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Cycle News 2020 Issue 30 July 30

Cycle News is a weekly magazine that covers all aspects of motorcycling including Supercross, Motocross and MotoGP as well as new motorcycles

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VOLUME 57 ISSUE 30 JULY 28, 2020 P83 We wouldn't say any 450cc motocrosser is "user-friendly," but the new KX450 is getting pretty darn close. K awasaki didn't leave a washer unturned with its prized motocrosser, the KX450, giving it a hydraulic clutch—a first for a Japanese-built motocross bike—an all-new motor with a new exhaust system and a redesigned valve train that features road-race-inspired fin- ger followers, also giving it a signifi- cantly updated chassis with a new coil-spring fork that replaced the previous pneumatic fork. But all that happened in 2019 when Kawasaki dropped the "F" in KX450F. Since then, the KX450 has seen little changes. In fact, it didn't get any updates at all in 2020 and only a few in 2021. But the changes that its Supercross championship-winning KX450 did get sound good to us and should make a difference on the track—for the better. Recently, Kawasaki gave us the keys to the 2021 KX450 to find out. IT'S ALL ABOUT FEEL BY CHRIS SIEBENHAAR PHOTOGRAPHY BY KIT PALMER KAWASAKI TAKES AIM AT COMFORT

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