Updated 2014 Kawasaki KX85

For almost ten years now the death of the 2-stroke has been predicted. While the selection of 2-strokes is definitely a lot more limited than it once was, there are still some great options for those people who aren’t in tune with owning a thumper. And there is something to be said for the simplicity of a 2-stroke, especially the lack of a valve train and the maintenance requirements of those top end components. LIme Green 2014 Kawasaki KX85

It had been a few years since the KX85 had seen much more than the annual graphical updates, but for 2014 Kawasaki made some significant changes to the 85 which resulted in a machine that is once again competitive on the track from the moment it leaves the showroom.

Changes and updates for 2014 include

  • A retuned engine that puts out 20% more peak horsepower than the 2013 KX85
  • A new integrated KIPS power valve which improves mid-range torque as well as a boost in peak horsepower
  • Multiple changes to the engine internals
    • New cylinder head and gasket
    • New single ring piston
    • Nikasil coated cylinder with new exhaust port shape
    • Larger diameter crankshaft offering increased rigidity/durability
    • The hollow areas of the crankshaft have been filled in with a new resin block to reduce crankcase volume while increasing transfer port airflow
  • Revised fuel tank with a low profile fuel cap allowing the rider more freedom of movement
  • Updated and lightened KYB reservoir shock with a clicker type compression damping adjuster
  • 36MM inverted front forks with firmer damping rates and shim type valving
  • Petal type brake rotors (220mm up front and 184mm out back)
  • Dunlop Geomax 51 multi-terrain tires
  • Larger radiator offering 52% more cooling capacity
  • All new bodywork with slimmer radiator shrouds, more angular front fender, wrap around front fork guards, and a flatter seat that is covered with a gripper type material for more rider control
  • New multi-position adjustable handlebars that are 24mm wider and 22mm taller

The 2014 has been released and is currently on showroom floors.


Spec Sheet

EngineTwo-stroke single with KIPS®
Bore x Stroke48.5 x 45.8mm
Cooling SystemLiquid
CarburetionKeihin PWK28
InductionCrankcase reed valve
Compression ratio10.9:1 (low speed) – 9.0:1 (high speed)
IgnitionDigital CDI
Final driveChain
Frame TypeHigh-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe member
Rake/Trail29 degrees / 3.8 in.
Front suspension36mm inverted telescopic cartridge fork with 20-way compression damping
Rear suspensionUNI-TRAK® single-shock system with 24-way compression and 21-way rebound damping, plus adjustable spring preload
Front Tire Size70/100×17
Rear Tire Size90/100×14
Front brakes / rear brakesHydraulic disc / Disc
Overall length72.0 in.
Overall width30.1 in.
Overall height43.3 in.
Ground clearance11.4 in.
Seat height32.7 in.
Curb weight165.3 lbs.
Fuel capacity1.32 gal.
Wheelbase49.8 in.