator Canister
- NEW Honeycomb Catalyzer

The KLR650 is powered by one of the most well-known, reliable, and trusted engines in the motorcycle industry. Its liquid cooled, four-stroke, 652 cc single-cylinder engine features a DOHC cylinder head and produces a flat power curve that lets you navigate challenging roads and cruise at freeway speeds . The 2022 model is now equipped with fuel injection, which, combined with the fuel tank’s greater useable volume, contributes to an increased range between fuel stops, while updates for increased durability ensure the reliability expected of an adventure tourer.

Featuring fuel injection for the first time, starting the KLR650 has never been easier, especially at high altitude or in cold conditions, and its reliability and performance have been increased. A 10-hole fine-atomizing injector sprays 60 µm droplets, which contributes to efficient air-fuel mixing for efficient combustion. Revised intake and exhaust cam profiles improve mid-range power and torque characteristics. A stronger cam chain guide material and shape add to the increased reliability.

The exhaust pipe diameter has been reduced by 7.7 mm to improve mid-range torque characteristics to better suit everyday riding. An oxygen sensor provides feedback to the fuel injection system, contributing to cleaner exhaust emissions and increased fuel efficiency.

Several updates have been made to improve shifting feel and reduce weight. In the clutch and transmission, the clutch release bearings were changed from ball to thrust-needle bearings, the gear dogs and shift fork have been revised on third gear, and a new finishing treatment is now used for fourth and fifth gears.

A new sealed battery adds to the convenience and is significantly lighter than the previous battery. The starter, ignition coil, and evaporator canister have all been revised and are now lighter than on previous models.

- NEW Rear Frame
- NEW Swingarm
- NEW Larger Swingarm Pivot Shaft

The KLR650 motorcycle’s proven and high tensile, semi-double-cradle frame receives several updates on the 2022 model. The updates now include a rear frame that is integrated with the main frame to increase torsional rigidity for a more composed ride and a 30mm longer swingarm with a 2mm larger diameter swingarm pivot shaft that also contributes to better handling.

- NEW Front and Rear Suspension Settings
- NEW Larger Front Brake Disc
- NEW Thicker Rear Brake Disc
- NEW Optional ABS Models
- NEW Stronger Rear Wheel Rim Material
- NEW Larger-Diameter Axle Shafts

Both front and rear suspension settings complement the new frame to help provide a more planted feel. In order to meet the demands of both on and off-road riding, 41 mm front forks with 200 mm of suspension travel handle the suspension duties up front and add the rigidity needed for superb performance. Firm fork springs provide excellent bump compliance and bottoming resistance while also reducing front-end dive under heavy braking.

An adjustable Uni-Trak® system with 185 mm of suspension travel can be found on the rear and complements the front fork settings, offering progressive rear suspension action while contributing to a low center of gravity. Firm rear shock settings help resist bottoming in rough terrain and accommodate heavy loads. Rear spring preload and rebound damping adjustments allow riders to fine-tune suspension settings to suit the riding conditions and rider’s preference. The front fork and rear shock settings complement each other for light, sharp handling on smooth roads while providing the capability needed off-road.

Complementing the KLR650 motorcycle’s more powerful engine is a larger 300mm front brake disc that delivers more substantial braking power. The disc shape has been changed from a petal-type disc to a round disc, adding to its tough appearance. On the rear brakes, the disc has been thickened to provide better heat dissipation when under heavy braking. Similar to the front, the back disc shape is now round. Models with and without ABS are now available and the ABS offers additional rider reassurance when riding on low-friction surfaces.

The KLR650 comes equipped with a 21” front wheel and 17” rear wheel that allows riding to be continued even when the paved road ends. A stronger material can now be found on the rear wheel rim, delivering improved torsional rigidity and increased durability. The front and rear tires are tube types, making it possible for the rider to carry out any necessary roadside repairs. A larger-diameter front and rear wheel axle contribute to both durability and handling.

