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★★★★★

“my kx 500 is my pride and joy its the fastest bike iv...”

Written on: 25/03/2011

my kx 500 is my pride and joy its the fastest bike iv ever ridden competitively. i can get everything new through a local kawasaki dealer when things break, whitch they dont.

i spent the best part of a year struggling with set up but have finaly overcome the choppy backend and mushy front forks.

with fresh oil in the breaks you can stop and turn this heavy machine on a sixpence rarely taking it out of third then role the gas on if ur brave enough.

this machine is sublime on a oldschool… Read Full Review

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“I currently own two cr500's . I bought both new and...”

Written on: 12/01/2010

I currently own two cr500's . I bought both new and have had excellent service from both. I did install fmf Gnarly pipes and silencers on both and run boyseen Rad valves on both. This gives the bikes a better "hit". The only factory problem I had was with the chrome plating on one of the fork tubes, it started peeling off. This was replaced under warranty. All other repairs have been due to normal wear… Read Full Review

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“i like my Kawasaki KX 500 simply because it,s like...”

Written on: 24/04/2009 by jim catton (1 review written)

i like my Kawasaki KX 500 simply because it,s like riding a rocket its fast and handles well for its size… Read Full Review

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“I have a 02 Kawasaki KX 500 and after taking my time...”

Written on: 09/04/2009

I have a 02 Kawasaki KX 500 and after taking my time tuning the bike I must say it is one of the easiest of the big bore dirt bikes one can ride. IMO That is if you can control your wrist. After adjusting the KIPS valve, gnarly pipe, and re jetting the carb; this bike can be very manageable. Smooth acceleration from rolling speed to wot… Read Full Review

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“Had mine over 10 yrs and have done just about every...”

Written on: 21/12/2008

Had mine over 10 yrs and have done just about every mod to improve some good some bad i have a modified four speed ex gp engine with procircuit barrel and hinson clutch works pipe v-force valve and hydralic clutch it puts out 79bhp fact and is good with 15,38 gearing for 130mph but i allways have problems with clutch slip any info would help… Read Full Review

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“This machine is a pretty good bike in my opinion, but...”

Written on: 12/07/2008

This machine is a pretty good bike in my opinion, but with its amazing powerband it can get to be hard to ride without having to hold on for your life witch isn't always a good thing… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Great bike for the price. Bought mine new in 1999. I...”

Written on: 11/07/2008

Great bike for the price. Bought mine new in 1999. I would really like to know the top speed of a stock kx500… Read Full Review

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“I have owned two KX500s. The first was a 1997 and now...”

Written on: 03/07/2008 by madmikekx500 (1 review written)

I have owned two KX500s. The first was a 1997 and now have had a 2001 since it was new. Both bikes were very reliable and extremely fast. I have raced it against everything from cr's yz's several ktm's, a friends old RM500, and even several street bikes that also included a ninja in a 1 block race and smoked them all easily! Oh, I also raced a thumper racing built Xr600. Bored to 660 with all their trick parts and it wouldnt keep up with my KX500 either! For the guys who say the KX500 isnt… Read Full Review

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“I own a 2002 Kawasaki KX500. Ask old school...”

Written on: 11/05/2008 by KX500freak (1 review written)

I own a 2002 Kawasaki KX500. Ask old school motocrossers about the KX500. The KX500 is an awesome machine. Great for tracks or trails depending on how its setup. A bigbore 2-stroke cannot be ridden like a 4-popper. To be good on a KX500, requires throttle discipline and clutch mastery. You have to ease on the power and use the clutch as necessary to manage traction. Or you will just spin the tire or loop out. Most old timers say the best things you can do for the KX500 is setup the suspension… Read Full Review

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★★★★★

“Had a Yamaha kx 500 from new. Mine is a 1987 so tell...”

Written on: 29/03/2008

Had a Yamaha kx 500 from new. Mine is a 1987 so tell you how old I am this is a great bike loads of power and good handling all I have ever done to this bike is a new piston ring and a new set of clucth plates. I have had the bike on the road for the last year it leaves my wr 450 Yamaha way in the distant. road the kx at Weston super mere beach race and was clocked in the speed trap at 121mph not bad for a stock dirt bike now starting to ride vmx this bike is great its got more power then… Read Full Review

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“I wouldn ' t trade my bike for the world, all my...”

Written on: 11/03/2008 by KX500KX (1 review written)

I wouldn ' t trade my bike for the world, all my friends think I'm crazy for riding such a powerful bike but its all good as long as I ' m always in front, I ' m the only one that doesn ' t have to ride with dust in my face… Read Full Review

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“The KX500 is a ugly, and outdated (personal opinion)....”

Written on: 18/02/2008 by K5 (1 review written)

The KX500 is a ugly, and outdated (personal opinion). The steering and suspension is average and the ergonomics aren't the greatest. But it you cant scratch that power itch with your 250 or 450, the 500 is the answer. Relentless torque and easy power wheelies is what you are looking at.
I have had a KX500 for over 2 years now and have not had a single problem, never even fouled a plug. In my opinion the engine is bulletproof, I've had it flat out for extended runs, dune missions, creek crossings… Read Full Review

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“The ergonomics on my Kawasaki KX 500 could've been...”

