2005 Kawasaki KDX220R — Motorcycle USA

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2005 Kawasaki KDX220R

Few in motorsports are as sweet as the frenetic of a two-… engine. However the bee buzz which has been a of enduro riding for close to two is slowly giving way to the roar of the Yet, despite the public’s with thumpers, two-strokes an exciting and thrilling way to experience riding. Need proof?

no further than the Kawasaki

Recently, we had been pushing our Kevin Duke, to procure a for testing purposes for quite time and after a few months of him, he finally came I had only ridden a two-… a of times since selling my KX250 a few years ago and was interested in the smell of premix exhaust for kicks. Doing so on a rider-friendly that is legendary in hare and circles just made it much better.

Back in Kawasaki unleashed the KDX175 and on the off-road world and they an immediate commercial success. up impressive handling in a relatively package, the new line of motorcycles became a regular site on the of North America. In 1983 the version was upgraded to a 200cc and one year later the 250cc was dropped from Kawasaki’s

Kawasaki made its final to the KDX family in 1997 when offered up the 220R in addition to the 200.

Unfortunately for Kawasaki, the popularity of four-strokes has diminished of the luster on the 220R and other trail bikes. But make no about it this is a very weapon on tight trails. The light-weight and impressive handling won the KDX-line loyal followers on the 2005 model and we had a gas flogging little two-smoke over the of a month.

B.C. flogs the KDX220R one of our test sessions at John’s in Southern Oregon in spring

The KDX200 went unchanged for with a usable, and some underpowered mill. In an attempt to the public’s seemingly unquenchable for more power, Kawasaki the 220R, increasing the bore 66mm to 69mm, which overall engine volume by The result is a liquid-cooled engine dishes out low-end torque and power that more resembles a 250cc than a

While you might expect Green to boost the size of the as well, they actually to utilize a 33mm carb, 2mm than the one fitted to the KDX200. The is that by using a smaller with larger displacement the receives a small boost to the torque and mid-range power. The is riders who are expecting 250-like won’t experience the kind of scream normally associated two-… motocross machines.

On the the power is perfectly suited for single-track. A beginner or intermediate will have a blast on bike because it doesn’t such judicious use of the throttle. your wrist and the low-end feels respectable as does the pulling bike and rider out of corners with impressive

I think the power is really said MCUSA Prez, Don A good rider can certainly up with guys on faster and tackle almost all situations, possibly, huge hillclimbs. nice because it never to get going so fast that you handle what’s being at you.

For a two-…, the 220R seems to rather quickly, making the feel relatively anemic on At 185 lbs, I felt like I get a few more real world out of the KDX if I dropped a few elbows. Ultimately, who crest the 200 mark might be too big for the

Although I’m sure is some super fast out there that would beg to

Although the KDX weighs in at 241 pounds, engineers did an admirable job of making the disappear at speed.

Revisiting a after years of riding the four-strokes is like rekindling an old there’s really nothing the first time is there? the latest high-po thumpers on the market we all marveled at how easy are to get along with. No fighting, no neglect them as much as you and they’ll still get you where you to go.

Prior to riding the KDX, I was the need the roll through the on the two-…, but no sooner was I fanning the and working the shift lever a huge grin took of my face. I realized instantly dancing through the gears and the clutch are a few of the reasons riding a is so much fun.

The KDX complies too, a buttery clutch and an smooth six-speed transmission at disposal are a couple of the real of this particular machine. difficult terrain is an absolute since it’s dependent on riding skill, rather the luck of the chosen line it can be when riding a brutish Missed shifts and false were noticeably absent our test.

Ultimately, pure horsepower the highlight of the KDX, but rather it is to fulfill the needs of riders who get internal combustion fix on tight and trails as opposed to scaling faces and sand dunes. The of the KDX is a high-tensile steel perimeter derived from Kawasaki’s KX line of motocross machines.

