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2015 Kawasaki KX65
2015 Kawasaki KX65

2015 Kawasaki KX65
2015 Kawasaki KX65

2015 Kawasaki KX65
2015 Kawasaki KX65

2015 Kawasaki KX65
2015 Kawasaki KX65

2015 Kawasaki KX65 Review

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A First Step on the Road to Glory

For more than 30 years, Kawasaki’s smallest KX™ motocrosser has played a key role in the sport of motocross, providing a race-winning platform on which countless national and Supercross champions have begun the journey to superstar status. Today, Kawasaki’s KX™65 maintains the same successful attributes, including a powerful and reliable two-stroke engine, lightweight chassis, disc brakes and long travel suspension. Its reputation as the quintessential learning tool for young racers taking their first steps into the world of competitive riding is well deserved.


The KX65’s liquid-cooled 64cc engine produces an amazing level of power for its small displacement, and its smooth-shifting six-speed transmission with manual clutch help transfer that power to the ground efficiently.

Its semi-double-cradle steel frame is equipped with Kawasaki’s legendary Uni-Trak® linkage system, which alters leverage on the rear shock as the suspension compresses. This means small bumps receive light damping, while larger bumps receive progressively firmer damping to give the rider better control.

Both the rear shock and front forks boast four-way adjustable rebound damping for optimal handling.

Lightweight aluminum rims reduce unsprung weight to help improve suspension action, and offer the same aggressive look as the larger KX models. Both wheels feature hydraulic disc brakes that not only provide great stopping power but require little maintenance and simplify wheel removal.



2015 Kawasaki KX65 Key Features

At A Glance…
64cc two-stroke engine with digital ignition offers ideal timing for better throttle response throughout the rev range
An electrofusion-coated cylinder with advanced exhaust and transfer ports for increased power and performance at higher rpm
Six-speed transmission offers positive action and rugged durability; hard chrome-finished shift fork ends resist wear
High-tensile steel frame offers exceptional torsional rigidity for excellent handling with a reinforced down tube for increased strength and durability
Uni-Trak® rear suspension offers progressively increasing spring and damping strength as the suspension compresses for a more controlled ride
Front and rear disc brakes are light, powerful and resist fading
Industry-leading amateur racing support through Team Green™


2015 Kawasaki KX65 Features and Benefits

64cc Two-stroke Engine
Digital ignition offers ideal timing for optimum throttle response throughout the rev range
Ignition rotor features rare-earth magnets, making it smaller, lighter and more durable. Its low inertial moment improves low-RPM response
High capacity ignition coil delivers a higher secondary voltage for a hotter spark, and the punchier response improves acceleration
Connecting rod big-end bearing features a cage for added durability
Primary gear is secured using a lock-nut to help reduce mechanical noise
The oil seal of the left crankcase has a stopper for increased engine reliability
Metafoam gaskets are used for the generator cover, water pump cover and water pump elbow for improved sealing
Silver clutch and ignition covers resist the signs of boot rub to help keep the KX looking fresh, longer

Electrofusion Cylinder
Electrofusion coating on the aluminum cylinder walls improves heat transfer for consistent power output
Allows closer piston-to-cylinder clearances for more power
Provides excellent wear and seizing resistance
Advanced exhaust and transfer ports increase power and performance at higher rpm
Bridge between exhaust ports is machined for increased reliability and resistance to wear and seizure
Lightweight cylinder liner transfers heat efficiently for cooler running

Liquid Cooling
Large radiator provides more consistent engine temperatures, keeping power output strong throughout the moto
Cooling system offers greater reliability and less engine wear

24mm Mikuni Carburetor
Feeds a four-petal reed valve for excellent throttle response
Allows the engine to produce more power and torque at all RPM

Six-speed Transmission
Positive action and rugged durability
Hard chrome-finished shift-fork ends resist wear
Manual clutch mechanism mirrors larger KX models
Clutch cover gasket made of metal-carbon composite material

High-tensile Steel Frame
Exceptional torsional rigidity for excellent handling
Reinforced downtube adds strength and durability
Engine and chassis bolts feature rust-resistant coating

Front Fork
Four-position rebound-damping adjustment accommodates different riding styles and terrain

Uni-Trak® Rear Suspension
Rising-rate action allows a more controlled ride as the suspension compresses

Nitrogen-charged Shock
Four-way adjustable rebound damping offers a variety of settings for various track conditions
External reservoir helps maintain consistent damping
Re-buildable aluminum body

Forged aluminum rocker arm reduces weight and improves durability

Front and Rear Disc Brakes
Light and powerful
Ergonomic front brake lever shape offers better feel
Resists fading
Requires less lever pressure

Lightweight Aluminum Rims
Black aluminum rims provide the same aggressive look as the rims on larger KX models
Reduces unsprung weight for improved suspension action

Detachable Aluminum Silencer
Silencer is removable and packing is replaceable
Oval shape mimics the styling of larger-displacement KX models




2015 Kawasaki KX65 – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $3,699 USD

Engine: Two-stroke single
Displacement: 64cc
Bore x stroke: 44.5 x 41.6mm
Cooling: Liquid
Carburetion: Mikuni VM24SS
Induction: Four-petal reed valve
Compression ratio: 8.4:1
Ignition: Digital CDI
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Semi-double-cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail: 27 degrees / 2.4″
Front suspension / wheel travel: 33mm leading axle conventional fork with four-way rebound damping / 8.3″
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak® single shock system with four-way rebound damping and fully adjustable spring preload / 9.4″
Front tire: 60/100×14
Rear tire: 80/100×12
Front brake / rear brake: Hydraulic disc / disc
Overall length: 62.6″
Overall width: 29.9″
Overall height: 37.6″
Ground clearance: 12″
Seat height: 29.9″
Curb weight: 132.2 lb
Fuel capacity: 1 gallon
Wheelbase: 44.1″
Color: Lime Green
MSRP: $3,699



2015 Kawasaki KX85 – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $4,099 CDN

Displacement 64 cc
Type Liquid-cooled, 2-stroke Single
Bore and stroke 44.5 x 41.6 mm
Compression ratio 8.4:1
Carburetor Mikuni VM24SS
Induction 4-petal reed valve
Ignition Digital CDI
Lubrication Pre-mix (32:1)
Primary Drive Gear
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)
Transmission 6-speed, return
Gear ratio: 6th 1.083 (26/24)
Final reduction ratio 3.615 (47/13)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, manual
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
Wheel travel: front 210 mm
Wheel travel: rear 240 mm
Tire: front 60/100-14
Tire: rear 80/100-12
Caster (rake) 27°
Trail 60 mm
Type Semi double cradle, High-tensile steel with detachable left-side rear section
Front: type 180 mm disc
Front: calipers Single-piston caliper
Rear: type 180 mm disc
Rear: calipers Single-piston caliper
Overall width 760 mm
Overall length 1,590 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


* 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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