Kawasaki Releases New KX250F, KX100, and KX85 for 2014

For 2014 Kawasaki gives their smaller KX bikes a good engine work-over, producing a claimed 17 to 20% more peak HP. The 250's engine does not get the same treatment, but it does get Launch Control, a first for this class of bike.


2014 Kawasaki KX250F




Kawasaki says:

Take a look at the record books and you’ll see that no other 250cc motocross bike in the modern four-stroke era has earned more championship titles in AMA Supercross and Motocross than the Kawasaki KX™250F. The 2014 KX250F's championship-winning technology includes a new Launch Control system, a plug-and-play adjustable ECU, Separate Function Fork (SFF), new motor mounts, revised suspension tuning and an upgraded transmission. Make no mistake, the KX250F is still the dominant player in the 250cc ranks. Ride anything else, and you’ll just be playing catch-up.

The new launch control system is the first of its kind on a 250. The system works by retarding the ignition timing in first and second gears, to tailor the amount of torque delivered to the rear tire. Launch Control Mode is easily activated by pushing a button on the left handlebar, while stopped in neutral, first or second gear. Launch Control has maximum effect within the first few seconds of releasing the clutch. Shifting into third gear automatically deactivates Launch Control mode and returns ignition timing to a normal map. This high-tech system is particularly effective when chasing the holeshot from concrete starting pads and other slippery surfaces

Along with all that advanced technology and race-proven performance, the KX250F also offers more adjustability than its competition, allowing the rider to fine-tune the motor and suspension capabilities to meet the sport’s rigorous demands like no other bike in its class. Right off the production line, the KX250F gives a factory advantage to the privateer.

The KX250F frame features narrow main spars for excellent ergonomics that offer superior freedom of movement in the saddle. Further enhancing this feeling, the radiator shrouds are small and slim where they contact the rider’s legs. New high-tensile steel front engine mount plates are 29% thinner that last year’s steel plates. The new front mount plates provide a revised chassis rigidity balance that enhances front-end feel and traction. A curved left rear engine hanger bracket helps facilitate light handling and is tuned to boost rear wheel traction. The KX250F's grips feature a low-density compound that enhances rider comfort while the grips' position allows for compact ergonomics. The side covers are also as small as possible and form a smooth line with the airbox for easy rider movement. Since a motocross racer moves around so much, the design of the seat/tank interface provides freedom of movement and facilitates forward weight placement for better cornering.

The KX250F's Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system features dual injectors that pack a one-two punch, delivering a second dose of fuel on acceleration to maximize the high-rpm power and overrev capabilities of the KX250F. The system's second injector is located upstream of the throttle body and helps build a wider and more potent spread of power as rpm climbs. The two fine-mist atomizing injectors that feed the 250cc four-stroke powerplant have different body sizes but deliver the same total capacity per cycle.

The DFI system comes with three pre-programmed ignition maps which are easily selectable without the use of a laptop computer or any other electronic devices. Maps can quickly be changed between three settings – standard, hard (terrain) and soft (terrain) – by swapping the DFI wire coupler cap clipped to the side of the steering head. No additional accessories are needed to alternate between pre-preprogrammed maps – simply install the appropriate coupler cap to select your desired ignition mode and start winning. The ECU is also fully re-programmable and custom maps can be created by using the accessory KX FI Calibration Kit, the same tool used by Kawasaki factory and privateer teams in AMA and FIM racing.
The KX250F features intake ports with a straight intake tract for direct air flow from the airbox to the combustion chamber. This downdraft configuration contributes to strong top-end performance.

Performance is also enhanced via the 250F’s exhaust system, which uses a short header with a resonator chamber to help enhance low-end power and reduce noise. A KX450F-style muffler is short but features a large cross section to help centralize mass while meeting sound requirements.

Of course, the KX250F’s ECU settings complement its robust engine character. And the piston profile features a soft arc at the point of greatest pressure to enhance reliability. The bridged box-bottom piston and cylinder walls both feature special surface treatments to minimize wear and enhance long-term durability. Plus, strong intake valve seat material increases durability.

The KX250F was the first production motocross bike to feature Showa’s SFF fork, which separates damping and springing duties into the individual fork legs, and the SFF has proven to be so successful for riders at all skill levels that some of the competition is following suit. The KX250F’s beefy 48mm fork contributes to a more planted feel from the front wheel, thanks to large inner fork tubes with the 30mm main and 35mm sub-pistons that have been re-tuned for 2014 to enhance damping performance through the initial and mid-stroke. These components combine to offer firm damping response without sacrificing rider comfort.

A super-hard titanium coating on the outer surface of the inner fork tubes reduces sliding friction and initial stiction to improve overall fork action and contribute to a smoother ride. The extreme surface hardness of this dark blue coating also helps to prevent scratches and damage to the tubes. The KX250F is the only motocross bike in its class to come standard with this race-ready coating.

The SFF also features an inverted compression rod that locates the cylinder at the top of the fork and the rod at the bottom. This configuration increases the volume of oil at the bottom of the fork for a more progressive increase in damping force, enabling bottoming resistance to be increased without sacrificing ride quality. The joint rod arrangement aids rigidity, especially in the right fork tube, which contains the spring, resulting in even flex characteristics between the left and right tubes. The closely matched rigidity promotes better handling stability under hard braking and landing from jumps.

