First Ride: 2014 Kawasaki KX85 And KX100 Motocrossers — Cycle News

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First Ride: 2014 KX85 And KX100 Motocrossers

rider Gavin Valdez get enough of the KX100. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JONES

Unlike the bigger and 450F motocrossers, the “little” – KX85 and KX100 – in Kawasaki’s got all the loving for 2014. For the first in over 10 years, the popular a long-time major player in the motocross scene, took on changes for 2014, and many of changes carried over to the identical but larger (mainly wheelbase, seat height and bore) KX100, a bike to bridge the gap between the 85s and 250Fs for the racers.

For years, the 85cc class has remained fairly as far as new machinery. The main players – YZ85, Suzuki RM85 and the KX85 – having been on old technology for quite some now, but with KTM coming on with its high-tech and, importantly, very fast 85 Kawasaki, at least, thought it was time to get with the times and its two-… small-bore motocrossers.

The 2014 KX85 is pretty an all-new machine, but some of the that made the KX85 so in the first place hasn’t lost. For example, the six-speed has the same ratios as before, and Dad be quite familiar with the clutch. Engine cases changed nor has the KX’s steel frame, which retains the geometry as before.

Bracket however, is different to accommodate a larger radiator, new bodywork and else needed relocating, and says certain key areas of the have been strengthened.

the KX85 and 100 are noticeably more than before. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JONES

The 28mm Keihin PWK is the same, as well, but has updated

Even the exhaust pipe is the

Obviously, Kawasaki knew already worked with the and left well enough but improved on just everything like much of the motor. has been significantly updated, and it got a new head and gasket, and a crank is now larger and filled in with a material to increase engine There is also a new single-ring

But one of the most notable updates to the motor is the all-new and more guillotine-type Kawasaki Integrated System (KIPS), which we told is similar in design to last-generation KX125 two-…

Suspension has been upgraded, as The 36mm KYB inverted fork now shim-type valving and firmer settings, and the rear shock now has a clicker for more adjustment.

felt it was important not to increase the seat height and actually it slightly. There’s also handlebar adjustability thanks to new risers and two-position handlebar for a total of six different handlebar The handlebar themselves are also and taller.

But perhaps the longest change was cosmetics – that’s important to the kids. Finally, the KX has all-new plastic and graphics, it a more modern and refreshing

The KX100, which is fitted two-inch larger wheels (19-in.) and rear (16 in.) and has a 4mm bore, takes on pretty the same changes as the KX85, it retains its previous cylinder

New plastic gives the KX85 and KX100 a more modern and look. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KINNEY

Kawasaki introduced the new KX85 and 100 at a well known for its minibike Barona Oaks Raceway, near San Diego, California. Our test rider for the day, Gavin Valdez, a “seasoned” Novice motocrosser whose own is a Suzuki RM85, absolutely both bikes.

He spent the half of the day concentrating on the 85 and was extremely with its motor, saying it had bottom-end, making it easy for him to get out of the quickly, and was very fast midrange on up. He talked a lot about how the motor is to use in general (a reputation the previous KX85 had) and how it is. Other test riders familiar with the older also said that the new KX is and definitely faster than – a lot faster, but is still easy to

Gavin also felt jetting was perfect. He didn’t any bogging or hesitation when up the throttle.

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Gavin was also with the KX85’s suspension, when it came to the breaking He said the bike felt solid and stable, and that is up the landings from the big jumps well.” He added that the just felt very around the entire track. He back in from the track saying the front end felt a on the soft side for his 112 pounds, but a of clicks on the compression made him

He had no complaints with the back end at

Valdez was impressed with the suspension. PHOTOGRAPHY BY KINNEY

But what made Gavin most was the KX100. He loved it. He that it was noticeably faster the 85 and that he didn’t have to as hard on it as he did on the 85, because the 100 pulled and longer out of the turns, reducing his workload.

Overall, he felt the motor was as, if not a little more, controllable as the 85.

to the KX85, the KX100 (shown) has larger wheels, 4mm larger a slightly longer wheelbase and a seat height. PHOTOGRAPHY BY JONES

Gavin also the KX100’s larger stature, he said fit his 5’4” frame a better than the 85’s. he said, made him feel comfortable on the bike, which his confidence level significantly. he was barely clearing on the 85 was a breeze for him on the

Overall, though, Gavin both bikes but seemed to be of a candidate for the KX100. He was the perfect of why the KX100 exists. Gavin has outgrown the KX85, but isn’t to handle a 250F yet. No close.

So the KX100 is that perfect for him. And I bet Dad might even some fun on it, too.

At the end of the day, it was to say that both bikes are in just about every The KX85 having tons power, improved suspension, adjustability and better looks. with the KX100.

It’s much safe to say that new-generation KX85 and 100 will help produce a new generation of motocrossers.

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