2020 Kawasaki KLX230R Guide

2020 Kawasaki KLX230R

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2020 Kawasaki KLX230R:

Kawasaki’s all-new KLX®230R off-road motorcycle has been purpose-built for serious fun in the dirt; with priority placed on both its engine and frame design. Taking cues from the KX™ line and Kawasaki’s racing heritage, the 2020 off-road motorcycle has been designed to ensure that there is an affordable, capable, and durable motorcycle in the KLX lineup for every rider in the family, to get out and enjoy the trails with confidence.


The KLX230R was designed and built to be a lightweight and easily maneuverable motorcycle for a wide range of riders. Utilizing a simple, air-cooled engine design, along with an easy handling perimeter frame, the KLX230 is compact and balanced resulting in optimal trail performance and fun.


The powerful 233 cc fuel-injected, air-cooled four-stroke engine and compact steel perimeter frame are matched with full-size wheels, long-travel suspension, ample ground clearance, and large diameter front and rear disc brakes, all contributing to the off-road capability of the KLX230R. The motorcycle also features KX-inspired styling and ergonomics for agile handling in a variety of conditions.


Designed for Light and Manoeuvrable Dirt-Fueled Fun

The KLX230R was designed from the start with trail riding in mind. The all-new 233cc  air-cooled, 4-stroke Single engine delivers ample low-mid range torque and is suitable for tough terrain. The new compact perimeter frame offers the handling stability needed for confident trail riding, while superior ground clearance and suspension travel enhance off-road capability.



2020 Kawasaki KLX230R Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
  • ALL-NEW 233 cc fuel-injected, air-cooled, four-stroke engine
  • ALL-NEW steel perimeter frame
  • ALL-NEW long travel suspension
  • ALL-NEW large diameter wheels (21”/18”)




2020 Kawasaki KLX230R Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits


  • ALL-NEW 233 cc fuel-injected, air-cooled four-stroke engine
  • ALL-NEW electric start
  • ALL-NEW six speed transmission


The four-stroke air-cooled single cylinder engine offers  smooth, reliable and durable performance in a compact package. The engine has a bore and stroke of 67.0 x 66.0 mm, with a displacement of 233 cc. The long-stroke offers robust low-mid range torque for smooth and easy handling. A simple SOHC two-valve design was chosen for an easy-to-use power character and reliability.


Fuel injection ensures consistent fuel delivery regardless of outside air temperature or elevation. It also enables the use of an electric starter, for easy starting at the push of a button, whether the engine is hot or cold, and contributes to clean emissions. The fuel injection system utilizes a 32 mm throttle body, which delivers precise response. Exhaust pipe length was selected to contribute to the engine’s low-mid range performance. To match the aggressive off-road look of the KX-inspired bodywork, the exhaust features a tapered silencer with an oval cross-section.


A smooth-shifting six-speed transmission offers a gear for every type of condition on the trails, while also allowing for more comfortable cruising on long open straightaways. A short final gear ratio (46/13) was selected, enabling riders to continue moving forward even when navigating challenging trails.




  • ALL-NEW steel perimeter frame
  • ALL-NEW 37 mm telescopic long travel fork
  • ALL-NEW Uni-Trak® long travel suspension


Built from the start for dirt-riding, the all-new high-tensile steel perimeter frame offers the optimal handling needed for enjoyable trail riding by a wide range of riders. By designing the engine and frame together, engineers were able to achieve a low engine height, ideal chassis rigidity balance, and a low center of gravity, all in a compact chassis. The short  53.5” wheelbase combined with the high 11.8” ground clearance contributes to the bike’s  maneuverability, allowing riders to more easily navigate the trail.


A large, 37 mm diameter telescopic fork handles suspension duties up front; equipped with 9.8” of travel suspension offers more rider control in a variety of terrain. At the rear, new Uni-Trak® rear suspension with 9.9” of wheel travel provides great road holding ability and bump absorption. The single rear shock absorber with pressurized nitrogen gas is adjustable for preload, allowing riders to set the bike up for their weight.




  • ALL-NEW large diameter wheels
  • ALL-NEW large diameter disc brakes
  • ALL-NEW KX™-type rear master cylinder


Full-size aluminum wheels, measuring 21” at the front and 18” at the rear, help riders navigate  trails, greatly contributing to trail-riding performance.


The KLX230R motorcycle comes equipped with petal disc brakes, front and rear, which provide sure stopping power. A 240 mm front disc gripped by a twin-piston caliper offers strong, easy-to-control braking. Slowing the rear, a lightweight, KX-type, rear master cylinder with a unitized reservoir and single-piston caliper grips a 220 mm disc.




