Kids today are getting more and more sophisticated about their hobbies, so much so that seeing a little tyke riding a motorcycle isn’t an uncommon occurrence anymore. That being said, it’s much easier to get these kids introduced to the world of motor bikes by going the route of a small and nimble ride as opposed to going straight to the big leagues.
One such bike that can accommodate the young ones is the Kawasaki KX85. In terms of its overall look, the KX85 comes with a black-painted, high-tensile steel perimeter frame with a specially designed fuel tank sitting inside the cage to keep the fuel load and, thus, the center of mass as low as possible for improved handling. All this is wrapped in lime green body panels, with lightweight black aluminum wheels and aggressive graphics. The result is a factory-look racer with factory-like performance.
This little rocket ship is also powered by a simple two-stroke, 84cc engine that actually puts out eye-popping power relative to its size. The KX85’s engine is mated to a six-speed transmission that delivers smooth and positive shifting along with enhanced durability, proving that this intro bike is tougher than it looks. Further enhancing the KX85’s tractable power are the Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve System (KIPS) and tuned exhaust pipe that provides better drive out of corners and a linear power delivery for young riders of varying skill levels.
More than just the engine, the Kawasaki KX85 comes with an advanced chassis package with a 36mm cartridge fork that has 18-way compression damping adjustability and settings designed to make mince meat of even the toughest of tracks. The UNI-TRAK shock in the back features fully adjustable spring preload, compression, and rebound damping for superior rear wheel control.
Find out more about the Kawasaki KX85 after the jump.
Not everybody is fully equipped in jumping into a full-fledged motocross bike off the bat. Some people need to get used to them and Kawasaki has the perfect bike for the job: The KX100.
As one of the best entry-level motocross bikes for novice riders, the KX100 helps bridge the gap between classes, providing growing adolescent riders with a machine that accommodates both their growing skill base and their physical size while also giving them an ideal tool to hone their skills before jumping onto a bigger bike.
The KX100 is a simply designed bike that offers nothing in excess. If there was any, the aggressive graphics in the bike that matches its black frame could probably constitute as that. But more than just stickers and graphics, the KX100 comes with a 99cc liquid-cooled two-stroke engine that offers more power and a broader spread of it than the KX85. It also has a 28mm Keihin carburetor and carbon-fiber reed valve assembly, providing a crisp throttle response while the Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve System helps produce a powerband with good low-end torque and a strong top-end rush. The power then passes onto a smooth-shifting six-speed transmission, giving the KX a gear for every situation on the race track.
As far as its handling and set-up are concerned, the KX100 comes with an adjustable long-travel suspension at both ends to help smooth even the roughest motocross circuits. The 36mm inverted cartridge fork has compression damping adjustment capability, whereas the UNI-TRAK rear suspension system has a shock absorber that’s more than capable for a variety of purposes, including spring preload, compression, and rebound damping. As for the brakes, the KX100 has front and rear discs that are mounted with shoulder bolts for easier maintenance.
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The Kawasaki KX250F is a certified award-winning bike, as evidenced by its continued dominance in the AMA Supercross series. So it figures that when you have a bike that’s as proven and tested as this one, it’s going to translate to the consumer market.
And that’ precisely what the KX250F has done.
For the 2012 model, the Kawasaki motocrosser offers a list of enhancements that allow the bike to be even more powerful, while also improving its handling and overall durability.
The KX250F offers cutting-edge technology right off the showroom floor, to give riders the winning edge on the track. Along with the KX250F’s race-proven performance, no other production motocrosser offers as much adjustability, fine-tuning capabilities, and rider customization when it comes to motor and suspension.
The design of the bike remains largely the same as that of its predecessor. But that’s not to say that the 2012 model doesn’t come with its share of improvements, particularly on the performance level.
We already know the bike carries a 249cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-valve, single-cylinder DOHC engine that delivers hard-hitting power across the rpm range. But for 2012, Kawasaki engineers wanted to create a bike with even more impressive top-end performance, which they accomplished by equipping its Digital Fuel Injection system with a second fuel injector –a first for use on production motocross bikes– located near the airbox intake. The all-new “upstream” injector helps build a wider and more potent spread of power as rpm climbs. The two fine-mist atomizing injectors that feed the 250cc four-stroke powerplant are distinct in appearance with different body sizes, but deliver the same per-cycle capacity.
