Kawasaki KX 500

The bike that was deemed as “unrideable, wild and violent” of bike reviews way back 1980s. This legendary bike has more power than one can imagine in a dirtbike.

Kawasaki was the first ever manufacturer to go the level of the 500cc at the time and not many were sure that it would be a wise choice to use in competitions or personal use.

Bike specs:

ModelKTM 125 EXC Enduro
Year1983-2004
EngineTwo stroke, single cylinder
Capacity 499 cc (30.5 cu in) liquid-cooled two-stroke single
Bore x Stroke86 x 86 mm
Compression Ratio8.4:1
Cooling system typeLiquid cooled
InductionCarburettor. Keihin flat-slide
IgnitionCDI
StartingKick
Top Speed90mph
TransmissionFive-speed with wet multi-disc manual clutch
Wheelbase59 in
FrameSteel
Front suspensionshowa forks
Front BrakesSingle 260 mm disc,2 piston caliper
Rear BrakesSingle 220 mm disc,1 piston caliper
Front Tires90/90 - 21
Rear Tires120/90 - 18
Seat height37 in
Fuel capacity2.6 gal.

Over the last 3 decades, any bike that has more power than the KX 500 is considered as impractical. The KX was seen as the borderline of insanity when it comes to power a man can handle on a bike.

 

 

 

One of the great things about used KX500s is that they are fairly indestructible. They could swallow dirt by the pound and keep running. The electrofusion-coated cylinder couldn’t be bored, but would wear for a long, long time. If it does get damaged, there are a number of companies than can recoat a KX cylinder.

 

So, what do you think? Do you want to own one? Do you think you have what it takes to ride this bike? Let us know in the comments!

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