Standard Features


Nimble Explorer Does Double Duty as an Efficient Commuter

When adventure takes riders off the beaten path, the KLX250S is the right tool for the job. Built for both on- and off-road use, the light and nimble KLX250S is an ideal ride for dual-sporting fun. Its efficient single-cylinder engine is perfect for maneuvering through urban traffic or exploring the trails. No matter where the journey leads, it’s enhanced by the KLX’s long-travel suspension, impressive maneuverability and reliable liquid-cooled engine.


Model Year
Starting at MSRP


86.6 in.
47.4 in.
32.3 in.
297.7 lbs.
Ground Clearance
11.2 in.
56.3 in.
Seat Height
35 in.


4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve, 1-cylinder
249 cc
Bore x Stroke
72 x 61.2 mm
Compression Ratio
Keihin CVK34
Fuel Tank Capacity
2 gal.
Digital CDI


Final Drive


Front: 250 mm semi-floating petal disc with 2-piston hydraulic caliper
Rear: 240 mm petal disc with 1-piston hydraulic caliper
Front: 80/100 x 21
Rear: 100/100 x 18


Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Front: 43 mm inverted cartridge fork with 16-way compression damping adjustment; 10 in. travel
Rear: UNI-TRAK® with adjustable preload, 16-way compression and rebound damping adjustment; 9.1 in. travel
4.1 in.


Lime Green
Red available only in California

Standard Features

Key Features
 On- and off-road capability means maximum versatility  
 249 cc engine is liquid-cooled for long engine life  
 Adjustable 43 mm fork offers excellent rigidity and consistent damping  
 Adjustable Uni-Trak® rear suspension helps ensure a smooth ride and great handling  
 Fully digital instrumentation has easy-to-read speedometer and tachometer  
 Starting is easy with push-button electric start  
 6-speed transmission provides the right gear for any situation  
 Brakes feature petal-style discs for superior stopping power  
Single-cylinder 249 cc DOHC Engine
 Compact engine design is lightweight and high revving, with a broad torque curve  
 Good mass centralization for superior handling  
 Flat-top piston and pentroof combustion chamber deliver an 11:1 compression ratio  
 Lightweight piston, piston pin and connecting rod enable higher revs for maximum power  
 Aluminum cylinder features electrofusion coating, which allows a tight clearance between piston and cylinder for greater horsepower and increased engine life thanks to superior heat transfer and lubrication retention properties  
 A gear-driven engine balancer provides smooth power delivery from idle to redline  
 Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow, to boost low-end torque while providing improved high-rpm breathing efficiency for more power  
 34 mm semi-flat slide Keihin CVK carburetor delivers the optimum amount of fuel at all rpm, resulting in improved throttle response, greater power and excellent fuel economy  
 Meets strict CARB regulations, so it’s available in all 50 states  
Liquid Cooling
 Dual high-capacity, vertical-flow Denso radiators provide reliable and efficient engine cooling  
 Radiators feature tightly packed cores and a fin design for excellent heat dispersion  
 More consistent engine temperatures allow tighter engine clearances for quieter running and sustained power, while promoting longer engine life  
 Cooling fan is powered by a shallow-footprint electric motor  
Electric Starting
 Quick and easy push-button starting  
 Kawasaki Automatic Compression Release (KACR) automatically lifts one of the exhaust valves at cranking rpm, for reduced starting effort  
Exhaust System
 Secondary air system helps provide clean emissions  
 USFS-approved spark arrestor lets the KLX™250S access designated off-road public riding areas  
Six-speed Transmission
 Allows engine’s full potential to be used  
 Provides excellent acceleration as well as relaxed highway cruising  
Inverted Front Forks
 43 mm inverted cartridge fork offers excellent rigidity and consistent damping performance; 10 in. wheel travel means straight-line stability, great handling and a low seat height  
 16-way compression damping adjustment allows tuning for differences in rider weight and terrain  
Uni-Trak® Rear Suspension
 9.1 in. of rear wheel travel for straight-line stability, great handling and a low seat height  
 Progressive linkage rate provides a smooth ride and excellent bottoming resistance  
 The gas-charged remote-reservoir shock features 16-way adjustable compression and rebound damping  
Diamond Frame
 Lightweight, high-tensile steel for amazing rigidity  
 No downtubes, for lower engine placement and lower center of gravity as well as ample ground clearance  
 Lightweight, aluminum D-section swingarm is highly rigid and reduces unsprung weight  
 KX™ racing-type chain adjusters allow precise adjustment to minimize drivetrain power losses  
Petal-shaped Disc Brakes
 Front and rear disc brakes offer impressive stopping performance  
 Twin-piston caliper grips a 250 mm petal-shaped disc up front  
 240 mm rear petal-shaped disc for great power, feel and feedback  
Wheels and Tires
 Fat, 4 mm spokes for greater off-road durability  
 Tires with small tread blocks for longer tire life and increased grip on asphalt  
Enhanced Ergonomics
 KLX-spec handlebar for a more relaxed position and effortless control  
 Footpegs are positioned close to the bike’s centerline  
 KLX-spec seat shape and foam make it easier to change seating position  
Narrow Fuel Tank
 Narrow tank design gives riders maximum comfort and control without sacrificing capacity  
Digital Instrumentation
 All-digital instrument console gives at-a-glance information, including a digital bar graph tachometer, digital speedometer, clock, and dual trip meters  
 Aggressive headlight and front fender design  
 2-piece radiator shrouds styled like the KX motocrossers  
 Rear fender is a 2-piece unit featuring a sharp taillight design that offers great visibility and further contributes to the KLX’s aggressive styling  


Lime Green

Red (available only in California)
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