- NEW Fine-Tuned Handlebar And Footpeg Positions
- NEW Rubber Mounts On Handlebars And Footpegs
- NEW Fuel Tank Design With More Useable Volume
- NEW Taller Windshield For Increased Wind Protection
- NEW Seat Design And Materials For Improved Comfort
- NEW Pillion Grab Bars For Passenger Comfort
- NEW 30 mm Shorter Side Stand

The KLR650 has long been known for its comfortable, upright riding position, and for 2022 it has been fine-tuned to deliver a stress-free position for a longer adventure. One significant improvement has been the reduction of vibration from parts that come in contact with the rider, further contributing to comfort when on long rides.

Fine-tuned handlebar and footpeg positions have each been moved 10 mm outwards to provide adjustability and put the rider in a slightly more relaxed position, to support longer hours in the saddle. The handlebars and footpegs are now rubber-mounted, reducing vibration for improved comfort. A new fuel tank design has been fitted to the KLR650 chassis, offering a natural fit with the rider’s knees for comfort and increased controllability. While the volume of the new fuel tank remains the same, the useable volume has been increased through redesign and a new fuel pump that draws from the very bottom of the tank, contributing to a longer cruising range.

Aiding the rider up front, a new stylish windshield can be found, which is now 50 mm taller for better wind protection and features two-position bolt-on adjustability that allows windshield height to be conveniently increased a further 30 mm. The seat shape and cover have been revised and the optimized urethane thickness and firmness all contribute to increased ride comfort. Under the seat, rubber dampers have been added to further aid in rider comfort. Passenger grab bars have been reshaped, improving passenger comfort. The side stand has been shortened 30 mm, making it easier to deploy when on the bike.

- NEW Shroud, Side Cover, And Tail Cowl
- NEW Bright LED Headlight
- NEW Taillight And Turn Signal
- NEW All-Digital Instrument Panel
- NEW Longer Mirror Arms

The KLR650’s robust design reflects the bike’s capabilities for an unforgettable adventure. New colors and textured graphics were specially chosen to emphasize its ruggedness. Its modern styling includes a protector-equipped shroud design that contributes to a functional and rugged image, while a new side cover design and tail cowl tie the robust styling package together. In addition to the windshield offering increased wind protection, it also adds to the tough adventure tourer appearance that Kawasaki engineers set out to achieve on the KLR650.

A new bright LED headlight illuminates the way when the ride continues past sunset and also contributes to the intended adventure styling. In the back, a revised taillight and turn signal design add to the tough styling. Rearward field of vision has been improved thanks to longer mirror arms.

An all-digital instrument panel offers information at-a-glance through a large display and easy-to-read LCD screen with white backlighting. The instrument panel features a speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, clock, and indicator lamps. The narrowed-down display list prioritizes visibility of the speedometer and fuel gauge.

A number of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories (KGA) will allow riders to personalize the looks of their KLR650 and offer added comfort and convenience. Kawasaki accessory side cases and top case were developed to provide a clean look with their well-matched design.

The side cases feature a top-opening design that makes it easy to add and remove items when they are mounted on the bike. The side cases easily clip onto their mounting brackets for a secure fit. The top case is large enough to accommodate an off-road style helmet. Improving convenience, side cases and the top case can be fitted with a one-key system. Complementing the accessory luggage, a larger aluminum rear carrier offers improved carrying capacity. In addition to its exclusive luggage, accessories include grip heater set, LED auxiliary light set, engine guards, DC power outlet, and USB socket.

Also new for the 2022 KLR650 are two model variations that feature factory-equipped accessories and both come standard with ABS. The KLR® 650 ADVENTURE model comes equipped with factory-installed side cases, LED auxiliary light set, engine guards, tank pad, and both DC power outlet and USB socket and is available in the Cypher Camo Gray colorway. This model is designed for the adventurer who is looking for increased carry capacity and convenience. The KLR® 650 TRAVELER model features a factory-installed top case and both DC power outlet and USB socket and comes in Pearl Lava Orange colorway.

The 2022 KLR650 is available in Pearl Sand Khaki and Pearl Lava Orange. The KLR650 ABS is available in Pearl Sand Khaki. The KLR650 ADVENTURE model is available in Cypher Camo Gray and the KLR650 TRAVELER model is available in Pearl Lava Orange.

