The 2016 Kawasaki KX85 has had an update as recently as 2014, when it got a new frame, new bodyworks, and updates to the engine and the suspension’s valving. The green bike was lacking in power compared to most of the engines it competed against, and the powerplant had its best power right in the middle of the rpm range. On our second day of testing, at a tighter desert test track, the Kawi did much better on rider score sheets since the short straights there didn’t highlight the bike’s lack of ponies. Suspensionwise, the Kawasaki’s suspension worked better on the the slow speed chop than the high speed bumps, and the chassis seemed more dependent on sag setting and fork height to get a balanced feel. Test riders were split on the handling, with some riders giving it high praise, others feeling the bike was heavy; though most riders agreed the bike had a low and compact rider cockpit.