Kawasaki KLE 500

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Kawasaki KLE500

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.


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At the core of the Kawasaki KLE 500 was an engine from the sport bike 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.



Technical characteristics of the Kawasaki KLE500 motorcycle:

Model Kawasaki KLE500
Motorcycle type tourist enduro
Release year 1991-2007
Frame steel tubular
Engine type 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, in-line
Working volume 498 cc cm.
Bore / Stroke 74.0 x 58.0 mm
Compression ratio 9.8: 1
Cooling liquid
Number of valves per cylinder DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Fuel supply system Carburetor, 2x Keihin CVK34
Ignition type transistor
Maximum power 48.0 h.p. (35 kW) at 8500 rpm - KLE500 (A1-A13)

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

Maximum torque 42.0 Nm (4.3 kgf * m) @ 7500 rpm - KLE500 (A1-A13)

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

Gearbox 6-speed
Drive type chain
Front tire size 90 / 90-21 M / C 54S
Rear tire size 130 / 80-17 M / C 65S
Front brakes 1 disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brakes 1 disc, 230 mm, 1-piston caliper
Front suspension 41mm telescopic fork, 220mm travel
Rear suspension linkage Unitrak with monoshock (adjustable preload), stroke - 200 mm
Motorcycle length 2215 mm
Motorcycle width 880 mm
Motorcycle height 1270 mm
Wheelbase 1500 mm
Saddle height 850 mm
Acceleration to 100 km / h 6.1 sec
Maximum speed 165 km / h
Fuel tank capacity 15.0 l
Motorcycle weight (dry) 181 kg
Motorcycle weight (curb) 200 kg