KAWASAKI BAYOU® 250
Carrying on the tradition
of affordability and reliability
For several years running, the Kawasaki Bayou 220 was listed as one of the ATV industry’s best-selling models. Its affordable price and reputation for stalwart reliability was difficult to resist—so much so that many owners, after extracting every ounce of service possible from the venerable Bayou 220, would simply buy a new Bayou 220 and the cycle would start all over.
The new Bayou 250 model carries on the tradition of its predecessor as the highly reliable, versatile and affordable ATV that hunters, farmers and outdoor recreation enthusiasts so appreciate. As such, it is perfect for excursions into the backcountry, helping with chores on the farm, or having fun with friends and family on weekend outings.
In the engine department, the smallest Bayou’s displacement has been increased from 215cc to 228cc. Like the previous model, power from this air-cooled SOHC four-stroke engine is then transmitted to the rear wheels through a five-speed semi-automatic transmission and shaft drive. Electric start with a recoil backup is standard.
The new Bayou 250 also sports a more aggressive front end, including a new bumper and larger cargo racks made of sturdier steel tubing. Plus, it is the only ATV in its class to feature semi-independent rear suspension. With independent A-arms up front and its semi-independent multi-link suspension in the rear, the Bayou 250 provides a smooth, compliant ride without the complexity and maintenance requirements of a fully independent design.
Other features include triple drum brakes, standard hitch bracket, easy-to-read fuel gauge, and molded-pin accessory connector that makes hooking up electrical accessories quick and easy.
As with the previous model, Kawasaki expects the new Bayou 250 ATV will generate a large percentage of repeat buyers. Available in new Aztec Red or traditional Hunter Green colors, it has a suggested retail price of $3,299 and comes with a six-month warranty that can be extended up to three additional years.
2003 KAWASAKI BAYOU® 250 ATV
The redesigned Bayou 250 ATV is the most affordable model in Kawasaki’s utility ATV lineup and offers excellent value for hunting, farming and outdoors recreation. It is powered by an air-cooled SOHC four-stroke single cylinder engine matched to a five-speed-plus-reverse transmission with automatic clutch. Power is delivered to the rear wheels by dependable shaft drive.
Other features include independent front suspension and semi-independent rear suspension, steel cargo racks that can carry 110 pounds and electric start. Plus, the Bayou 250 can tow 450 pounds with its standard hitch bracket.
Available in Aztec Red or Hunter Green, the Bayou 250 has a suggested retail price of $3,299. Some of the top features include:
228cc air-cooled four-stroke engine is smooth and reliable.
Only ATV in its class with semi-independent rear suspension.
Shaft drive is reliable, quiet and very low maintenance.
Fuel gauge allows the rider to check the fuel level at a glance.
Electric starter is hassle-free and has recoil back up.
2003 KAWASAKI BAYOU® 250 ATV SPECIFICATIONS
Engine: Air-cooled, four-stroke, single cylinder
Bore x stroke: 69.0 x 61.0mm
Compression ratio: 8.9:1
Carburetion: Mikuni VM24SS
Ignition: Solid state with electronic ignition advance
Starting: Electric with recoil backup
Transmission: Five-speed-plus-reverse with automatic clutch
Final drive: Shaft
Frame: Double cradle, steel
Suspension front/wheel travel: Single A-arm, independent/4.5 in.
Suspension rear/wheel travel: Semi-independent Quad-Link with dual shocks/4.9 in.
Tires, front: AT21 x 8-9 tubeless
Tires, rear: AT22 x 10-11 tubeless
Brakes, front: Dual drums
Brakes, rear: Drum
Overall length: 70.1 in.
Overall width: 40.2 in.
Wheelbase: 43.9 in.
Ground clearance: (center of chassis/at rear axle) 7.5/6.1 in.
Seat height: 28.7 in.
Lighting, headlights: 25W x 2
Rack capacity, front/rear: 44/66 lbs
Towing capacity: 450 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 2.6 gal.
Dry weight: 404 lbs.
Instruments: Neutral indicator, reverse indicator
Colors: Aztec Red or Hunter Green
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