KLR650 - $6,699
KLR650 ABS - $6,999
KLR650 TRAVELER - $7,399
KLR650 ADVENTURE - $7,999


Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4-Valve, Single
Displacement: 652 cc
Bore & Stroke: 100 x 83 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Fuel System: DFI with 40mm Throttle Body
Ignition: TCBI
Transmission: 5-Speed
Rake/Trail: 30°/4.8 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 7.9 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 7.3 in.
Front Tire Size: 90/90-21
Rear Tire Size: 130/80-17
Front Suspension: 41mm Leading Axle Hydraulic Telescopic Fork
Rear Suspension: Uni-Trak® with 5-Way Adjustable Preload and Stepless Rebound Damping
Wheelbase: 60.6 in.
Front Brake Type: 300mm Disc
Rear Brake Type: 240mm Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity: 6.1 gal.
Ground Clearance: 8.3 in.
Seat Height: 34.3 in.
Curb Weight: 460.6 (ABS), 456.2 (Non-ABS), 487.1 (ADVENTURE), 471.7 (TRAVELER) lb.
Warranty: 12 months

2022 Kawasaki KX 450SR

2022 Kawasaki KX 450SR

Kawasaki says:

The Kawasaki KX™450 has long been the flagship model in the Kawasaki KX™ lineup of motocross motorcycles and is built with race-winning components to help propel Kawasaki riders to the top step of the podium. With decades of winning history, Kawasaki introduces the all-new 2022 KX™450SR. Previously only reserved for early Kawasaki factory racing machines, the “SR” or Special Racer naming convention represents the pinnacle of Kawasaki race bikes. The all-new KX450SR is purpose built leveraging significant high value parts that have been proven by the Monster Energy® Kawasaki race team competing in Monster Energy Supercross and AMA Pro Motocross Championships.

Starting with the KX450 concept, the all-new KX450SR model has been designed to suit riders seeking race wins and features elite-level racing components, special tuning and design updates inspired by the Monster Energy® Kawasaki race team to further elevate its performance and factory racer looks.

This high-performance, limited edition Special Racer includes updates to the engine, exhaust, suspension, engine mapping, wheels, and styling.

- NEW Cylinder head with polished intake ports
- NEW Pro Circuit Ti-6 Pro titanium exhaust system
- NEW Optimized ECU fuel injection settings
- NEW KYB front and rear suspension components
- NEW XTrig ROCS-TECH triple clamps with PHDS (Progressive Handlebar Damping System)
- NEW D.I.D. DirtStar ST-X rims
- NEW D.I.D. gold chain
- NEW Renthal® rear sprocket
- NEW Monster Energy® Kawasaki race team inspired color and graphics
- NEW Hinson clutch cover with Kawasaki Racing Team logo

- NEW Cylinder head with polished intake ports
- NEW Pro Circuit Ti-6 Pro titanium exhaust system
- NEW Optimized ECU fuel injection settings

The 449cc lightweight engine package utilizes input derived directly from the Monster Energy® Kawasaki race team. Just like the KX450, the KX450SR engine features an electric start activated by the push of a button and powered by a compact Lithium-ion battery. A lightweight finger-follower valve actuation design comes by way of Kawasaki’s top-level road racing technology and World Superbike engineers, enabling larger-diameter valves and more aggressive cam profiles. The KX450SR features new polished intake ports that provide smoother airflow, contributing to increased engine performance. A close-ratio five-speed transmission is paired with a high-capacity coned disc-spring hydraulic clutch that helps facilitate control and provide a consistent feeling even under heavy use.

Just like the Monser Energy® Kawasaki factory race team, a lightweight Pro Circuit Ti-6 Pro titanium race exhaust has been fitted and contributes to increased engine performance. New engine ECU fuel injection settings are exclusive to the KX450SR and match the more powerful engine characteristics, providing controllability and factory-spec high-performance riding for a wide-range of motocross riders.