Written on: 03/01/2008

The ergonomics on my Kawasaki KX 500 could've been better and more like the Honda CR500's. Not much of a motor cross bike but anything else off road it's hard to beat especially wide open ground or on hills where power is needed the most. I hill climb competitively and all the 500's are very powerful but I opt for the mean green machine. My rarely used, mint, and shiny '89 KX has modifications (fatty pipe and silencer, V Force reeds and valves, 44mm electron-megaton flat sided carb, head… Read Full Review

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“Ive rode with guys with KTM 520 and KTM 495's and CRF...”

Written on: 11/10/2007 by madysnesdad (2 reviews written)

Ive rode with guys with KTM 520 and KTM 495's and CRF 450's and WRF 450's. Nothing, and I mean nothing has been able to stay with the Big Bore KX. I've had or rode everything from the 1978 RM 400 to a 2006 KTM 525 and the KX 500 has it all. The best power, great handling and good suspension. If you a weak rider it is not for you… Read Full Review

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“This bike is the best I've ever ridden all my friends...”

Written on: 10/07/2007 by gibbsy kx 500 (1 review written)

This bike is the best I've ever ridden all my friends are scared of the thing it is just an animal it the power is there when you need it even in 5th gear it is just a lovely bike. dont judge this bike until u have ridden one… Read Full Review

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298020_Rudedog's Response to gibbsy kx 500's Review

Written on: 12/07/2007

You should try eBay for parts (I don't know what I would do without them!)

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Kx500Freak's Response to gibbsy kx 500's Review

Written on: 24/05/2008

I disagree with this review because...You can buy a stock or a Wiseco piston online right now!

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298020_Rudedog's Response to gibbsy kx 500's Review

Written on: 19/07/2007

I haven't ridden mine yet although I am dying to! I bought mine for five hundred dollars, she needs a clutch and a few other goodies but the bike is all there! Since I am a professional heavy truck mechanic and dabble with bikes in my spare time, I figured this was a steal of a deal! Can't wait, especially since my friends think I am crazy for having any interest in such a beast! By the way, does anybody know the horse power rating? I have heard 60 and some folks say 50 to 55! What is it really rated at?
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<br/>PS: I have been riding motorcycles for about 32 years now!

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★★★★★

“This Kawasaki KX 500 bike is a real joy to ride or...”

Written on: 18/06/2006 by kx500mansell (1 review written)

This Kawasaki KX 500 bike is a real joy to ride or race. I never hesitate to race this awesome piece of motocross history and will carry on doing so until my body says no more. Perfect power, great handling, reliable and a joy to go pass them 4 strokes… Read Full Review

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“I am a woods/hare scramble rider and have never ridden...”

Written on: 15/05/2006 by kx500guy (2 reviews written)

I am a woods/hare scramble rider and have never ridden a bike with this much pure speed. My Kawasaki KX 500 has a Steahly flywheel weight (A must for riding in the woods). It is a great bike and is easily the best dollar-per-hp deal you can get. You can make those guys on expensive 4 stroke 450s look like they are standing still. I love this bike, it lugs perfectly in the tight stuff and can climb anything (Which can be a problem because if you do not make the hill, you cant blame the bike)… Read Full Review

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“There are a lot of half hearted, hip shooting comments...”

Written on: 14/05/2006 by jody young (1 review written)

There are a lot of half hearted, hip shooting comments about the Kawasaki KX 500 500. Ignorance is defined as lack of knowledge. The comments about the kx being the fastest. Maybe these guys haven't checked horse power ratings. Or shoot out reviews. Because if they did they would know that KX is definitely not the fastest two stroke on planet. The KTM 495 still holds the record 127 miles per hour set at Salt Flats. The dyno tests are clear as well when two strokes were put side by side. So for… Read Full Review

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254528_Kx Guy's Response to jody young's Review

Written on: 08/08/2006

None of those ktms listed stand a chance against the most powerful bike ever produced.

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4X500's Response to jody young's Review

Written on: 20/03/2010

I found this review not helpful because...it must be outdated because the KX500 holds the speed record on the Salt Flats at 131mph.

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454867_Firemanprado's Response to jody young's Review

Written on: 18/04/2009

don't forget about the 85 cr 500 wich needed to be detuned so that ricky johnson and the rest of the pro's could race them

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Madysnesdad's Response to jody young's Review

Written on: 12/10/2007

Gear up any dirt bike and will go fast---127 MPH could be obtained by a KX500 also--62hp and 230lbs, should not be a problem, My Wide Glide had 68hp and was 606lbs and it would go 118..

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266724_Woodsplitter's Response to jody young's Review

Written on: 12/11/2006

Uh,
<br/>Horse power ratings?!?Shoot Out Reviews?!?!
<br/>Compare this: 1-AMA 500cc National Motocross Championship, NINE straight victories in the grueling Baja 1000, EIGHT AMA National Hare & Hound Championships and TWO Best in the Desert Las Vegas-to-Reno victories.
<br/>So, for the record, it goes KX500 1st - everything else (KTM included) 2nd.

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★★★★★

“My Kawasaki KX 500 is freakishly powerful. The poor...”

Written on: 05/05/2006 by james500 (1 review written)

My Kawasaki KX 500 is freakishly powerful. The poor handling is made up for in the power department. Awesome. The guy that thinks these aren't great bikes probably just has a duff one. I love mine… Read Full Review

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“The Kawasaki KX 500 pulls wheels in every gear. It...”

Written on: 13/03/2006 by powelly (1 review written)

The Kawasaki KX 500 pulls wheels in every gear. It must be one of the fastest two strokes ever made I've got a Yamaha 450 quad 2005 and it leaves that in the distance. It's a very good bike at the end of the day… Read Full Review

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