2017 KX65
2017 KX65
KX - THE BIKE THAT BUILDS CHAMPIONS
For more than 30 years, Kawasaki’s smallest KX motocross bike has played a key role in the sport of motocross, providing a
race-winning platform on which countless national and world champions have begun the journey to superstardom.
Today, Kawasaki’s KX65 maintains the same successful attributes, including a powerful and reliable two-stroke engine,
lightweight chassis, disc brakes and long travel suspension. Its reputation as the quintessential learning tool for young racers
taking their first steps into the world of competitive riding is well deserved.
64CC TWO-STROKE ENGINE
Built for competion and to put them out the front of the pack. Easy,
competitive operation to assist in building motocross riding skills.
Digital ignition offers ideal timing for optimal throttle response
throughout the rev range. Ignition rotor features rare-earth
magnets, making it smaller, lighter and more durable. Its low inertial
moment improves low-rpm response. High capacity ignition coil
delivers a higher secondary voltage for a hotter spark, and the
punchier response improves acceleration. Connecting rod big-end
bearing features a cage for added durability. Primary gear is
secured using a lock-nut to help reduce mechanical noise. The oil
seal of the left crankcase has a stopper for increased engine
reliability. Metafoam gaskets are used for the generator cover,
water pump cover and water pump elbow for improved sealing.
Silver clutch and ignition covers resist the signs of boot rub to help
keep the KX looking fresh for longer
FRONT AND REAR DISC BRAKES
A high-performance engine needs high-performance stopping power
and the KX65’s mighty front and rear disc brakes deliver powerful
braking performance and high resistance to fade. A re-designed
front brake lever now also offers even better feel.
Light and powerful. Ergonomic front brake lever shape offers easy
operation. The front and rear brakes resist fading.
Large 180mm front and rear disc brakes with single piston calipers
for superb braking performance. The rear brake has O-rings sealing
the pivot for smooth operation.
BOTTOM-LINK UNI-TRAK REAR SUSPENSION
The KX65’s UNI-TRAK® rear suspension system features a risingrate action that increases the damping strength as the suspension
compresses. The nitrogen-charged shock offers 4-way rebound
damping adjustability, a stiff spring (in Lime Green), and damping
settings to accomodate aggressive riding.
The rocker arm is made of cast aluminium to save on weight. The
bottom link design helps lower the centre of gravity, which makes
the bike feel lighter and easier to handle. The external reservoir
cools the shock fluid, increasing fade resistance to keep the
damping consistent on the nitrogen-charged shock.
LIGHTWEIGHT ALUMINIUM RIMS
Aluminum rims reduce unsprung weight and their strength adds
durability.
The 2016 KX65 receives black aluminium rims just like the larger KX
models. The look of the 2016 KX65 is taken from the big brother
KX450F and KX250F
The aluminium reduces unsprung weight for improved suspension
action.
33MM CONVENTIONAL FORK
Front fork springs and damping settings reduce bottoming for more
aggressive riding. The large 33 mm inner tubes assure rigidity for
great handling on rough courses. Four-position rebound-damping
adjustment accommodates different riding styles and terrain.
Suspension built to reduces fatigue, improve line holding and create
confidence.
The KX65 has candy lime green type II forks caps just like the
KX250F and KX450F.
24MM MIKUNI CARBURETOR
Feeds a 4-petal reed valve for excellent throttle response. Helps the
engine to produce good power and torque at all rpm.
FUEL TANK CHECK VALVE
The fuel tank cap vent hose has a check valve to reduce the
possibility of fuel seepage.
DIGITAL CAPACITOR DISCHARGE IGNITION
(CDI)
Digital ECU precisely controls timing, no matter how fast the rpm
changes. Special ignition coil produces hot spark to enhance
acceleration.
OPTIONAL PARTS
Optional parts available include a 0.37mm carbon fibre reed petals,
various carburettor jets, front and rear spring and sprockets. All to
ensure the KX65 is set-up right for the rider.