The Showa-built shock perfectly complements the SFF forks and has revised settings for 2014 to help capatalize on this year’s updated chassis. The shock features dual compression adjustability, allowing high-speed and low-speed damping to be tuned separately. The rear shock also features the Kashima Coating on its cylinder wall, to help reduce friction and smooth the suspension action. These features improve rear wheel traction and allow the KX250F to put the power down more effectively, making it easier than ever to grab the holeshot.

Any machine built to go this fast needs to be able to stop just as quickly and the braking systems on the KX250F are excellent. The pushrod-type front brake master cylinder and high-friction brake pads provide strong brake force and enhanced control, especially for the initial bite and initial mid-stroke characteristics.
The 2014 KX250F's white rear fender, silver engine covers and black muffler end cap maintain the factory racer resemblance. And quality race-proven components such as a Renthal aluminum handlebar and black anodized aluminum wheels that are both lightweight and incredibly strong are part of the overall package.
The factory team feel of the KX250F is augmented by the lightweight magnesium clutch, generator and cylinder head covers. Plus, the embossed design on the clutch cover is designed to gradually appear as contact from riding boots wears off the painted surface. A sleek, ribless rear hub and butted spokes further reduce unsprung weight. The blue finish on the oil filler, flywheel nut and timing inspection caps contributes to factory looks and sophistication of this class-winning machine, which is bound to top plenty of podiums in the coming year.

Optional parts available through Kawasaki dealers include lighter/heavier flywheels, front and rear sprockets, solid brake discs, handlebar holder for 1 1/8” handlebar, and stiffer or softer fork and shock springs.

Racers who ride their KX250F at designated events are eligible to receive support from Team Green™, Kawasaki’s amateur racing support program. For over 30 years, Team Green has been providing regional support vehicles and highly trained technicians at more than 100 yearly events throughout the United States, offering technical information and assistance to those who race Kawasaki products. Kawasaki also offers a comprehensive contingency program for amateur and professional riders who place well at designated events.


Features:

At a Glance…
- NEW Launch Control is a first for the 250 class and increases ability to get good starts, by maximizing available traction
- Showa Separate Function Fork (SFF) provides progressive damping force and features 48mm inner fork tubes for rigidity
- Dual injector Digital Fuel Injection (DFI®) system
- High-rpm engine output extends deep into the overrev
- NEW High-tensile steel front engine mount plates are 29% thinner than last year’s steel plates and offer a better mix of chassis rigidity, improved feedback and superior front-end grip
- NEW Transmission gears feature four dogs instead of three, for enhanced shift smoothness
- NEW Shift-fork grooves are more-direct to enhance feel at the shift lever
- NEW Counter-shaft and sprocket retainer design now uses a nut and washer instead of a clip, for a more positive sprocket –to– countershaft interface and simplified sprocket swaps
- Upgraded crankcase oil jet delivers an optimized stream of oil to the underside of the piston, for enhanced cooling
- Revised throttle body tuning improves airflow from a closed-throttle, for a smoother idle and enhanced low-end response
- Revised piston tuning in the left fork leg enhances damping performance through the initial and mid-stroke
- Revised rear shock settings provide a more comfortable “baseline” for a wide range of riders
- NEW Grips feature shorter barrels and are made from a softer material to enhance rider comfort

High-revving, High-performance Engine
- 249cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke, four-valve, single-cylinder DOHC engine delivers hard-hitting power across the rpm range
- Nickel plating on the cylinder wall has a high adhesion factor for optimum durability
- Thick-stem connecting rod resists flex and enhances durability
- Upgraded crankcase oil jet delivers an optimized stream of oil to the underside of the piston, for enhanced cooling
- Thick crank web design features a balance factor on par with the factory racers to help minimize engine vibration, provide smooth power delivery and maximize performance in the mid-high rpm range

NEW Factory-Style Launch Control System
- Launch Control is a first for the 250 class and increases ability to get good starts, by maximizing available traction
- Launch Control is activated by pushing a button on the left handlebar while stopped, in neutral, first or second gear
- Retards ignition timing in first and second gears, giving the greatest effect within the first few seconds of releasing the clutch
- Shifting into third gear automatically deactivates Launch Control Mode and returns the ignition to normal mapping
- Particularly effective when chasing the holeshot from concrete starting pads and other slippery surfaces

Digital Fuel Injection (DFI) System
- Revised throttle body tuning improves airflow from a closed-throttle, for a smoother idle and enhanced low-end response
- Intake tract designed to provide optimal airflow from the airbox into the combustion chamber
- Seal between air inlet port and throttle position sensor unit on the 43mm throttle body protects TPS sensor from fuel penetration
- Progressive throttle linkage for sharp and precise throttle response across entire rpm range
- Simple and efficient system: No battery, fuses or relays
- Offers easy engine starting
- Helps prevent engine hesitation after landing from jumps and other high-impact situations

Bridged Box-Bottom Piston
- Piston profile helps increase reliability compared to non-box-bottom design
- Light and strong piston shares same design as the factory racers, and a tin plating to optimize its interface with the nickel plating on the cylinder wall
- Special finish improves surface lubrication and wear resistance
- Short piston pin reduces reciprocating weight

Lightweight and Efficient Top End
- Intake valve seat material offers increased durability
- Ultra-light valves have extremely thin valve stems on par with those found in supersport machines; intake valves feature thick heads for increased strength
- Special casting method leaves the intake port surfaces extremely smooth for optimum intake efficiency across the rev range
- Silicon-coated head gasket provides excellent sealing

