2018 Kawasaki KX65 Review

2018 Kawasaki KX65
2018 Kawasaki KX65

2018 Kawasaki KX65

2018 Kawasaki KX65

2018 Kawasaki KX65

2018 Kawasaki KX65

 

ASPIRING MOTOCROSS RACERS APPLY.

The KX™65 is the most compact bike in the Kawasaki KX lineup, built to serve as the machine of choice for aspiring motocross racers driven to follow in Kawasaki’s championship footsteps. The durability and reliability the KX models are known for creating a dependable platform for starting off in racing. Featuring a six-speed transmission, race-ready engine, strong stopping power, and superb handling, the KX65 grooms champions.

Its liquid-cooled, two-stroke 65cc engine and light weight chassis delivers strong controllable power and exceptional handling that is the ultimate recipe for winning races. The 33mm front forks and four-way adjustable rebound damping are capable of performing at the highest level in aggressive terrain, while the rear is fitted with Kawasaki’s Uni-Trak® single-shock system with adjustable rebound damping and fully adjustable spring preload.

From their first ride to lifting the trophy, legends choose KX – Created to dominate and built for winners, the KX65 and 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.

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.

 

2018 Kawasaki KX65 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features

The Kawasaki KX™ motocross lineup is ingrained with a long list of successes that has stemmed from building champions since the start. The entire lineup returns for 2018 with models to build future champions.

The Kawasaki Team Green™ racing team has been the dominant force in amateur racing for more than 35 years, providing contingency and trackside support to racers. As a result, Kawasaki has relied on the aspiring young stars to provide input and to help develop winning products across its lineup.

Team Green was founded in 1981 and has played an instrumental role in Kawasaki’s industry-leading support program, helping many of the motocross and supercross stars of today reach the pinnacle of the sport. Amateur racers purchasing a Kawasaki KX motocross bike can gain access to the same support received by champions such as Jeremy McGrath and Ryan Villopoto.

Utilizing the Team Green racing program, a trackside support system consisting of more than 50 local, regional, and amateur motocross and off-road events across the country has been put in place. There, Kawasaki technicians and race transporters can be found with critical parts and technical assistance to all riders.

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.

 

 

2018 Kawasaki KX65 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

THE KX65 MOTORCYCLE IS A LIGHTWEIGHT,
DURABLE 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

 

 

 

2018 Kawasaki KX65 – 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

 

Warranty

Not Available

 

Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)

Not Available

 

 

 

2018 Kawasaki KX65 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $4199 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

 

 

2018 Kawasaki KX65 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £2949 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 system Piston reed valve

Fuel system Carburettor: Mikuni VM24SS

Ignition Electric CDI

Starting System Primary Kick

Lubrication Petrol mix

Gear      Performance & Transmission

Transmission 6-speed

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

Suspensions       Brakes & Suspension

Brakes, front Single 180 mm disc. Caliper: Single-piston

Brakes, rear Single 180 mm disc. Caliper: Single-piston

Suspension, front 33 mm telescopic fork with 4-way rebound damping

Suspension, rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, adjustable preload and stepless rebound damping

Dimensions        Frame & Dimensions

Frame type Double-cradle, high-tensile steel

Trail 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°

L x W x H 1,590 x 760 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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