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2024 Kawasaki KLX300 and KLX300SM | First Look Review

2024 Kawasaki KLX300 in Lime Green

The Kawasaki KLX300 dual-sport and the KLX300SM supermoto were introduced in 2021 to replace the KLX250. Both models are powered by a 292cc DOHC liquid-cooled four-valve fuel-injected single borrowed from the KLX300R off-road bike. The 2024 Kawasaki KLX300 and KLX300SM get updated styling and bodywork, plus some new lighting.

2024 Kawasaki KLX300SM in Battle Gray

When we reviewed the 2021 versions of both models, we found them to be capable and user-friendly machines that would make great companions for beginner riders. We appreciated the low- to mid-range torque of the new engine, as well as the fuel injection and riding position.

2024 Kawasaki KLX300

2024 Kawasaki KLX300 in Camo Gray

The 2024 Kawasaki dual-sport is the more off-road capable of the two models and features a 21-inch front wheel and 18-inch rear wheel with Dunlop dual-purpose tires. It has a 43mm inverted fork with compression damping adjustability and 10 inches of travel. A Uni-Trak suspension with preload adjustability provides 9.1 inches of travel. Brakes consist of a 2-piston caliper and a 250mm disc up front and a 1-piston caliper with a 240mm disc in the rear.

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Updates to the Kawasaki KLX300 for model year 2024 include a newly designed front cowl and a new LED headlight. The front fender design has also been updated for a sportier look. A new LED taillight is tucked into the rear fender for a cleaner appearance and better protection. Kawasaki also gave the KLX300 a two-toned seat cover for 2024.

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2024 Kawasaki KLX300SM

2024 Kawasaki KLX300SM in Phantom Blue

The KLX300SM is the road-oriented version, featuring 17-inch front and rear wheels, a larger 300mm front brake disc (compared to 240mm on the KLX300), and a shorter seat height of 33.9 inches (compared to 35.2 inches on the KLX300). Other ways in which the KLX300SM differs from the dual-sport are an inch less front and rear travel, street-oriented IRC Road Winner tires, and a shorter wheelbase.

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Updates to the Kawasaki KLX300SM are similar to those of the KLX300, included updated fenders, the compact LED headlight, and a new taillight. The KLX300SM also receives the two-toned seat.

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The 2024 Kawasaki KLX300 will be available in Lime Green and Battle Gray for $6,199, and the Cypher Camo Gray colorway will cost $6,399. The 2024 Kawasaki KLX300SM will be available in Battle Gray and Phantom Blue for $6,599. Visit Kawasaki’s website for more information.

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