Stainless Steel Exhaust System
- Head pipe resonator chamber helps boost low-rpm torque
- High-volume muffler assembly features a large cross section to keep noise levels at 94 dB while retaining power production
- Durable stainless steel construction

Efficient Cooling System
- Thick radiators are strong and offer excellent resistance to mud buildup while providing superb cooling performance
- Cylinder head water jacket routes coolant to the front of the cylinder head for even cooling

Transmission and Shifting
- NEW Transmission gears feature four dogs instead of three, for enhanced shift smoothness
- NEW Shift-fork grooves are more-direct to enhance feel at the shift lever
- Clutch cable holder is integrated with the crankcase for accurate feel at the clutch lever
- Scavenge oil filter screen can be accessed without splitting the crankcases, facilitating easier maintenance

Quick-turning Chassis
- The KX250F’s slim and lightweight aluminum perimeter frame helps provide excellent ergonomics and handling
- Center of gravity and key dimensions such as swingarm pivot, output sprocket and rear axle locations designed to increase forward drive with minimal rear-end squat

Separate Function Fork
- 48mm Separate Function Fork (SFF) delivers firm damping response and increased ride comfort
- SFF design separates springing and damping functions for less weight, better performance, less stiction and easier adjustability compared to traditional forks
- Revised piston tuning in the left fork leg enhances damping performance through the initial and mid-stroke
- Super-hard titanium coating on the outer surface of the inner fork tubes reduces stiction and improves suspension action while also helping prevent scratches and tube damage
- Friction-reducing Kashima Coat treatment on the inside of the outer fork tubes contributes to smoother suspension action
- Wrap-around fork tube guards provide excellent protection for the inner tubes

Uni-Trak® Rear Suspension
- Rear shock features dual compression adjustability, allowing high-speed and low-speed damping to be tuned separately
- Features Kashima Coat on the inside cylinder wall for reduced friction and smoother suspension action
- Revised rear shock settings provide a more comfortable “baseline” for a wide range of riders
- Swingarm features tapered hydroformed spars and forged chain adjusters
- Uni-Trak® rear suspension linkage system mounts the suspension arm below the swingarm, allowing more rear suspension stroke and precise tuning
- Linkage ratios for the Uni-Trak rear suspension match rear shock damping settings to achieve maximum rear wheel traction

Rider Interface
- Bodywork components offer the rider a slim interface, making it easy for racers to feel comfortable and go fast
- Formed using a double-injection molding process, the shrouds offer a slim design
- Right side panel passageways help cool the silencer
- Flat design of the seat and tank allow freedom of movement
- Frame is wider at the ankles to offer better grip and narrows near the bend below the seat to allow a slim riding position
- Slim seat features polyurethane designed to be durable
- Seat has a slip-resistant top and side surface for good grip when seated and while standing
- 50mm wide (front-to-rear) footpegs offer superb grip and feel at the pegs
- Clutch cable boot features a large quick adjuster, making it easy for riders to adjust play in the clutch cable while on the fly
- Throttle grip has a one-piece collar that provides additional stability during throttle operation
- NEW Grips feature shorter barrels and are made from a softer material to enhance rider comfort

Factory-style Components
- Pushrod-type front brake master cylinder and brake pad material provide strong brake force and enhanced feel
- Rear brake pad material offers powerful braking performance
- Lightweight black anodized rims are durable and look just like the factory racers
- Titanium-coated inner fork tubes minimize stiction and look great
- Front and rear petal brake discs help reduce unsprung weight, and the wave shape helps clean the brake pads for more efficient stopping performance
- Rear caliper guard protects caliper from damage
- Ribless rear hub and butted spokes reduce unsprung weight
- Renthal aluminum handlebar is standard equipment
- Blue ignition cover plugs and oil filler cap match the blue accents on the factory race bikes
- Factory-style graphics complement the KX250F’s highly tuned performance

Additional Features
- Radiator shrouds and side panels provider a slim rider interface and a nimble feel
- Embossed design on clutch cover
- High-density chain pad on top of the swingarm is more resistant to wear
- Large resin skid plate offers great protection with minimum weight

Optional Accessories
- Optional DFI Calibration Kit allows custom tuning
- Optional FI Indicator Light allows the DFI system to communicate diagnostic information
- Optional engine parts include magneto rotors with different inertias and a 12-tooth output sprocket
- Optional chassis parts include handlebar holder for a 1 1/8-inch handlebar, 46- to 50-tooth aluminum and steel rear sprockets, solid petal brake rotors, different fork and shock springs and manual decompression lever and cable


Specs:

Engine: Liquid-cooled, four-stroke single with DOHC and four-valve cylinder head
Displacement: 249cc
Bore x stroke: 77.0 x 53.6mm
Fuel injection: DFI® with 43mm Keihin throttle body and dual injectors
Compression ratio: 13.8:1
Ignition: Digital CDI
Transmission: Five-speed with wet multi-disc manual clutch
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Aluminum perimeter
Rake / trail: 28.7 degrees / 5.0 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 48mm inverted Showa SFF telescopic fork with 40-way spring preload adjustability and 22 position compression and 20 position rebound damping adjustability/ 12.4 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak® linkage system and Showa shock with 9 position low-speed and stepless high-speed compression damping, 22 position rebound damping and fully adjustable spring preload / 12.2 in.
Front tire: 80/100-21
Rear tire: 100/90-19
Front brake: Single semi-floating 250mm petal disc with dual piston caliper
Rear brake: Single 240mm petal disc with single-piston caliper
Overall length: 85.4 in.
Overall width: 32.3 in.
Overall height: 50.0 in.
Wheelbase: 58.1 in.
Ground clearance: 13.0 in.
Seat height: 37.2 in.
Curb weight: 233.6 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 1.61 gal.
Color: Lime Green
MSRP: TBD















