- Two-stroke single with KIPS
- Six-speed gearbox with Chain Final Drive
- Keihin PWK28
- 84cc L
- Top Speed:
- 110 mph
Riders may happen to need more form a motocross bike in terms of size and power so they can orientate towards the Kawasaki KX85, a motorcycle more able to compete on motocross race tracks around the country and deliver next day’s champions.
With the KX85, Kawasaki further trains riders who gained experience on the smallest KX, the 65cc model, when they could actually fit the bike. The long road towards success progressively receives bigger and bigger stamps and the Kawasaki KX85 is a very important one as the thirst of wining increases with the bike’s dimensions.
The bike is defined through its liquid-cooled, two-stroke, single-cylinder 84cc engine which makes it the favorite of the race tracks.
Kawasaki has used the powerful heritage gained by producing the famous KX80 for over twenty years and developed a modern motocross machine which took the levels of handling, power, and pleasure even further.
The Kawasaki KX85 was introduced in 2001 as a brand new motorcycle. The idea behind it was to bring life into the old by inspiring on those bigger green machines that dominated the motocross racing tracks. The result was a machine that perfectly blends the traditional easy-to-deal-with powerband with a healthier top end rush.
An immediate success, the KX85 is still a relatively “new born” considering the years of producing and manufacturing the motocrosser that formed its base, the KX80.
85cc dirt spreaders dispute their supremacy constantly as manufacturers know that once a rider is fascinated by a bike’s behavior, he’ll keep on buying the bigger models until the highest levels of success are reached in his career.
Of course Honda stepped up for the challenge and produced a bike like the CR85R Expert which delivers the same rush and features the exact same qualities as the CR85R only with bigger wheels, a higher seat height and a longer swingarm. You will base your victories on the 85cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder two-stroke, pretty much as well as the Kawasaki.
Riders who need to step up and follow the path towards success can also head at Yamahas and have a look taken at the YZ85. If they are lucky enough and take it for a test ride, the 85cc liquid-cooled 2-stroke; reed-valve inducted will surely prove its point and the bike get sold immediately.
Another alternative, even more appropriate, is the Suzuki RM85L. This bike uses the same recipe as the Honda because it simply takes the awesome RM85 and gives it bigger wheels and a longer swingarm and wheelbase.
One of the best looking (if not THE best) motocross bikes out there, the Kawasaki KX85 definitely has what it takes in order to attract customers with just its looks.
A rider won’t be able to take his eyes off the bike as the high front fender looks very aggressive and looks good surrounded by the white number panel and mudguards. This is how the front looks, but on the side’s you will immediately fall in love with the panels featuring the Kawasaki name and decals.
The seat is perfectly integrated between the high rear fender and fuel tank and the white side panels further enhance the aggressive looks of this bike.
Everything else, the fork, the exhaust looks aggressive and prepared for the fight with those bumps.
The only color available for the KX85 is Lime Green as the manufacturer is identified on the track with the help of its unique color. You can be certain that this will be the color most often seen first at the finish line.
A fully grown adult wouldn’t feel at home on the KX85 as the bike is destined to riders situated still at the beginning of their careers. So my solution was to consult with some of these riders in order to get that very precious feedback.
I found no separate opinions about this 2008 Kawasaki as every rider was impressed by how this motocrosser handles and delivers its power to the rear wheel.
Ever since it became an 85cc, the KX’s two-stroke single was tuned for more top-end power, but this doesn’t mean that low and mid-range rush isn’t adrenaline pumping as well. It is true that the KX80 was famous for its low-end rush and most of that feel is still being retained as the manufacturer gets the best out of that motor.
The bike accelerates extraordinarily well out of corners and it is very stable while cornering. This is the result of its great steering geometry. Riders had no problem showing it the way and the bike had no problem following the directions as it is very responsive and very well balanced. The way it goes around the corners has also much to do with the fact that the center of gravity was kept down.
Even though some people in the crowd may of needed more allowing ergonomics, they didn’t went for a bigger bike as they prefer buying aftermarket handlebars and they are ready to go.
Appreciating to make high jumps and accelerating hard before such a maneuver, a beginning rider won’t feel restricted by the bike’s behavior. In fact, I found out that it actually “invites” you to give it some more gas and fly higher just for the hell of it. The fully adjustable suspensions have much to do with the ease of this situation and the fact the bike is stable is a big advantage.
On your every day racing circuit you probably won’t be able to hit sixth gear, not even in the straight line, but you will definitely enjoy every single gear change and clutch engaging and disengaging that comes with it. I only heard positive responses related to the way the gearbox functions and no riders, beginners or not, managed to miss a single gear.
Disc brakes are always appreciated, and the KX85 features such brakes both at the front wheel and at the back wheel. Powerful stopping power is provided and the riders are confident about braking later before a corner because they rely on these awesome performing units.
