Last Wednesday, we met with Kawasaki off of Ortega Highway for a day of riding the latest model to their KLX lineup; the 2017 Kawasaki KLX140G. The 144cc machine features full-size 21” front and 18” rear wheels; larger wheels on any mini bike will make the motorcycle feel more stable. It’s obvious the engineers worked to make this bike friendlier to new riders by shaving off the heavyweight feeling that most bikes in class have. This bike stacks up against the Yamaha TT-R230 and Honda CRF230F with the aforementioned wheel size, yet weighs over 30-lbs less (according to Kawasaki’s figures) than its competitors. Power to weight ratio may be something to look into here. The Kawasaki feels light and nimble, it’s fun at the push of a button (electric start only). Though electric start is fairly reliable on modern bikes these days, don’t venture off too far the beaten path if you fancy a kickstarter as a backup plan since there is not one on this motorcycle.