A slim aluminum perimeter frame provides precise cornering through excellent front-end feel and agility when riding at high speeds. The frame’s lightweight construction is composed of forged, extruded, and cast parts, while the engine is used as a stressed member and adds to the frame's rigidity balance. Engineers carefully selected the dimension of the swingarm pivot, output sprocket and rear axle locations to focus on the center of gravity and balanced handling.

- NEW KYB front and rear suspension components
- NEW XTrig ROCS-TECH triple clamps with PHDS (Progressive Handlebar Damping System)

The KX450SR receives all-new KYB front and rear suspension components with a DLC (diamond-like coating) on the fork tubes that increases surface hardness to help prevent scratches and gouges that can occur from dirt, mud, rocks, and roost found in the motocross environment. It also reduces friction so that exclusive KX450SR settings can be used for higher performance, smoother suspension action, and a plush feeling. A Kashima Coat creates a hard, low-friction surface on the inside of the fork outer tubes to help prevent wear abrasion and keep sliding surfaces smooth for a long time. The lubricating material in the coating contributes to smoother suspension action, especially at the initial part of the stroke, and a better ride feel. The large-diameter fork inner tubes allow large 25mm damping pistons to be used so a firm damping force can be achieved with a lower internal pressure, which allows firmer damping performance and increased riding comfort. The rear shock offers dual compression adjustability so that high speed and low speed damping can be tuned separately. Utilizing feedbck from Kawasaki’s factory race teams, the 22mm front axle enhances front end traction. The New Uni-Trak® rear suspension linkage ratios have been selected to suit the chassis.

Holding up the KYB front forks is a new set of XTrig ROCS (revolutionary opposing clamp system) tech triple clamps that help to improve fork flex action for more optimal fork function. The upper triple clamp is outfitted with XTrig’s PHDS (progressive handlebar dampening system) handlebar mounts that are lightweight and improve responsiveness of the fork, and is supported by elastomers which are designed to absorb vibration from the engine and chassis. This system also helps to dampen the forces acting on the handlebars in both horizontal and vertical directions, translating into increased steering precision for the rider. With this system, the handlebar can be adjusted in 12 different positions for total rider customization.

- NEW D.I.D. DirtStar ST-X wheels
- NEW D.I.D. gold chain
- NEW Renthal® rear sprocket

New on the KX450SR is a pair of D.I.D. DirtStar wheels, improving the strength and durability under the most challenging conditions on the racetrack. The black coating on the rims emulates the looks of a factory race machine. Further adding to the attention grabbing appearance on the KX450SR is the championship proven combination of a new D.I.D. 520ERT3 gold chain fitted to a black Renthal Ultralight™ aluminum rear sprocket.

Handling the stopping duties is an oversized 270 mm, petal-shaped front brake rotor from the renowned manufacturer, Braking®. The rear is equipped with a 250 mm petal-shaped Braking rotor coinciding with the large front disc.

Kawasaki continues its unmatched commitment towards providing riders with class-leading ERGO-FIT® adjustable componentsto fit a variety of riders and riding styles. The footpegs feature dual-position mounting points, with a lower position that reduces the standard setting by an additional 5 mm, reducing the knee angle when taller riders are seated.

- NEW Special racer edition color & graphics
- NEW Hinson clutch cover with Kawasaki Racing Team logo
- NEW Pro Circuit Ti-6 Pro titanium exhaust with special decal

In addition to the already sharp, aggressive styling found on the KX450, the KX450SR receives special colors & graphics that resemble those found on the Monster Energy® Kawasaki race team. Also new and adding to its true race machine looks is a Hinson Billetproof® clutch cover featuring the Kawasaki Racing Team logo that improves heat dissapation as well as a Pro Circuit Ti-6 Pro titanium exhaust that features a special green decal.

