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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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 more)
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... (read more)
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... (read more)
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 more)
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 more)
Written on: 22/01/2006 by craigjf43 (1 review written)
For what the Kawasaki KX 500 was made for there is nothing else like it. Desert and trails if you have never ridden one you will never know. To anyone who has all I have to say is 3rd gear from nothing to eye watering,helmet wind buffeting power. When I ride my sons 250 afterward it feels like a 125 (read more)
Written on: 24/07/2005 by just4fun (1 review written)
These bikes are the fastest two strokes made to date with more power than the typical rider knows how to handle, Very reliable. Thats why they were so successful in desert racing where other brand two strokes couldn't hold up. I ride mine every day without problems and I mean any day. I guess some people just don't know what maintenance is. Handling is great for a 500 well blended for versatility. And if you have never rode one before at least ride a 450 first and determine if you need more... (read more)
Written on: 25/05/2005 by rkboz (1 review written)
I find myself riding the Kawasaki KX 500 more than my other bikes because it is easier to ride long distances. I have it set up for a soft ride and find myself almost never shifting. 3 gear is about all you need in the desert. It the best bike for what it is made for and that is off road riding, not motocross. It has torque like a four stock and with the vforce system and the right sprockets is very easy to handle. (read more)
Written on: 26/03/2005 by KX500777 (1 review written)
Stock gearing works perfect for all environments.
With some minor suspension adjustments great off road performance.
Low, mid, top end power cannot be compared to any other.
Climbing power is unprecidented.
Sorry to see them go! (read more)
Written on: 13/12/2004 by rundlek98 (1 review written)
I had bought the kawasaki kx 500 offroad bike on an impulse and was kind of worried while taking it home because of all the bad things people have said about it. Up to this point I had never seen or heard a two stroke 500 run so I was thinking it would be a little like a 250 but with a touch more power and weight. I had never expected the bike to be as powerful as it was the first time I tried it. First gear lasts all but a second and after its over you think that the power will diminish as... (read more)
Written on: 23/02/2004 by kx500 (1 review written)
The kawasaki kx 500 is a rubbish bike. Its a real dog to ride. its really slow too.
Stroke 500 are very unreliable. Every time I rebuild it,
it messes up 2 or 3 rides later. as a peice of advice - never buy this bike. (read more)