2014 Kawasaki KX100




Kawasaki says:

The Kawasaki KX™100 represents a natural step in the progression of any budding young motocrosser who has outgrown the 85’s, but could still stand to grow a few more inches, gain a couple more lbs. or simply put in a little more seat time before jumping aboard a powerful, full-sized KX250F. The new KX100 offers the perfect blend of a proportional power increase and a physically larger chassis for a more gradual learning curve en route to the big bikes.

The KX100’s liquid-cooled two-stroke engine delivers more power by virtue of its greater displacement. Its 99 championship-bred cubic centimeters deliver hard-hitting power and a broader power curve than the KX85, thanks in part to the proven Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve System (KIPS®) which amplifies the KX100’s low-end torque and creates a more seamless transition to its furious top-end rush. Crisp throttle response is also assured through the KX100’s 28mm Keihin carburetor and carbon-fiber reed valve assembly, while a durable, smooth-shifting six-speed transmission offers the perfect ratios for tackling any obstacle on the track.

The KX100’s host of performance- and reliability-improving changes start at the top of its capable engine. A new cylinder head gasket with a 1mm increase in bore surface height is held in place with an additional dowel pin to prevent detonation and increase engine reliability. The KX’s durable, Nikasil-plated cylinder also features a larger exhaust port that is optimally shaped for better flow, improving peak power at wide open throttle. A new piston uses a single piston ring, rather than two rings, to reduce cylinder wall friction for even better engine response.

The power increase warranted changes to maintain the KX100’s bold yet flawless power character. Its 28mm Keihin PWK carburetor receives new jetting specs for optimized fuel atomization and smoother fuel delivery throughout the improved powerband. Further enhancing the KX100’s mid-range and top-end power is a revised Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve System (KIPS®) with new independent valves for each port that replace the previous three-piece valve design, reducing maintenance and further improving reliability.

More durability improvements can be found in the KX’s crankshaft, which is now 83mm, 2mm larger than the previous model, and features a precisely shaped resin block added to the crankshaft to close the gap around the machined area near the crank pin. The resin block reduces the volume of the bottom-end to increase intake transfer to boost power as well as increasing rigidity and durability. More power usually generates more heat, but the KX100’s new radiator increases cooling capacity by nearly 52% to improve engine life and reduce the chance of engine overheating during grueling motos.

The KX100’s six-speed transmission delivers smooth and positive shifting along with extreme durability thanks to its hard chrome-finished shift fork ends, a thick base on the clutch basket housing and an additional bushing on the input shaft.

All of the engine improvements to bolster the KX100’s class-conquering horsepower would be worthless if the suspension couldn’t put that power to the ground, but a new Uni-Trak® linkage equipped KYB reservoir shock, and revised valving in the KYB 36mm inverted fork help ensure that the KX100 can thrive in the roughest motocross terrain. Just like its big brothers, the KX100’s fork now features shim-type valving and firmer damping for faster riders while also offering superior bottoming resistance, but a wide range of adjustability allows it to be tailored for precise damping to fit a variety of riding styles as well as track conditions. Out back, the new shock’s black-anodized aluminum body is 150 grams lighter, while a new clicker-type adjuster makes fine-tuning the rear suspension damping quick and easy.

New petal-type brakes improve the KX100’s stopping power, too. The 220mm front and 184mm rear rotors deliver strong, efficient braking performance while the shape of the petals helps clean the brake pads—a real plus in muddy conditions. The front brake hose is now routed behind the axle for better protection, and it gets new hose guides that are just like the guides on the big KX models. The KX100 also wears new Dunlop® Geomax MX51 intermediate tires that help provide optimal grip over varying terrain and riding conditions.

The KX100’s high-tensile steel perimeter frame is reinforced in key areas to maintain Kawasaki’s legendary handling traits and works in perfect harmony with the more potent engine, improved suspension and more powerful brakes, but significant ergonomics and styling changes greatly improve the KX’s overall look and feel. Its 34.3” tall seat height fits a wide variety of growing inseams. More adjustability than ever before is available on the KX100, thanks to a new wider and taller handlebar, three-position handlebar risers and two-position handlebar clamps that offer a total of six different handlebar positions to custom tailor rider ergonomics for a comfortable fit.

The KX100, also looks as fast as it runs, thanks to bold new factory racer styling that is virtually identical to the big KX models. A new fuel tank with a 20mm lower fuel cap, slim radiator covers and side panels blend harmoniously with a new, flatter two-tone seat that features a seamless cover and gripper material to improve cockpit room and increase rider comfort. A new angular front fender, number plate and white rear fender not only match the big KXs, but the front fender also help to reduce mud accumulation, while new wrap-around fork guards protect the inner fork tubes and seals. Last but not least, a new brushed finish on the aluminum swingarm helps keep the KX100 looking fresher longer.

