Kawasaki KLX230 goes to SuMo in 2023 | KLX230SM

2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM

Kawasaki’s value-focused KLX230 will arrive as a supermoto in 2023, namely the KLX230SM, with ABS, street rubber and priced at $7,494 for the Lime Green version plus road charges. Ebony-colored bikes command a $100 premium.

2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM in Lime Green

The 2023 KLX230SM is also available at dealerships now, so there’s no need to wait if you want to check one out in person or get your name on one.

2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM in Ebony
2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM in Ebony

The KLX230SM uses 17-inch spoke wheels coated in 110/70 and 120/70 road rubber with bigger brakes than its predecessor. Compared to Kawasaki’s 150cc options, the 230 has wider rims, with a 3.00 front and 3.50 rear.

It’s a 300mm front and 220mm rear, with a dual-piston caliper and single-piston unit respectively. ABS is standard equipment, although it’s now a requirement on all Australian-registered bikes, so that’s no surprise.

17-inch wheels are fitted to the KLX230SM
17-inch wheels are fitted to the KLX230SM

The suspension has also been tweaked to suit more road-oriented needs, with 37mm forks and a new Uni Trak rear shock, with adjustable preload.

Stiffer springs and reduced travel are the result, with 204mm of front travel compared to 220 on the dual-sport KLX230, with the rear offering 168mm of travel, compared to 223mm on the dual-sport.

2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM
The suspension is also tweaked for road use

As a result, Kawasaki promises less brake dive on the forks, while the rear will obviously also be sportier.

On the performance front, we also see some small tweaks again, with the ECU settings increasing lower fast idle when warming up and revised settings for higher altitudes. The fuel injection map is also tweaked for colder weather, delivering better throttle response according to Kawasaki.

There are no huge engine updates or modifications

Power is 14 kW (19 bhp) at 5600 rpm, with 19.8 Nm of torque at 6100 rpm from the air-cooled single-cylinder four-stroke. Compression is a low 9.4:1 and displacement is 233cc. A six-speed gearbox mates with a wet multi-plate clutch.

A smaller rear sprocket was also used to match the smaller wheels, and the generator capacity was reduced, with the LED headlight having a much smaller requirement in comparison.

A smaller rear sprocket is run, alongside ABS
A smaller rear sprocket is run, alongside ABS

The footrests have also been replaced by footrests with rubber pads for better comfort.

Styling changes include the already mentioned LED headlight, which is compact, with a large sporty front fender, blacked out engine and blacked out frame, swingarm, bars and rims.

A seat height of 845 mm is high for the LAMS category but low for a dual sport or sumo
A seat height of 845 mm is high for the LAMS category but low for a dual sport or sumo

A range of accessories are also available, with a skid plate, hand covers, frame protectors, fat type handlebars, gold rims, helmet lock, rear rack and more.

The saddle height is 845mm, which isn’t bad for this style of bike, but still a bit tall compared to many LAMS machines. The weight is a very friendly 135 kg, with a fuel capacity of 7.5 litres.

The 135kg wet also leaves the KLX230SM well placed for new riders
The 135kg wet also leaves the KLX230SM well placed for new riders

As mentioned, the 2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM is available from dealerships now, for $7,594 for the ebony and $7,494 for the lime version, though you have to add delivery and road charges to the ride price. Check the Kawasaki Australia website for more information.

2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM Specifications

2023 Kawasaki KLX230SM Specifications
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke single cylinder
valve system SOHC, 2 valves
bore x stroke 67.0×66.0mm
Shift 233cc
Compression Ratio 9.4:1
Fuel reserve Fuel Injection: ø32mm x 1
Lubricating System Forced lubrication, wet sump
Starting system Electric
Firing system digita
Max. Powerful 14.0 kW {19 PS} / 7,600 min-1
Max. couple 19.8 N m {2.0 kgƒ m} / 6100 min-1
Driving system Chain
Transmission 6 speed, return
Gear Ratios: 1st 3,000 (39/13)
2nd 2.067 (31/15)
3rd 1.556 (28/18)
4th 1.261 (29/23)
5th 1.040 (26/25)
6th 0.852 (23/27)
Primary reduction ratio 2.871 (89/31)
Final reduction ratio 3.071 (43/14)
Clutch type (primary) Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame Perimeter, high tensile steel
Front suspension Inverted fork ø37 mm
Rear suspension New Uni Trak with adjustable preload
Forward trip 204 millimeters
back travel 168 millimeters
Trail (rake angle) 26.5°
Track 86 millimeters
Steering angle 45°
Tires 110/70-17M/C 54P, 120/70-17M/C 58P
Front brake Single semi-floating petal disc ø300 mm, Bi-piston
Rear brake Single petal disc ø220 mm, Monopiston
Total length 2,050 millimeters
Total width 835 millimeters
Total height 1,120 millimeters
Wheelbase 1,375 millimeters
Ground clearance 230 millimeters
Seat height 845 millimeters
Empty weight 135 kilograms
Fuel tank capacity 7.5 liters

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