Kawasaki is rolling out its 2022 KLX230 SE.  The latest version of Team Green’s lightweight dual-sport now comes standard with some of Kawasaki’s “Genuine Accessories.”

This year’s machine comes with a tapered handlebar set.  Kawasaki says it helps improve ride comfort using a 1-1/8-inch steel-clamping diameter that “tapers to a narrower grip area.”  According to Kawasaki it  “allows controlled flex that acts as a kind of shock absorber for the hands and arms to reduce fatigue and add comfort.”  And the new handlebar now comes with standard hand guards that are claimed to protect the rider’s hands from debris and weather.


You also now get “durable frame covers to help provide scuff protection for the chassis’ side rails.”  There’s also a skid plate that provides “full coverage” protection for the chassis’ bottom rails.  To make oil changes easier, the skid plate also has an oil drain hole to permit oil changes without removing the plate.

Rounding out the updates are black finished front and rear wheel rims.  The new color hoops replace the silver rims found on the KLX230.  Finally, the KLX230 SE comes with special edition colors and graphics.  The SE version is available in Oriental Blue and Firecracker Red.

KLX 230 SE

The 2022 Kawasaki KLX230 SE in Oriental Blue.

The remainder of the bike is relatively unchanged, meaning you get the following:


Both the KLX230 and KLX230 SE carry a four-stroke air-cooled single-cylinder engine.  It has a bore and stroke of 67.0 x 66.0 mm, with a displacement of 233 cc.  It’s a simple SOHC two-valve design that Kawasaki chose “for its easy-to-use power character and reliability.”  In addition, Kawasaki says the engine’s long-stroke offers robust low-mid range torque for smooth and easy handling.

The quarter liter powerplant has fuel injection to provide consistent fuel delivery regardless of outside air temperature or elevation.  The fuel injection system utilizes a 32 mm throttle body to deliver a precise response.

The bike’s exhaust pipe length was selected to contribute to the engine’s low-mid range performance and features a tapered silencer with an oval cross-section.  All up, the engine system contributes to cleaner emissions.


To make things easier on the trail after a stall, an electric starter allows starting with the push of a button, whether the engine is hot or cold.


Power from the engine goes through a six-speed transmission.  Its gear ratios cover a wide range of street-riding and trail riding conditions and permit more comfortable cruising on the highway.  A 45/14 final gear ratio is a balance for both road and trail riding.


The bike’s high-tensile steel perimeter frame is tuned to provide optimal handling, whether on the street or trail.  According to Kawasaki, the bike’s engine and frame were designed together.  This helped engineers achieve a low engine height, ideal chassis rigidity, and a low center of gravity within the confines of a compact chassis.

The bike sports a short 54.3-inch wheelbase and a ground clearance of 10.4-inches.  These attributes contribute to the bike’s maneuverability and allow riders to navigate trails more comfortably.

Up front, you’ll find a 37 mm diameter telescopic fork.  It offers 8.7-inches of travel to provide better control on a variety of terrain.  At the rear, there’s a new Uni-Trak® suspension offering 8.8-inches of wheel travel.  Kawasaki says the setup provides a more planted feel and great bump absorption.  The single rear shock uses pressurized nitrogen gas and is adjustable for preload to allow riders to set the bike up for their weight or a passenger.


To assist the bike in overcoming trail obstacles, the KLX230 SE comes with full-size aluminum wheels, measuring 21-inches at the front and 18-inches at the rear.  Kawasaki says the hoops “make it easier to overcome obstacles encountered on trails, contributing to exciting trail-riding performance.”

To help slow things down, the KLX230 SE is has petal disc brakes, front, and rear.   Up front, there’s a 240 mm disc gripped by a twin-piston caliper.  The rear wheel uses a single-piston caliper clamping on a 220 mm disc.

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The standard KLX230 is available in Lime Green.


The KLX230 SE’s frame, seat, and tank takes form, fit, and function into consideration.  Kawasaki says that the frame is easy to grip with your legs, providing “superior chassis control.”  And the bike offers a relatively low seat height of 34.8 inches.

The latest KLX230 bikes use a design similar to the lineup of Kawasaki’s KX™ motorcycles.  A flat 2-gallon fuel tank and flat seat give the rider better freedom of movement when changing riding positions.  And they help facilitate sitting farther forward when necessary.

The bike’s shroud seams, seat, and side covers fit flush to the bike.  This format makes it easier for the rider to move around on the bike.

Finally, Kawasaki says that cruising comfort is also a design consideration.  For example, the shape and thickness of the seat help provide comfort for longer seated stretches.


Kawasaki says that headlight brightness was a priority when designing the bike’s headlamp.  A “large-size” 60/55-watt lamp helps to provide better illumination.  There’s also a pair of passenger footpegs to enable two-up riding.

If you like to carry tools on the trail, the KLX230 SE has a lockable toolbox compartment located on the left side cover.  It allows you to perform quick, on-the-spot repairs.   And the toolbox utilizes the Kawasaki One-Key System, meaning that you can unlock the side panel cover with the ignition key.

An all-digital LCD instrument panel provides “at-a-glance information.”  It houses a speedometer, odometer, dual-trip meters, fuel gauge, clock, and indicator lamps.


The 2022 KLX®230 SE is available in Oriental Blue and Firecracker Red with an MSRP of $4,999.   As for the non-SE version, the 2022 KLX230 is available in Lime Green at an MSRP of $4,799.


All photo credit: Kawasaki

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