Supermoto or supermotard motorcycles are basically dirtbikes that have swapped their off-road tires for more road-friendly 17” wheels. Unlike in the past when these motorcycles are just “upgraded” to supermoto setup in someone’s garage, these days supermotos come straight out of the production line.
For Kawasaki, they’ll be introducing a supermoto variant of their KLX230 this coming October.
Clearly, the “SM” stands for supermoto. This new KLX230SM still uses the same 232cc air-cooled engine as the KLX230 dual-sport motorcycle. It packs a maximum 21 PS of power with 19.5 Nm of torque (claimed) and is mated to a six-speed transmission.
Besides the obvious color differences, the KLX230SM boasts an inverted fork, a more-appealing supermoto headlight, a supermoto front fender, and a pair of 17-inch wire wheels. Additionally, the KLX230SM is equipped with ABS as standard.
The new KLX230SM is slated to hit the Japanese Kawasaki showrooms this coming October with an SRP of JPY 572,000 or roughly PHP 230,000 (PH taxes and duties not included). Kawasaki Motors Philippines Corporation (KMPC) has yet to announce the local availability and pricing of the new KLX230SM.