The fun doesn't have to stop at pavement boundaries when riding Kawasaki's D-tracker 250. This lightweight Super Motard style motorcycle is at home on the pavement and always ready for your next adventure. Now, thanks to significant updates that saw refinements made everywhere from its improved braking prowess to its aggressively styled bodywork, the 2008 Kawasaki D-tracker 250 is more fun than ever. With the worldwide introduction at the 2007 Tokyo Motorshow, the Kawasaki D-Tracker 250 with almost 40 horsepower, is set to impress the motorcycle press.
A compact, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-valve, single-cylinder 249cc displacement engine, the Kawasaki D-tracker 250 features convenient electric-starting. Kawasaki uses for this bike a engine with a large 72mm bore and 61mm stroke, producing a compression ration of 11:1. The engine is mounted beneath a lightweight, semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel perimeter frame to deliver a low center of gravity and enhanced maneuvering on tight trails.
A gear-driven engine balancer means reduced engine vibration for greater comfort and less fatigue on longer rides. The latest technology used for the electronic Fuel Injection system boosts throttle response and contributes to improved power. It also helps to provide increased fuel economy.
Further refinements appear in the 6-speed transmission. Closer ratios between 5th and 6th gear enhance the Kawasaki D-tracker 250 high-speed Super Motard, sportbike capabilities, while a reshaped shift cam offers a more positive shift feel and promotes firmer gear engagement.
Negotiating modern city traffic also highlights another modern reality 'heat. The incorporation of lightweight, high-capacity Denso radiators and a shallow-footprint cooling fan is an ample solution to deal with potential heat issues.
The rake was increased a degree to 27.5 to boost straight-line stability, which is further enhanced by the rigid square-section frame. Thanks to its short wheelbase, the stability improvements didn't sacrifice any of the D-tracker 250S outstanding nimbleness or turning aptitude. At the other end of the chassis, a new lightweight high-grade aluminum swingarm employs a highly-rigid D-shaped cross section and features new racing-type chain adjusters for precise chain adjustment.
For 2008/09 model, the Kawasaki D-tracker 250 received revised damping settings and reduced wheel travel at both ends, plus an all-new rear suspension linkage. These modifications help to increase straight-line stability, give a more planted feel in corners and make it easier for riders to reach the ground. The 43mm inverted cartridge-style front fork and Uni-Trake rear suspension both come with multiple adjustable compression damping.
New wheels feature 0.5mm thicker spokes for increased wheel rigidity and enhanced off-road durability. The Kawasaki D-Tracker 250 also offers upgraded stopping power from a 260mm disc with multiple piston calipers up front and a 240mm disc at the rear. Finishing off this reworked package is a completely new set of aggressively styled bodywork, a re-shaped seat with firmer urethane, and a handlebar with a straighter profile.
Riders seeking unique sportbike handling and modern engine performance in a motard/sportbike purpose motorcycle designed for effortless street riding will find it soon at their local Kawasaki dealership. The all new Kawasaki D-Tracker 250 offers serious capabilities in a fun, easy-to-ride package, regardless of where the adventure takes it.