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2016 Kawasaki KX85 Review
2016 Kawasaki KX85 on www.Totalmotorcycle.com
FROM MINI DREAMER TO HALL-OF-FAMER…
When choosing the right motorcycle to mold your young racer, you need a training tool with the gusto to build bold race leaders. The KX™85 shares the same engine design with the KX100, supplying it with the competitive power to win. With more amateur national championships than any other brand, the KX85 helps developing riders get to the top of the podium.
Designed for the young rider who wants an unfair advantage over the competition, the KX85 is a “big bike” in a small package. It boasts many of Kawasaki’s winning technologies to get the rider onto the podium, and looks the part with its factory race-inspired styling.
It all starts with ensuring the rider is comfortable and in control, providing efficient damping at both ends to keep the tires tracking. The rider can easily reposition on the flat and narrow seat, helping to set up the bike for corners and jumps alike. It also has an adjustable handlebar to help with overall comfort and rider position.
The two-stroke, single-cylinder 85cc engine receives the advanced KIPS powervalve system for a wide powerband and ultimate reliability to keep the rider in the winner’s circle.
Color: Lime Green
Absolutely nobody can exceed the championship legacy of Kawasaki and the KX™ motorcycle. At any level. KX has more combined professional 250 and 450 class SX titles than anyone. At the amateur level, legends like Villopoto, Carmichael, Stewart, Emig, and McGrath all launched their incomprehensible professional careers with support from Team Green™, our amateur Motocross program. The common thread? The KX is The Bike That Builds Champions.
2016 Kawasaki KX85 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
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.
The Kawasaki KX™ family of motocross bikes is the breeding ground for champions. The proof began in 1974, when the first KX450, KX250 and KX125 were unveiled in the US. Since then, Kawasaki has been a dominant force in the history of supercross and motocross racing. We build the bikes that make champions.
Look no further than four-time supercross champion, Ryan Villopoto who is one of the most successful riders of all time, and is continuing his winning ways on the world stage in the FIM Motocross World Championship. Riding the KX450F, Villopoto is proof that the best way to start a championship run is on a Kawasaki.
Amateur racers who purchase a Kawasaki KX motocross bike gain access to Team Green™ – Kawasaki’s industry-leading support program that has been around since 1981 and has helped many motocross/supercross stars move through the program.
Team Green’s Trackside Support program covers more than 50 local, regional, and national amateur motocross and off-road events across the country, where Kawasaki technicians and race transporters provide emergency parts, technical assistance and racing tips to all Kawasaki riders.
2016 Kawasaki KX85 www.Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
The KX™85 is equipped with three-position height-adjustable handlebar clamps and
adjustable front and rear suspension to t the bike to a young rider’s preference.
The 36mm inverted cartridge forks have shim-type valving for optimal control
and feel, and 20-way adjustable compression damping for precise handling
in a wide range of conditions. The rear suspension is just as versatile with a
fully adjustable KYB shock that has 24-position compression and 21-position
rebound damping adjustment as well as spring preload adjustability.
2016 Kawasaki KX85 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com 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
10.9:1 (low speed) – 9.0:1 (high speed)
Electric CDI w/digital advance
6-speed, return shift
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 Size
Rear Tire Size
High-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe member
29 ° / 3.8 in
2016 Kawasaki KX85 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $4799 CDN
Type 2-stroke, Single with KIPS
Bore and stroke 48.5 x 45.8 mm
Compression ratio 10.9 (low speed), 9.0 (high speed)
Fuel system Keihin PWK28 carburetor
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
2016 Kawasaki KX85 – www.Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
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