  • ALL-NEW low seat height
  • ALL-NEW KX™-inspired ergonomics


The frame, seat, and tank of the KLX230R motorcycle were designed with a combination of form and function in mind, making the frame easy to grip with the legs, offering superior chassis control. Thanks to the compact design of the KLX230R, a seat height of 36.4” was achieved.


Similar to the KX lineup of motorcycles, the flat design of the tank and seat give the rider greater freedom of movement when changing riding positions, and facilitates sitting farther forward. In addition to trail riding, comfort was also a consideration when deciding the seat shape and thickness. The seams between the shrouds, seat, and side covers all fit flush, making it much easier for the rider to move around on the bike.




  • ALL-NEW KX™-inspired styling
  • ALL-NEW instrumentation


The KLX230R takes its styling cues from Kawasaki’s line of KX motocross motorcycles, which gives the bike an agile, aggressive look to match its trail-riding prowess. A 1.9 gallon fuel tank allows the good times to keep rolling over the course of a long day.


An easy-to-read instrumentation dash is mounted at the center of the handlebars, which includes an ON/OFF button, indicator lamp, low-fuel warning lamp, and FI warning lamp.


The California model is Green Sticker compliant, allowing it to be ridden off road year round. Instead of an ON/OFF button, California models feature a key-type ignition cylinder and an on ON/OFF indicator lamp. The steel fuel tank has a 1.98 gallon capacity and is equipped with a lockable cap and meets strict environmental regulations.



Riders can personalize their KLX230R motorcycle to meet their needs, with numerous Kawasaki Genuine Accessories  to choose from, such as: skid plate, frame covers, hand covers, fat-type handlebars, handlebar pad, and black alumite rims.



2020 Kawasaki KLX230R – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4399 USD
Canada MSRP Price: $4999 CDN
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)



4-stroke, 1-cylinder, SOHC, air-cooled



Bore x Stroke

67.0 x 66.0mm

Compression Ratio


Fuel System

DFI w/32mm Throttle Body


TCBI Electronic Advance


Six-speed with wet multi-disc manual clutch

Final Drive



Front Suspension / Wheel Travel

37mm telescopic fork/9.8 in

Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel

Uni-Trak® linkage system and single shock with preload adjustability/9.9 in

Front Tire


Rear Tire


Front Brakes

Single 240mm petal disc with a dual-piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 220mm petal disc with single-piston caliper


Frame Type

High-tensile steel perimeter


26.5°/4.4 in

Overall Length

80.5 in

Overall Width

33.1 in

Overall Height

47.2 in

Ground Clearance

11.8 in

Seat Height

36.2 in

Curb Weight

253.6 lb / 258 lb. CA model**

Fuel Capacity

1.7 gal


53.5 in

Color Choices

Lime Green


6 Months

Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)

12, 24, or 36 months

**Curb weight includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90 percent capacity) and tool kit (if supplied). When equipped, California evaporative emissions equipment adds approximately 2.2 lb.

KAWASAKI CARES: Read Owner’s Manual and all on-product warnings. Always wear a helmet, eye protection and proper apparel. Never ride under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Adhere to the maintenance schedule in your Owner’s Manual. ©2019 Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A.

Specifications subject to change.




2020 Kawasaki KLX230R – Totalmotorcycle.com  Canadian Specifications/Technical Details


Displacement 233cc
Type 4-stroke, Single
Bore and stroke 67 x 66 mm
Cooling Air
Compression ratio 9.4:1
Valve system SOHC, 2 valves
Fuel system Fuel injection (32 x 1)
Ignition B&C (TCBI EL. ADV. D.)
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)
Starting Electric


Front: type Single 240 mm petal disc
Front: calipers Dual-piston caliper
Rear: type Single 220 mm petal disc
Rear: calipers Single-piston caliper


Overall length 2,045 mm
Overall width 840 mm
Overall height 1,200 mm
Wheelbase 1360 mm
Ground clearance 300 mm
Seat height 925 mm
Curb mass** 115 kg (253.5 lbs.)
Fuel capacity 6.6 litres (1.5 gal.)


Transmission 6-speed
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 2.871 (89/31)
Gear ratio: 1st 3.000 (39/13)
Gear ratio: 2nd 2.067 (31/15)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.556 (28/18)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.261 (29/23)
Gear ratio: 5th 1.040 (26/25)
Gear ratio: 6th 0.852 (23/27)
Final reduction ratio 3.538 (46/13)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual


Type Perimeter, high-tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 250 mm
Tire: front 80/100-21 51M
Wheel travel: rear 251 mm
Tire: rear 100/100-18 59M
Caster (rake) 26.5°
Trail 113 mm


Suspension, front 37 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear New Uni Trak with adjustable preload


Warranty 6 months warranty




2020 Kawasaki KLX230R – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details




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