Uncle Sam: The Cobra CX65 is made in America. It has a laundry list of upgrades, while still being legal for stock class racing.
Cobra made a dozen updates to the 2015 CX65
(retail price: $5198). The bulk of the changes are found in
the engine, clutch, shifting and forks.
(1) Engine. Lighter engine cases slim down the engine
profile and provide better internal oil flow. The redesigned
water pump and cooling system improve durability and
simplify maintenance. An updated power valve solenoid
mechanism is smaller, lighter and easier to maintain. A
heavier flywheel increases tractability in order to put more
power to the ground.
( 2) Clutch. A new clutch slave cylinder has a stronger
design that improves sealing and provides better clutch
feel. The clutch and brake master cylinders have been
hard-coated for greater durability and a factory-like finish.
Additionally, the clutch and brake levers have been
redesigned with a focus on lessening friction, offering more
positive feel, increasing longevity (thanks to breakaway
points on the levers) and making clutch pull less strenuous.
( 3) Shifter. Improvements to the shift mechanism and
cases equate to smoother shifting, particularly while the
engine is under duress.
( 4) Kick-starter. A repositioned kick-starter and
improved mechanism allow youthful legs to generate a
stronger kick for easier starting capabilities.
( 5) Forks. All-new fork cartridge guide bushings result
in smoother action for more comfort with better traction
and steering when navigating across rough terrain.
( 6) Tires. Dunlop MX52 intermediate-terrain tires are
standard on the Cobra CX65.
( 7) Plastics. Cobra revamped its color palette for
2015, going from a muted yellow hue to bright yellow
that’s meant to stand out on the track.
2015 COBRA CX65 PERFORMANCE
We had a hard time getting our testers to lodge a
single complaint against the Cobra CX65. It was a
sterling package from stem to stern. Below are the key
areas that our mini testing crew focused on.