Smoking, stroking bargain
Kawasaki’s KMX200 will soon start rising in value
Back in the early 1990s, Kawasaki sold a bigger version of its KMX125 learner bike. There was a full-power version of the 125 also sold, but full licenceholders gravitated to the 200, because it had a better power spread and also because, well, given the choice between a 125 and a 200 priced similarly, which would you go for? Precisely.
Small two-stroke dirt bikes have always been popular: they’re lighter and more powerful than the four-stroke competition, and they’re just more fun.
The KMX200 would top 80mph, which made it quite useful as a road bike, and was good enough on the dirt to be entered into weekend enduros with little more than a change of tyres and removal of the breakable sticky-out bits. And if you wanted more power, you could always rob some more bits from the competition KDX200.
There aren’t many left around now – all dirt bikes lead a hard life, and almost as many get stolen, ragged senseless, and then torched.
It was also pretty much in a class of one. Suzuki had the TS250X, and Yamaha had the DT125LC and, nope, that was about it.
Almost all two-strokes are going up in value now, even MZS, and this really is one of the best small trail bikes ever built – and it’s not an MZ. You’ll have a job finding a good one, but if you can do it buy the best lock and chain you can afford.