You will also feel very at home on the Kawasaki KX85 if you go for it and the satisfaction will be guaranteed. It is a real blast and a small clue on what you’re going t be on in a couple of years.
One of the most affordable motorcycles in its class, the Kawasaki KX85 manages to attract more and more customers. Engineers made no concessions when they created it, but the marketing department seems to do some.
Having an MSRP of only $2,999 this motocrosser is ready to be taken down the tracks and bring you victories without too many bucks involved. This is another great balance that Kawasaki manages to achieve with its motorcycles, and the KX85 is a good example of the manufacturer’s strategy.
Kawasaki proves having the talent to deliver awesome performance while still managing to keep the bike light, stable, easy to maneuver, and safe. This way, it completes pretty much all the requirements for a best seller, if we also take in consideration its price, with the “success” tag hanging down its handlebars.
The KX85 also represents a guaranteed initiator as many riders gathered experience on it and pretty soon headed towards the bigger displacement machines although the bike was still keeping up with the requirements.
Engine and Transmission
Type: Two-stroke single with KIPS®
Bore x stroke: 48.5 x 45.8mm
Carburetion: Keihin PWK28
Induction: Crankcase reed valve
Compression ratio: 10.0:1 (low speed) – 9.2:1 (high speed)
Ignition: Digital CDI
Final drive: Chain
Chassis and Dimensions
Frame: High-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe member
Rake / trail: 27 degrees / 3.5 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 36mm inverted telescopic cartridge fork with 18-way compression damping / 10.8 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: UNI-TRAK® single-shock system with 4-way compression and 16-way rebound damping, plus adjustable spring preload / 10.8 in.
Front tire: 70/100x17
Rear tire: 90/100x14
Front brake: Hydraulic disc
Rear brake: Disc
Overall length: 71.7 in.
Overall width: 28.9 in.
Overall height: 41.5 in.
Ground clearance: 13.4 in.
Seat height: 33.1 in.
Dry weight: 143.3 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 1.5 gal.
Wheelbase: 49.4 in.
Color: Lime Green
Even-running temperatures provide consistent power output
Lightweight Electrofusion-coated cylinder improves heat transfer while resisting abrasion and seizure
Bridges between intake and exhaust ports are machine finished for less wear and improved reliability
Magneto with lower inertial moment improves low-rpm response
Rotor comes with rare-earth magnets –the unitized piece is small, light and more efficient
Connecting rod big-end bearing has more rigid cage for improved durability
Intake port shape and revised cylinder skirt allow cooling air into the crankcase chamber
Primary gear is secured using a lock-nut to help reduce mechanical noise
Metafoam gaskets for the generator and water pump covers improve sealing
Kawasaki Integrated Power Valve System (KIPS®):
KIPS system varies exhaust-port height for increased horsepower and torque at all rpm’s
Produces a broad powerband with more low-end torque and mid-range, while retaining excellent top-end power
Breather in KIPS cover improves high-rpm and overrun performance
Thick base clutch hub rides on needle bearings for smooth action
Large clutch plates are 119mm in diameter for durability and control
Clutch-release lever ratio is designed for light clutch lever action
Clutch plate service cover simplifies maintenance and utilizes a metal-carbon composite gasket
The fifth and sixth gears on the input shaft ride on bushings for added reliability
Positive shifting action and rugged durability
Shift forks are hard chrome finished to resist wear and seizing
Convenient oil level window
Bushings on the second, third and fourth gears on the output shaft increase durability
28mm Keihin PWK carburetor:
Large crescent slide carburetor positions the needle closer to intake ports for excellent throttle response and improves power
Adjustable for various conditions
Large right-side cutout improves airflow for increased power
Reusable foam air filter
Features large-diameter O-ring and groove on exhaust pipe for improved durability and easy installation
Aluminum silencer is re-packable like larger KX models
High-tensile Steel Perimeter Frame:
Wide footpegs for better control, made of cast steel for strength
Thick footpeg mounting brackets withstand today’s rigorous tracks
Engine and chassis bolts have rust-resistant coating
Gas tank design lowers center of gravity for improved handling
UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension:
The swingarm uses large cross-section beams for improved rigidity and control
Cast-aluminum drive chain adjuster sections for easy chain adjustments
Shock is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping and spring preload
36mm Inverted Cartridge Fork:
Inverted forks are rigid, providing better steering response and control
Compression damping is 18-way adjustable
Aluminum upper fork tubes measure 49.5mm in diameter for flex-free performance
Front and Rear Disc Brakes:
Front brake lever shape offers better feel
Forged-aluminum rear brake pedal is strong, lightweight and features two seals at the pivot for smooth operation and increased durability
Strong braking power is achieved with minimal effort
Front and Rear Wheels:
Rear hub features two wheel bearings on the drive side of the hub for durability
Rear-axle diameter is large for more rigidity
Aggressive Kawasaki Lime Green and Black graphics just like larger KX models