The Motocross season is coming quickly to an end, but it will start again soon. There isn't much time to prepare your Kawasaki KX85, KX100, and KX112 bikes before the next season. Why are we talking about three bikes in this blog? Well Kawasaki does start with the same base chassis and power plant to power the three bikes (Kawasaki KX85, KX100, and KX112). The bikes also share many of the same parts. This way no matter what bike you have, the information we will be giving you will still be relevant to your model whether you're riding a super mini or stock 85. So, let's dive into some important tips and considerations for maintaining and preparing your Kawasaki KX85, KX100, or KX112 for the upcoming season.
1. Perform regular maintenance:
To ensure optimal performance and prevent any mechanical issues during the races, it's crucial to regularly inspect and maintain your Kawasaki MX bike. This involves performing regular maintenance tasks such as checking and changing the oil, inspecting the brakes, cables, and controls, and cleaning and lubricating the chain after each ride. Additionally, it is important to regularly check the tire condition and pressure. A big item is always cleaning the air filter before every ride. I like to have a few air filters cleaned and oiled in Ziplock bags so I’m always ready. There is no excuse to ride with a dirty filter. By keeping up with these tasks, you'll be able to identify and address any potential problems before they become major issues.
Quick tip: Install an Hour Meter. Time adds up fast, and sometimes we don't realize just how quickly it passes.
2. Replace worn-out parts:
Continuous racing can put a strain on your bike's components, so it is crucial to regularly inspect and replace any worn-out parts. This includes items such as forks, shock, linkage bearings, wheels, spokes, brake pads, air filters, spark plugs, and cables. There is more, but you get the idea. Replacing pistons and rings is a subject worth considering every 20 hours, although I personally recommend doing it sooner, around 10-15 hours, depending on bike. It is a common misconception that the bike is in good condition just because it starts easily, but that is not the case. I won't delve further into this topic for this blog. By maintaining a regular replacement schedule for these parts, you will ensure optimal performance from your Kawasaki bike and minimize the risk of breakdowns during races.
This is a link to a maintenance page with more information on piston and rings.
3. Suspension setup:
Proper suspension setup can significantly impact your bike's handling and performance on the track. Depending on the rider's weight, skill level, and track conditions, you may need to make adjustments to the suspension settings as a younger riders grows. The suspension should be serviced regularly with a maximum riding time of 40 hours for a recreational rider. If you were racing, I would cut that in half (20hr.) Experimenting with different compression and rebound settings can help you find the optimal setup for your riding style and maximize the bike's performance. I feel turning to a good suspension shop will get you in the sweet spot sooner.
4. Motor – Bottom end maintenance:
Everyone hates to break down. I feel that if you have had a hard, long season, it's important to completely service the bottom end by replacing bearings, crank, water pump bearing, seal, and clutch. No one realizes how hard we are on our bikes until they fail. You can choose to spend money during the off-season or scramble during the riding season, but I prefer to do it during my downtime and do it right.
Of course, in this blog, I could have gone into much more detail. However, it was designed to give you a quick overview and to start thinking about getting your bike ready during the offseason. There will be future blogs where I will cover single subjects in more detail.
As you prepare for the upcoming motocross season, these tips will help you effectively maintain and prepare your Kawasaki KX85, KX100, or KX112. Keep in mind that consistent maintenance and practice are essential for optimal performance and a successful season. Don't overlook any issues that could have easily been fixed during the off-season, as this could result in a DNF (Did Not Finish). So, get your bikes ready, hit the track, and enjoy a reliable and exciting racing experience!
Kawasaki Performance Parts for your KX85, KX100, and KX112: