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YZ85 vs KX85

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What are the differences between these two bikes? Look into getting one about five years old for my 11-year-old son. Not racers just field and Forest mostly.

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I'm not sure what year you are looking for exactly.  That could help answer the question easier.   but For example if you are thinking about a 2007 - 2009 85. I'd go with the Kx.     Kawasaki doesn't quite have the reliability record as Yamaha does, but for those years the Kx85 is slightly superior to the Yz in terms of technical specs.

 

The kx has more compression & stock power

The kx weighs 150 lbs  the yz weighs about 156lbs 

The kx has a 1 and a half gallon fuel tank the yz has a 1.3 gallon fuel tank.

not to mention for those years the kx will be slightly cheaper to find.

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With 85s its pretty much pick your favourite colour. If you're going to be riding trails however, I would go with a big bore 85, such as the kx100. It has quite a bit more torque, and is much easier to ride on trails.

 

I had a CR85 and used it for trail riding only. It wasn't bad at all. Got me almost ready for the 200 if anything.

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