The Japanese Honda and Kawasaki are two of the leading brands in the on-off segment, where the most emblematic motorcycles in this area are the XR and the KLX, respectively.
Honda XR He started writing his story in the 80s and since then he has earned the title of most versatile and reliable motorcyclewhen it comes to combining asphalt with ground attack.
The KLX was launched around the same time of the Honda model and since then they have competed in various models, mainly in the 250cc (KLX 250 and XR 250) and 650cc (XR 650 and KLX 650) categories.
Now, the competition between Honda and Kawasaki or It’s time to face the Honda XR 250 Tornado.
Honda and Kawasaki, the eternal rivals face each other again
The acronym XR, within Honda and in the world of multipurpose motorcycles, is synonymous with good performance and reliability. The XR 250 was a model that was all the rage in the 90s and currently continues to do so with the Tornado 250.
In 2012, Honda started making the Tornado in our country (it was launched for sale in 2001 for the first time) and since then the model has been the benchmark for medium-displacement motorcycles, which are allowed for off-road use.
The Honda Tornado is a benchmark for medium-displacement motorcycles.
the The Kawasaki KLX, like the XR, is a good reference for the brand in the 90s of enduro and motorcycle enthusiasts who can walk from pavement to dirt without limits.
The Kawasaki KLX is an icon of the ’90s.
After several years of absence, the The KLX returns in two versions: one exclusively for off-road (KLX R) and one approved to circulate both in the city and to venture on dirt roads.
XR Tornado and KLX, same conception
Honda and Kawasaki models are motorcycles designed to be used by the user on a daily basis.
Regarding the Tornado, after its last update (March 2023), it adopted a larger optical assembly (it continues to use the halogen and non-LED lights already used by many rivals) and retired the historic rectangular headlights reminiscent of the XR of the 90s.
The Tornado adopts a larger optical assembly.
The KLR also has a regulatory luminaire for city driving (also halogen), but its R variant, which is strictly designed for driving on rural roads, actually does not require patenting.
she The Honda’s fuel tank is 11.5 liters, while the Kawasaki’s is only 7.5 liters.. This big difference works in favor of the XR, with a consumption of about 17 kilometers per liter, can travel 200 kilometers without fuel.
Kawasaki has optics depending on the version.
There is still no information about the KLX in terms of its consumption or its autonomy (it will arrive at dealerships in the next few days), but it is clear that the distance that can be traveled without refueling is limited by the small tank this.
Suitable for light off-road
The kind of Honda standing in a tubular frame and it has a large ground clearance and a high seat of 880 mm, which makes it one of the highest in the segment, which makes it a little difficult for short people to climb and control while standing.
The Tornado has a tubular frame with plenty of ground clearance.
In this regard, the exponent of The Kawasaki has a semi-double cradle tubular chassis. The ground clearance is 274 mm (higher than the Honda), while the seat clearance is 890 mm. In other words, it also has the same limitations when it comes to riding and maneuvering it from a stop, in the case of short drivers.
The Kawasaki has a semi-double cradle tubular chassis.
As a good on-off exponent, the Tornado is fitted with a 21-inch mixed-use front and 18-inch rear tire, while the KLX also uses tires with tread (suitable for city and dirt) of 21″ in the front and a smaller measurement (18 inches) in the rear.
Which motorcycle offers the best suspension?
In the configuration of two motorcycles, the suspension.
In this sense, the XR 250 adopts a telescopic front fork with more travel (245 mm). A Pro-Link monoshock with 240 mm of travel works in the rear section, which can be adjusted in two positions.
For its part, the KLX uses a 43 mm adjustable inverted front suspension, while at the back it uses an adjustable monoshock.
In this section, the best suggestion is “Kawa”, mainly because of the better job of copying the irregularities of the floor, which indicates the inverted front suspensions.
Point for “Kawa” motorcycle braking
And on brakes In this case, there is a big difference between the two models, because the XR 250 continues to use the first drum brake system (130 mm) on the rear wheel and only uses a 240 mm front wheel disc. Of course, it does not offer an ABS system.
The KLX, for its part, has a 250 mm disc with a double-piston caliper at the front and a 240 mm disc at the rear, which is bitten by a single piston. Like his opponent, It doesn’t have ABS.
The XR Tornado has a dashboard with ride information.
Carburetor vs Electronic injection in motorcycles
The motor section is another one of the things where these two models suggest very different things.
In Honda’s case, the Tornado continues to gain popularity 249 cc single cylinder powered by a 32 mm carburetor.
It is air and oil cooled and although it is a long-life engine, no one doubts its performance and low maintenance costs. This is a propeller that, despite its age, has a low level of vibrations. It has 23.3 HP of power and 23 Nm of torque.
Kawasaki used a new design throughout the motorcycle.
The heart of KLX It is also a cylindrical mono but in this case of 292 cc, which, unlike the Tornado, is managed by electronic injection and cooled by water.
Offers approx 10 HP more powerful than XE (32.5 HP) although the maximum torque (29 Nm) is not too far from what Honda got. Like the Tornado, it is mated to a 6-speed gearbox.
Motorcycle prices and their market realities
The Honda exponent is one of the models produced by the brand at its plant in Campana (Buenos Aires) and last month it ranked 10th in the ranking of the best-selling motorcycles in Argentina, with 914 units. unit.
Clearly, this is a motorcycle that continues to impress and it does so through simplicity and simplicity, in terms of aesthetics and its engine section. However, Its biggest attraction is its price of $3,353,900that, although it has experienced a rapid increase, it has not lost its competitiveness.
In this aspect, the opponent of Kawasaki (it is produced in the industrial plant of Venado Tuerto of the Iraola Group) has a little more difficulty, because the brand has aspirations that the KLX 300 has become a great sales model, but to access it you have to invest $6,500,000.
This is a price that is compatible with everything that KLX offers on a technological level and especially, for what represents the brand itself. Let’s wait if the user of this type of multipurpose motorcycle is willing to pay that amount to access this model. From the followers of the green brand, there is no doubt that they will do it.