Kawasaki KX500: history, specs, pictures

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Kawasaki KX500
Manufacturer
Also called KX 500
Production 1983-2004
Class Motorcross
Engine
single cylinder, two-stroke
Compression ratio 8.5:1
Top Speed 89 mph
Fuel System carburetor. keihin flat-slide
Ignition cdi
Spark Plug NGK BR8EG '98-04
NGK B9EG '83 , '84
NGK B8EG '85 , '87-97
Transmission Gear box: 5-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet plate
Final Drive Chain: 520x114 ‘98-04[1]
Front Sprocket 14T ‘98-04[1]
Rear Sprocket 47T ‘98-04[1]
Suspension Front: showa forks
Rear: monoshock
Brakes Front: single disc. hydraulic single piston
Rear: single disc. hydraulic single piston
Front Tire 3.00-21 '83 , '84 , '85
80/100-21 '87-88 , '89 , '90-97 , '98-04
Rear Tire 110/90-19 '89
120/90-19 '90-97 , '98-04
140/80-18 '85
6705 '83 , '84
110/100-18 '87-88
Weight
Recommended Oil K-tech 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 4.0 Gallon (15.14 Liters)
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Manuals File:1997 Kawasaki KX125, 250, 500 owners manual.pdf
File:Kawasaki KX125 KX250 KX500 1988-2004 Service Manual.pdf
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The Kawasaki KX500 was a single cylinder, two-stroke open class motorcross motorcycle produced by Kawasaki from 1983 to 2004.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a liquid cooled single cylinder, two-stroke. Fuel was supplied via a membrane & variable discharge openings.

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 5-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet plate.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 21" front tire and a 130/90-19 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc. hydraulic single piston in the front and a single disc. hydraulic single piston in the rear. The front suspension was showa forks while the rear was equipped with a monoshock. The KX500 was fitted with a 4.0 Gallon (15.14 Liters) fuel tank.

KX500 A[edit]

1983[edit]

KX500 B[edit]

1985[edit]

1986[edit]

1986 was the last year with the link (dogbone).

KX500 C[edit]

1987[edit]

The 1987 model was the first KX500 to use the Uni-trak suspension.

KX500 D[edit]

1988[edit]

KX500 E[edit]

1989[edit]

In 1989 the Kawasaki KX500 received many updates.


1991 KX500[edit]

1991 Kawasaki KX500
1991 Kawasaki KX500


1997[edit]

2001 KX500[edit]

2002[edit]

2004[edit]



In Media[edit]

See Also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 2019 Western Power Sports Catalog. Western Power Sports. 2019.