Kawasaki KX500: review, history, specs


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Class: motocross

Production: 1983-2004

Successor: Kawasaki KX450F

Models
Kawasaki KX500

(KX500-A)

1983-1984

(North America)

Kawasaki KX500

(KX500-B)

1985-1986

(North America)

Kawasaki KX500

(KX500-C)

1987

(North America)

Kawasaki KX500 (KX500A) 1983-1984
Kawasaki KX500 (KX500B) 1985-1986
Kawasaki KX500 (KX500C) 1987
Models
Kawasaki KX500

(KX500-D)

1988

(North America, Europe)

Kawasaki KX500

(KX500-E)

1989-2004

(North America, Europe, Australia)

Kawasaki KX500 (KX500D) 1988
Kawasaki KX500 (KX500E) 1989-2004

History

History
Year Country Name / Frame / Engine
1983 North America Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-A1

1984 North America Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-A2

1985 North America Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-B1

1986 North America Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-B2

1987 North America Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-C1

1988 North America, Europe Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-D1

1989 North America, Europe Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E1

1990 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E2

1991 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E3

1992 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E4

1993 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E5

1994 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E6

1995 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E7

1996 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E8

1997 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E9

1998 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E10

1999 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E11

2000 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E12

2001 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E13

2002 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E14

2003 North America, Europe, Australia Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E15

2004 North America Name: Kawasaki KX500

Code: KX500-E16

Specifications

Kawasaki KX500 (KX500-E, 1989-2004): specs.

Specifications
DIMENSIONS Overall length 2190 mm / 86,2 in
Overall width 815 mm / 32,1 in
Overall height 1205 mm / 47,4 in
Seat height 950 mm / 37,4 in
Wheelbase 1490 mm / 58,7 in
Ground clearance 370 mm / 14,5 in
Dry weight 100 kg / 220 lbs
Curb (wet) weight 106 kg / 233 lbs
FRAME Type Semi double-cradle (steel)
Front suspension, travel Inverted telescopic air fork (adjustable) , 300 mm / 11,8 in
Rear suspension, travel Swingarm Uni-Trak with mono-shock (adjustable), 330 mm / 13,0 in
Front tire size 80/100-21 51M
Rear tire size 110/100-18 64M

110/90-19 62M – KX500 (USA)

120/100-18 68M – KX500 (Europe)

Front brake Single disc, 220 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brake Single disc, 190 mm, 1-piston caliper
Fuel capacity 9,9 l / 2,61 US gal
Trail 112 mm / 4,4 in

119 mm / 4,68 in – KX500 (USA)

Fuel economy
ENGINE Type Water-cooled 2-stroke
Cylinder arrangement Single cylinder
Bore & Stroke 86,0 x 86,0 mm
Displacement 499 cm³ (30,4 cu-in)
Compression ratio 6.8:1 (high speed), 7.7:1 (low speed)
Valve train Piston reed valve
Max. power 63,5 hp (46,7 kW) / 7000 rpm
Max. torque 65,7 Nm (6,7 kg*m) / 6000 rpm
0 to 100 km/h
Top speed
CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Carburetor, 1x Keihin PWK39
ID
DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate, cable operated
Transmission 5-speed constant mesh
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction 2.538
Final reduction 3.357
Gear ratio

I

II

III

IV

V


2.000

1.450

1.181

0.954

0.791

ELECTRICAL Ignition CDI
Alternator
Battery capacity

Images

Kawasaki KX500: images, gallery.

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Videos

Kawasaki KX500: video.

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Manuals

Kawasaki KX500: manuals, parts, microfiches.