Service Kawasaki KX 500AF – MXA Test

Here is the test that everyone wants to know about. Contained in the May 2009 issue of Motocross Action magazine is the test of the Service Kawasaki KX500AF.

The folks over at MXA spent some quality time with the KX 500AF from Service Kawasaki. What did they think of the bike? Well here you go.

Imagine, for a minute, the perfect motocross bike. Let your mind wander to the unfathomable, unrealistic ideas. Draw up a sketch of the machine on paper, and don’t forget the vivid details. Odds are you would want to construct a motocross bike with a light, narrow, compact chassis. Cradled in the frame would be a potent engine with plentiful horsepower, yet one that was smooth and easy to ride. Now imagine that this dream can become a reality, because that’s what the MXA wrecking crew thought last year when we tested Service Honda’s CR500AF.

Service Honda opted for the Monster Energy KX250F edition. The mostly black ensemble made the KX500AF look lethal, even when sitting on the stand. The green hubs and graphics were a nice touch. Photo by MXA

Service Honda opted for the Monster Energy KX250F edition. The mostly black ensemble made the KX500AF look lethal, even when sitting on the stand. The green hubs and graphics were a nice touch. Photo by MXA

The million-dollar question is which is better, a modern KX500 or a modern four-stroke? Photo by MXA

The million-dollar question is which is better, a modern KX500 or a modern four-stroke? Photo by MXA

Out of the 40 hours needed to create the KX500AF, only two hours were spent on the engine. The rest was spent reworking the frame and radiators. Photo by MXA.

Out of the 40 hours needed to create the KX500AF, only two hours were spent on the engine. The rest was spent reworking the frame and radiators. Photo by MXA.

To read the entire test please click on this link.
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4 thoughts on “Service Kawasaki KX 500AF – MXA Test

  1. More reliability, horsepower AND torque than a modded 450 can possibly muster all shoved into a modern 250F chassis.

  2. I like how you mentioned “AND torque”, amazing how many 4 stroke guys reckon torque is where they have an advantage, they couldn’t be more wrong. There is one thing you forgot to mention though, and that is the 500 will also weigh less, and not only weigh less but feel even lighter than what the weight difference actually is.

  3. Did you have to mill any part of the frame out or mod any part of the frame where the motor sits??

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