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Kawasaki KDX 200

Kawasaki KDX 200 Refresh, Part 1: Bars, Sprockets and Chain

15, 2011 By Josh Burns

New bikes are great. They off the showroom floor in pristine No dirt. No scratches. No dents in the

The engine is snappy, the suspension is and if there are any major mechanical it’s covered under

The only real downside to new bikes is the price. The economy has a great deal of opportunity for looking to buy new, and many have either offered free gear, or lower if you finance. But for some people a new just isn’t in the equation now.

That’s where dirt bikes enter the Whether it’s three, 10 or 20 old, there are thousands of dirt bikes out there to be Craig’s List, eBay and local paper are all great to track down used

After keeping our eyes on Craig’s List ads for a used KDX 200 to serve as our new trail bike, we across a 2000 model looked to be a pretty good The owner was asking $1200 but said he was flexible on the price.

We showed up to check out the 2000 KDX with cash in hand, it for a spin to check the motor, all the mechanicals a once over, and we felt it was a pretty decent It also doesn’t hurt the family still rode so it looked like they how to take care of their Although we won’t be able to the two-…-powered bike in California, it have a Green Sticker and can just about any off-road in the state where dirt are allowed.

We ended up buying the KDX 200 for under $1000, a price we happy with and one the seller pleased with since his really never rode the anymore. The KDX has some wear and The pipe had a few dents, the seat a rip, the plastic scuffed and the paint worn off in a few places, but the engine felt solid and it was to ride as is.

Since we didn’t have a ton of into the bike, it wouldn’t to invest a little money bringing the bike back up to or “refresh” it. Before worrying making changes, we hit the trail a few to see what we were working The bike is actually set up decently for us but the Renthal bars on the KDX are just too low for a rider.

Although we plan to and update some of the plastic, fix the and the exhaust pipe, and even the handguards, our first change had to be the

While scoping out the Renthal for different bars, we also across the company’s line of and chains and thought this was a upgrade. The previous owner the KDX hadn’t been run a lot in that few years, but it was clear some of the parts had seen their share of trail time the years (the bike was than 10 years old when we it). So replacing the rear countershaft sprocket and chain be a horrible idea.

The stock gearing on the 2000 KDX 200 is In speaking with our resident bike guru Rick Hunky” Sieman, he suggested we up from the 13-tooth countershaft to a 15-tooth. We actually talked to Vic at Krause Racing’s Sidewinder (http://www.sidewindersprockets.com/ ) who makes such a and was happy to send one our way, but some consideration of our type of we chose to stick with the sprocket.

Super Hunky to desert race his KDX in that and he loved the way the 15-tooth sprocket off the line. For wide-open desert (and even racing) a great way to give the bike legs. For our current use and trail needs, however, we decided to with the stock gearing but consider the upgrade in the future.

We ended up going with a countershaft sprocket from which is constructed of Nickel-Chrome-Molybdenum that the company says a great combination of strength and We also decided to replace the with Renthal’s Ultralite The Ultralite is constructed of 7075 T6 which Renthal says is 66 lighter than steel.

Kawasaki KDX 200

We weigh it, but it is definitely significantly than our stock piece.

we planned to replace the sprockets, it was a to swap out the KDX 200’s chain as We went with Renthal’s O-Ring Chain. This chain utilizes Nitrile rubber o-rings that retain grease in the chain

It also is pre-stretched, features alloy steel side for strength and high-carbon alloy bearing pins for wear

When looking for the proper for a new set of bars, the Jimmy Button was mentioned by a few people, but Brad at Renthal actually suggested a new bar the RC High that doesn’t as much sweep as the Button To help keep costs we went ahead with the bar instead of going to the oversized

Since we’ve hit the trail a few on our KDX before making any of these we felt it was probably time to the gearbox oil. Opinions on how often your oil should be and much of it depends on how hard a is ridden. Some manuals going no more than 10 of riding time before a but after an all-day ride in the (say, 6-7 hours) it’s not a bad to swap it out.

We turned to Oil’s 10W-40 oil for our two-… as our service manual calls for 10W-30 or 10W-40. A quick in our service manual told us .65 liters of new oil should be used on a We actually marked this on our as a reminder just in case the wasn’t close at hand.

If you’ve recently purchased a bike, your first should be a service manual – every penny. We’ve used Lucas Oil’s semi-synthetic oil for our pre-mix the last few and it has worked great.

Follow first step in our “refresh” with our Kawasaki KDX 200. In the near we plan to upgrade to heavy-duty hand guards (http://www.acerbis.com/ ), and repair bumpers and other body pieces, repair our FMF Gnarly Pipe with Crest Pipe Repair ), fix our ripped seat with Design (http://www.stompdesign.com/ ), and a few other will certainly pop up along the

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