The Kawasaki KX500 has become the motocross version of fine wine—it gets better with age. With its official retirement in 2004, and without any significant updates since 1992, the KX500 has
had 25 years to ferment. In truth, as far back as 1992, nobody—and we
mean nobody—ever thought the KX500 would get a second wind. Now,
two decades later, it seems everybody wants a taste of the KX500’s nectar.
Why? There are a few reasons, but let’s go over some numbers first.
The 1992–2004 model weighed 220 pounds. That is lighter than all the
2017 250Fs, save for the KTM 250SXF, which comes in at 218 pounds. You
have to admit, the bulky KX500, with twice the displacement of the 250
four-strokes, looks a lot heavier than it really is. How about the power numbers? In stock trim the KX500 makes in the realm of 63 horsepower and
has 40-plus foot-pounds of torque. It is a lighter bike than the new-aged