Completing its factory-racer styling, the KX100 is finished off in Kawasaki’s signature lime green with eye-catching detail appointments such as blue alumite coatings on the adjusters and black alumite coating on the rims, just like Villopoto’s factory KX450F.

Those who race their KX100 at designated events are eligible to receive support from Team Green™, Kawasaki’s amateur racing support program. For over 30 years, Team

Green has provided regional support vehicles, highly trained technicians and free technical support at more than 100 yearly events, offering technical information and assistance to those who race Kawasaki products. Kawasaki also offers a comprehensive contingency program for amateur and professional riders who place well at designated events.


Features:

At A Glance…
- NEW Retuned liquid-cooled, two-stroke, 99cc engine produces nearly 17% more peak power than previous model
- NEW Revised Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve increases more mid-range torque and top-end power
- Uni-Trak® rear suspension is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping and spring preload
- Rigid 36mm inverted cartridge forks are 20-way adjustable for compression damping, and provide better steering response and control
- Revised jetting in the 28mm Keihin PWK carburetor promotes ideal fuel atomization, for quicker throttle response and a smoother power delivery
- Six-speed transmission has chrome-finished shift fork ends to resist wear and seizing while bushings on the second, third and fourth gears on the output shaft increase durability
- Industry-leading amateur racer support through Team Green™ 

Liquid-cooled, Two-stroke, Single-cylinder 99cc Engine
- NEW Cylinder head gasket and gasket retention dowel prevents detonation, increasing reliability
- NEW Piston with single-ring design (was two rings) reduces friction
- NEW Lightweight Nikasil-coated cylinder features a new exhaust port shape for better flow, more power
- NEW Larger outer diameter crankshaft is now 83mm (+2mm), increasing rigidity and improving durability
- NEW Precisely shaped resin block added to crankshaft closes the gap around the machined area near the crank pin, reducing volume of the bottom-end to increase intake transfer for more power
- Intake and exhaust port bridges are machine-finished for reduced wear and improved reliability
- Rotor comes with rare-earth magnets; the unitized piece is small, light and more efficient; low inertial moment improves low-rpm response
- Connecting rod big-end bearing has more rigid cage for improved durability
- Intake port shape and cylinder skirt allow cooling air into the crankcase chamber
- Primary gear is secured using a lock-nut to help reduce mechanical noise
- Metafoam gaskets for the generator and water pump covers improve sealing

Kawasaki Integrated Power Valve System (KIPS®)
- KIPS system varies exhaust-port height for increased horsepower and torque at all rpm
- NEW independent valves for each port replace three-piece design, increasing reliability and reducing maintenance
- Produces a broad powerband with more mid-range torque and excellent top-end power
- Breather in KIPS cover improves high-rpm and overrun performance

Radiator
- NEW radiator increases cooling capacity by nearly 52% to sustain engine power during long motos
- Radiator is 2.6mm wider, 40mm taller

Airbox
- Large right-side cutout improves airflow for increased power
- Reusable foam air filter

28mm Keihin PWK Carburetor
- NEW jetting optimizes performance with new engine tuning specs
- Large crescent slide positions the needle closer to intake ports for ideal fuel atomization, providing quicker throttle response and a smoother power delivery
- Carburetor adjustable for various conditions

Exhaust System
- Features large-diameter O-ring and groove on exhaust pipe for improved durability and easy installation
- Aluminum silencer is re-packable like larger KX models

Clutch
- Thick-base clutch hub rides on needle bearings for smooth action
- Large, 91mm clutch plates add durability and control
- Clutch-release lever ratio is designed for light clutch lever action
- Clutch plate service cover simplifies maintenance and utilizes a metal-carbon composite gasket

Six-speed Transmission
- Positive shifting action and rugged durability
- Fifth and sixth gears ride on bushings for added reliability
- Shift forks are hard chrome-finished to resist wear and seizing
- Convenient oil-level window offers easy level checks
- Bushings on the second, third and fourth gears increase durability

High-tensile Steel Perimeter Frame
- High-tensile steel frame tubes are reinforced in key areas to manage increased power output
- Perimeter design accommodates optimal intake/exhaust design
- Wide, steel footpegs offer added control and strength.
- Thick footpeg-mount brackets withstand today’s rigorous tracks
- Engine and chassis bolts feature rust-resistant coating

Fuel Tank
- NEW Fuel tank design features a flatter top area for smoother seating
- NEW Tank cap is moved 20mm lower to extend available room for the rider

Uni-Trak® Rear Suspension
- NEW KYB reservoir shock features black-anodized aluminum body is 150 grams lighter
- NEW clicker-type compression damping adjuster allows for more precise damping adjustments
- Swingarm uses large cross-section beams for improved rigidity and control
- Cast-aluminum drive chain adjuster sections allow easy chain adjustments
- Shock is fully adjustable with 24-way compression and 21-way rebound damping, plus stepless spring preload

36mm Inverted Cartridge Fork
- NEW shim-type valving provides more precise damping control
- NEW firmer damping rates offer superior bottoming resistance
- Inverted fork is rigid, providing better steering response and control
- Compression damping is 20-way adjustable
- Aluminum upper fork tubes measure 36mm in diameter for flex-free performance
- Revised axle clamp reduces under-hang for greater fork clearance in ruts

