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2014 Kawasaki KX85
2014 Kawasaki KX85

2014 Kawasaki KX85
2014 Kawasaki KX85

2014 Kawasaki KX85
2014 Kawasaki KX85

2014 Kawasaki KX85
2014 Kawasaki KX85

2014 Kawasaki KX85 Review

2014 Kawasaki KX85

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…

A Fast New Weapon for Jr. MX Warriors!

Every budding motocross star reaches a crossroads early in his or her career, where choosing the right motorcycle can mean all the difference between destination and destiny. With more amateur national championships than any other brand, the Kawasaki KX™ 85’s pedigree already outshines its competition, but for 2014 a new KX85 raises the bar higher than ever. In fact, the one thing that hasn’t changed is that the KX85 is still the ultimate training tool for the Ryan Villopotos of tomorrow. Box-stock, it’s ready to win championships!

The KX85‘s new more-powerful 85cc



2014 Kawasaki KX85 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

At A Glance…

– NEW Retuned liquid-cooled, two-stroke, 85cc engine produces 20% more peak power than previous model

– NEW Revised Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve increases more mid-range torque and top-end power

– Uni-Trak® rear suspension is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping and spring preload

– Rigid 36mm inverted cartridge forks are 20-way compression damping adjustable and provide better steering response and control

– Revised jetting in the 28mm Keihin PWK carburetor helps give ideal fuel atomization, for quicker throttle response and a smoother power delivery

– Six-speed transmission has chrome-finished shift fork ends to resist wear and seizing while bushings on the second, third and fourth gears on the output shaft increase durability

– Industry-leading amateur racer support through Team Green™





2014 Kawasaki KX85 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

Liquid-cooled, Two-stroke, Single-cylinder 85cc Engine

– NEW Cylinder head combustion shape increases power at all rpm

– NEW Cylinder head gasket and gasket retention dowel prevents detonation, increasing reliability

– NEW Piston with longer piston pin improves reliability; single-ring design (was two rings) reduces friction

– NEW Lightweight Nikasil-coated cylinder features a new exhaust port shape for better flow, more power

– NEW Larger outer diameter crankshaft is now 83mm (+2mm), increasing rigidity and improving durability

– NEW Precisely shaped resin block added to crankshaft closes the gap around the machined area near the crank pin, reducing volume of the bottom-end to increase intake transfer for more power

– Intake and exhaust port bridges are machine-finished for reduced wear and improved reliability

– Rotor comes with rare-earth magnets; the unitized piece is small, light and more efficient; low inertial moment improves low-rpm response

– Connecting rod big-end bearing has more rigid cage for improved durability

– Intake port shape and cylinder skirt allow cooling air into the crankcase chamber

– Primary gear is secured using a lock-nut to help reduce mechanical noise

– Metafoam gaskets for the generator and water pump covers improve sealing

Kawasaki Integrated Power Valve System (KIPS®)

– KIPS system varies exhaust-port height for increased horsepower and torque at all rpm

– NEW independent valves replace the old three-piece valve design, increasing reliability and reducing maintenance

– Produces a broad powerband with more mid-range torque and excellent top-end power

– Breather in KIPS cover improves high-rpm and overrun performance


– NEW larger radiator increases cooling capacity by nearly 52% to sustain engine power during long motos

– Radiator is 2.6mm wider, 40mm taller


– Large right-side cutout improves airflow for increased power

– Reusable foam air filter

28mm Keihin PWK Carburetor

– Revised jetting optimizes performance with new engine tuning specs

– Large crescent slide positions the needle closer to intake ports for ideal fuel atomization, providing quicker throttle response and a smoother power delivery

– Carburetor adjustable for various conditions

Exhaust System

– Features large-diameter O-ring and groove on exhaust pipe for improved durability and easy installation

– Aluminum silencer is re-packable like larger KX models


– Thick-base clutch hub rides on needle bearings for smooth action

– Large 91mm clutch plates offer excellent durability and precise engagement

– Clutch-release ratio is designed for light clutch lever action

– Clutch plate service cover simplifies maintenance and utilizes a metal-carbon composite gasket

Six-speed Transmission

– Positive shifting action and rugged durability

– Fifth and sixth gears ride on bushings for added reliability

– Shift forks are hard chrome-finished to resist wear and seizing

– Convenient oil-level window offers easy level checks

– Bushings on the second, third and fourth gears increase durability

High-tensile Steel Perimeter Frame

– High-tensile steel tubing is reinforced in key areas to optimize durability and weight

– Perimeter design accommodates optimal intake/exhaust design

– Wide, steel footpegs offer added control and strength.