Color: Lime Green
MSRP: $12,399


Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Liquid Cooled, DOHC, 4-Valve, Single Cylinder
Displacement: 449 cc
Bore & Stroke: 96.0 x 62.1 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Fuel System: DFI® w/ Keihin 44mm Throttle Body
Ignition: Digital DC-CDI
Transmission: 5-Speed
Rake/Trail: 27.4˚/4.8 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 12.4 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 12.1 in.
Front Tire Size: 80/100-21
Rear Tire Size: 120/80-19
Front Suspension: 49mm Inverted Coil-Spring Fork with 23-way compression and 20-way rebound damping adjustment
Rear Suspension: NEW Uni-Trak® with Adjustable Preload, 21-Position (Low Speed)/2.25-turn Stepless (High Speed) Compression Adjustment, 38-Position Rebound Damping Adjustment
Wheelbase: 58.5 in.
Front Brake Type: 270mm Disc
Rear Brake Type: 250mm Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity: 1.64 gal.
Ground Clearance: 13.4 in.
Seat Height: 37.6 in.
Weight Without Fuel: 232.7 lb.
Curb Weight: 242.9 lb.

2022 Kawasaki KLX230S

2022 Kawasaki KLX230S

Kawasaki says:

The Kawasaki KLX® family of off-road recreational motorcycles are known for their rider-friendly character, amazing capability on the trail, and reliability, making them a staple for any adventurous rider. For 2022, Kawasaki adds a new model to its KLX lineup with the KLX®230S dual-sport.

Keeping its admired heritage in mind, the KLX230S is derived from the popular KLX®230 with modified front and rear suspension that lowers overall seat height by over two inches from the KLX230 model. The KLX230S is purpose-built for serious fun on the trails and tuned for on-road versatility. Turn a variety of terrain into the ultimate playground.

- NEW Shorter two-stage front suspension with 6.2 inches of travel
- NEW Uni-Trak® rear suspension with 6.6 inches of travel
- NEW Overall seat height of 32.7 inches
- NEW Available with Kawasaki’s first dual-purpose ABS

- NEW Shorter two-stage front suspension with 6.2 inches of travel
- NEW Uni-Trak® rear suspension with 6.6 inches of travel

The front forks were shortened by a total of 2.4 inches by using shorter dual-stage springs with a firmer spring rate than the KLX230 and KLX230 ABS models, helping to bring the seat height down 2.2 inches. A 37 mm telescopic front fork takes care of the rider up front and offers 6.2 total inches of travel, increasing rider confidence when navigating challenging terrain or piloting on the pavement. The revised Uni-Trak® rear suspension including the shock absorber with a stiffer spring rate provides 6.6 inches of wheel travel and improves handling and bump absorption. The new front and rear suspension settings result in a lower overall seat height than that found on the KLX230, which grants riders the ability to take on the trails and streets with confidence.

- NEW Overall seat height of 32.7 inches

The frame, seat, and tank of the KLX230S motorcycle were designed with a combination of form and function in mind, making the frame easy to grip with the legs, offering superior chassis control. Thanks to the compact design of the KLX230S and updated suspension, a low seat height of 32.7 inches was achieved.

Like the KX™ lineup of motocross motorcycles, the flat design of the tank and seat gives the rider greater freedom of movement when changing riding positions and facilitates sitting farther forward. In addition to dual-purpose riding, comfort was also a consideration when deciding the seat shape and thickness. The seams between the shrouds, seat, and side covers all fit flush, making it much easier for the rider to move around on the bike.

The four-stroke air-cooled single cylinder engine offers smooth, reliable, and durable performance in a compact package. The engine has a bore and stroke of 67.0 x 66.0 mm, with a displacement of 233cc. The long-stroke offers robust low-mid range torque for smooth and easy handling. A simple SOHC two-valve design was chosen for an easy-to-use power character and reliability.

Fuel injection helps ensure consistent fuel delivery regardless of outside air temperature or elevation. It also enables the use of an electric starter, for easy starting at the push of a button, whether the engine is hot or cold, and contributes to clean emissions. The fuel injection system utilizes a 32 mm throttle body, which delivers precise response. Exhaust pipe length was selected to contribute to the engine’s low-mid range performance. To match the aggressive off-road look of the KX-inspired bodywork, the exhaust features a tapered silencer with an oval cross-section.

A smooth-shifting six-speed transmission offers a gear for every type of condition on the trails or streets, while also allowing for more comfortable cruising on long open straightaways. A short final gear ratio (46/13) was selected, enabling riders to continue moving forward even when navigating challenging terrain.

