In terms of peak horsepower, Kawasaki’s KX250 has produced some competitive numbers on the dyno since 2020. It’s also been critiqued for a lack of low-end grunt since then, a side effect of the Japanese manufacturer putting so much emphasis on high-rpm power.
What hasn’t changed over the years (even prior to 2020) on the quarter-liter green machine is its light-feeling engine character and quick throttle response. In the case of the 2024 model, Team Green’s 250cc four-stroke motocross bike cranks out 41.0 hp and 18.7 lb.-ft. of torque at the rear wheel when run on our in-house Dynojet 250i rear-wheel dynamometer.
“I like the linear feel of the KX250′s power, but it could use some more overall grunt to put it as a front-runner in the engine department,” test rider Michael Wicker said. “Also, its EFI map changing system is outdated with the couplers.”