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KFX450 Owner’s Report

April 19, 2015
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Half of the KFX450 survey forms we received were from owners who bought the first-year model in 2008. That means they’ve certainly ridden their machines long enough to find out what’s going to break on it. Sixty-seven percent rate it as excellent in the durability department. Some said they had to replace the bearings on the steering stem and axle carrier. The hard seat was something others complained about. The one thing they all liked the most was the fact that their KFX450 has a reverse gear. This comes in real handy when you’re trying to get out of a tight trail situation. All other 450 owners have to get off and push their quads backwards. Have you ever tried doing that in a mud hole?

If you’re looking to buy a new 450 today, you have Honda, Yamaha, Can-Am and Kawasaki to choose from. With the KFX, you get a high-tech aluminum frame and fuel injection, along with the ability to ride backwards. Check out the rest of what these KFX450 owners had to say and see if it would be a quad for you.
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Model year
(of surveys received)
2014………………………………..2%
2013………………………………..3%
2012………………………………..5%
2011………………………………..7%
2010………………………………..9%
2009………………………………24%
2008………………………………50%

Types of riding
Fast trail riding……….HHHH
On a track…………………..HHH
Leisure trail riding……..HHH
Organized racing………….HH
Sand………………………………HH
Snow ……………………………….H

The one thing you like most about your KFX450
Reverse……………………HHHH
Power ……………………..HHHH
Performance………………….HH
Fuel injection…………………..H
Light weight…………………….H
Reliable……………………………H
Handling………………………….H

The one thing you like least
Hard seat…………………….HHH
Steering………………………HHH
Tires………………………………….H
Nothing…………………………….H
EFI…………………………………….H
Exhaust…………………………….H
Fenders……………………………H
Starting…………………………….H
Handling………………………….H

If you could improve one thing on your quad
Steering………………………HHH
Airbox……………………………HH
Tires……………………………….HH
Nothing…………………………….H
Gear ratios……………………….H
Make wider………………………H
EFI…………………………………….H
More power……………………..H
Add kick-start…………………..H

During normal usage, what broke, malfunctioned or prematurely wore out
Nothing……………………HHHH
Axle bearing…………………HH
Steering bearing…………..HH
Battery……………………………..H
Heel guard……………………….H
Fuses………………………………..H
Bumper…………………………….H
Oil pump………………………….H
Fenders……………………………H

Accessories you have added
Exhaust……………………HHHH
Airbox…………………………HHH
EFI programmer…………HHH
Nerf bars……………………….HH
Tires……………………………….HH
Wheels…………………………..HH
Bumpers………………………..HH
Skid plates…………………….HH
Cams……………………………..HH
Air filter…………………………HH
Seat……………………………….HH
Steer damper………………..HH
Handlebars………………………H
Throttle…………………………….H
A-arms……………………………..H
Shocks………………………………H
Axle………………………………….H
Wheel spacers…………………H
Handguards…………………….H
Piston……………………………….H
Gas tank…………………………..H

Happy with the outcome
Yes………………………………100%
No…………………………………..0%

How do you rate your KFX450’s durability
Excellent……………………….67%
Okay……………………………..33%
Poor………………………………..0%

How do you rate its quality & attention to detail
Excellent……………………….74%
Okay……………………………..26%
Poor………………………………..0%

How do you rate its performance compared to other quads in its class
Excellent……………………….87%
Okay……………………………….7%
Poor………………………………..6%

How do you rate your local Kawasaki dealer
Excellent…………………………7%
Okay……………………………..74%
Poor………………………………19%

Would you recommend a friend to buy a Kawasaki KFX450?
Yes………………………………..94%
No…………………………………..6%

If you were to buy another ATV, what would it be
KTM 525………………………HHH
Honda 450R………………..HHH
Newer KFX450………………HH
YFZ450R………………………..HH
Raptor 700………………………..H
Honda 700XX……………………H
Suzuki LT-R450…………………H
Scrambler 850………………….H
Renegade 1000………………..H
Outlander 1000………………..H

What dream quad would you like to see the manufacturers offer
Wider KFX450…………….HHH
KFX 700……………………….HHH
KFX 525 w/ IRS………………HH
Turbo KFX………………………..H
Honda 650R……………………..H
New Banshee…………………..H
New Honda 250R……………..H
UTV w/ manual trans………H
Street-legal quad…………….H

HHHH = most responses

HHH = many responses

HH = some responses

H = few responses

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