Built for taking on both the dirt or the street, the high-tensile steel perimeter frame offers the optimal handling needed for enjoyable and confident riding. By designing the engine and frame together, engineers were able to achieve a low engine height, ideal chassis rigidity balance, and a low center-of-gravity, all in a compact chassis. The short 53.5” wheelbase contributes to the bike’s maneuverability, allowing riders to more easily navigate the terrain presented to them.

Full-size aluminum wheels, measuring 21” at the front and 18” at the rear, help riders navigate across a wide variety of terrains, greatly contributing to rider confidence and overall performance.

The KLX230S motorcycle comes equipped with petal disc brakes, front and rear, which provide plenty of stopping power. A 240 mm front disc gripped by a twin-piston caliper offers strong, easy-to-control braking. Slowing the rear, a lightweight, KX-type, rear master cylinder with a unitized reservoir and single-piston caliper grips a 220 mm disc.

The KLX230S takes its styling cues from Kawasaki’s line of KX motocross motorcycles, giving the bike an agile, aggressive look to match its trail-riding prowess. A 1.9-gallon fuel tank allows the good times to keep rolling over the course of a long day.

An easy-to-read instrumentation dash is mounted at the center of the handlebars, which includes an ON/OFF button, indicator lamp, low-fuel warning lamp, and FI warning lamp.

Riders can personalize their KLX230S motorcycle to meet their needs, with numerous Kawasaki Genuine Accessories to choose from, such as a skid plate, frame covers, hand covers, tapered handlebars, handlebar pad, and black rims.

The 2022 KLX230S is available in Lime Green with an MSRP of $4,799. The 2022 KLX230S ABS is available in Lime Green and Urban Olive Green/Ebony with an MSRP of $5,099.


Engine Type: 4-Stroke, Air-Cooled, SOHC, 2-Valve Single
Displacement: 233 cc
Bore & Stroke: 67.0 x 66.0 mm
Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
Fuel System: DFI® with 32mm throttle body
Ignition: TCBI with Electronic Advance
Transmission: 6-Speed
Rake/Trail: 27.5°/4.6 in.
Front Wheel Travel: 6.2 in.
Rear Wheel Travel: 6.6 in.
Front Tire Size: 2.75-21
Rear Tire Size: 4.10-18
Front Suspension: 37mm Telescopic Fork
Rear Suspension: New Uni-Trak with Adjustable Preload
Wheelbase: 53.5 in.
Front Brake Type: 265mm (GNFNN)/240mm (HNFNN) Petal Disc
Rear Brake Type: 220mm Petal Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity: 2.0 gal.
Ground Clearance: 8.3 in.
Seat Height: 32.7 in.
Curb Weight: 297.7 (ABS)/295.5 lb.
Warranty: 12 months

2022 Ducati Multistrada V2

2022 Ducati Multistrada V2

Ducati says:

The first episode of the Ducati World Première 2022 web series (https://youtu.be/MBqM0XeDCpw) is dedicated by the Borgo Panigale manufacturer to the world of travel, with the presentation of the new Multistrada V2: the ideal bike to enjoy every route, versatile in everyday use and in the city, always with the sportiness and unmistakable style that characterize every Ducati.

With the Multistrada V2 project, the Borgo Panigale company has worked to further evolve the twin-cylinder of the family of Ducati dual bikes, creating a 360° bike, increasingly intuitive, comfortable, fun and accessible.

The new Multistrada V2 is a technologically advanced motorcycle, with an extremely complete electronic package that represents the perfect gateway into the Ducati tourer universe.

During the development phases of this bike the main points of focus were ergonomics, weight reduction, engine updates and a series of upgrades that follow the philosophy of "continuous improvement."

The design of the Multistrada V2 is elegant and sporty at the same time, perfectly in line with the stylistic and recognizable canons of the Borgo Panigale family of dual bikes. A style characterized by fluid lines, clean surfaces and the characteristic and distinctive balance between the important front volume and the slenderness and lightness of the rear. The Multistrada V2 also features new refined graphics, which show the name of the bike on both sides.

