VIDEO: 2016 Kawasaki KX250F, Dirt Rider 250F Motocross Shootout

Last year the Kawasaki got third overall, but this year the 2016 KX250F slipped a position to fourth overall (3rd Runner Up) in the 2016 Dirt Rider 250F MX Shootout.

Last year the Kawasaki got third overall, but this year the 2016 KX250F slipped a position to fourth overall (3rd Runner Up) in the 2016 Dirt Rider 250F MX Shootout. The 2016 KX-F had zero performance changes from the ’15 model.

The Kawasaki’s engine is a do-all powerplant with good power from bottom to top and with nicely snappy throttle response. It has the best overrev of the Japanese engines and torque to pull a taller gear where some engines can’t. It’s a versatile engine but it is never amazing. For racing or riding various tracks, this could be exactly what you want. The Kawi has minimal compressing braking, which many riders liked.

The KYB SFF coil spring fork got complaints of being harsh and then blowing through without enough bottoming resistance. Compounding the suspension issues, the shock was well-liked but its setting and spring rate is unbalanced against the fork; most riders felt the fork bottomed too easily. The suspension did settle nicely in corners, and the front/rear imbalance was less pronounced in high speed and choppy conditions than in the tight and jumpy conditions.

The KX-F is stable in a straight line and likes to be steered with the rear way more than any other 2016 250F. Riders who praised the turning felt that the bike was nimble and precise on entrances but also commented that it took some commitment to keep it railed. The Kawasaki is engineered for on-the-throttle power driving around corners.

WHY IT SHOULD WIN

The broad power and snappy throttle response are really good and the bike has great stability. It does not require suspension adjustments from track to track.

WHY IT DIDN'T WIN

It’s vanilla where the other bikes all have more personality. It’s too loud and has been for too many years.