6-SPEED TRANSMISSION
The KX’s smooth-shifting six-speed transmission offers a positive
shifting action along with rugged durability thanks to hard chromed
shift forks. The clutch is operated manually by hand for maximum
control and performance.
The ends of the shft forks are hard chrome finished for durability. A
bearing that is sealed on one side is used on the shift drum to help
raise the tranmission's oil level for increased lubrication and added
durability. A short shift lever to assist in quick gear changes.
MULTI-PLATE CLUTCH
The clutch actuation arm rides in needle bearings for smooth action. The clutch basket and hub ride on involute splines and
are fastened with a circlip instead of a bolt to ease servicing. The steel clutch plates have a special surface treatment to
improve the feel. Positive action and rugged durability. Manual clutch mechanism mirrors larger KX models. Clutch cover
gasket made of metal-carbon composite material.
ELECTROFUSION CYLINDER
Electrofusion coating on the aluminum cylinder walls improves heat transfer for consistent power output. It allows closer
piston-to-cylinder clearances for more power and provides excellent wear and seizure resistance.
ALUMINIUM SILENCER
Silencer is removable, and packing is replaceable. Oval shape mimics the styling of larger-displacement KX model.
HIGH TENSILE STEEL SEMI-DOUBLE CRADLE FRAME
The high-tensile steel frame is constructed from the same strong, lightweight, high-tech materials as the bigger KX
Motocross bikes to offer exceptional torsional rigidity for great handling. Reinforced downtube adds strength and durability.
The engine and chassis bolts feature a rust-resistant coating.
FOOTPEG
Large cast steel footpegs are designed to resist bending and offer great grip.
KEY FEATURES
Updated graphics and styling based on the 2017 KX250F and KX450F
Lime Green rear spring
Candy Lime Green Type II alumite coating on the fork caps
64cc two-stroke engine with digital ignition offers ideal timing for better throttle response throughout the rev range
An electrofusion-coated cylinder with advanced exhaust and transfer ports for awesome power and performance at
higher rpm
Six-speed transmission offers positive action and rugged durability; hard chrome-finished shift fork ends resist wear
High-tensile steel frame offers exceptional torsional rigidity for excellent handling with a reinforced down tube for
increased strength and durability
Uni-Trak® rear suspension offers progressively increasing spring and damping strength as the suspension
compresses for a more controlled ride
Front and rear disc brakes are light, powerful and resist fading
SPECIFICATIONS
Model:
KX65 KX65BHF
Engine Type:
Liquid-cooled, 2-stroke Single
Displacement:
64.7cm
Bore x Stroke:
44.5 x 41.6 mm
Compression Ratio: 8.4:1
Valve System:
4 petal piston reed valve
Fuel System:
Carburettor: Mikuni VM24SS
Ignition:
Digital CDI
Starting:
Primary Kick
Transmission:
6-speed, return
Clutch:
Wet multi-disc, manual
Frame:
High-tensile steel semi-double cradle with detachable left-side rear section
Wheel travel - front: 210 mm
Wheel travel - rear: 240 mm
Tyre Size-front:
60/100-14 (30M)
Tyre Size-rear:
80/100-12 (41M)
Suspension - front:
33 mm telescopic fork with 4-way rebound damping
Suspension - rear:
Bottom-Link Uni-Trak with gas-charged shock, adjustable preload and 4-way rebound damping
Brakes - front:
Single180 mmdisc with single-piston caliper
Brakes - rear:
Single 180 mm disc with single-piston caliper
L x W x H:
1,590 x 760 x 955 mm
Wheelbase:
1,120 mm
Ground Clearance:
305mm
Seat height:
760mm
Fuel capacity:
3.8 litres
Curb Mass:
60.0 kg (includes full fuel tank,all fluids at optimum levels)
Colour:
Lime Green
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