KAWASAKI BAYOU® 250
Carrying on the tradition
of affordability and reliability
several years running, the Kawasaki Bayou 220 was
listed as one of the ATV industry’s best-selling
models. Its affordable price and reputation for
stalwart reliability was difficult to resist—so
much so that many owners, after extracting every
ounce of service possible from the venerable Bayou
220, would simply buy a new Bayou 220 and the cycle
would start all over.
The new Bayou 250 model carries on the tradition
of its predecessor as the highly reliable, versatile
and affordable ATV that hunters, farmers and outdoor
recreation enthusiasts so appreciate. As such, it
is perfect for excursions into the backcountry,
helping with chores on the farm, or having fun with
friends and family on weekend outings.
In the engine department, the smallest Bayou’s displacement
has been increased from 215cc to 228cc. Like the
previous model, power from this air-cooled SOHC
four-stroke engine is then transmitted to the rear
wheels through a five-speed semi-automatic transmission
and shaft drive. Electric start with a recoil backup
new Bayou 250 also sports a more aggressive front
end, including a new bumper and larger cargo racks
made of sturdier steel tubing. Plus, it is the only
ATV in its class to feature semi-independent rear
suspension. With independent A-arms up front and
its semi-independent multi-link suspension in the
rear, the Bayou 250 provides a smooth, compliant
ride without the complexity and maintenance requirements
of a fully independent design.
Other features include triple drum brakes, standard
hitch bracket, easy-to-read fuel gauge, and molded-pin
accessory connector that makes hooking up electrical
accessories quick and easy.
As with the previous model, Kawasaki expects the
new Bayou 250 ATV will generate a large percentage
of repeat buyers. Available in new Aztec Red or
traditional Hunter Green colors, it has a suggested
retail price of $3,299 and comes with a six-month
warranty that can be extended up to three additional
2003 KAWASAKI BAYOU® 250 ATV
redesigned Bayou 250 ATV is the most affordable
model in Kawasaki’s utility ATV lineup and offers
excellent value for hunting, farming and outdoors
recreation. It is powered by an air-cooled SOHC
four-stroke single cylinder engine matched to a
five-speed-plus-reverse transmission with automatic
clutch. Power is delivered to the rear wheels by
dependable shaft drive. Other features include independent
front suspension and semi-independent rear suspension,
steel cargo racks that can carry 110 pounds and
electric start. Plus, the Bayou 250 can tow 450
pounds with its standard hitch bracket.
Available in Aztec Red or Hunter Green, the Bayou
250 has a suggested retail price of $3,299. Some
of the top features include:
2003 KAWASAKI BAYOU® 250 ATV SPECIFICATIONS
228cc air-cooled four-stroke engine is smooth
Only ATV in its class with semi-independent
Shaft drive is reliable, quiet and very low
Fuel gauge allows the rider to check the fuel
level at a glance.
Electric starter is hassle-free and has recoil
Air-cooled, four-stroke, single cylinder
Bore x stroke: 69.0 x 61.0mm
Compression ratio: 8.9:1
Carburetion: Mikuni VM24SS
Ignition: Solid state with electronic
Starting: Electric with recoil backup
with automatic clutch
Final drive: Shaft
Frame: Double cradle, steel
Suspension front/wheel travel: Single
A-arm, independent/4.5 in.
Suspension rear/wheel travel: Semi-independent
Quad-Link with dual shocks/4.9 in.
Tires, front: AT21 x 8-9 tubeless
Tires, rear: AT22 x 10-11 tubeless
Brakes, front: Dual drums
Brakes, rear: Drum
Overall length: 70.1 in.
Overall width: 40.2 in.
Wheelbase: 43.9 in.
Ground clearance: (center of chassis/at
rear axle) 7.5/6.1 in.
Seat height: 28.7 in.
Lighting, headlights: 25W x 2
Rack capacity, front/rear: 44/66 lbs
Towing capacity: 450 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 2.6 gal.
Dry weight: 404 lbs.
Instruments: Neutral indicator, reverse
Colors: Aztec Red or Hunter Green