Kawasaki KLE500

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Kawasaki KLE500
Kawasaki KLE 500 2005 lato.jpg
Manufacturer Kawasaki Motorcycle & Engine Company
Parent company Kawasaki Heavy Industries
Production 1991–2007
Successor Kawasaki Versys 650 (KLE650)
Class Dual-sport
Engine 498 cc (30.4 cu in) liquid-cooled 4-stroke 8-valve DOHC parallel-twin
Bore / stroke 74.0 mm × 58.0 mm (2.91 in × 2.28 in)
Compression ratio 9.8:1
Power 45 hp (33.6 kW) @ 8,300 rpm
Torque 41 N⋅m (30.2 lb⋅ft) @ 7,500 rpm
Ignition type CDI
Transmission 6-speed constant mesh
Frame type Steel double cradle
Suspension Front: 41 mm (1.6 in) telescopic fork
Rear: Swingarm with monoshock and adjustable spring preload
Brakes Front: Dual-piston caliper with single floating 300 mm (11.8 in) disc
Rear: Dual-piston caliper with single 230 mm (9.1 in) disc
Tires Front: 90/90-21
Rear: 130/80-17
Wheelbase 1,510 mm (59.4 in)
Dimensions L: 2,215 mm (87.2 in)
W: 880 mm (34.6 in)
H: 1,270 mm (50.0 in)
Seat height 850 mm (33.5 in)
Fuel capacity 15 L (4.0 US gal)
Related Kawasaki KLR650
Kawasaki Ninja 500R

The Kawasaki KLE500 is a motorcycle produced by Kawasaki and powered by a 498 cc (30.4 cu in) parallel-twin engine. As a dual-sport motorcycle, it can be used both on roads and in light off-road conditions. The KLE500 was introduced in 1991.


The KLE500 has a sump guard which protects the oil pan during off-road use. Aerodynamic protection relies on a small windshield and depending on the height of the rider, the head and upper torso are exposed to the wind. The situation can be improved considerably with the use of windshield accessories, available as an accessory for the original Kawasaki model but also other brands for the latest series, thanks to the interchangeability of parts with the widespread Z1000. The seat is wide enough to accommodate driver and passenger. The bike is equipped with a large rear rack.

The instrumentation includes speedometer, odometer, tachometer, indicators for the turn signals and high beam. Does not have the a light indicating the use of the fuel reserve. For this, use the fuel valve manually operated to allow passage to the "reserve" position.

From the model year 2003 onwards, for all motorcycles, the low beam can not be turned off by a switch on the handlebar and thus remain always on.


2005 KLE500

The changes in the 2005 model year stem from the need to update the KLE's anti-pollution system to the Euro 2 standard. Previous model characteristics were within the Euro 1 guidelines.

Given the need to renew the model, Kawasaki included a facelift that rejuvenated the line. In particular, it redesigned the windshield making it similar to that of Z1000 and Z750, using the same glass unit. They also changed the turn signals and the instrument panel. The earlier fairing of the disc brake was removed.

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