2017 KX65

KX65 - The Bike that Builds Champions

For more than 30 years, Kawasaki’s smallest KX motocross bike has played a key role in the sport of motocross, providing a race-winning platform on which countless national and world champions have begun the journey to superstardom.

Today, Kawasaki’s KX65 maintains the same successful attributes, including a powerful and reliable two-stroke engine, lightweight chassis, disc brakes and long travel suspension. Its reputation as the quintessential learning tool for young racers taking their first steps into the world of competitive riding is well deserved.

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64cc Two-Stroke Engine

Built for competion and to put them out the front of the pack.  Easy, competitive operation to assist in building motocross riding skills.

Digital ignition offers ideal timing for optimal throttle response throughout the rev range. Ignition rotor features rare-earth magnets, making it smaller, lighter and more durable. Its low inertial moment improves low-rpm response. High capacity ignition coil delivers a higher secondary voltage for a hotter spark, and the punchier response improves acceleration. Connecting rod big-end bearing features a cage for added durability. Primary gear is secured using a lock-nut to help reduce mechanical noise. The oil seal of the left crankcase has a stopper for increased engine reliability. Metafoam gaskets are used for the generator cover, water pump cover and water pump elbow for improved sealing.

Silver clutch and ignition covers resist the signs of boot rub to help keep the KX looking fresh for longer

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Front and Rear Disc Brakes

A high-performance engine needs high-performance stopping power and the KX65’s mighty front and rear disc brakes deliver powerful braking performance and high resistance to fade. A re-designed front brake lever now also offers even better feel.

Light and powerful.  Ergonomic front brake lever shape offers easy operation. The front and rear brakes resist fading.

Large 180mm front and rear disc brakes with single piston calipers for superb braking performance. The rear brake has O-rings sealing the pivot for smooth operation.

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Bottom-Link UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension

The KX65’s UNI-TRAK® rear suspension system features a rising-rate action that increases the damping strength as the suspension compresses. The nitrogen-charged shock offers 4-way rebound damping adjustability, a stiff spring (in Lime Green), and damping settings to accomodate aggressive riding.

The rocker arm is made of cast aluminium to save on weight. The bottom link design helps lower the centre of gravity, which makes the bike feel lighter and easier to handle. The external reservoir cools the shock fluid, increasing fade resistance to keep the damping consistent on the nitrogen-charged shock.

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Lightweight Aluminum Rims

Aluminum rims reduce unsprung weight and their strength adds durability.
The 2016 KX65 receives black aluminium rims just like the larger KX models. The look of the 2016 KX65 is taken from the big brother KX450F and KX250F

The aluminium reduces unsprung weight for improved suspension action.

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33mm Conventional Fork

Front fork springs and damping settings reduce bottoming for more aggressive riding. The large 33 mm inner tubes assure rigidity for great handling on rough courses. Four-position rebound-damping adjustment accommodates different riding styles and terrain. Suspension built to reduces fatigue, improve line holding and create confidence.

The KX65 has candy lime green type II forks caps just like the KX250F and KX450F.

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24mm Mikuni Carburetor

Feeds a 4-petal reed valve for excellent throttle response. Helps the engine to produce good power and torque at all rpm.

Fuel Tank Check Valve

The fuel tank cap vent hose has a check valve to reduce the possibility of fuel seepage. 

Optional Parts

Optional parts available include a 0.37mm carbon fibre reed petals, various carburettor jets, front and rear spring and sprockets.  All to ensure the KX65 is set-up right for the rider.

Digital Capacitor Discharge Ignition (CDI)

Digital ECU precisely controls timing, no matter how fast the rpm changes. Special ignition coil produces hot spark to enhance acceleration.


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6-Speed Transmission

The KX’s smooth-shifting six-speed transmission offers a positive shifting action along with rugged durability thanks to hard chromed shift forks. The clutch is operated manually by hand for maximum control and performance.

The ends of the shft forks are hard chrome finished for durability. A bearing that is sealed on one side is used on the shift drum to help raise the tranmission's oil level for increased lubrication and added durability. A short shift lever to assist in quick gear changes.

Multi-Plate Clutch

The clutch actuation arm rides in needle bearings for smooth action. The clutch basket and hub ride on involute splines and are fastened with a circlip instead of a bolt to ease servicing. The steel clutch plates have a special surface treatment to improve the feel. Positive action and rugged durability. Manual clutch mechanism mirrors larger KX models. Clutch cover gasket made of metal-carbon composite material.

Electrofusion Cylinder

Electrofusion coating on the aluminum cylinder walls improves heat transfer for consistent power output. It allows closer piston-to-cylinder clearances for more power and provides excellent wear and seizure resistance.

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Aluminium Silencer

Silencer is removable, and packing is replaceable. Oval shape mimics the styling of larger-displacement KX model.

High Tensile Steel Semi-Double Cradle Frame

The high-tensile steel frame is constructed from the same strong, lightweight, high-tech materials as the bigger KX Motocross bikes to offer exceptional torsional rigidity for great handling. Reinforced downtube adds strength and durability. The engine and chassis bolts feature a rust-resistant coating.


Large cast steel footpegs are designed to resist bending and offer great grip.

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Key Features - 2017 KX65

  • Updated graphics and styling based on the 2017 KX250F and KX450F

  • Lime Green rear spring

  • Candy Lime Green Type II alumite coating on the fork caps

  • 64cc two-stroke engine with digital ignition offers ideal timing for better throttle response throughout the rev range

  • An electrofusion-coated cylinder with advanced exhaust and transfer ports for awesome power and performance at higher rpm

  • Six-speed transmission offers positive action and rugged durability; hard chrome-finished shift fork ends resist wear

  • High-tensile steel frame offers exceptional torsional rigidity for excellent handling with a reinforced down tube for increased strength and durability

  • Uni-Trak® rear suspension offers progressively increasing spring and damping strength as the suspension compresses for a more controlled ride

  • Front and rear disc brakes are light, powerful and resist fading



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Displacement 64.7 cm³
Bore & Stroke 44.5 x 41.6 mm
Compression Ratio 8.4:1
Carburettor Mikuni VM24SS
Transmission 6-speed
Suspension Front 33 mm telescopic fork with 4-way rebound damping adjust
Suspension Rear Uni-Trak with gas shock, adjust pre-load, 4-way rebound damping
Front Wheel Travel 210 mm
Rear Wheel Travel 240 mm
Front Tyre Size 60/100-14
Rear Tyre Size 80/100-12
Front Brake 180 mm disc, single piston caliper
Rear Brake 180 mm disc, single piston caliper
Wheelbase 1,120 mm
Dimensions 1,590 x 760 x 955 mm
Fuel Tank Capacity 3.8 litres
Seat Height 760 mm
Curb Mass 60 kg includes all fluids at correct levels and full fuel tank
Colour Lime Green
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