2004 Kawasaki KX85 — Motorcycle USA

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Kawasaki KX 85

2004 Kawasaki KX85

developmental racing program has one of the most successful in the history of the thanks in large part to the of the KX80 and KX85 and its affiliation names like Carmichael and It never hurts to get future on your bike at an early age and has managed to do just that for over a decade.

For years, the KX was by many as the king of the proverbial hill. Back in 2001 increased displacement on its machine to the only manufacturer to boast an that exceeded 80cc. in 2003 manufacturers of red, and yellow bikes joined the and upped displacement on their models to match the little machine.

For ’04 little has on the small-wheel KX85. Nestled a high-tensile steel perimeter is an 84cc liquid-cooled two-… powerplant. With a relatively engine that boasts a and … of 48.5 x 45.8 mm and a ratio of 10.1:1, Kawasaki breaking new ground in ’04, but a formula is successful why deviate?

The sheet may read the same as year’s model, but we have a suspicion that Team engineers may have tweaked the for ’04. Last year’s received criticism from a few of the for exhibiting plenty of low-end and midrange power, but lacking a when the revs ascend to the regions of the power band.

According to our testers, Kawasaki has top-end deficiencies for ’04, but they done so at the expense of the grunt that the KX85 was for last year? Mason who used to race 85s, that the KX is ultra competitive, but it use a little boost in the low- and

Mason Watson pushes the suspension setting at RVMX in Oregon.

It’s a really bike, especially on top, the 115-pound MXer. Once you get the up the bike just smokes and to pull hard until you hit the rev But it definitely lacks a little on the low

Some of the other 2004 85s ridden have a little bit on the bottom, but I can honestly say that the KX as hard as any other 85cc at the top of the

Delivering the air/fuel mixture to the cylinder is a Keihin 28mm that features a crescent-slide, positions the needle closer to the ports, ultimately making for a combustible mixture. Allowing the KX to is a Kawasaki Integrated Power-Valve and exhaust pipe capped a KX250-style muffler.

In real terms, the KX’s carburetion and response is spot on and gives the lighting quick reaction a twist of the wrist. James who recently made the move up to a fell in love with the we brought to the track and praised the fuel delivery system.

The response is awesome, said As soon as you twist the throttle it on, same as when you shut it it’s off. Pretty the bike performed perfectly; I asked for more it was there.

The got rave reviews for a buttery that made scrolling the gears a breeze.

Scrolling the gears was merely an afterthought for our two riders. Both remained on the topic of the six-speed transmission but the clutch, which they repeatedly as awesome. Missed and false neutrals were throughout the test.

Unlike the transmission, the suspension got of attention and rave reviews, from the 90-pound Record. The KX was set up for the 14-year old right from the and he didn’t have to make any to the 36mm inverted telescopic fork.

Watson, on the other had to take advantage of the 18-way damping for the KX to accommodate his 115-pound With adjustments to the fork and the single shock (with compression and 18-way rebound Watson managed to turn the KX a moto-ready machine that big hits and nasty whoops

When properly set up the KX proved to be a motocrosser, but this small-wheel doesn’t fit big kids very ergonomically. With its 14-inch wheel and 17-inch front Kawasaki had smaller riders in who have yet to make the leap to the model, which offers a front wheel and 16-inch

Our test version was a bit small for the Watson, so he felt more sitting down as the bars are too low to accommodate aggressive stand-up for long periods of time. bars and suspension changes likely make the KX suitable for of his size, but an expert model be the answer to his ergonomic dilemma.

90-pound James Record the stock suspension setting to be for his size.

On the other hand, diminutive 4’11 stature the KX like a glove. Kawasaki a special 1.5-gallon gas tank to sit low in the in an effort to keep the center of as close to the ground as possible, improves overall handling and the seat height to 33.1 Details such as these the 85cc a dream to ride on the for someone of Record’s size.

In we couldn’t get him off the bike and had to physically him to get his thoughts on Team Green’s machine.

Kawasaki KX 85
Kawasaki KX 85

The bike’s just to ride, he said of the 143-pound KX. It right where I wanted it to and it really well in the corners. 85s are harder to flick around, the big-wheeled versions, but the Kawi was

It felt really good in the air and on the just every where.

the KX to a stop is a set of hydraulically actuated which performed admirably the test. They exhibit or no fade during 30-minute sessions and the levers provide feel.

The brakes were said Watson. They smooth and gripped well. The did exactly what I asked and I though the brakes spot-on.

The universal complaint the KX elicits are the handlebars that come Both riders cite the for aftermarket bars, especially if the were to be used in competition.

Our duo found the 2004 KX85 to be a improvement over the minis rode just a few years

At the end of the test our crew unanimously the new generation of 85s are a vast improvement the two-strokes they rode a few years ago. In fact, noted that he would only change the bars and the were he to go race the KX. Similarly, felt like a set of bars, a tweaking of the jetting and a change of would make the KX very on the track.

Definitely, if you got the right rider on it, it be a great bike, said Change a few things, nothing and this bike is a winner.

Watson’s comments, Record even a step further: If I still racing 85s I would buy the KX, said James. I had the 2001 when I was racing them and I it. This is a better machine,  power, better components.

just awesome.

Now there’s an any manufacturer would love to champion or not.

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Kawasaki KX 85
Kawasaki KX 85


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