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  • Kawasaki KX500

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    The Kawasaki KX 500 is a two-stroke single motocross motorcycle made by Kawasaki from 1983 until 2004. The Kawasaki KX500 was developed as an air-cooled 500cc motocross bike for competition in the 500cc and Open-Class of motocross. At the time of its release, several top manufactured sported entries in this class, including Yamaha, Suzuki, Honda and the class-leading Maico. Kawasaki developed the bike on an annual basis through the 80's. The addition of liquid cooling in 1985, a new frame with improved suspension in 1987, engine updates in 1988 and reversed forks in 1990 highlight these revisions. Kawasaki would take several years to produce a competitive bike, and when it finally did, would find the KX500 winning in events for which it was not initially designed for. Its first victories came in 1986, when Donnie Griewe won two National Hare and Hound events. These only foreshadowed Kawasaki's dominance in distance and desert racing that exploded in the 90's. In 1989 Kawasaki captures its first National MX championship on a KX500, repeating in '90 and '92 before the series was discontinued at the close of the '93 season. But that would not be the end of the KX500's racing legacy. Beginning in 1992, the KX500 took the victory in every Desert Nationals race through 1995, and continued to win the Desert Nationals Championship every year though 2001. It further cemented its legendary dominance in desert racing by being the victors bike at the Baja 1000 from 1988 through 1996.

  • List of Kawasaki motorcycles

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    This is a list of Kawasaki motorcycles, motorcycles designed and/or manufactured by Kawasaki Heavy Industries Motorcycle & Engine and its predecessors.

  • Kawasaki KX250F

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    The Kawasaki KX 250F is a liquid-cooled DOHC four-valve four-stroke single motocross motorcycle made by Kawasaki. The Kawasaki KX250F was co-developed with the Suzuki Motor Co. under their unique joint venture that started in 2002. This joint venture produced the Suzuki RMZ250 which is the mechanical twin to the KX250F but is in yellow Suzuki markings. The first year of the KX250F was 2004 and it saw immediate success in Supercross and Motocross racing capturing the East/West SX championships as well as the national MX title. For the 2006 model year, Kawasaki took its own separate route in 250F development by releasing an all-new bike that had no ties with Suzuki. The 2006 model features an all-new aluminum perimeter frame, a heavily revised engine, new Showa front and rear shocks, and Renthal handlebars. The new KX was very competitive, ranking highly in motocross magazine shootouts as well as in competition. The 2008 KX250F has continued its reputation as a good bike, being highly regarded in all dirtbike shootouts. In 2009, Kawasaki overhauled the KX250F with a lot more than a new look. These include numerous engine enhancements to increase power and save weight, upgrades to the suspension, including a titanium coating to reduce friction, and a few chassis changes which help improve cornering and create an overall slimmer feel. In 2011, Kawasaki added two new major features. The first was a digital fuel injection (DFI) system. This system was similar to the one found on the more powerful KX450F. It greatly improved engine response time and reduced hesitation when landing after a jump. The second addition was Showa's separate function fork (SFF). These new forks lowered weight, improved performance, and allowed for easier adjustability. In 2012, a second fuel injector was added increasing horsepower over the 2011 model. Kawasaki once again revamped the KX250F in 2013. They created a new look along with enhancements to the fuel injection system and separate function forks.

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