500cc TWO-STROKE PROJECT – 2000 KAWASAKI KX500 BUILT BY NATHAN ALEXANDER
500cc TWO-STROKE PROJECT BIKE – 2000 KAWASAKI KX500
Riding this Kawasaki KX500 two-stroke was a blast from the past for the MXA wrecking crew and building it was a huge learning project for mechanic Nathan Alexander and Jamie Ellis of Twisted Development. This KX500 test video comes as the second installment in a little mini-series that we’re working on. Last week we released our 1994 Honda CR500 two-stroke video, this week we have the 2000 KX500 video and next week we’ll put them head-to-head for a 500cc Project bike Shootout. Also, stay tuned for a comparison video of the KX450 four-stroke versus the KX500 two-stroke.
As you can tell by the graphics, Nathan made this KX500 a replica of Jeff Emig’s 1996 Motocross Des Nations machine. Nathan used 2002 KX250 two-stroke forks and clamps on the 2000 KX500. The wheels were standard with updated D.I.D. rims and stronger spokes. How many times have you seen a KX500 hauling the mail on a motocross track? Rarely, other than Sean Collier. The KX500 was lightning fast but hard to control at times. On the track, the KX500 suspension and engine felt racey. The forks were stiff and the engine was potent. It revved through its rpm range quickly, making the shift points close together. After some time on the bike, we learned how to ride it better by lugging the engine. This would be our dream bike if only we could find a way to keep the bolts from vibrating out.
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