The new Multistrada V2 is equipped with the latest evolution of the 937 cc Testastretta 11° unit. The desmodromic distribution engine, four valves per cylinder, water-cooled, delivers 113 horsepower. This twin-cylinder is very linear, manageable and smooth at low revs, and is equipped with a torque that is always ready and vigorous, which if necessary can release all Ducati’s typical sporty and adrenaline-pumping character. Consistent and robust, the engine has extended maintenance intervals, with an oil change every 9,321 miles (15,000 km) and valve clearance check every 18,641 miles (30,000 km).

The evolution of the Testastretta 11° mounted on the new Multistrada V2 features important improvements: new connecting rods, new 8-disc hydraulic clutch and an updated gearbox, which guarantees greater fluidity and precision in shifting, also facilitating the engagement of neutral. An even more appreciable progress in use in conjunction with the quick shifter, now with a further optimized operating strategy.

The bike's chassis is agile and intuitive, with a 19" front wheel that ensures a smooth, comfortable ride, always with the right level of reactivity and precision. Extremely versatile, the bike is also ideal for urban use, thanks to the effectiveness of the Ducati Skyhook Suspension EVO semi-active suspension system (standard on the S version), which can absorb roughness and unevenness of the ground and always guarantee the ideal set-up of the vehicle, improving safety and comfort.

Important development work has been made on the ergonomics of the bike, to make it more comfortable and more intuitive, able to put any rider at ease in any situation. The height has been reduced to 32.7 inches (830 mm), with a redesigned shape of the saddle which is now narrower and more compact between the rider's legs to allow you to easily touch the ground with your feet thanks to an inseam arch of only 70.5 inches (1790 mm).

These changes provide safety when the bike is stationary and improve confidence when maneuvering at low speed even with a passenger and full cases. Furthermore, in the Ducati Performance catalogue a low seat and a lowered suspension kit are available which, combined, allow you to reach a height of 31.1 inches (790 mm).

The work on the seat also focused on riding comfort: the new shape of the saddle provides a flat area that guarantees the rider freedom of movement in the longitudinal direction, improving the level of comfort and allowing anyone to find the optimal position.

The riding position is now more comfortable with the new foot pegs inherited from the Multistrada V4 which, thanks to a 0.4 inch (10 mm) increase in distance from the seat, ensure the right amount of room also for taller riders, preventing them from bending their legs excessively, and thus allowing a more restful position during long journeys.

Another key area of improvement is the reduction in the bike's weight, which, through work on many elements, has resulted in a reduction of 11 lbs. (5 kg) in weight compared to the Multistrada 950.

The engine update has produced a saving of about 4 lbs. (2 kg), including the clutch (3.3 lbs./ 1.5 kg) and its cover, gearbox drum and connecting rods. Various parts of the vehicle have been lightened, including the mirrors, derived from Multistrada V4, the front brake disc flanges and the rims: the new Multistrada V2 mounts rims derived from the Multistrada V4, which are about 3.7 lbs. (1.7 kg) lighter, thus generating an important improvement in the dynamic behavior of the vehicle. Spoked wheels are also available in the Ducati Performance catalogue, which have been significantly lightened.

The Multistrada V2 is equipped as standard with a state-of-the-art electronic package that offers everything you need to travel in comfort and safety. The package includes ABS Cornering, which guarantees a high degree of safety when braking even when cornering, Vehicle Hold Control, which makes starting on sloping roads easy, Ducati Traction Control, the four Riding Modes (Sport, Touring, Urban, Enduro) completely configurable by the user and the new featured Ducati Brake Light system which, in the event of sudden braking, automatically activates the flashing of the rear light in order to signal the condition of sudden slowing down appropriately.

In the S version the journey becomes 5-star thanks to a benchmark full-optional package for the segment, which sees the addition of the Skyhook electronic suspension, Cruise Control, full-LED headlight equipped with Ducati Cornering Lights function which optimizes the illumination of the roadway based on the lean of the motorcycle, Ducati Quick Shift Up & Down, Hands Free system, a high resolution 5” color TFT dashboard with intuitive interface and backlit handlebar controls.

