Kawasaki Introduces Updated KLX 230 Models

The refreshed 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S and KLX230SM ABS have arrived with updates that include new paintjobs, graphics, LEDs and even a suspension overhaul. Both bikes are updated by the same 233cc, four-stroke, single-cylinder engine and the same six-speed gearbox. But there is quite a bit that is different underneath the two bikes.  We break it down for you:

2024 Kawasaki KLX230 S

In terms of suspension, the KLX230 S gets a 37mm telescopic front fork with 7.8-inches of suspension travel, complemented by a rear Uni-Trak linkage offering 8.9-inches of travel at the back with preload adjustability. Kawasaki reports that the revised aluminium swingarm sheds about 1.2 kilograms compared to the previous generation swingarm.

The 2024 KLX230 S rolls on a 20-inch front and a 18-inch rear wheel. It’s available in both ABS and non-ABS variants, featuring petal disc brakes at the front and rear. The brakes vary slightly between the ABS and non-ABS versions, with the ABS model sporting a 265-millimeter front brake disc and the non-ABS model equipped with a 240-millimeter front brake disc instead. In both cases, a 220-millimeter rear brake disc gets the job done.

The seat height is a more accessible 33-inches. The curb weight stands at 133 kilograms. LCD instrumentation and smartphone connectivity via Kawasaki’s Rideology The App are standard on this motorcycle.

2024 Kawasaki KLX230 SM

The 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 SM benefits from the same engine, ergonomics, and subframe modifications as the 2024 KLX230 S but adds a more supermoto-oriented character to the mix.

Instead of the 20-inch front and 18-inch rear wheels found on the KLX230 S, the 2024 Kawasaki KLX230 SM boasts a pair of 17-inch wheels at both ends. As for brakes, a 300mm semi-floating petal front disc handles braking up front, while a single 220-inch rear disc takes care of things at the rear.

Suspension-wise, riders get an inverted 37-millimeter front fork, as well as the Uni-Trak rear linkage also present on the KLX230 S. Spring settings are slightly firmer to accommodate the road-biased nature of this machine. Similarly, the footpegs on the SM feature rubber pads to reflect their street orientation.

A new LED headlight, a two-toned and flattened-out saddle, and a redesigned tank/shroud/cowl unit complete the KLX230 SM package for 2024.

Kawasaki markets its motorcycles in multiple regions worldwide. Consequently, pricing and availability may vary depending on location, but for Malaysians, prices may be expensive due to the falling value of the ringgit.

The KLX230 S for example is priced at RM23,620 while the KLX230 S ABS is priced at RM25,032. The KLX230 SM though is priced at RM26,500.

However, expect these prices to change should these bikes hit the Malaysian market. Since Kawasaki bikes are assembled and distributed by Modenas which means those prices could be lower. If the Ringgit does not fall further that is.

Co-founder of Bikes Republic and a motoring journalist by night. He is a self described enthusiasts with a passion for speed but instead rides a Harley and a J300. A man of contradictions, he is just as passionate about time off in the quiets as he is about trail braking into turn one at Sepang Circuit on two or four wheels.

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