Kawasaki KLE 500

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Kawasaki KLE500

The Kawasaki KLE 500 '' appeared in 1991 and was focused on the European market. For the domestic Japanese market, a 400 cc version was built - Kawasaki KLE 400. In 2005, the Kawasaki KLE 500 underwent a small restyling, which affected the design of the front of the motorcycle, the dashboard and the exhaust system (under the new Euro environmental standards). 2007 was the last year of production for the model, which was replaced by Kawasaki Versys 650.

At the core of the Kawasaki KLE 500 was an engine from the sporty Kawasaki GPZ500, which has been re-tuned and derated to increase torque in the low and mid-range. The engine itself is an in-line 2-cylinder liquid-cooled block with a volume of about 500 cubic meters. see, delivering 48 hp. power and 42 Nm of torque. Since 2005 and the introduction of updated environmental standards, the engine began to produce 45 hp. power and 41 Nm of torque. Despite the attempts of Kawasaki to make the motor high-torque, it has not lost its sporting roots, showing maximum performance at rather high revs - 7500-8500 rpm.

The chassis of the Kawasaki KLE 500 is presented in the form of a simple tubular frame, long-travel suspensions in the form of a conventional telescopic fork at the front and a progressive monoshock at the rear, spoked wheels in dimensions 21 'and 17'.

Other features of the motorcycle include a 15-liter fuel tank, 6-speed gearbox and 181 kg of dry weight.

The lineup of the Kawasaki KLE series:

The main competitors of the Kawasaki KLE500 in the class:


1st generation Kawasaki KLE500
Kawasaki KLE500 2nd generation
Kawasaki KLE500


Technical characteristics of the Kawasaki KLE500 motorcycle:

ModelKawasaki KLE500
Motorcycle typetourist enduro
Release year1991-2007
Framesteel tubular
Engine type2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume498 cc cm.
Bore / Stroke74.0 x 58.0 mm
Compression ratio9.8: 1
Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 2x Keihin CVK34
Ignition typetransistor
Maximum power48.0 h.p. (35 kW) at 8500 rpm - KLE500 (A1-A13)

45.0 h.p. (33 kW) @ 8300 rpm - KLE500 (B1P, B6F, B7F)

Maximum torque42.0 Nm (4.3 kgf * m) @ 7500 rpm - KLE500 (A1-A13)

41.0 Nm (4.2 kgf * m) @ 7500 rpm - KLE500 (B1P, B6F, B7F)

Drive typechain
Front tire size90 / 90-21 M / C 54S
Rear tire size130 / 80-17 M / C 65S
Front brakes1 disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brakes1 disc, 230 mm, 1-piston caliper
Front suspension41mm telescopic fork, 220mm travel
Rear suspensionpendulum Unitrak with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 200 mm
Motorcycle length2215 mm
Motorcycle width880 mm
Motorcycle height1270 mm
Wheelbase1500 mm
Saddle height850 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h6.1 sec
Maximum speed165 km / h
Fuel tank capacity15.0 l
Motorcycle weight (dry)181 kg
Motorcycle weight (curb)200 kg