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post #1 of 12 Old 07-06-2015, 10:07 AM Thread Starter
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1993 Kawasaki KDX200

After searching for a smaller displacement bike to keep the Blackbird company, I managed to talk my brother out of his 1993 KDX. I remember bombing around on the bike long before my legs could touch the ground.

The thing has seen better days. Fortunately, there aren't that many parts to play with. It will need a top end overhaul, brakes gone through, a few little mods here and there, and a lot of cleaning! It has a hacked up airbox with K&N air filter, FMF pipe, and Pro-Circuit silencer, but I need to check to make sure the carb is jetted appropriately.

I'm unsure if I want to fix it up and make her NICE, or just clean what is there and use it for teaching people how to ride (which is a pretty easy way to end up with bent parts.) I can't wait to tear up a few trails with this machine!

I'll post pics and progress in a bit. Stay tuned.

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post #2 of 12 Old 07-06-2015, 10:53 AM
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I had a "little" TS200 for a while - love those 2 stroke dual purposes. Yamaha had the DT200 I believe.

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That sounds like a sweet little trail bike.

I went out to watch a local harescramble on Sunday ... and came home thinking about building a small 2-stroke enduro bike.

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Great bikes!! I had a couple of DT200's, then a couple of KDX200's, then a GasGas EC200 as my last off-roader. Such great power to weight for the kind of single-track, pine forest riding I used to do.

You are right to consider the jetting - every single one of those bikes was jetted rich [= safe, in the factory's terms] when I got them, and every one really woke up when the jetting got closer to the sweet spot.

They are such fun - the second KDX I had was all dressed up with a graphics kit etc, and looked pretty sharp. They are pretty low maintenance, too, once you get them right...Enjoy!!
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Those are definitely fun, reliable bikes. I bought an artic white 1990 and raced hare scrambles with it for a few years. Jeff Fredette went through the engine and suspension and it won me quite a few trophies. In 2004 I decided to use the motor to build a hybrid with a 2003 KX125. It turned out well and I still have it in the shop for when I need my dirt fix. Here's a photo from shortly after I completed the build. It's had additional farkles added over the years also.


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Here she is! Doesn't look like much now, but she'll get there.

I'm looking into replacing that 35w incandescent headlight with some led spot lights, and modernizing a few things here and there.
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That's awesome. I want my own dirt bike... Gotta wait a while though.

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post #8 of 12 Old 07-07-2015, 02:07 AM
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Ive got an 06 KDX200. Good pipe. KX125 forks. Just need time to ride it.

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post #9 of 12 Old 07-07-2015, 06:29 AM
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The blue USD forks give that away as being a 250. They were made 1991-1994 and were somewhat of an oddball. If I recall correctly, they were a decent bike with a little suspension and carb work, but they were a bit heavy. I raced the <200cc class so they didn't really appeal to me. If you have any questions, or need any parts, Jeff Fredette is THE man when it comes to anything KDX - Fredette Racing Products Beecher, IL (708) 946-0999 Good to see that bike's getting a second lease on life! Keep us posted on the progress.

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Here's a little teaser. I've been trying to keep a little forward progress going. Gotta buy new KIPS valves, reeds, and top end kit for the motor and plenty of other stuff here and there
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Is that cylinder coating coming off?

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post #12 of 12 Old 07-27-2015, 09:39 AM
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I very nearly bought a KDX a few years ago. I spent more and got a KTM XC200 W. That little bastard was sideways everywhere you went. I finally got tired of that, and I'm a huge KTM fan. I sold it a few weeks ago. It was a 2009, I got $4000 for it.

I'm on a 2009 Yamaha WR250F now. I love that bike. Plenty of power, and it goes exactly where you want. I'd like to try one of the new, backwards engine, WR250's.

I know a guy with a nice fixer upper KDX. Can you still get new plastics for the KDXs?

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