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2018 Kawasaki KX85 Review

2018 Kawasaki KX85
2018 Kawasaki KX85

2018 Kawasaki KX85

2018 Kawasaki KX85

2018 Kawasaki KX85

2018 Kawasaki KX85

 

WHERE FUTURE MOTOCROSS STARS GET THEIR START.

The KX™85 motorcycle defines a “big bike in a small package” and has been strategically developed to meet the standards of youth racers searching for the upper hand over the competition. Embedded with the performance and winning technology of the KX lineup, the KX85 relies on its instantaneous power, nimble handling, and factory-race inspired styling to reach the checkered flag first.

The two-stroke, single cylinder 85cc engine is equipped with the highly advanced KIPS®  powervalve system that generates an easy-to-use wide-spread powerband. Championship performance requires power and reliability, which is exactly why the KX85 stands above the competition.

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.

 

2018 Kawasaki KX85 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 KX85 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits

THE KX85 MOTORCYCLE BRINGS KAWASAKI’S PROVEN PERFORMANCE TO THE AMATEUR RANKS, WITH THE PROPORTIONATE POWER OF A BIG BIKE SCALED DOWN TO OFFER EXPERIENCED YOUNG RACERS THE ADVANTAGE THEY NEED.
  • 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

 

 

2018 Kawasaki KX85 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $4349 USD

POWER

Engine

2-stroke, 1-cylinder, piston reed, valve, water-cooled

 

Displacement

84cc

 

Bore x Stroke

48.5 x 45.8mm

 

Compression ratio

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

 

Fuel System

Keihin PWK28

 

Ignition

Electric CDI w/digital advance

 

Transmission

6-speed, return shift

 

Final Drive

Chain

 

PERFORMANCE

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

70/100-17

 

Rear Tire

90/100-14

 

Front Brakes

Disc

 

Rear Brakes

Disc

 

DETAILS

Frame Type

High-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe member

 

Rake/Trail

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

 

Wheelbase

49.8 in

 

Color Choices

Lime Green

 

Warranty

Not Available

 

Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)

Not Available

 

 

 

2018 Kawasaki KX85 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $4899 CDN

ENGINE

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

BRAKES

Front: type Single 220 mm disc
Front: calipers Single-piston caliper
Rear: type Single 184 mm disc
Rear: calipers Single-piston caliper

DIMENSIONS

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 (11.4 in.)
Seat height 830 mm (33.1 in.)
Curb mass** 75 kg (152.1 lbs)
Fuel capacity 5 litres (1.2 gal.)

DRIVETRAIN

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

FRAME

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

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

 

 

2018 Kawasaki KX85 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £3849 GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)

Engine

Engine type Liquid-cooled, 2-stroke Single with KIPS

Displacement 84 cm³

Bore x stroke 48.5 x 45.8 mm

Compression ratio 10.9:1 (low speed); 9.0:1 (high speed)

Valve system Piston reed valve

Fuel system Carburettor: Keihin PWK 28

Ignition Digital CDI

Starting System Primary Kick

Lubrication Petrol mix

Gear      Performance & Transmission

Transmission 6-speed

Final drive Chain

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)

Clutch Wet multi-disc

Suspensions       Brakes & Suspension

Brakes, front Single 220 mm disc. Caliper: Dual-piston

Brakes, rear Single 184 mm disc. Caliper: Single-piston

Suspension, front 36 mm inverted telescopic fork with 20-way compression damping

Suspension, rear Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with adjustable preload, 24-way compression and 21-way rebound damping

Dimensions        Frame & Dimensions

Frame type Perimeter, high-tensile steel

Trail 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°

L x W x H 1,830 x 765 x 1,100 mm

Wheelbase 1,265 mm

Ground clearance 290 mm

Fuel capacity 5 litres

Seat height 830 mm

Curb Mass 75 kg

 

 

 

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