Together, Kawasaki’s dual injectors offer the kind of a one-two punch that delivers more headings of fuel on acceleration to increase the high-rpm power and overall capabilities of the KX250F.
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The race-winning heritage of the Kawasaki KX450F is a testament to the motocross bike’s outstanding capabilities, not just with its superb power, but also with the kind of confident handling that riders enjoy. Racing has always been at the forefront for the KX450F, and the 2012 model ads plenty of technical innovations that have been developed from the factory know-how of the Monster Energy Kawasaki race team, with the end result suggesting an unmatched combination of cutting-edge innovation and race-proven components.
The 2012 highlights of the KX450R start with the Supercross-winning DNA of last year’s bike. The advanced design of the aluminum perimeter frame and dominating motor receive a host of modifications, creating a more squeezed-in and mass-centralized chassis that produces more power than at any other time in the bike’s esteemed history.
The design of the bike also plays into the various features that are included in the overall package. For instance, the 2012 KX450F comes with a choice of four different handlebar positions, two footpeg positions, and virtually unlimited ignition mapping capabilities that are owed to the Kawasaki’s advanced Digital Fuel Injection system.
Inside the KX450F lies a powerful and reliable 449cc liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-stroke single engine that delivers improved mid- to high-end power and a wider powerband, thanks to numerous upgrades.
A new wrinkle added to the KX450F is the Launch Control Mode, a feature that’s been tuned to maximize traction out of the starting gate. Activating the Launch Control mode is a unique key that can be turned and used before a push-button system is activated by a touch of the switch on the left handlebar. The Launch Control’s effectiveness is further enhanced by a chassis designed to maximize suspension performance and rear wheel traction.
Find out more about the Kawasaki KX459F after the jump.
Kawasaki has created the KX85 for riders who aim at improving their skills in or out of designated competitions and it also achieved the best bang for the buck in this class. It intends on keeping things this way for 2010, so it carries on producing the entry-level dirt bike, which is also the one reviewed by us today.
The Kawasaki KX85 Monster Energy remains a 2009 model year, but still brings a fresh feel among all that green. Still affordable, but definitely a change, the Monster Energy offers nothing different but color. See it yourself!
Kawasaki now offers the KX250F motocross model as a 2010 model year. Not only that, but the quarter-liter racer is entirely new as a result of engineers aiming towards a higher revving and implicit more powerful, but also more reliable engine. Once you’ve done that, every single piece of the machine qualifies for a proper revision and that’s how dirt bikes end up being tweaked each and every year.
The 2010 Kawasaki KX450F is now a fact on dealership floors and it comes with a whole range of improvements that are more than enough for a review of this new model year. Like with all previous generation models, the goal here was to improve performance and reliability as well as rider comfort and looks.
Kawi is quite proud of their new KX450F and they have plenty of reasons to also be enthusiastic about the new racing season. You see, more power and less weight will always do the trick in the right hands.
Kawasaki has recently posted two videos about their top 2010 motocross models, the KX250F and KX450F, on their official Youtube channel. These are actually video previews by Jeff Emig, who takes viewers through the most important features of these bikes. While Kawi’s quarter-liter motocrosser has been seriously improved, the KX450F is a totally new bike. Enjoy the videos.
The smallest, but definitely not weakest motocrosser out there comes from the green team and brings the excitement of racing to an even younger category or riders. Kawasaki introduced the KX65 specifically for those who feel like skipping off-road beginners bikes and get to the real thing as soon as possible. This is the best real thing you’ll get at an early age.
Kawasaki offers its own, unique solution to the translation from mini bikes to full-sized motocross machines: the KX100! With its 99cc engine and larger wheels, it is the purest blend of both worlds and it is not afraid showing it out on the track. Performance, handling and balance is what Kawasaki aimed at when created the new mid-sized motocross ride so it should receive great recognition for it.