The most dramatic changes to the KX250 are the engine, chassis, and front suspension. Kawasaki hasn’t gone to aluminum yet; the 2005 features an all new lightweight steel perimeter frame. The most noteable change in the chassis is the decrease in steering rake from 27° to 26°. Coupled with the narrower frame, the 2005 KX should have improvements to its steering and cornering. The 249cc motor includes an all new KIPS® system resulting in smoother, more linear power, and the front suspension is changed with new twin-chamber Kayaba forks. The rider ergos received some improvements, too with a new seat, revised handlebar bend and higher footpegs.
Overall, the KX is a completely new machine with some exciting changes. To read more about the Kawasaki KX250 and other 2005 models, pick up a September issue of Dirt Rider Magazine.