Friday, December 16, 2011

Kawasaki KX 85

Kids today are getting more and more sophisticated about their hobbies, so much so that seeing a little tyke riding a motorcycle isn’t an uncommon occurrence anymore. That being said, it’s much easier to get these kids introduced to the world of motor bikes by going the route of a small and nimble ride as opposed to going straight to the big leagues.

One such bike that can accommodate the young ones is the Kawasaki KX85. In terms of its overall look, the KX85 comes with a black-painted, high-tensile steel perimeter frame with a specially designed fuel tank sitting inside the cage to keep the fuel load and, thus, the center of mass as low as possible for improved handling. All this is wrapped in lime green body panels, with lightweight black aluminum wheels and aggressive graphics. The result is a factory-look racer with factory-like performance.

This little rocket ship is also powered by a simple two-stroke, 84cc engine that actually puts out eye-popping power relative to its size. The KX85?s engine is mated to a six-speed transmission that delivers smooth and positive shifting along with enhanced durability, proving that this intro bike is tougher than it looks. Further enhancing the KX85?s tractable power are the Kawasaki Integrated Power-valve System (KIPS) and tuned exhaust pipe that provides better drive out of corners and a linear power delivery for young riders of varying skill levels.

More than just the engine, the Kawasaki KX85 comes with an advanced chassis package with a 36mm cartridge fork that has 18-way compression damping adjustability and settings designed to make mince meat of even the toughest of tracks. The UNI-TRAK shock in the back features fully adjustable spring preload, compression, and rebound damping for superior rear wheel control.

Find out more about the Kawasaki KX85 after the jump.

Kawasaki KX 85 originally appeared on on Friday, 16 December 2011 11:00 EST.

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