The tiny wheels have relatively wide tyres, so it grips well, but like the KLX, the size compromises the ride. It wobbles at speed if you move around or steer, and the suspension is crude, which exacerbates things more than it would on conventional sized bikes. The brakes work well though – there’s enough grip to coax the little Kawasaki in to a stoppie, or just stop swiftly for right-thinking riders.
Compared with its 125 peers, the D-Tracker is gutless, accelerating slowly and rarely breaching 60mph with average sized riders on board. It’s user friendly for an absolute novice, but within weeks you’ll soon tire of feeling vulnerable in 50mph or national speed limits – it needs more go, from both a fun and safety point of view.
It’s unlikely the softly-tuned engines will throw up any issues provided it’s cared for, but build quality is lacking – it’s like a Chinese bike in places. The steel chassis has only a thin veneer of paint – expect it to rust fast if you don’t look after it in winter.
It’s not particularly cheap, but it is nasty. There’s really nothing to justify the price, and no reason to buy it over any competitor unless you must have one, or are exceptionally small and need a bike of such ludicrously tiny proportions. Find a Kawasaki D-Tracker for sale.
Very little – the rims are nicely made, but they’re comedy-small. There’s a nice digital dash, but that’s the extent of the luxuries. Compare and buy parts for the D-Tracker in the MCN Shop.