1988 Kawasaki KX500


Reserve Bike With Non-Refundable Deposit



Additional photos are available here for your perusal.

Upon its introduction back in 1983, the KX500 was instantly polarizing. It was the biggest bike in its class and boasted an excellent suspension setup — but a substandard combustion chamber made the big green earthmover unreliable.

Accordingly, Kawi set about implementing improvements year after year. In 1985, the KX got a more dependable liquid-cooled engine, in ’86, it became the first 500cc motocross bike with a power valve system, and by ’87, the two-stroker was going toe-to-toe with Honda in the sand leading to an incredible Baja run in the 1990s.

For more info on what makes the big KX special, check out this review on Off-Roading Pro.

This example is VIN: JKAKXVD17JA000152, Engine #: KX500BE006761. The seller acquired the bike from a private seller three years ago.

The seller is a repeat client of ours who is selling this KX500 (along with the Aprilia RS250 currently on our site) to fund his son’s racing career!

There is no odometer, true mileage is unknown.

The seller reports that he replaced the Lectron carb with a NOS unit and serviced it accordingly.

In preparation for the listing, the seller had us replace the radiator hose clamps, install new oil seal retaining clips, and perform a safety inspection. Our service department notes the following in their condition report:

Gas Tank Internal: Ok
Tire Year Front: 1010 / Rear: 3717
Tire Life Front: 80% / Rear: 80%
Tire Press Front: 12PSI / Rear: 12PSI
Brake Life Front; 80% / Rear: 80%
Suspension Leaks – Front/Rear: Leaking
Hydraulic Brake Fluid Front: Ok Rear: Ok
Drive Chain Condition: Fresh
Gear Box Oil: Ok
Coolant Quality: Ok Level: Ok
Suspension leaks Front: Yes Rear: Yes
Drive Chain Condition: Ok
Low Beam: N/A
High Beam: N/A
Turn: N/A
Tail Light: N/A
Brake Light: N/A
Plate Light: N/A
Kill: Ok
Horn: N/A
Battery: N/A

• Bike runs, but very rich
• Oil residue on front and bottom of engine
• Upper exhaust frame mount broken
• Welded and JB welded clutch cover
• Frame repainted
• Rear mudguard stitched together
• Front bolt on ignition coil loose
• Forks leaking
• Shock leaking
• Carb leaking from overflow (float gummed up)
• Exhaust leak near head
• Silicone radiator hoses
• Shifter loose

Services Recommended:
• Carb clean
• Forks rebuild
• Shock rebuild/replace
• Service exhaust
• Fix loose shifter

Pro Circuit exhaust.

Upgraded KX500 front end.

Work Studio Racing aluminum radiator.

Mika KX high bars.

TUF racing bar clamp.

Pivot pegs.

Inside of the tank:

It is riding on Dunlop Geomax MX51 and Kenda Ibex tires with date codes of 2010 and 3717.

Cosmetic Blemishes: please see the album up top for all known cosmetic blemishes. Here is a selection:

Currently located at our facility in Santa Monica, California (please make an appointment for an inspection), this Kawasaki is offered on a Bill of Sale only. Have any KX500 stories or questions about this listing? Let us know in the “Comments” tab!

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Santa Monica, California








True Mileage Unknown




Bill of Sale Only

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