BF Auction: 1980 Kawasaki KX250-A6

Asking: $9,249Make Offer

Formerly a somewhat quiet manufacturer of dirt bikes without a lot of success in that area, Kawasaki made a very loud noise with their new Uni-Trak KX250-A6 which was introduced for the 1980 model year. Rare to see today, this 1980 Kawasaki KX250-A6 is listed here as a Barn Finds Auction. Reader Andrew has given us an incredible list of maintenance and restoration parts, which can be viewed here, that have been lavished on this beautiful and collectible museum-quality Kawasaki. Get your bids in on this one!

Kawasaki was not known for having the best dirt bikes and motocross motorcycles until the late-1970s when things started turning around. Then in 1980, their new Uni-Trak model came out and things turned way around. They weren’t the best handling motorcycles up until that point but they had great, powerful engines, which as you can imagine isn’t an ideal scenario. Other manufacturers were jumping on the rear mono-shock bandwagon at the same time and Kawasaki had them in 125 cc, 420 cc, and 250 cc models as with this bike.

The strut is hard to see in the photos but it’s sort of visible under the seat if you look carefully. It’s a KYB gas-charged single strut with 3.5-inches of travel and it mounts on the front portion of the Uni-Trak. They need maintenance at certain pivot points and bearings and the seller says that this bike has been updated with many OEM parts including new bearings and seals at the Uni-Trak mounting points and updated needle bearings rather than nylon sleeves which should last a long time, that is if anyone actually rides this museum piece.

This Kawasaki appears to be in like-new or better condition, with a few updates and modifications which can be reversed if the next owner decides to do that. This sounds like a labor of love and it took seven years to complete what was apparently a nut-and-bolt restoration to get this motorcycle to this level. There are 11.8-inches of travel including the KYB strut and Uni-Trak and they’re reportedly great-handling bikes but not world-changing compared to previous models. What they did, however, was to show that this system worked great and it would evolve over the decades to what a lot of riders are using today.

The engine is Kawasaki’s 249 cc four-stroke single with around 40 horsepower. The seller tells us that it has been totally rebuilt with all new fasteners and a Wiesco piston and more. If you’d like to own this beautifully-restored 1980 Kawasaki KX250-A6, please be sure to bid and ask any questions in the comments section below. Best of luck to all bidders, someone will be getting possibly the nicest example in existence.

  • Location: Carlstadt, New Jersey
  • VIN: KX250A600280
  • Title Status: Clean

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Ended: Jul 1, 2022 1:00pm MDT
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  1. Michael Berkemeier

    Oh. Hell. Yeah. This is a gem and takes me right back to to my early teenage years. I had a CR80R, then a YZ125J, and later several YZ250’s (J’s, K’s, and even an H that I bought later in life) but in that day they were all neck and neck and it really boiled down to what color you liked the best, lol.

    I would want to ride this thing every day…or, maybe put it on a stand in the middle of my living room so I could just sit and stare at it for hours on end.

    Like 11
  2. Phipps

    Man this is gonna go way up. That’s a 2-stroke as well. The good days!

    Like 4
  3. Dave Peterson

    I think everyone over 50 will look at this and reflect on their misspent youth. My ridge rider was a 175 Enduro. This was a morning surprise that brought smiles to everybody here. Thanks and good luck to the seller. It looks great.

    Like 3
  4. Brad460 Member

    Clearly a 2 stroke.

    Like 4
  5. geomechs geomechs Member

    This had to be about the time that the Japanese started to take some of the fire away from the Europeans. Back in the good ol’ days the bikes to beat were the CZs with Husqvarna right in there. Bultaco, Greeves, and the inventor of the ‘Mono-Shock’ rear suspension, Maico, were all forces to contend with. Yamaha brought out the DT-1 in ‘68 and it actually got some recognition, especially if it had a ‘GYT KIT’ installed. When Maico showed up with the first Mono-Shock its presence was immediately felt. Then the Japanese started using it, and never looked back.

    Interesting that the head on this bike has a distinct resemblance to the one on the Maico. If I was a little younger I’d take on another dirt bike but with two bad knees, a bad hip and a bad ankle, I think my dirt bike days are pretty much wrapped up…

  6. americanpursuit

    I’m still drooling…this is the best example I’ve seen since BITD.

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  7. Martin

    This was the era of falling rate suspensions. They were still figuring out the uni trak and the harder you landed from a jump the softer the suspension got which pitched the rider straight over the bars. My son has a 1981 KDX 175 we bought three years ago. The original owner bailed at speed a few weeks after buying it new and parked it for 40 years. We straightened the bars and he thrashes it every weekend. Tough simple fun bikes.

  8. Andrew

    Is the gas tank original or a reproduction?

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