Kawasaki KDX200

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Kawasaki KDX200
Also called KDX 200
Production 1983 - 2006
Class Enduro
Predecessor Kawasaki KDX175
single cylinder, two-stroke
Bore / Stroke 66.0mm x 58.0mm
Compression ratio 7.9:1
Top Speed 87 mph (140 km/h)
Horsepower 37.01 HP (27.6 KW) @ 8000RPM
Torque 25.08 ft/lbs (34.0 Nm) @ 7000RPM
Fuel System carburetor. mikuni
Ignition cdi
Spark Plug NGK BR8ES '89-06
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet plate
Final Drive Chain: 520x110 ‘89-06[1]
Front Sprocket 13T ‘89-06[1]
Rear Sprocket 47T ‘89-06[1]
Suspension Front: conventional
Rear: gas powered mono shock
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: single disc
Front Tire 80/90-21
Rear Tire 100/100-18
Wheelbase 56.5 inches (1435 mm)
Length 83.5 inches (2121 mm)
Width 35.0 inches (889 mm)
Height 48.39 inches (1229 mm)
Seat Height 36.18 inches (919 mm)
Weight 222.67 pounds (101.0 Kg) (dry), 101.0 kg (wet)
Recommended Oil K-tech 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 2.91 Gallon (11.00 Liters)
Fuel Consumption 10.00 liters/100 km (10.0 km/l or 23.52 mpg)
Related Kawasaki KDX220, Kawasaki KX125
Kawasaki KLX300A
Competition Yamaha WR200
Manuals File:Kawasaki KDX200 1989-1994 Service Manual.pdf
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The Kawasaki KDX200 was a single cylinder, two-stroke Enduro motorcycle produced by Kawasaki between 1983 and 2006. It could reach a top speed of 87 mph (140 km/h). Max torque was 25.08 ft/lbs (34.0 Nm) @ 7000 RPM. Claimed horsepower was 37.01 HP (27.6 KW) @ 8000 RPM.

Intro[edit | edit source]

The KDX 200 is a race-capable trailbike that's perfect for the rider who wants a two-stroke that's as reliable as they get. You almost can't do off-road any cheaper than with a well-maintained KDX. It was introduced in 1983 after revisions to the preceding KDX175. It has been a long-standing model in Kawasaki's lineup, having been introduced in the early 1980s, seeing several revisions along the way up to the end of its production in 2006.

Engine[edit | edit source]

The engine was a liquid cooled single cylinder, two-stroke. A 66.0mm bore x 58.0mm stroke result in a displacement of just 200.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a port control.

Drive[edit | edit source]

The bike has a 6-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet plate.

Chassis[edit | edit source]

It came with a 80/90-21 front tire and a 100/100-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a single disc in the rear. The front suspension was a conventional while the rear was equipped with a gas powered mono shock. The KDX200 was fitted with a 2.91 Gallon (11.00 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 222.67 pounds (101.0 Kg). The wheelbase was 56.5 inches (1435 mm) long.

1986[edit | edit source]

Kawasaki gave the 200 a major makeover, again borrowing much from the KX125 motocross bike. It kept its air-cooled cylinder but got a power valve, which was called the Kawasaki Integrated Powervalve System or KIPS. The bike had a front disc brake, but a drum brake in the rear. The rear suspension still had a rocker arm on top. These were glory days for the KDX. Kawasaki was alone in the 200 class and virtually alone as a Japanese company offering a two-stroke enduro bike. The price was $1899. [2]

1987[edit | edit source]

1989[edit | edit source]

This was the biggest redesign in the long history of the 200. The bike became larger, faster and heavier, which was well received by some, but alienated the beginners who loved the old bike. The motor finally took its own path, diverging from the KX125 of the day. It got liquid cooling and a heavier crank. The frame was based on the 1987 KX125, which had modern-style linkage. The tank capacity was an impressive 3.3 gallons, which added to the bike’s mass. It tipped the scales at 232 pounds without fuel—8 pounds heavier than its previous year.

1991[edit | edit source]

The KDX was a hit, but it was under fire. Yamaha and Suzuki had 250cc two-strokes, so Kawasaki introduced the KDX250 to take the pressure off the 200 as a first-line enduro winner. But one thing didn’t go according to plan; almost everyone liked the 200 better than the 250. 1995: Kawasaki dropped the 250 and brought the 200 up to date with a new chassis and a new look. This is the form that the KDX would keep for the rest of its days—gone were the bulky tank and fat bodywork. The 1995 model got a perimeter frame and big changes to the suspension. The motor was unchanged for the most part. By this time, the 200 was being measured against more effective competition and clearly needed more motor to maintain its role as an eastern enduro contender. It did, however, regain some of its following among beginners.

1997[edit | edit source]

After failing to get buyers excited about the KDX250, Kawasaki tentatively stuck its big toe back into the bigger-than-a-200 class by offering a KDX220, in addition to the 200. It had a bigger bore and a smaller carb in an effort to gain torque. The 220 was priced $250 higher than the 200 at $4549. It sold in decent numbers and coexisted with the 200 until both machines were dropped in ’06 due to the coming of more stringent federal emission standards.

2000[edit | edit source]

1983 - 2006 Kawasaki KDX 200[edit | edit source]

In Media[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2019 Western Power Sports Catalog. Western Power Sports. 2019. 
  2. THE LIFE & TIMES OF THE KAWASAKI KDX200. Retrieved on 2019-05-22.