Disc Brakes
- NEW petal-type brake rotors (220mm front/184mm rear) increase stopping power
- NEW petal-type rotor design helps clean the brake pads for more consistent performance
- NEW front brake hose routing helps protect brake line; front guides are just like the big KXs
- NEW direct upward line simplifies brake bleeding maintenance
- Front brake lever shape offers optimum feel
- Forged-aluminum rear brake pedal is strong, lightweight and features two seals at the pivot for smooth operation and increased durability
- Provide strong braking power with minimal effort

Rims/Tires
- Black alumite-coated lightweight aluminum rims offer a factory look
- Rear hub features two bearings on the drive side for added durability
- Large rear-axle diameter for optimum rigidity
- NEW Dunlop® Geomax MX51 tires provide optimal grip for a wide range of riding conditions

Bodywork/Graphics
- NEW Slimmer radiator shrouds and side panels improve rider ergonomics
- NEW Flat seat with seamless seat cover and gripper material improve comfort and make weight shifts easier
- 34.3” seat height is ideal for larger riders who are still growing
- NEW handlebars are 24mm wider and 22mm taller for increased leverage and comfort
- NEW Three-position handlebar risers offer STD, +5mm higher and +10mm higher bar positioning
- NEW Two-position handlebar clamps offer STD, +10mm forward bar location for a total of six different handlebar positions with new handlebar risers
- NEW Swingarm surface treatment matches big KXs and is easier to clean and refresh
- NEW angular front fender, angular rear fender and number plate design match big KX-styling
- NEW wraparound fork guards with embossed Kawasaki logo protect inner fork tubes and enhance styling
- Factory lime green “flow line” graphics
- Black alumite coatings mirror the reigning champ’s KX
- Grey clutch and ignition covers resist the signs of boot rub to help keep the KX looking fresh


Specs:

Engine: Two-stroke single with KIPS®
Displacement: 99cc
Bore x stroke: 52.5mm x 45.8mm
Cooling: Liquid
Carburetion: Keihin PWK38
Induction: Two-petal reed valve
Compression ratio: 10.2:1 (low speed) – 8.7:1 (high speed)
Ignition: Digital CDI
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: Chain
Frame: High-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe member
Rake / trail: 29 degrees / 4.3 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 36mm inverted telescopic cartridge fork with 20-way compression damping / 10.8 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: Uni-Trak® single shock system with 24-way compression and 21-way rebound damping plus adjustable spring preload / 10.8 in.
Front tire: 70/100x19
Rear tire: 90/100x16
Front brake / rear brake: Hydraulic disc / Disc
Overall length: 75.6 in.
Overall width: 30.1 in.
Overall height: 43.3 in.
Ground clearance: 13.0 in.
Seat height: 34.3 in.
Curb weight: 169.7 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 1.32 gal.
Wheelbase: 51.6 in.
Color: Lime Green
MSRP: $TBD











2014 Kawasaki KX85




Kawasaki says:

Every budding motocross star reaches a crossroads early in his or her career, where choosing the right motorcycle can mean all the difference between destination and destiny. With more amateur national championships than any other brand, the Kawasaki KX™ 85’s pedigree already outshines its competition, but for 2014 a new KX85 raises the bar higher than ever. In fact, the one thing that hasn’t changed is that the KX85 is still the ultimate training tool for the Ryan Villopotos of tomorrow. Box-stock, it’s ready to win championships!

The KX85‘s new more-powerful 85cc two-stroke engine boasts numerous improvements to increase its already potent peak output by 20%, with better low-end and mid-range torque. No doubt, the KX will nab more holeshots than ever before, but the improved torque also makes it more suitable for riders whose motocross skills are still in development. Other race-proven features, such as an advanced perimeter-frame chassis package, 36mm cartridge fork up front with 20-way compression damping adjustability and a fully adjustable Uni-Trak® shock out back provide excellent handling characteristics and superior tracking to tame the nastiest, most challenging racetracks.

The KX85’s engine bristles with performance- and reliability-improving changes that are sure to keep it ahead of the pack. Starting at the top, its cylinder head features a smaller squish band with a narrower angle and a shallower combustion chamber for increased power, while a new cylinder head gasket with a 1mm increase in bore surface height is held in place with an additional dowel pin to prevent detonation and increase engine reliability. The KX’s durable, Nikasil-plated cylinder also features a larger exhaust port that is optimally shaped for better flow, improving peak power at wide open throttle. A new piston with a longer piston pin improves durability, while the piston’s new single-ring design reduces cylinder wall friction for even better engine response.

All of this added power goes hand in hand with changes to improve the KX85’s factory-racer replica character, such as new carburetor jetting specs for its 28mm Keihin PWK carburetor, which features a crescent-shaped slide that positions the needle closer to the intake ports for optimized fuel atomization and smoother fuel delivery throughout the powerband. Further enhancing the KX85’s mid-range and top-end power is a revised Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve System (KIPS®) with new independent slider valves for each port that replace the previous 3-piece design, reducing maintenance and further improving reliability.

More durability improvements can be found in the KX’s crankshaft, which is now 83mm, 2mm larger than the previous model, and features a precisely shaped resin block added to the crankshaft to close the gap around the machined area near the crank pin. The resin block reduces the volume of the bottom-end to increase intake transfer. The result? A design that not only boasts increased rigidity and durability but that also helps to further increase power to boot. More power usually generates more heat, but the KX85’s new radiator increases cooling capacity by nearly 52% to improve engine life and reduce the chance of engine overheating during grueling motos.

