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Nice article from Cycle World about the 2010 KX450F


Last year, the KX450F came out guns a blazin', joining Suzuki and Honda with fuel-injection, and nearly knocking Big Red's CRF450R off its high horse (eight consecutive CW Ten Best wins). You would think that the comprehensive redesign the KX received last year would get it through more than one model year, but it just doesn't work that way in the MX world. So for 2010, Kawi has once again dramatically updated its big Thumper. Among the major changes are a bridged-box (slipper-type) piston, new crankshaft, camshaft, clutch, ECU, radiators and exhaust. And that's just the engine! The chassis got a new fork assembly, shock, swingarm, chain, brakes, front fender, firmer seat and Bridgestone tires.

As it turned out, there was no reason to fear the big 450F. The combination of the open and flowing Pala track, its loamy soil and the bike's forgiving nature made the KX450F a perfect choice. Power-sapping straits, a third-gear-pinned step-up jump and some rather long tabletops, meant that I was actually able to use a lot more of the bike's power than I expected. Without riding the KX back-to-back with the competition it's difficult to make comparisons, but bottom- to midrange power delivery was strong exiting corners while the top-end felt more than impressive. Shift action from the five-speed gearbox was crisp and positive and I never mis-shifted or hit a false neutral during our test. The new clutch not only had excellent feel but helped put the power down very effectively when snapping out of turns.

But what really makes the KX450F a nice ride is the chassis. The DLC (Diamond-Like Carbon), AOS (Air-Oil Separate) Kayaba fork and new shock, swingarm and linkage provided a plush ride on what was, okay, a smooth, well-prepped track. We'll send kid Dudek somewhere rougher for a better evaluation, but us old guys will take smooth every time! Another trait that I really liked was that the big KX was very easy to steer into tight inside ruts. The bike handled with crisp precision and never had a tendency to run wide or turn sluggishly. I didn't have reason to mess with suspension clickers all day; the bike tracked through straightaway ruts quite well, never kicked or did anything unruly off of jump faces, stayed planted in mid-corner and jump landings were only harsh when I failed to downside a few of them early in the morning (rider error!). The $8049 KX450F feels like a contender for the crown again; who knows, maybe 2010 is the year we see Green instead of Red.
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Interesting read.
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I'm looking forward to taking one of there for a test ride this coming year...
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I want one bad, but can't justify the coin drop right now. Wife is on my rear right now with the new toy additions I have added in the last couple months. H3 hummer, Walter P22 with Silencer, Full Auto SKS with 1000 rds ammo and 4 30 rd clips. She said I only think about myself! Hell, I took her to eat at my fav resturant twice in the last month. The waitresses are topless... What else she want????
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Ohhh, I could think of a few things she might want there Pee Wee...
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PEEWEE?!?!? Yu better ck that with the old SailorGriz if hes still kickin. He said short of that 50 cal we wuz shootin in the front yard IT was the most impressive thing he saw down here.... Why u think the old lady puts up with all my shiz and toys and bad behavior.... Yep, its got some nicks and dents and a little road rash here and there but I can still open and shut the door on the shed!!!
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I think what we all want to know now is why we should be asking Sailorgriz about your peewee? What ever happened at your ride, stays at your ride and now your local doctor's office..
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Holy sh...Is nothing sacred around here?

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U know how when you get to drinkin and gotta go u just go! He came around the corner and thought I was holdin one dem watermouthcottenheads and took off running! Good thing too! it was ready to bite somebody!!! And no, not much sacred down here in AR!
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U know how when you get to drinkin and gotta go u just go! He came around the corner and thought I was holdin one dem watermouthcottenheads and took off running! Good thing too! it was ready to bite somebody!!! And no, not much sacred down here in AR!

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