– Thick footpeg-mount brackets withstand today’s rigorous tracks

– Engine and chassis bolts feature rust-resistant coating

Fuel Tank

– NEW Fuel tank design features a flatter top area for smoother seating

– NEW Tank cap is moved 20mm lower to extend available room for the rider

Uni-Trak® Rear Suspension

– NEW KYB reservoir shock features black-anodized aluminum body, saves 150 grams of weight

– NEW clicker-type compression damping adjuster allows for more precise damping adjustments

– Swingarm uses large cross-section beams for improved rigidity and control

– Cast-aluminum drive chain adjuster sections allow easy chain adjustments

– Shock is fully adjustable with 24-position compression and 21-position rebound damping, plus stepless spring preload

36mm Inverted Cartridge Fork

– NEW shim-type valving provides more precise damping control

– NEW firmer damping rates offer superior bottoming resistance

– Inverted fork is rigid, providing better steering response and control

– Compression damping is 20-way adjustable

– Aluminum upper fork tubes measure 36mm in diameter for flex-free performance

– Revised axle clamp reduces under-hang for greater fork clearance in ruts

Disc Brakes

– NEW petal-type brake rotors (220mm front/184mm rear) increase stopping power

– NEW petal-type rotor design helps clean the brake pads for more consistent performance

– NEW front brake hose routing helps protect brake line; front guides are just like the big KXs

– Direct upward line routing simplifies brake bleeding and maintenance

– Front brake lever shape offers optimum feel

– Forged-aluminum rear brake pedal is strong, lightweight and features two seals at the pivot for smooth operation and increased durability

– Provide strong braking power with minimal effort


– Black alumite-coated lightweight aluminum rims offer a factory look

– Rear hub features two bearings on the drive side for added durability

– Large rear-axle diameter for optimum rigidity

– NEW Dunlop® Geomax MX51 tires provide optimal grip for a wide range of riding conditions


– NEW Slimmer radiator shrouds and side panels improve rider ergonomics

– NEW Flat seat with seamless seat cover and gripper material improve comfort and make weight shifts easier

– NEW 32.7” seat height is .4” lower than 2013, ideal for growing riders

– NEW Handlebars are 24mm wider and 22mm taller for increased leverage and comfort

– NEW Three-position handlebar risers offer STD, +5mm higher and +10mm higher bar positioning

– NEW Two-position handlebar clamps offer STD, +10mm forward bar location for a total of six different handlebar positions with new handlebar risers

– NEW Swingarm surface finish matches big KXs and is easier to clean

– NEW Angular front fender, angular rear fender and number plate design match big KX-styling

– NEW Wraparound fork guards with embossed Kawasaki logo protect inner fork tubes and enhance styling

– Grey clutch and ignition covers resist the signs of boot rub to help keep the KX looking fresh

– Factory lime green “flow line” graphics and black alumite coatings mirror the reigning champ’s motorcycle




2014 Kawasaki KX85 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4,349 USD


Two-stroke single with KIPS®



Bore x stroke:

48.5mm x 45.8mm




Keihin PWK28


Crankcase reed valve

Compression ratio:

10.9:1 (low speed) –9.0:1 (high speed)


Digital CDI



Final drive:



High-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe member

Rake / trail:

29 degrees / 3.8 in.

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 brake / rear brake:

Hydraulic disc / Disc

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 lbs.

Fuel capacity:

1.32 gal.


49.8 in.


Lime Green






2014 Kawasaki KX85 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: See dealer for pricing in CDN


Type 2-stroke, Single with KIPS
Displacement 84cc
Bore and stroke 48.5 x 45.8 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression ratio 10.9 (low speed), 9.0 (high speed)
Induction 2-petal carbon-fibre piston reed valve
Fuel system Keihin PWK28 carburetor
Ignition Digital-CDI
Lubrication Petrol mix (32:1), 2-stroke racing oil


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

* The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price does not include freight, pre-delivery inspection or applicable taxes. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice. The amount indicated as “Your price” may include an optional instant Mega Cash credit that is deducted from the manufacturer’s suggested retail price before taxes. This promotion is time limited and certain conditions will apply. See your dealer for complete details. Offer not available on financed purchases and cannot be combined with any other special offers. The final price is at the discretion of the dealer. Prices and Specifications are subject to change without prior notice.

** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)

‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.

The specifications mentioned here apply to and have been achieved by production models under standard operating conditions. We intend only to give a fair description of the vehicle and its performance capabilities but these specifications may not apply to every machine supplied for sale. Kawasaki Heavy Industries, Ltd. reserves the right to alter specifications without prior notice. Equipment illustrated and specifications may vary to meet individual markets. Available colours may vary by market.

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