2023 Bimota BX450 First Look

Throughout November’s EICMA 2022—also referred to as the Milan Motorbike Present—Bimota debuted the sudden. The Italian model unveiled its first-ever grime bike, the BX450.

The 2023 Bimota BX450 is ready for some serious off-road action due to some simple upgrades to the already-proven Kawasaki KX450X cross-country model.

The 2023 Bimota BX450 is prepared for some critical off-road motion resulting from some easy upgrades to the already-proven Kawasaki KX450X cross-country mannequin. (Bimota/)

The BX450 is basically a 2023 Kawasaki KX450—truly, a KX450X cross-country mannequin—with some alterations to make it extra enduro/off-road pleasant. A Kawasaki? Sure, by means of its subsidiary Italian Motorbike Funding, Kawasaki Motors Europe acquired a 49.9 % share within the Rimini-based firm. The opposite 50.1 % is owned by B and Movement S.A., previously referred to as Bimota S.A.

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The BX450 updates the K450X with lighting, a larger fuel tank, Metzeler 6 Days Extreme tires, and more.

The BX450 updates the K450X with lighting, a bigger gasoline tank, Metzeler 6 Days Excessive tires, and extra. (Bimota/)

The updates are minimal however important for enduro riders. The BX450 is upgraded with the next:

  • Arrow muffler
  • LCD sprint
  • 2.8-gallon gasoline tank with an Acerbis carbon fiber gasoline cap (up 1.2 gallons over the <a href=”https://www.dirtrider.com/story/buyers-guide/kawasaki-kx450x/”>KX450X</a>)
  • Metzeler 6 Days Excessive tires (versus <a href=”https://www.dirtrider.com/tags/dunlop/”>Dunlop</a> Geomax AT81s on the KX450X)
  • Headlight
  • Taillight
  • Hand guards
  • Bimoto branding

Powering the BX450 is Group Inexperienced’s confirmed fuel-injected liquid-cooled DOHC four-stroke 449cc engine. Heck, the powerplant nonetheless says Kawasaki. It makes use of DFI (Digital Gasoline Injection) with a Keihin 44mm throttle physique and is spec’d with a five-speed transmission that incorporates a coned disc-spring hydraulic clutch for a light-weight really feel on the lever. Electrical beginning is normal. The bike seemingly has up to date engine maps, though nothing is confirmed.

The BX450 also receives an LCD gauge for much-needed data on the trail.

The BX450 additionally receives an LCD gauge for much-needed knowledge on the path. (Bimota/)

Suspension duties are dealt with by an inverted Showa 49mm coil-spring fork with 16-way compression damping and 16-way rebound damping adjustment that gives 12 inches of journey, and a Showa shock with piggyback reservoir that’s adjustable for spring preload, 19-way low-speed compression damping, 4 turns of high-speed compression damping, and 22 clicks of rebound damping. Shock journey is listed at 12.1 inches.

Yep, Bimota even kept the Kawasaki branding on the engine.

Yep, Bimota even saved the Kawasaki branding on the engine. (Bimota/)

The wheel mixture is cross-country fashion, with a 21-inch entrance and 18-inch rear. Stopping the BX450 is a Braking 270mm semi-floating entrance disc in entrance squeezed by a Nissin dual-piston caliper and a Braking 240mm disc in again grabbed by a Nissin single-piston caliper.

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This shows you how slim the Bimota BX450 is.

This exhibits you ways slim the Bimota BX450 is. (Bimota/)

As a result of added supplies, the BX450 weighs a claimed 243 kilos with out gasoline, up about 8 kilos over the KX450X. Bodywork can be the identical, however resettled with Italian colours. Oh, and don’t neglect that carbon-tipped Arrow muffler, which is Euro 5 compliant.

Here’s a closeup of that beautiful carbon-tipped Arrow exhaust.

Right here’s a closeup of that lovely carbon-tipped Arrow exhaust. (Bimota/)

Pricing has but to be introduced, however anticipate to pay greater than the 2023 Kawasaki KX450X, which retails for $9,799. Since Kawasaki took some possession of Bimota, it has revamped a few of its top-selling platforms with some Italian aptitude. A number of the notables embrace the KB4 and KB4RC, that are primarily based on the Ninja 1000SX.