DA Tested: 2014 Kawasaki KX 85 Dirt Action Magazine

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DA Tested: 2014 Kawasaki KX 85

The KX85 has been completely There’s life left in the two-…


An all-new Japanese Tell him he’s dreaming. One of Japanese manufacturers still 85cc two-… has completely and launched a new two-… motorcycle. not, we thought as rumours — a new two-smoke, let alone an 85cc

It seemed a long shot, the hefty cluster of young punching laps around tracks on pocket rockets, all for a fresh mini-machine.

The market is for some new mini-motocross weapons. The racing scene is a sea of orange. has pimped its 85 with GYTR to keep it competitive straight out of the but for the most part the YZ hasn’t since 2003.

Honda production on its CR85 some ago and Suzuki and Kawasaki have their little weapons unchanged for the most for 10 years, Well, until now, is, as we introduce the all-new KX85.

The most important parts of the KX85 have been redesigned for 2014. My last on an 85 was in 2003.

Then the KX was the widest of the and I was on board the Yamaha YZ85, had just been handed a overhaul.

As I mentioned above, all 85s had only slight refinements then. I remember the KX85 an extremely soft seat and tame power and it was quite It was a very sit-in-feeling bike.

Pretty much all of its shortcomings been adjusted, redesigned or for this all-new Kawasaki


At glance, the most basic of riders will notice the changes in the KX’s aesthetic The new look is designed around the of the Kawasaki’s brothers, the Kawasaki It’s well advanced in over the previous model a more modern appearance.

and parcel of the model’s slimmer is a slimmer rider interface. The new features a new flat seat a seamless gripper cover, a new tank with a flatter top and tank cap, plus radiator shrouds and side — all pieces of the slimmer feel

The seat height has been from 2013, while the clamps offer a three-position and a two-stage position for a total of six for your handlebars. Unfortunately, have stuck with handlebars, which will no be removed by almost every who races this machine.


The engine has been a complete overhaul. With an of almost 20 per cent in horsepower the rev range, the engine has a list as as your arm of changes to the powerhouse.

The engine features independent valves which replace the old system; this improves and reduces maintenance. There’s a new head shape with coating and a new exhaust port The engine also receives a new and retention dowel, new piston longer piston pin and a single-ring a 2mm-larger outer diameter machine-finished intake and exhaust bridges.

Larger radiators increase capacity by over 50 per cent and the Keihin carby has revised for optimised performance to work the new engine.


an increase in horsepower, Kawasaki turned its attention to the KX85’s package. The 36mm inverted fork features a new shim-type and firmer damping rates for damping control and bottom The compression is 20-way adjustable at the base of the fork, the axle have been revised for clearance, especially in deep

At the rear of the motorcycle, the KX85 has treated to a new KYB reservoir, which is anodised aluminium to save and a new compression adjuster allows for adjustability. The shock is 24-position and 21-position rebound adjustable.


There’s a bunch of finishing touches on the to complete the package: new disc a 220mm front petal and 184mm rear petal to improve performance and help mud out of the pads. The front brake is re-routed for 2014 and has a direct line for ease of bleeding and The rear brake has also treated to a new and stronger lever.

The swingarm surface is now easier to and the new front and rear fenders are to align with the big bikes, as is the plate. The bike has new wrap-around guards for increased protection, the coating on the clutch and ignition is grey to keep the bike fresh for longer. The black sure do look cool and the match with its bigger

We were lucky enough to this machine in the DIRT Mercedes Vito the very day the was lifted on the little rocket, so we the help of two groms to be the two first in the world to test the bike for a

I called upon long-term tester Brendon Walther, a young rider with a eye for testing a bike and a bright in front of him. To back up point of view, Jake also made the trip out to the Kawasaki KX85. Jake knows what side the is on and together, the boys were out to the KX a good and proper test.

The of the Kawasaki were enough to get the pumped to throw a leg over the two-smoker. “It looks …,” an obviously excited Walther. “It so good; it looks like a ride as its standard.”

“This thing looks echoed Jake. “It looks a small version of the 250 or 450. It mad. I like what have done this

Kawasaki KX 85

With a couple of kicks we off and running with Australia’s test on the Kawasaki KX85. was first to throw some on the bike and despite being on the and heavier side of an 85 rider he was straight up with the bike. a quick switch, Jake was off and laps.

Although he didn’t as confident as quickly as Walther, it take long for him to be jumping all and punching lap after lap on the Kawasaki.

both boys comfortable, punched out some sweet shots for the camera and Brendon the thing sideways like a professional. Then the boys put the aside and began truly the bike through its paces.

Kawasaki has really good power,” said Jake. probably as fast as my practice which has a pipe and a little bit of done to it.

“I’m 45kg and the felt a little stiff for me. easily fixed with tuning, but the forks were for me. As soon as I sat on the bike I noticed the seat. It was so comfortable to sit on, I became straightaway.”

“You could really the bike over without a said an impressed Cobbin, the tyres have a lot of grip, for stock tyres. I wouldn’t do to this to race it. I’d put a pipe on it, the steel handlebars and soften the

“I just loved this it’s really good to

I was starting to glance at my watch as the began to run the second tank of dry. It was difficult to get them off thing but I had a bunch of photos to from the day as magazine deadline With another moto in the Brendon pulled up and gave his on the bike, happy he had well and enough information to fill me in on it.

I felt this thing was I love the flat seat. I love a flat seat — you can sit and forward when you’re

Everything works well the ergonomics of the bike.

“For a bike, the power is so smooth. Off the there’s a perfect amount of delivery. I weigh 56kg and the still hauled me around well; the suspension wasn’t too bad at my either.

The rear suspension was a bit busy and around a bit, so I’d sort out. However, the forks really good.

“I would the handlebars with the standard or use higher handlebars. Fit a pipe and a few to the engine to get a little more have some suspension done and it will really be a bike for someone of my size. If I was 50kg, you’d probably need to do the suspension.”


Kawasaki has filled in the missing in its arsenal for 2014. Some of the riders in the world have KX80s and KX85s over the Now, with an even competitive machine, you can expect to see a lot green among junior ranks.

Will we have a reinvented for 2015? Or what a KX125? Long live the we say.

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Kawasaki KX 85
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Kawasaki KX 85
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