The KX85’s six-speed transmission delivers smooth and positive shifting along with extreme durability thanks to its hard chrome-finished shift fork ends, a thick base on the clutch basket housing and an additional bushing on the input shaft.

It takes a race-proven suspension package to put all the KX85’s horsepower to the ground, and the new Uni-Trak® linkage equipped KYB reservoir shock and re-tuned inverted KYB 36mm forks are up to the task of tackling the roughest motocross terrain. Just like its big brothers, the KX85’s fork now features shim-type valving and firmer damping for faster riders while also offering superior bottoming resistance, but a wide range of adjustability allows it to be tailored for precise damping to fit a variety of riding styles as well as track conditions. Out back, the new shock’s black-anodized aluminum body is 150 grams lighter, while a new clicker-type adjuster makes fine-tuning the rear suspension damping quick and easy.

New petal-type brakes improve the KX’s stopping power, too. The 220mm front and 184mm rear rotors deliver strong, efficient braking performance while the shape of the petals helps clean the brake pads—a real plus in muddy conditions. The front brake hose is now routed behind the axle for better protection, and it also gets new hose guides that are just like the guides on the big KX models. The KX85 also wears new Dunlop® Geomax MX51 intermediate tires that provide optimal grip over varying terrain and riding conditions.

The KX85’s high-tensile steel perimeter frame is reinforced in key areas to maintain Kawasaki’s legendary handling traits and work in perfect harmony with the more potent engine, improved suspension and more powerful brakes, but significant ergonomics and styling changes greatly improve the KX’s overall look and feel. Its 32.7” tall seat height is .4” lower than the previous model to best fit a wide variety of growing inseams. More adjustability than ever before is available on the KX85, thanks to a new wider and taller handlebar, three-position handlebar risers and two-position handlebar clamps that offer a total of six different handlebar positions to custom tailor rider ergonomics for a comfortable fit.

Of course, if you ride anything but a KX85, the only time you’re likely to see one at the track is when it is standing still, and the KX’s bold new styling gives it a championship-winning look even when it is parked. A new fuel tank with a 20mm lower fuel cap, slim radiator covers and side panels blend harmoniously with a new, flatter two-tone seat that features a seamless cover and gripper material to expand cockpit room and increase rider comfort. A new angular front fender, number plate and white rear fender not only match the big KX models, the front fender also help to reduce mud accumulation, while new wrap-around fork guards protect the inner fork tubes and seals. Last but not least, a new brushed finish on the aluminum swingarm matches the big KXs and helps keep the KX85 looking fresher longer.

Completing its factory-racer styling, the KX85 is finished off in Kawasaki’s signature lime green with eye-catching detail appointments such as blue alumite coatings on the adjusters and black alumite coating on the rims, just like Villopoto’s factory KX450F.

Those who race their KX85 at designated events are eligible to receive support from Team Green™, Kawasaki’s amateur racing support program. For over 30 years, Team Green has provided regional support vehicles and highly trained technicians at more than 100 events per year throughout the United States, offering technical information and assistance to those who race Kawasaki products. Kawasaki also offers a comprehensive contingency program for amateur and professional riders who place well at designated events.


Features:

At A Glance…
- NEW Retuned liquid-cooled, two-stroke, 85cc engine produces 20% more peak power than previous model
- NEW Revised Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve increases more mid-range torque and top-end power
- Uni-Trak® rear suspension is fully adjustable for compression and rebound damping and spring preload
- Rigid 36mm inverted cartridge forks are 20-way compression damping adjustable and provide better steering response and control
- Revised jetting in the 28mm Keihin PWK carburetor helps give ideal fuel atomization, for quicker throttle response and a smoother power delivery
- Six-speed transmission has chrome-finished shift fork ends to resist wear and seizing while bushings on the second, third and fourth gears on the output shaft increase durability
- Industry-leading amateur racer support through Team Green™ 

Liquid-cooled, Two-stroke, Single-cylinder 85cc Engine
- NEW Cylinder head combustion shape increases power at all rpm
- NEW Cylinder head gasket and gasket retention dowel prevents detonation, increasing reliability
- NEW Piston with longer piston pin improves reliability; single-ring design (was two rings) reduces friction
- NEW Lightweight Nikasil-coated cylinder features a new exhaust port shape for better flow, more power
- NEW Larger outer diameter crankshaft is now 83mm (+2mm), increasing rigidity and improving durability
- NEW Precisely shaped resin block added to crankshaft closes the gap around the machined area near the crank pin, reducing volume of the bottom-end to increase intake transfer for more power
- Intake and exhaust port bridges are machine-finished for reduced wear and improved reliability
- Rotor comes with rare-earth magnets; the unitized piece is small, light and more efficient; low inertial moment improves low-rpm response
- Connecting rod big-end bearing has more rigid cage for improved durability
- Intake port shape and cylinder skirt allow cooling air into the crankcase chamber
- Primary gear is secured using a lock-nut to help reduce mechanical noise
- Metafoam gaskets for the generator and water pump covers improve sealing

Kawasaki Integrated Power Valve System (KIPS®)
- KIPS system varies exhaust-port height for increased horsepower and torque at all rpm
- NEW independent valves replace the old three-piece valve design, increasing reliability and reducing maintenance
- Produces a broad powerband with more mid-range torque and excellent top-end power
- Breather in KIPS cover improves high-rpm and overrun performance

Radiator
- NEW larger radiator increases cooling capacity by nearly 52% to sustain engine power during long motos
- Radiator is 2.6mm wider, 40mm taller

