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1992 Kawasaki KX 500 restoration and repair

This 1992 Kawasaki KX 500 was long coming project, because owner were looking for right motorcycle over year till this gem poped up. The goal was to update the brakes, wheels, suspension, clutch and all around fit and finish. And end result speak for it self.

Project – https://www.vitalmx.com/forums/Bike-Builds,46/1994-KX500,1327425

General specification:

  • Engine Displacement – 499
  • Engine Type – liquid-cooled, two-stroke
  • Cylinders – 1
  • Horse Power – 62
  • Transmission – 5-speed
  • Torque – 64.7 N-m 16.6 kg-m. 47.7 ft-Ib) @6000 RPM
  • Dry Weight kg – 100
  • Fuel Tank (gal) – 2.6
  • Fuel Tank (liter) – 9.9
  • Oil type – 10W/40
  • Front Tire – 80/100 R21
  • Rear Tire – 110/90 R19
  • Wheelbase – 1491mm (58.7in)
  • Wheel travel Front – 300mm
  • Wheele travel Rear – 330mm
  • Overall length – 2200mm
  • Overall width – 815mm
  • Overall height – 1205mm

This 1992 Kawasaki KX 500 was long coming project, because owner were looking for right motorcycle over year till this gem poped up. The goal was to update the brakes, wheels, suspension, clutch and all around fit and finish. And end result speak for it self.

Parts:

  • 2011 Kawasaki triple trees got the stem pressed out and the KX500 stem pressed in
  • changed fork stops
  • the Brembo brakes and wheels are off a 2013 KTM
  • EXCEL Rim
  • new impeller drive gear old on the end of the crank shaft was beat to death, mushroomed and had broken teeth
  • made bracket to utilize KX 450 sliders
  • custom made wheel spacers
  • 450 cover
  • rebuilt shock, race tech gold valve and bladder cap
  • hydraulic clutch
  • cerakoted engine – tungsten color
  • ported cylinder and cleaned up power valves
  • new clutch basket
  • seat cover from MotoSeat
  • resotred PRO Circuit pipe

Simple way to upgrade the clutch pull arm for a little more leverage. Take a yamaha 450 pull arm shaft and this billet arm thats a tad longer, weld the splines to your 500 arm.

By Ivars Naglis

Bucci F5 owner.

My day job is web development.

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