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2017 Kawasaki KX65
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2017 Kawasaki KX65
2017 Kawasaki KX65

2017 Kawasaki KX65
2017 Kawasaki KX65



2017 Kawasaki KX65 Review

2017 Kawasaki KX65 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com

Big Bike in a Small Package...

Kawasaki's smallest motocross racer is loaded with big KX features to keep young riders at the front of the pack. Boasting aluminum rims, adjustable suspension, digital CDI, and fast revving flywheel, the KX65 is a serious competitor.

As the most compact bike in the Kawasaki KX lineup, the KX65 was built with the specific purpose of serving as the machine of choice for entry-level motocross racers determined to follow in Kawasaki’s championship proven footsteps. This is where champions are groomed, featuring a six-speed transmission, race-ready engine, strong stopping power, and superb handling.

The liquid-cooled, two-stroke 65cc engine and light weight chassis contains the perfect power and handling combination for riders to handle obstacles with ease and cross the checkered flag first. Thanks to its 33mm front forks and four-way adjustable rebound damping, it has the ability to absorb aggressive terrain, while the rear is fitted with Kawasaki’s Uni-Trak® single-shock system with adjustable rebound damping and fully adjustable spring preload.


KX - Power For Glory

From their first ride to lifting the trophy, legends choose KX - Created to dominate and built for winners, the KX65 and new KX85 are competition ready machines designed to encourage the green shoots of youth talent allowing it to blossom into full-blown race wins and Championship success.


 



2017 Kawasaki KX65 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

2017 KAWASAKI KX™ Mini Motocross Lineup

The Kawasaki KX™ motocross lineup has a rich history of success in building champions from a young age. For more than 36 years, Kawasaki’s Team Green™ racing team has been the dominant force in amateur racing, providing contingency and trackside support to racers. In return Kawasaki has relied on its aspiring young stars to provide input to help develop winning products.

Kawasaki’s industry-leading support program was founded in 1981 with the emergence of “Team Green,” which has played an instrumental role in helping many of the motocross/supercross stars reach the pinnacle of the sport. Amateur racers who purchase a Kawasaki KX motocross bike can gain access to the same support received by multi-time supercross champions Ryan Villopoto and Jeremy McGrath.

The Team Green racing team’s trackside support system consists of more than 50 local, regional, and national amateur motocross and off-road events across the country. There, Kawasaki technicians and race transporters provide emergency parts and technical assistance to all Kawasaki riders.



 

2017 Kawasaki KX65 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

THE KX™65 MOTORCYCLE IS A LIGHTWEIGHT AND HIGH-PERFORMANCE CLOSED-COURSE MINICYCLE THAT OFFERS ALL THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR YOUTH MOTOCROSS RIDERS GETTING THEIR FIRST TASTE OF COMPETITIVE RIDING.

•High-performance liquid-cooled, 64cc 2-stroke engine
•A low 29.9-inch seat height
•Adjustable 33mm leading axle conventional fork provides great handling and 8.3 inches of wheel travel
•Adjustable Uni-Trak® rear suspension with 9.4 inches of wheel travel
•Front and rear disc brakes
•High tensile tubular steel semi-double cradle frame




 



 

2017 Kawasaki KX65 - www.Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $3699 USD

Power
Engine
2-stroke, 1-cylinder, piston reed valve, water-cooled
Displacement
64cc
Bore x Stroke
45.5 x 41.6mm
Compression ratio
8.4:1
Fuel System
Mikuni VM24SS
Ignition
CDI w/digital advance
Transmission
6-speed, return shift
Final Drive
Chain
Performance
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
33mm leading axle conventional fork with 4-way rebound damping/8.3 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Uni-Trak® single shock system with 4-way rebound damping and fully adjustable spring preload/9.4 in
Front Tire
60/100-14
Rear Tire
80/100-12
Front Brakes
Disc
Rear Brakes
Disc
Details
Frame Type
Tubular, semi-double cradle
Rake/Trail
27°/2.4 in
Overall Length
62.6 in
Overall Width
29.9 in
Overall Height
37.6 in
Ground Clearance
12.0 in
Seat Height
29.9 in
Curb Weight
132.2 lb**
Fuel Capacity
1.0 gal
Wheelbase
44.1 in
Color Choices
Lime Green


 


 

2017 Kawasaki KX65 - www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $4149 CDN

ENGINE
Displacement 64 cc
Type Liquid-cooled, 2-stroke Single
Bore and stroke 44.5 x 41.6 mm
Compression ratio 8.4:1
Ignition Digital CDI
Lubrication Pre-mix (32:1)
Induction 4-petal reed valve
Carburetor Mikuni VM24SS
BRAKES
Front: type 180 mm disc
Front: calipers Single-piston caliper
Rear: type 180 mm disc
Rear: calipers Single-piston caliper
DIMENSIONS
Overall length 1,590 mm
Overall width 760 mm
Overall height 955 mm
Wheelbase 1,120 mm
Ground clearance 305 mm
Seat height 760 mm
Curb mass** 60 kg (132.3 lbs)
Fuel capacity 3.8 litres
DRIVETRAIN
Transmission 6-speed, return
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 3.500 (77/22)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.846 (37/13)
Gear ratio: 2nd 2.125 (34/16)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.722 (31/18)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.428 (30/21)
Gear ratio: 5th 1.217 (28/23)
Gear ratio: 6th 1.083 (26/24)
Final reduction ratio 3.615 (47/13)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
Primary Drive Gear
FRAME
Type Semi double cradle, High-tensile steel with detachable left-side rear section
Wheel travel: front 210 mm
Tire: front 60/100-14
Wheel travel: rear 240 mm
Tire: rear 80/100-12
Caster (rake) 27°
Trail 60 mm
SUSPENSION
Suspension, front 33 mm telescopic fork, 4-click adjustable rebound damping
Suspension, rear Bottom-link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock fully adjustable spring preload, and 4-click rebound damping






 

2017 Kawasaki KX65 - www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £2849 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine

Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 2-stroke Single
Displacement
64 cm³
Bore x stroke
44.5 x 41.6 mm
Compression ratio
8.4:1
Valve/Induction system
Intake reed valve
Fuel system
Carburettor: Mikuni VM24SS
Ignition
Magneto CDI
Starting
Primary kick
Lubrication
Petrol Mix

Brakes & Suspension

Brakes, front
Single 180 mm disc, single-piston
Brakes, rear
Single 180 mm disc, single-piston
Suspension, front
33 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, rear
Bottom-Link Uni-Trak

Transmission

Transmission
6-speed, return
Final Drive
Chain
Primary reduction ratio
3.500 (77/22)
Gear ratios: 1st
2.846 (37/13)
Gear ratios: 2nd
2.125 (34/16)
Gear ratios: 3rd
1.722 (31/18)
Gear ratios: 4th
1.428 (30/21)
Gear ratios: 5th
1.217 (28/23)
Gear ratios: 6th
1.083 (26/24)
Final reduction ratio
3.615 (47/13)
Clutch
Wet Multi Disc

Frame & Dimensions

Frame type
High-tensile steel semi double cradle frame
Rake/Trail
27° / 60 mm
Wheel travel, front
210 mm
Wheel travel, rear
240 mm
Tyre, front
60 / 100-14 30M
Tyre, rear
80 / 100-12 41M
Steering angle, left / right
40° / 40°
Dimensions (L x W x H)
1,590 mm x 760 mm x 955 mm
Wheelbase
1,120 mm
Ground Clearance
305 mm
Fuel capacity
3.8 litres
Seat height
760 mm
Curb Mass
60 kg


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