Kawasaki Bayou 220 Specs and Top Speed

The Bayou 220, model number KLF220, remained a best selling quad for 15 years thanks to innovative features like a shaft drive, an automatic clutch, a reverse gear and independent front suspension.

The Kawasaki Bayou 220 is an all-terrain vehicle(ATV) manufactured by Kawasaki Industries. It sports a 14 horsepower 4-stroke engine, weighs a touch over 404 lbs (183 kg) and is capable of a 45 mph ( 72.4 km/h ) top speed in stock condition.

Kawasaki Bayou 220 ATV

Bayou 220 Dimensions

The Kawasaki Bayou 220 is 174.5 cm (68.7 in) long, 102 cm (40.2 in) wide and 104 cm (40.9 in) in height. It’s wheelbase measures 111.5 cm (43.9 in) from front to back and it has a dry weight of 183 Kg (404 lbs)

The Kawasaki Bayou 220 has an air cooled 4-stroke SOHC single cylinder Mikuni engine. The bore and stroke ratio is 67 x 61 mm (2.64 x 2.4 in) and the compression ratio is 9.3 to 1. The Bayou 220 engine has 215 cc of displacement creating just over 14.3 stock horsepower(HP).

Adjusting the carb on a 220 is relatively simple, it has two adjustment screws. The idle adjustment screw is on the outside of the bowl and the needle on the inside of the bowl, called the air mix valve, adjusts the air/fuel mixture under throttle.

After cleaning or rebuilding a Bayou 220 carburetor the adjustment screws should be reset to 1.5 turns out prior to fine tuning of the carb. This will allow the engine to run as you dial it in.

Kawasaki Bayou 220 Battery Size

Kawasaki Bayou 220 ATVs use batteries that are roughly 5.2 x 3.5 x 6.5 inches in LWH (132 x 89 x 165 mm). Sealed batteries are recommended to prevent fluid spillage when riding over rough terrain.

Replacement batteries must be 12 volt, 10+ Amp hours(AH) and should be rated for 150+ cold cranking amps(CCA). If you plan to ride when it’s cold out use a battery with a higher CCA rating to make starting your quad easier.

Kawasaki Bayou 220 Oil Capacity

Kawasaki Bayou 220 Oil Capacity is 2.2 Quarts(2.5 Liters), according to the owner’s manual. Make sure you use the right amount to prevent engine damage.

Bayou 220 engines often have the oil capacity rating stamped on the engine next to the oil fill hole, when in doubt go with that value.

Kawasaki Bayou 220 Mud Tires

I’ve owned my Bayou 220 for over 30 years and I find that mud tires are the best type of tire for this quad. Unless you only drive on pavement, a switch to a good mud tire will immediately improve traction, reliability, and they are great in the mud or snow. I highly recommend the following types of mud tires.

ITP Mud Lite All-Terrain ATV Tires

ITP Mud Lite tires have a tread depth of roughly 21 mm which is perfect for getting out of a muddy situation. They are 6-ply mud tires with a 340 load capacity rating(per tire) designed for off-road and trail riding. These tires are my favorite for plowing snow.

Kenda Bear Claw ATV Tires

Kenda Bear Claw ATV Tire

Kenda Bear Claw ATV tires have slightly better vertical climbing abilities, in my opinion, but the trade-off is they tend to dig up grass a little more, if you ride on grass. ITP Mudlites and Kenda Bear Claws both have aggressive treads perfect for off-road trail riding.

Two other ATV tires worth mentioning

SunF IIs and Carlisle ATs are two additional options worth considering because both types of ATV tires are durable, have great traction and can carry a load or push an ATV plow. I’m sure there are other great brands available for any budget, these are the tires I’ve tried and am happy with.

Kawasaki Bayou 220 Top Speed

Bayou 220 top speed is a respectable 45 mph (72.4 km/h) in stock condition. Originally designed by Kawasaki to compete in the utility ATV market the Bayou 220 might actually belong in the entry sport/utility class due to its decent top speed.

Interesting Kawasaki Bayou 220 Details

The first Green colored Bayou 220 was manufactured in 1989 and sales peaked between 1998 and 2001. It was well made with few recalls, the most notable of which being a 2002 recall for loose rear axle nuts.

Where’s the VIN tag on a Bayou 220?

The vehicle identification number(VIN) on a Kawasaki Bayou 220 ATV is located on the left side of the frame, slightly forward of the foot peg. Because of it’s proximity to the ground, and feet, many VIN plates have fallen off their ATVs over the years.

Kawasaki Bayou 220 ATV - 2

What’s it worth?

A used Kawasaki Bayou 220 ATV in good working condition ranges in value between $600 and $1800. A search of major online marketplaces suggests this ATV is harder to find but still available despite its age. This is likely due to relatively high production numbers and quality manufacturing processes.

Value information is dependent on condition. $600 is the low end value for ATVs needing work but running. $1800 is the high end value for a model in good running condition. ATVs missing parts may sell for less. Bayou 220 value source: official blue book average sales data.

Bayou 220 General Info

The Kawasaki 220 Bayou has a 450 lb (204.12 kg) tow rating and can safely pull that much with relative ease, not bad for a 404 lb (183.25 kg) ATV.

The most common type of spark plug used in Kawasaki Bayou 220 engines today is the NGK standard plug(D8EA). Breynet and Champion also manufacture D8EA spark plugs compatible with Bayou 220 engines.

The Kawasaki Bayou 220 has an adjustable clutch, contrary to what may be reported on some sites.

