Kawasaki’s first salvo into the 2022 dirt market is focussed on the grassroots end of our sport, with an all-new model aimed at helping develop young riders who have outgrown their KX85 – the KX112.
For 2022, the Minis get revisions throughout the KX range with updates to styling and gearboxes included in the new models. However, it’s the new KX112 that has us excited.
Previously, Kawasaki NZ sold kits to bring a KX85 Big Wheel up to 100cc with the KX100 not imported officially to NZ for some time, the new KX112 not only gets rid of the need to get an engine rebuilt, its got plenty of other goodies already baked in.
Designed to both take riders to the next level in the SuperMini class as well as bridge the gap between the kid’s range and Kawasaki’s full-size motocrossers, the KX112 as the name implies features a 112cc 2-stroke engine which is backed up by a new slick 6-speed gearbox.
The KX112 boosts power across the entire rev-range compared to the old 100cc, with the noticeably stronger engine performance complemented by new shrouds designed to better accommodate the height of the 12-16-year-old riders Kawasaki is targeting with the new model.
The KX112’s greater displacement comes thanks to a 5.8 mm longer stroke compared to the 100cc engine. With a bore and stroke of 52.5 x 51.6 mm (previously 52.5 x 45.8 mm), the new 112cc engine offering stronger low-end torque for stronger drive out of corners.
Kawasaki says ower and torque are improved across the rev-range, with peak power approximately 5% greater than the KX100 spec engine.
Just like the big wheel KX85, the new 112 rolls on a set of 19 and 16-inch wheels wrapped in Dunlop MX33 tyres as standard.
Just like Kawasaki’s full-size motocrossers, the bodywork of the KX112 and the smaller KX85s form a slim ergonomics package that facilitates rider movement.
The handlebar is adjustable to six positions, while a slim, flat-style seat makes it easier for riders to slide forward and back to adjust their riding position. This is paired with a flat-topped fuel tank which allows for better forward weight distribution to the front wheel.
The shrouds are designed to accommodate a wider range of riders make it easier for taller riders to find a good fit on the bike, according to Kawasaki.
The KX112 doesn’t just look like a proper big bike, with decent suspension and brakes also making the grade.
Suspension is taken care of with a 36mm inverted front fork featuring adjustable compression damping, while the Uni Trak rear shock is adjustable for compression and rebound damping, as well as spring preload.
Just like the larger KX bikes, the KX112 features petal discs at both ends with a 220mm disc and dual-piston caliper doing stopping duties at the front and a 184mm disc and single-piston caliper at the rear.
The KX112 will be available in Kawasaki’s signature Lime Green colourway with the first examples expected to arrive before the end of the year with pricing to be confirmed closer to arrival.