Kawasaki KLE 500: review, history, specs


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Class: dual sport

Production: 1991-2007

Related: Kawasaki EX500

Successor: Kawasaki Versys 650

Models
Kawasaki KLE500

1991-2003

(Europe)

Kawasaki KLE500

2005-2007

(Europe)

Kawasaki KLE500 (1991-2003)
Kawasaki KLE500 (2005-2007)

History

History
Year Country Name / Frame / Engine
1991 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A1

1992 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A2

1993 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A3

1994 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A4

1995 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A5

1996 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A6

1997 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A7

1998 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A8

1999 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A9

2000 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A10

2001 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A11

2002 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A12

2003 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-A13

2005 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-B1P

2006 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-B6F

2007 Europe Name: Kawasaki KLE500

Code: KLE500-B7F

Specifications

Kawasaki KLE500: specs.

Specifications
DIMENSIONS Overall length 2215 mm / 87,2 in
Overall width 880 mm / 34,6 in
Overall height 1270 mm / 50,0 in
Seat height 850 mm / 33,5 in
Wheelbase 1500 mm / 59,0 in
Ground clearance 180 mm / 7,1 in
Dry weight 181 kg / 399 lbs
Curb (wet) weight 200 kg / 441 lbs
FRAME Type Tubular, double cradle (steel)
Front suspension, travel 41 mm telescopic fork, 220 mm / 8,6 in
Rear suspension, travel Swingarm Unitrak with mono-shock, 200 mm / 7,9 in

Adjustment: spring pre-load

Front tire size 90/90-21 M/C 54S
Rear tire size 130/80-17 M/C 65S
Front brake Single disc, 300 mm, 2-piston caliper
Rear brake Single disc, 230 mm, 1-piston caliper
Fuel capacity 15,0 l / 4,0 US gal
Trail 105 mm / 4,13 in
Fuel economy 6,36 l / 100 km (37 mpg)
ENGINE Type Liquid-cooled 4-stroke
Cylinder arrangement 2-cylinders, inline
Bore & Stroke 74,0 x 58,0 mm
Displacement 498 cm³ (30,39 cu in)
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Valve train Chain driven DOHC, 4 valves per cylinder
Max. power 48,0 hp (35 kW) / 8500 rpm – KLE500 (A1-A13)

45,0 hp (33 kW) / 8300 rpm – KLE500 (B1P, B6F, B7F)

Max. 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)

0 to 100 km/h 6,1 sec
Top speed 165 km/h (102 mph)
CARBURETION SYSTEM Type Carburetor, 2x Keihin CVK34
ID
DRIVE TRAIN Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Transmission 6-speed
Final drive Chain
Primary reduction 2.652
Final reduction 2.588
Gear ratio

I

II

III

IV

V

VI


2.571

1.722

1.333

1.125

0.961

0.851

ELECTRICAL Ignition Transistorized
Alternator Three-phase AC
Battery capacity 12V-10Ah

Images

Kawasaki KLE500: images, gallery.

Kawasaki KLE500 (1991-2003)
Kawasaki KLE500 (1991-2003)
Kawasaki KLE500 (2005-2007)
Kawasaki KLE500 (2005-2007)
Kawasaki KLE500 (1991-2003)
Kawasaki KLE500 (2005-2007)

Videos

Kawasaki KLE500: video.

KAWASAKI KLE500

Manuals

Kawasaki KLE500: manuals, parts, microfiches.