Kawasaki reveals 2014 ATV lineup
July 12, 2013
Kawasaki’s 2014 ATV models include the KFX sport machines as well as the Brute Force sport-utility ATVs.
The KFX450R (above) features electric start, an agile chassis and extended A-arm front suspension, fuel injections, an aluminum frame and lightweight components. It also has strong, tapered, Renthal Fatbar that allows for excellent leverage and nimble handling.
The KFX450R’s five-speed manual transmission includes an unobtrusive reverse gear system. Thanks to the KFX’s lightweight aluminum frame, total unit weight is no more than a steel frame without reverse. The convenience of the reverse gear is evident to riders who can quickly and easily extricate themselves from first turn chaos, trail bottlenecks or any other on-track incident, using the normal shift lever plus a convenient handlebar mounted lock-out lever.
The front suspension design mounts lengthy lower A-arms to a single box-section lower frame tube, paired with dual-rate front springs for excellent rough-terrain handling. In the rear, an adjustable shock with low- and high-speed compression and rebound damping adjustability is mated to a cast aluminum swingarm.
For riders age 12 and older who have outgrown their 50cc ATV or are just beginning to enjoy the trails with mom and dad, the 2014 KFX90 offers the perfect mix of strength and safety. With a fully automatic transmission that is easy to operate and start via an electronic push-button ignition, full suspension and styling inspired by its race-oriented big brother, the KFX90 is the ideal machine to nurture riders' abilities on the track or in the woods.
Family-friendly features including full floorboards to protect riders’ feet and parental controls to limit top speed will keep parents smiling almost as much as their kids.
Parents can relax in knowing that the KFX90’s ignition switch prevents unauthorized use without the key. Even after parents hand over the key once the homework is done, they can still exercise control over the KFX90’s available performance via the throttle limiting screw and removable CVT speed-limiting collar. Such intelligent features allow the ATV’s maximum speed to be tuned to match a rider’s ability.
The KFX90 is also equipped with premium features like electric starting, a single-shock rear suspension, independent A-arm front suspension, and a single rear disc brake, supplemented by dual front drum brakes.
When young riders age 6 and older are looking to start riding ATVs with the rest of the family, their parents should look at getting the 2014 KFX50. With an air-cooled, four-stroke engine balanced on a wide 27.6-inch stance, Kawasaki’s introductory ATV helps young learners build a solid foundation for years of safe riding.
It also offers intelligent parental control features, full floorboards to protect feet, easy electric starting and beginner-friendly performance.
Plus, the KFX50 features an adjustable throttle stop, CVT transmission with centrifugal clutch, speed limiter and lanyard safety switch for increased parental control while the riders build their skill levels. Once riders are confident enough to operate the KFX50 on their own, parents can still retain control over its operation, since the keyed ignition helps prevent any unauthorized use before the chores are done.
For sport-utility riders, the Brute Force 750 4x4i EPS Realtree APG HD ATV (below) features a super-strong 749cc V-twin engine, continuously variable transmission, four-wheel independent suspension and Electric Power Steering system. Premium Realtree bodywork and blacked-out, six-spoke, cast aluminum wheels are ideal for hunters who value stealth above all else.
The machine also features dual-range four-wheel drive and a highly maneuverable chassis.
Kawasaki’s Brute Force 300 features a liquid-cooled, 271cc four-stroke engine. This responsive powerplant complements the sturdy chassis, making for efficient work and effortless adventuring.
A continuously variable transmission is partnered with a centrifugal clutch to help route power to the rear wheels. The optimal CVT ratios suit a wide range of conditions and help provide just the right amount of engine braking. This integrated system simplifies the process of slowing down and reduces stress when negotiating tricky downhill trails.
Hydraulically activated triple disc brakes, one disc for each front wheel and a third fitted to the rear axle, allow for maximum braking power. All three 180mm discs are squeezed by single-piston calipers that can be operated through convenient handlebar-mounted levers, the rear brake can also be modulated with a convenient right-side foot pedal.
For more info, go to www.kawasaki.com.
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