A 56.5-inch wheelbase coupled an aggressive 26.5-degree steering offers impressively quick capabilities and agility I’ve all but about. The KDX feels as nimble as with a light front end but remarkably it remains planted railing fast corners and bumpy terrain.

The KDX made a big with our group of testers, that older technology can bring a smile to the face of who have the opportunity to test the technologically advanced bikes on the

The handling characteristics are the highlight of the KDX for me, our graphics guru, Brian Although weighing 241 pounds, than today’s modern the bike feels very while riding. The KDX is very and its steep rake offers quick steering, making it a choice for tight single

Up front a 43mm conventional fork does a nice job of the front end over rough For most trail situations, the absorbs most big hits and rocky material with but the desire for a stiffer front end was on more than one occasion. For the riders in our group, the fork within reason, but more riders seem to push its performance capabilities.

Under heavy braking, the end is overwhelmed, using up every of travel before traction is It’s a good thing bike is light.

The KDX’s perform well for their use, continued Chamberlain. You want to attempt any supercross sections or land any huge but when ridden in its intended the KDX soaks up the bumps well a plush ride without up the bikes stability. Larger or aggressive riders will both front and rear to be a under-sprung.

Kawasaki KDX 220 R
Kawasaki KDX 220 R

Out back the single and Uni-Trak linkage system is better suited for aggressive With 16-position rebound and adjustability, it is up to the task of keeping the wheel planted, insuring the is delivered to the ground and you’re in the right direction.

Not surprisingly, the KDX incredibly comfortable on the trail. A seat provides a plush for the backside and actually allows the to sit for long periods while tighter trails. It’s not soft, but it’s an improvement the 2×4 feeling of most machines.

Although it doesn’t the kind of power exhibited by a motocrosser, the KDX provides more enough grunt on the trail.

The KDX is accommodating to almost all riders, you in a comfortable sitting position everyone claimed fit them a glove. Feet fall on the pegs and the arms reach out to the offering plenty of space the torso and the bars. The seat on the KDX measures in at 36 inches, which leave shorter riders on tippy-toes, but we didn’t have any dealing with stops and in the action.

Of course, for those who prefer to in order to soak in the views, fits the KDX with a side-stand for

The 220R brakes offer up of stopping power with a disc up front and out back in concert with one another. weren’t the strongest we’ve tested, but they definitely adequate enough to bring and rider to a rapid stop. feel provides ample and is surprisingly progressive.

The KDX may not have all the technology available, but Kawasaki the 220R with some extras that make on the trail much easier. The guards are a nice addition, but for that are serious about fast through tight rife with Manzanita and painful foliage, an aftermarket set of guards would be a welcome

Also just in front of the light is a nice little kit flush with all the tools one need to make on the fly repairs. Up a headlamp is fitted for those enduro aspirations and an easy-to-reach switch is fitted to the bars the throttle grip.

This was our experience on a two-… in a while and we all away very impressed the 220R. The biggest complaint the motocross contingent is the lack of but even the speed-greedy testers in our admitted that the bike more than enough for trail riding. The only where it might be at a serious is in wide-open desert situations, hill climbs and the infamous dunes where a paddle likely burn-up too much of the power to be much fun.

At $4,499 we think the Kawasaki is a steal for riders who spend the of their time in tight, trails.

The KDX line has been a on the trail for the last 25 years and spending a month in the mountains of Oregon, we can see why. It’s not race ready and those designs on trophies and contingency might be better served across the Atlantic towards a Austrian manufacturer with stock components.

With the of the leading off-road machines toward the $7k mark every the $4,499 KDX220R is a steal for and trail riders. Heck, the KTM EXC is $1,300 more than the

If you find your days on the growing a little stale and go ahead and revisit that old She may be a little old fashioned, but once you fan clutch and scroll through the you’ll remember why those pitches screams left you every time.

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Kawasaki KDX 220 R
Kawasaki KDX 220 R
Kawasaki KDX 220 R
Kawasaki KDX 220 R
Kawasaki KDX 220 R
Kawasaki KDX 220 R
Kawasaki KDX 220 R
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