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

Engine Two-stroke single with KIPS®
Displacement 85cc
Bore x Stroke 48.5 x 45.8mm
Cooling System Liquid
Carburetion Keihin PWK28
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 Type High-tensile steel perimeter design with subframe member
Rake/Trail 29 degrees / 3.8 in.
Front suspension 36mm inverted telescopic cartridge fork with 20-way compression damping
Rear suspension UNI-TRAK® single-shock system with 24-way compression and 21-way rebound damping, plus adjustable spring preload
Front Tire Size 70/100×17
Rear Tire Size 90/100×14
Front brakes / rear brakes 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.