KFX400 SPORT MODEL ATV
400cc high-performance ATV fills important
slot for Kawasaki brand of fun
Motors Corp., U.S.A., has re-entered the ultra-high-performance
all-terrain vehicle (ATV) market with an all-new
sport model for 2003.
For sport ATV enthusiasts who fondly remember the
Kawasaki Tecate® of 1988, the all-new KFX400 will
generate excitement with its competition styling,
lithe chassis and high-performance engine. Sporting
traditional Kawasaki Lime Green and black racing
colors, the KFX400 will be available by July 2002.
Vince Iorio, marketing manager ATV and Utility Vehicles
at Kawasaki Motors Corp., U.S.A., said the company
is excited to add the KFX400 to the company’s lineup.
“We expect the KFX400 to be a tremendous sales success,”
Iorio said. “It is a highly competitive 400cc class
sport model ATV that features the performance and
technology sport riders want. The chassis, the suspension
and high-tech engine are all top notch.
“And, by adding the KFX400 to the lineup, we can
now honestly say that Kawasaki has a complete line
of ATVs—there’s something for everyone in the family.”
The KFX400 is powered by 398cc aluminum alloy, liquid-cooled,
four-stroke engine that features double overhead
cams and four valves. Fed by a 36mm high-performance
carburetor, it includes electric start, a counter
balancer to reduce vibration, plus an electronic
CDI ignition and automatic cam chain tensioner to
cylinder of the KFX400 engine is plated with a special
nickel-phosphorus-silicon-carbide compound that
is lighter than a traditional steel cylinder sleeve
and also transfers heat more efficiently, while
the piston is made of forged aluminum. The 28-degree
included valve angle provides a more compact combustion
chamber and also reduces engine bulk. And because
the engine utilizes dry-sump lubrication, it is
mounted lower in the chassis to improve weight distribution
and handling. Plus, the KFX400 features twin air
ducts on the front fenders that help direct cooling
air to the radiator.
Transmitting power from the engine to the rear wheels
is a high-performance five-speed-plus-reverse manual
transmission and efficient O-ring chain. Reverse
gear on the KFX400 is engaged by turning a knob
on the right front fender and shifting the foot
A high-performance powerband requires an equally
advanced chassis, so the KFX400 engine rides in
a high-tensile steel-alloy tube frame and subframe.
Suspension duties are handled by dual A-arms up
front with preload-adjustable shocks that provide
8.3 inches of travel, while an aluminum-alloy swingarm
with preload-adjustable shock provides 9.1 inches
of travel on the rear. The KFX400 rides on competition-inspired
aluminum-alloy wheels, and stopping power is provided
by dual front disc brakes and a single rear disc
amenities are abundant on the KFX400. A tube steel
front bumper and a lightweight skidplate are standard,
as are serrated steel footpegs that help keep the
rider’s feet from slipping in wet or muddy riding
conditions. For those who enjoy riding at night,
the KFX400 features dual multi-reflector halogen
headlights that are complimented by a multi-reflector
taillight and brakelight. The 2.7-gallon fuel tank
contributes to the KFX400’s low, 370-pound dry weight,
and handlebar-mounted instruments include a neutral
gear indicator, reverse gear indicator and coolant
temperature light. The KFX400 also has a 175-watt
generator and maintenance-free battery, so riders
can spend more time on the trails, tracks and dunes
instead of handling maintenance duties in the garage.
The KFX400 has a suggested retail price of $5,699
and comes with a six-month warranty that can be
extended up to three additional years.
2003 KAWASAKI KFX400 ATV
KFX400 is Kawasaki’s new ultra-high-performance
sport-model ATV. It is powered by a 398cc liquid-cooled,
DOHC, four-valve, four-stroke engine that is matched
to a five-speed-plus-reverse manual transmission.
Electric start is standard as are dual halogen headlights.
The chassis is comprised of a high-tensile steel
alloy frame and subframe, and weighs 370 pounds
dry. Suspension duties are handled by dual front
A-arms with preload-adjustable shocks and an aluminum-alloy
rear swingarm with preload adjustment. The KFX400
rides on aluminum-alloy wheels and stopping power
is provided by triple disc brakes.
Available in Kawasaki Lime Green and black, the
KFX400 has a suggested retail price of $5,699. Some
of the top features include:
four-stroke engine delivers exceptionally broad
torque curve for maximum traction for a variety
of sport-riding conditions.
air intakes on the front fenders provide extra
cooling to the radiator.
Dry-sump lubrication allows the engine to be
kept low in the chassis for superior weight
distribution and handling.
start makes competition holeshots a breeze.
manual transmission helps the rider keep the
engine in the powerband; reverse gear makes
backing up convenient and easy.
Dual A-arm front suspension and rear swingarm
help to soak up the bumps and jumps.
Triple disc brakes provide exceptional stopping
Dual halogen headlights brighten the path for
Serrated steel footpegs help to keep the rider’s
feet from slipping in wet or muddy riding conditions.
2003 KAWASAKI KFX400 ATV SPECIFICATIONS
Liquid-cooled, four-stroke, single cylinder
with DOHC and four valves with dry-sump lubrication
Carburetion: Mikuni BSR36
manual, multi-plate wet clutch
Final drive: 520 O-ring chain
Frame type High-tensile tubular steel
Suspension, front/wheel travel: Dual
A-arms with coil-over shock, adjustable preload/8.3
Suspension, rear/wheel travel: Swingarm
with preload-adjustable shock/9.1 in.
Tires, front: 22 x 7-10 radial
Tires, rear: 20 x 10-9 radial
Brakes, front: Dual hydraulic discs
Brakes, rear: Disc
Overall length: 72.0 in.
Overall width: 45.3 in.
Wheelbase: 49.0 in.
Ground clearance: 10.3 in.
Lighting, headlights: Dual 30W halogen
Dry weight: 370 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 2.7 gal.
Footpegs: Serrated steel
Color: Kawasaki Lime Green
Suggested retail price: $5,699