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2022 KAWASAKI KX85: FULL TEST

Kawasaki made some specific updates to the KX85 for 2022 that include a stronger 6-speed transmission, increased engine cooling, styling and new Dunlop MX33 tires at both ends. In recent years Kawasaki has renewed its dedication to small-bore two-stroke development by improving the 85cc model and releasing an all-new 112cc model as well. The question […]

FIRST LOOK: 2023 KAWASAKI MOTOCROSS BIKES

Kawasaki has revealed its full motocross line for 2023. The KX250 has received substantial attention which includes motor, gearbox, suspension updates.  Here is what Kawasaki has to say about its 2023 motocross models, which include the KX450, KX250, KX110, KX85 and KX65. 2023 KAWASAKI KX250 2023 KX250 HIGHLIGHTS • NEW Increased engine performance • NEW […]

FIRST LOOK: 2023 KAWASAKI OFF-ROAD & DUAL-SPORT BIKES

Kawasaki has dropped the bulk of its 2023 off-road bikes. This includes the KX450X and KX250X competition models as well as the off-road play bikes and dual-sport bikes. The official description of each model from Kawasaki’s own corporate mouth is below. 2023 KX250X • NEW Increased engine performance • NEW Racer-friendly gearing • NEW Wider […]

KAWASAKI KDX500 2-STROKE: BEHIND THE BUILD

When it comes to 500cc two-stroke projects, they usually go one of two directions: the first is a complete restoration of the stock steel-framed chassis, or the second is taking the two-stroke powerplant and fabricating it into a modern-day, four-stroke, aluminum-framed chassis. The debate on these two types of builds could go on until the […]

KDX CLUTCH WOES: MR. KNOW-IT-ALL

CHATTER Dear Mr. Know-It-All, I was riding my 2002 KDX 200R the other day, and upon pulling in the clutch, the bike started releasing a disturbing chattering noise. It was only when the clutch was being pulled in. It got progressively louder as I rode home. What on earth could be making this noise? Rich […]

KAWASAKI KDX220: BEHIND THE BUILD

By Ryan Koch At one point in time, the Kawasaki KDX was one of the most popular motorcycles ever produced, and the strong following of riders to this day proves their loyalty. The bike was ultra-affordable, and the smiles-per-dollar ratio was hard to beat. Sure, in bone-stock form, it lacked the power and technology of […]

KAWASAKI KX450SR SPECIAL EDITION: FIRST RIDE

The Kawasaki KX450SR is a new model for 2022 based on the KX450 motocross bike. It’s essentially a factory-built race replica. It comes from Japan with a long list of motor and suspension upgrades, plus graphics that are a tribute to the Monster Energy Kawasaki factory team that will feature Adam Cianciarulo and Jason Anderson […]

KAWASAKI KX327 TWO-STROKE PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Working on “project bikes,” as they’re commonly called, never gets old. Some projects start with new bikes and some are Craigslist finds, but this bike has a unique story behind it. Kevin Bailey from Race Winning Brands takes us through this KX327 rebirth in his own words. SECOND CHANCE “After a phone call from a […]

2022 KAWASAKI KX450: FULL TEST

Success often knocks on the back door. That’s how the Kawasaki KX450 arrived. While Honda, KTM and Yamaha have taken turns bashing the front door down with one 60-horsepower battering ram after another, Kawasaki has quietly taken a more conservative route. The KX450 has never been the fastest bike in the class. It has never […]

RIDING THE 2022 KAWASAKI KX250: THE WRAP

The 2022 Kawasaki KX250 arrived this week, making for a full set of bikes in preparation for our 2022 250 MX shootout. I have a personal attachment to the Kawasaki because I raced the X version of the bike in the 2021 National Grand Prix Championship. The X is virtually the same bike as the […]

KAWASAKI KX125: BEHIND THE BUILD

We have built a lot of project bikes with Justin Myerson from Motowhips over the years and are always blown away with each bike. This KX125 is Justin’s personal bike and took almost two years to build in between working on customer builds. It features an updated KX250 four-stroke front end with a mounting kit […]

RIDING THE 2022 KAWASAKI KLR650

We’re delighted to report that the Kawasaki KLR650 is back and we have already logged some time on a brand-new 2022 Adventure model. Back when the 2019 Kawasaki line was announced we were shocked that there was no KLR650. The bike had been around in one form or another since 1984. At times, it was […]

KAWASAKI KX450X PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Mark Tilley has two priorities in his life these days. Their names are Jacob and Austin Tilley. But between supporting their young racing aspirations and acting as Managing Editor of Dirt Bike Magazine, Mark found the time to earn two number one plates in the 2020 National Grand Prix Championship Series. To do that, he […]

KAWASAKI KX144 PROJECT: BEHIND THE BUILD

Sometimes our daydreams become reality. Recently, we had a conversation at the office about what a modern Japanese 125cc two-stroke might look and perform like. The conversation went on for hours. Not long afterward, we ran into Josh Bombard and Tim Sharp at the track with their KX144 creation. If Kawasaki made this two-stroke available […]

RIDING THE 2022 KAWASAKI KX450: THE WRAP

This week we got a chance to ride the 2022 Kawasaki KX450 for the first time. I know you know the 2022 model is unchanged, but it’s still a very big deal to us.The KX450 has never been the fastest, the lightest, the most sophisticated or the most ground breaking bike in the class. But […]

KAWASAKI KX450: 2022 VIDEO SERIES

Kawasaki’s KX450 has won the Dirt Bike Magazine 450 Motocross shootout for three years in a row. It was completely overhauled in 2019 and gained electric start in the process. Kawasaki hasn’t messed with the formula too much since then and we have learned a great deal about the bike in that time. The 2022 […]

1988 KAWASAKI KDX200: BEHIND THE BUILD

By Ron Lawson The inspiration for this project can be traced back to the 2016 ISDE. There were a couple of guys on 35-year-old Jawas who attempted to ride the Six Days for the host country of Slovakia. They didn’t even finish, but it seeded a “what-if” discussion. What if there was a class for […]

KAWASAKI 2022: NEW KX85 & KX112!

Kawasaki today announced its 2022 line of off-road and MX motorcycles. The biggest news of the drop was the KX112, which replaces the KX100. The KX85 is also extensively updated. The remainder of the KX and KLX lines will be predominantly unchanged. Here’s the official Kawasaki release. For more detailed information on the new KX112, […]