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2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM [Specs, Features, Photos]

2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM

The Ultimate Urban Adventure: 2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM

For 2023, Kawasaki motorcycles is in a class of 1 as far as smaller displacement super moto bikes being offered by Japanese motorcycle makers. The KLX 230SM is a versatile and exciting motorcycle that caters to both new and experienced riders. With a combination of aggressive styling, excellent performance, and ease of use, this supermoto bike has been designed to provide an enjoyable experience with a dependable 233cc air-cooled, fuel-injected, single-cylinder, four-stroke engine. The bike’s six-speed transmission ensures that there’s an appropriate gear for every situation, whether you’re navigating city streets or tackling twisty mountain roads.

Kawasaki’s 2023 lineup is full of bikes with great suspension and the KLX 230SM is no different. The bike features a 37mm telescopic fork with 8 inches of travel and a Uni-Trak® rear suspension with adjustable preload and 8.6 inches of travel. Braking on the KLX 230SM is handled by a 300mm petal-style front disc brake and a 240mm rear disc brake, both utilizing dual-piston calipers. ABS is available as an option and adds an extra layer of safety and control, particularly in wet or slippery situations.

The KLX 230SM features a lightweight, steel perimeter frame that contributes to its agile handling and responsive nature. The bike’s ergonomics have been designed with both comfort and control in mind, making it an excellent choice for riders of various sizes and skill levels. Lastly, the 2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM boasts distinctive and aggressive styling. Its sharp lines and bold color options make it a head-turner on the streets, and its compact dimensions contribute to its nimble and lively character.

The 2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM starts at $5,299 USD/ NA CAD

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM in one place.

2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $5,299 USD/ NA CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Large disc brakes
    • Supermoto styling
    • LED headlight
    • ABS available

Main Specs

  • Engine: 233cc 4-stroke single cylinder, SOHC, air-cooled
  • Power: 19.74 horsepower
  • Torque: 14.3 lb-ft
  • Weight: 295 lbs (134 kgs)
  • Seat Height: 33.3 inches (845 mm)

2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM

2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM Specifications

From Kawasaki


Engine 233cc, 4-stroke single, SOHC, air-cooled
Power 19.74 HP
Bore x Stroke 67.0 x 66.0mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System DFI® with 32mm Keihin throttle body
Starter Electric


Clutch Wet multi-disc manual clutch
Transmission 6-speed, return shift
Final Drive Chain


Suspension Front 37mm telescopic fork/8.0 in
Suspension Rear Uni-Trak® linkage system and single shock with adjustable spring preload/8.6 in
Brakes Front Single 300mm petal disc with a dual-piston caliper (and ABS)
Brakes Rear
Single 220mm petal disc with single-piston caliper (and ABS)
Tires Front 110/70-17
Tires Rear 120/70-17
Fuel Tank Capacity 2.0 gal.
Lime Green, Oriental Blue


Ignition TCBI Electronic Advance
Spark Plugs
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length 80.7 in.
Overall Width 32.9 in.
Overall Height 44.1 in.
Wheelbase 54.1 in.
Ground Clearance 9.1 in.
Seat Height 33.3 in.
Curb Weight NON ABS: 295.5 lb. / 297.7 lb. CA model, ABS: 297.7 lb. / 299.9 lb. CA model


Warranty 12 Months
Kawasaki Protection Plus 12, 24, or 36 months

2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM

2023 Kawasaki KLX 230SM Features

ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)

Kawasaki ABS systems use front and rear wheel sensors to constantly monitor wheel speed. Should information from either of the sensors indicate that wheel lock has occurred, the ABS ECU directs the pump in the ABS unit to modulate brake fluid pressure (releasing and reapplying pressure so that traction can be regained) until normal operation resumes. ABS offers rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.

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