The four-stroke, entry level dirt bike class has traditionally been dominated by Honda, and, more recently, Yamaha. This booming segment of the motorcycle market is seeing displacements move above 100cc. For 2002, both Kawasaki and Suzuki introduce new, entry level, off-road, four-stroke models displacing over 100cc, including the Kawasaki KLX110 and the Suzuki DR-Z125.
The KLX110 is for those just learning to use a multi-speed transmission, and it contains a semi-automatic transmission, with a centrifugal clutch.
According to Kawasaki, the KLX110 has a very smooth, user-friendly power output, and features a unique, screw-type throttle limiter mounted on the handle bar, which allows parents to control power output “with a simple turn of a screw.”
The three-speed, semi-automatic transmission of the KLX110, and the large displacement (for a bike in this class) means riders can ride around at a walking speed, or gain a pretty good pace in third gear. Modern graphics should be popular with the future motocrossers in the pee wee crowd.
The DR-Z125 from Suzuki features a traditional, five-speed transmission, and comes in both shorter wheel size (14/17 inch) and larger wheel size (16/19 inch). This bike has an entirely new frame designed specifically for this model, and a disc brake in front on the larger wheeled “L” model. Technically, the DR-Z125 and 125L are 2003 models.
The Kawasaki KLX110 carries an MSRP of $1,699, and should be available now at your Kawasaki dealer. Details on the KLX110 can be found here on Kawasaki’s web site.
The DR-Z125 and 125L should be available next Spring at an MSRP to be announced by Suzuki. Details on the DR-Z125 and 125L can be found here on Suzuki’s web site.