The color range consists of the classic "Ducati Red" color with black rims, available for both Multistrada V2 and Multistrada V2 S, together with the new "Street Grey" livery with black frame and "GP Red" rims, which can only be ordered for the version S. United States pricing for the Multistrada V2 will begin at an MSRP of $15,295 USD and Canadian pricing $16,995 CAD.

For the Multistrada V2 family there are two trim levels that can be ordered directly from the factory. The Essential trim is available for both Multistrada V2 and Multistrada V2 S, while the Travel trim, with side bags, heated grips and a central stand, can only be ordered for the S version.

The Multistrada V2 will be available in dealerships in the Ducati North America network starting from December 2021. The Ducati Performance catalogue also includes a series of specifically designed accessories to enhance the character and qualities of the Multistrada V2.


Type: Ducati Testastretta, L-Twin cylinder, Desmodromic valvetrain, 4 valves per cylinder, Liquid cooled
Displacement: 937 cc (57.2 cu in)
Bore x Stroke: 94 x 67.5 mm
Compression Ratio: 12.6 : 1
Power: 113 hp (83 kW) @ 9,000 rpm
Torque: 96 Nm (9.8 kgm, 71 lb ft) @ 7,750 rpm 94 Nm (9.6 kgm, 69 lb ft) @ 6,750 rpm**
Fuel Injection: Electronic fuel injection system, Ø 53 mm throttle bodies with Ride-by-Wire system
Exhaust: Stainless steel single muffler, Catalytic converter and 2 lambda probes
Trasmission: Gearbox, 6 speed
Primary drive: Straight cut gears, ratio 1.84 : 1
Ratio: 1=37/15, 2=30/17, 3=28/20, 4=26/22, 5=24/23, 6=23/24
Final drive: Chain, Front sprocket Z15, Rear sprocket Z43
Clutch: Slipper and self-servo wet multiplate clutch with hydraulic control
Chassis: Tubular steel trellis frame
Front suspension: Ø 48 mm fully adjustable usd fork
Front Wheel: Light alloy cast 3.0" x 19"
Front Tyre: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 120/70 ZR 19
Rear suspension: Fully adjustable monoshock, Remote spring preload adjustment, Aluminium double-sided swingarm
Rear Wheel: Light alloy cast 4.5" x 17"
Rear Tyre: Pirelli Scorpion Trail II 170/60 ZR 17
Wheel Travel (Front/Rear): 170 mm / 170 mm (6.7 in / 6.7 in)
Front Brake: 2 x Ø 320 mm aluminum flange semi-floating discs, Radially mounted Brembo monobloc 4-piston 2-pad callipers, Radial Master Cylinder, Cornering ABS
Rear Brake: Ø 265 mm disc, 2-piston Brembo floating calliper, Cornering ABS
Instrumentation: LCD Display
Dimensions and Weights:
Dry Weight: 199 kg (439 lb)
Kerb Weight: 222 kg (489 lb)
Seat Height: 830 mm (32.7 in) (850 mm (33.5 in) with high seat accessory, 810 mm (31.9 in) with low seat accessory, 790 mm (31.1 in) with low seat + low suspension kit accessory)
Wheelbase: 1,594 mm (62.8 in)
Rake: 25°
Trail: 106 mm (4.2 in)
Fuel Tank Capacity: 20 l (5.3 US Gal)
Number of Seats: 2
Safety Equipment:
Riding Modes, Power Modes, Ducati Safety Pack ( Cornering ABS, Ducati Traction Control), Ducati Brake Light, Vehicle Hold Control
Standard Equipment: Self cancelling turn indicators
Provided Equipment: Ready for Ducati Quick Shift up/down, Ducati Multimedia System, Antitheft system
Warranty: 24/48* months, Unlimited mileage. * Only for countries where 4ever Multistrada warranty applies.
Valve Clearance Check: 15,000 km (9,000 miles) / 12 months
Valve Clearance Check (Desmoservice): 30,000 km (18,000 miles)
Emissions and Consumption: Standard Euro 5 CO2 Emissions 137 g/km
Consumption: 5,9 l/100 km

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