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1986 Kawasaki KDX80
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1986 Kawasaki KDX80

Date Added March 21, 2000

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1986 Kawasaki KDX80 Reviews

GeoffM24
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Jan 5, 2003

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Posted: Jan 10, 2003 10:15 AM   Back to Top
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Power
This was my 1st bike and the one I learned on. Power was fair. I was a bit too big when I had it and it struggled on most hills. It was NOWHERE near as fast or powerful as my 88 YZ125. I assure you you will not be beating any 250s as the other reviewer dreamed he did.
Suspension
Limited travel and adjusting ability. Not nearly enough for me.
Brakes
Poor, very small drums had a tough time.
Comments
A great bike to learn on for preteens. Not as fast or fun as a MX 80. Easier to handle off road and in the woods. Reliable but less then exciting.
Rating
80
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M.Pearson
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Posted: Mar 5, 2002 8:05 AM   Back to Top
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Power
The kdx has the power you wouldn't believe i raced a cr 250 and smoked at first i had a lead then i hit 4th gear and he started catching me but by 6th gear i had him
Suspension
Bottoms out occasionlybut takes tight turns simple
Brakes
wears out easy
Comments
if you are looking for a fast reliable bike get a kawasaki. i call mine screamin demon
Rating
100
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copper claws
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Sep 24, 2001

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Posted: Sep 24, 2001 11:31 PM   Back to Top
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Power
Really quite adequate -- especially in the first three gears. The power notably arrived in the mid range and pulled respectively up into the top end. The bottom bogged. The ultimate top end was rather weak in terms of power -- but certainly not for speed or NOISE. The engine shrieked unbelievably, producing a very distinct sound, unlike the buzzing of a true motocrosser. Once in the powerband, the bike absolutely delivered if kept in the first three gears. Fourth was transitional. Fifth and sixth gears were best used in flatter areas. I routinely beat a very experienced and much lighter friend who rode an early '80s XR 200 on all kinds of trails -- open and close.
Suspension
I was far too heavy for the bike -- from 155 to 180 pounds and the suspension was completely inadequate. It was, however, never unsafe. It could be jumped to low altitudes safely. The front suspension was particularly soft and dissuaded front brake application.
Brakes
Adequate. The front brake and soft forks required some caution -- especially if the rider weighed too much.
Comments
This was my first bike. Obviously I'm biased. It is a wonderful beginner-to-well-seasoned transitional bike. It offers a more-than adequate amount of power and versatility. My contemporaries rode a 1985 CR80 (which was truly magnificent, but excessive for a first bike) and a Honda XR 200 and, as long as we restricted our riding to trails, I had no trouble keeping up with them. On the street (one friend owned a private, paved road) the bigger bikes pulled away, but the KDX-80 hung in there respectively. It probably went 50-60 miles per hour on pavement. My next bike was a 1989 YZ 250 and the KDX provided me with enough skill and education to ride the 250 with confidence. Also, while it's a bona fide two-stroke, it didn't wheelie well, even when I sat way back on the seat and yanked, first and second gears offered the only wheelie practice -- further evidence of its save, yet effective power distribution.
Rating
90
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kdxguy
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Feb 1, 2001

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Posted: Feb 1, 2001 11:45 AM   Back to Top
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Power
pretty good once it gets in the powerband
Suspension
mine has a kx gas shock, but the forks bottom pretty easy
Brakes
pretty good for drums
Comments
it sucks that they don't make any aftermarket pipes for it but oh well
Rating
90
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