Kawasaki Bayou 220 Years Made

To determine which year your Bayou 220 ATV was made you can decode the year information from the Vehicle Identification Number(VIN) stamped on the ATV.

To decode which year your Bayou 220 was manufactured inspect it’s VIN number. The 10th digit of every Kawasaki ATV VIN represents the year it was made. I, Q, U and O are never used to represent ATV year information and Z was skipped in 2001.

The Kawasaki Bayou 220 VIN tag is located on the left front frame rail behind the wheel and this year chart should help you decode the year it was made.

Your Bayou 220 was made in…

10th Digit of VIN Year Made
J 1988
K 1989
L 1990
M 1991
N 1992
P 1993
R 1994
S 1995
T 1996
V 1997
W 1998
X 1999
Y 2000
1 2001
2 2002
3 2003

Why knowing the year is important

Once you decode the year information of your Kawasaki Bayou 220 you will be able to order parts for that model year. Parts can differ from year to year, it’s important to have that information before visiting an ATV parts store.

Additionally you can better determine the value of your ATV if you know what year it was made and you can check to see if there were any major product recalls that year.

Kawasaki Bayou 220 Carburetor Parts Diagram

Repairing and maintaining a Kawasaki Bayou KLF220 engine is easy when you have detailed charts, spec sheets and parts information available.

Kawasaki Bayou 220 Carburetor Diagram

This detailed engine spec sheet, parts list and repair info should help you get your Kawasaki Bayou 220 quad back to work and/or on the trails.

Bayou 220 Carburetor Part Numbers

Reference Number Name Part Number
11009 Float Chamber Gasket 11009-1676
11012 Cap 11012-1659
13091 Holder – Needle Jet 13091-1551
13183 Plate 13183-1273
15003 Carburetor-Assy 15003-1080
16002 Cable Adjuster 16002-011
16003 Nut Adjust/Lock 16003-006
16004 Cap Chamber, Mixing 16004-1055
16007 Seat Spring 16007-1111
16008 Clamps, E-Type 16008-010
16009 Needle-Jet 16009-1388
16012 Cap-Starter Plunger 16012-1056
16013 Spring-Starter 16013-003
16014 Screw – Pilot Air 16014-1056
16016 Plunger – Starter 16016-1074
16017 Jet – Needle O-0 16017-1346
16021 Screw – Throttle 16021-1126
16025 Valve – Throttle 16025-1150
16030 Valve Float #1.5 16030-1066
16031 Float 16031-1055
16032 Float Pin 16032-003
16033 Screw-Float 16033-013
16038 Gasket, O-ring 16038-016
16065 Carb Holder 16065-1157
16073 Insulator 16073-1053
49006 Boot 49006-1230
49006A Boot, plunger 49006-1235
49116 Valve Assembly 49116-1126
92022 Washer, Valve 92022-1024
92022A Washer, Pilot 92022-1187
92036 Circlip 92036-018
92037 Clamp – Tube 92037-1531
92037A Clamp 92037-1712
92055 O-ring, Pilot Screw 92055-1078
92055A O-Ring 92055-1242
92055B 32 mm O-Ring 92055-1256
92059 7x10x100 Tube 92059-1736
92059A 5x8x350 Tube 92059-1843
92059B 5×9.5×225 Tube 92059-1889
92059C 6x8x650 Tube 92059-1937
92063 Main Jet #110R 92063-074
92063A Main Jet #112.5R 92063-075
92063B Main Jet #115R 92063-076
92063C Main Jet #117.5R 92063-077
92063D Main Jet #120R 92063-078
92064 Pilot Jet #30 92064-1157
92066 Drain Plug 92066-1171
92081 Pilot Spring 92081-1690
92081A Throttle Spring 92081-1691
92144 Throttle Stop Spring 92144-1183
92170 Clamp 92170-1004
92170A Clamp 92170-1438

It’s a good idea to have this Bayou 220 Carburetor parts list and diagram on hand if you plan to adjust or rebuild your carb, you never know when a part might break or get lost.

Bayou 220 Engine Details

Function Specifics
Brand Name Mikuni
Engine Type 4-stroke SOHC
Cylinders Single
Carburetor Mikuni VM24SS
Cooling Air cooled
Fuel Type Unleaded Regular, 87 Octane
Bore x Stroke Ratio 67 x 61 mm (2.64 x 2.4 in)
Displacement 215 cc
Compression Ratio 9.3:1
Horsepower 13–15 hp
Max Torque 13 ft-lb @ 6,000 RPM
Oil Capacity 2.2 U.S. quarts
Oil Type (cold to hot) SAE 10W-30, 10W-40, 10W-50
Ignition Capacitor Discharge Ignition(CDI)
Timing 10° @ 1,800 RPM – 35° @ 4,600 RPM
Spark Plug NGK D8EA (0.26 in. gap)

Bayou 220 Cylinder Head Torque Spec

Kawasaki Bayou cylinder head bolts require 25 ft. lbs of torque to properly keep the engine together. Whether you are rebuilding the top end or simply replacing a head gasket make sure to use a good torque wrench to set the right bolt torque value.

Having the correct Cylinder Head bolt torque value is especially important because of how much stress is placed on the cylinder head with each engine stroke. Too tight and bolts can break, too loose and they affect compression and allow oil blow-by.

Is the Kawasaki Bayou 220 engine reliable?

Bayou 220 engines are very reliable when properly maintained and given regular oil changes. Bayou 220 engine reliability was a key selling feature that made the quad popular during its 17 year production run. It remains popular and reliable today!