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2017 Kawasaki KX85
2017 Kawasaki KX85

2017 Kawasaki KX85
2017 Kawasaki KX85

2017 Kawasaki KX85
2017 Kawasaki KX85

2017 Kawasaki KX85 Review

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Big Bike in a Small Package...

Kawasaki’s intermediate KX85 motocross racer is the natural progression after the kids outgrow their KX65. Loaded with big KX features, these high performance racers keep young riders at the front of the pack.

Designed for the youth racer looking for the ultimate advantage over the competition, the KX85 defines a “big bike in a small package.” Injected with Kawasaki’s winning technology, it is geared towards placing its fierce power, razor sharp handling, and factory-race inspired styling on the top step of the podium.

The two-stroke, single cylinder 85cc engine boasts the highly advanced KIPS powervalve system that generates a user friendly, wide-spread powerband. A key component in championship performance, the power and reliability is unmatched when lined up next to its competition.

KX - The bike that builds champions

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 KX85 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 KX85 Features and Benefits


•High-performance liquid-cooled, 84cc 2-stroke engine
•6-position adjustable handlebar mount helps tailor ergonomics for a wide range of riders
•Sophisticated suspension components with a 32.7 inch seat height
•Front and rear disc brakes
•High tensile steel perimeter frame



2017 Kawasaki KX85 - USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4349 USD

2-stroke, 1-cylinder, piston reed, valve, water-cooled
Bore x Stroke
48.5 x 45.8mm
Compression ratio
10.9:1 (low speed) - 9.0:1 (high speed)
Fuel System
Keihin PWK28
Electric CDI w/digital advance
6-speed, return shift
Final Drive
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel
36mm inverted telescopic cartridge fork with 20-way compression damping/10.8 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel
Uni-Trak® single shock system with 24-way compression and 21-way rebound damping, plus adjustable spring preload/10.8 in
Front Tire
Rear Tire
Front Brakes
Rear Brakes
Frame Type
High-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe member
29 °/3.8 in
Overall Length
72.0 in
Overall Width
30.1 in
Overall Height
43.3 in
Ground Clearance
11.4 in
Seat Height
32.7 in
Curb Weight
165.3 lb**
Fuel Capacity
1.32 gal
49.8 in
Color Choices
Lime Green



2017 Kawasaki KX85 - Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $4849 CDN

Displacement 84cc
Type 2-stroke, Single with KIPS
Bore and stroke 48.5 x 45.8 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression ratio 10.9 (low speed), 9.0 (high speed)
Fuel system Keihin PWK28 carburetor
Ignition Digital-CDI
Lubrication Petrol mix (32:1), 2-stroke racing oil
Induction 2-petal carbon-fibre piston reed valve
Front: type Single 220 mm disc
Front: calipers Single-piston caliper
Rear: type Single 184 mm disc
Rear: calipers Single-piston caliper
Overall length 1,830 mm (71.7 in.)
Overall width 765 mm (28.9 in.)
Overall height 1,100 mm (41.5 in.)
Wheelbase 1,265 mm (49.4 in.)
Ground clearance 290 mm (13.4 in.)
Seat height 830 mm (33.1 in.)
Curb mass** 75 kg (152.1 lbs)
Fuel capacity 5 litres (1.2 gal.)
Transmission 6-speed, constant mesh, return shift
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction ratio 3.400 (68/20)
Gear ratio: 1st 2.538 (33/13)
Gear ratio: 2nd 1.875 (30/16)
Gear ratio: 3rd 1.500 (27/18)
Gear ratio: 4th 1.250 (25/20)
Gear ratio: 5th 1.090 (24/22)
Gear ratio: 6th 0.956 (22/23)
Final reduction ratio 3.571 (50/14)
Clutch Wet multi-disc
Type Tubular semi-double cradle, high tensile steel
Wheel travel: front 275 mm (10.8 in.)
Tire: front 70/100-17
Wheel travel: rear 275 mm (10.8 in.)
Tire: rear 90/100-14
Caster (rake) 29°
Trail 97 mm (3.5 in.)
Steering angle (left/right) 45° / 45°
Suspension, front 36 mm inverted telescopic cartridge fork with 20-way compression damping
Suspension, rear Uni-Trak single-shock system with 24-way compression and 21-way rebound damping, plus adjustable spring preload


2017 Kawasaki KX85 - European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £3749 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine type
Liquid-cooled, 2-stroke Single with KIPS
84 cm³
Bore x stroke
48.5 x 45.8 mm
Compression ratio
10.9:1 (low speed); 9.0:1 (high speed)
Valve/Induction system
Piston Reed valve
Fuel system
Carburettor: Keihin PWK 28
Digital CDI
Primary kick
Pre-mix (32:1)
Brakes & Suspension
Brakes, front
Single 220 mm disc with dual-piston caliper
Brakes, rear
Single 184 mm disc with single-piston caliper
Suspension, front
36 mm inverted telescopic fork with 20-way compression damping
Suspension, rear
Uni-Trak with adjustable preload, 24-way compression and 21-way rebound damping
6-speed, return
Final Drive
Primary reduction ratio
3.400 (68/20)
Gear ratios: 1st
2.538 (33/13)
Gear ratios: 2nd
1.875 (30/16)
Gear ratios: 3rd
1.500 (27/18)
Gear ratios: 4th
1.250 (25/20)
Gear ratios: 5th
1.090 (24/22)
Gear ratios: 6th
0.956 (22/23)
Final reduction ratio
3.571 (50/14)
Wet Multi Disc, manual
Frame & Dimensions
Frame type
Perimeter, high-tensile steel
29° / 97 mm
Wheel travel, front
275 mm
Wheel travel, rear
275 mm
Tyre, front
70/100-17 40M
Tyre, rear
90/100-14 49M
Steering angle, left / right
45° / 45°
Dimensions (L x W x H)
1,830 mm x 765 mm x 1,100 mm
1,265 mm
Ground Clearance
290 mm
Fuel capacity
5 litres
Seat height
830 mm
Curb Mass
75 kg

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