Airbox
- Large right-side cutout improves airflow for increased power
- Reusable foam air filter

28mm Keihin PWK Carburetor
- Revised jetting optimizes performance with new engine tuning specs
- Large crescent slide positions the needle closer to intake ports for ideal fuel atomization, providing quicker throttle response and a smoother power delivery
- Carburetor adjustable for various conditions

Exhaust System
- Features large-diameter O-ring and groove on exhaust pipe for improved durability and easy installation
- Aluminum silencer is re-packable like larger KX models

Clutch
- Thick-base clutch hub rides on needle bearings for smooth action
- Large 91mm clutch plates offer excellent durability and precise engagement
- Clutch-release ratio is designed for light clutch lever action
- Clutch plate service cover simplifies maintenance and utilizes a metal-carbon composite gasket

Six-speed Transmission
- Positive shifting action and rugged durability
- Fifth and sixth gears ride on bushings for added reliability
- Shift forks are hard chrome-finished to resist wear and seizing
- Convenient oil-level window offers easy level checks
- Bushings on the second, third and fourth gears increase durability

High-tensile Steel Perimeter Frame
- High-tensile steel tubing is reinforced in key areas to optimize durability and weight
- Perimeter design accommodates optimal intake/exhaust design
- Wide, steel footpegs offer added control and strength.
- Thick footpeg-mount brackets withstand today’s rigorous tracks
- Engine and chassis bolts feature rust-resistant coating

Fuel Tank
- NEW Fuel tank design features a flatter top area for smoother seating
- NEW Tank cap is moved 20mm lower to extend available room for the rider

Uni-Trak® Rear Suspension
- NEW KYB reservoir shock features black-anodized aluminum body, saves 150 grams of weight
- NEW clicker-type compression damping adjuster allows for more precise damping adjustments
- Swingarm uses large cross-section beams for improved rigidity and control
- Cast-aluminum drive chain adjuster sections allow easy chain adjustments
- Shock is fully adjustable with 24-position compression and 21-position rebound damping, plus stepless spring preload

36mm Inverted Cartridge Fork
- NEW shim-type valving provides more precise damping control
- NEW firmer damping rates offer superior bottoming resistance
- Inverted fork is rigid, providing better steering response and control
- Compression damping is 20-way adjustable
- Aluminum upper fork tubes measure 36mm in diameter for flex-free performance
- Revised axle clamp reduces under-hang for greater fork clearance in ruts

Disc Brakes
- NEW petal-type brake rotors (220mm front/184mm rear) increase stopping power
- NEW petal-type rotor design helps clean the brake pads for more consistent performance
- NEW front brake hose routing helps protect brake line; front guides are just like the big KXs
- Direct upward line routing simplifies brake bleeding and maintenance
- Front brake lever shape offers optimum feel
- Forged-aluminum rear brake pedal is strong, lightweight and features two seals at the pivot for smooth -operation and increased durability
- Provide strong braking power with minimal effort

Rims/Tires
- Black alumite-coated lightweight aluminum rims offer a factory look
- Rear hub features two bearings on the drive side for added durability
- Large rear-axle diameter for optimum rigidity
- NEW Dunlop® Geomax MX51 tires provide optimal grip for a wide range of riding conditions

Bodywork/Graphics
- NEW Slimmer radiator shrouds and side panels improve rider ergonomics
- NEW Flat seat with seamless seat cover and gripper material improve comfort and make weight shifts easier
- NEW 32.7” seat height is .4” lower than 2013, ideal for growing riders
- NEW Handlebars are 24mm wider and 22mm taller for increased leverage and comfort
- NEW Three-position handlebar risers offer STD, +5mm higher and +10mm higher bar positioning
- NEW Two-position handlebar clamps offer STD, +10mm forward bar location for a total of six different handlebar positions with new handlebar risers
- NEW Swingarm surface finish matches big KXs and is easier to clean
- NEW Angular front fender, angular rear fender and number plate design match big KX-styling
- NEW Wraparound fork guards with embossed Kawasaki logo protect inner fork tubes and enhance styling
- Grey clutch and ignition covers resist the signs of boot rub to help keep the KX looking fresh
- Factory lime green “flow line” graphics and black alumite coatings mirror the reigning champ’s motorcycle


Specs:

Engine: Two-stroke single with KIPS®
Displacement: 85cc
Bore x stroke: 48.5mm x 45.8mm
Cooling: Liquid
Carburetion: Keihin PWK38
Induction: Crankcase reed valve
Compression ratio: 10.9:1 (low speed) –9.0:1 (high speed)
Ignition: Digital CDI
Transmission: Six-speed
Final drive: Chain
Frame: High-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe member
Rake / trail: 29 degrees / 3.8 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 36mm inverted telescopic cartridge fork with 20-way compression damping / 10.8 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: UNI-TRAK® single-shock system with 24-way compression and 21-way rebound damping, plus adjustable spring preload / 10.8 in.
Front tire: 70/100x17
Rear tire: 90/100x14
Front brake / rear brake: Hydraulic disc / Disc
Overall length: 72.0 in.
Overall width: 30.1 in.
Overall height: 43.3 in.
Ground clearance: 11.4 in.
Seat height: 32.7 in.
Curb weight: 165.3 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 1.32 gal.
Wheelbase: 49.8 in.
Color: Lime Green
MSRP: TBD








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