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Kawasaki KLE 500

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Manufacturer Kawasaki
Model KLE 500
Price 3,995
Top Speed 105mph
Insurance Group 9
Engine Size 495cc
Engine Type Liquid-cooled, four-stroke Parallel Twin
Compression Ratio 9.8 : 1
BH Power 44bhp
Torque 41Nm
Gears 6
Seat Hight 850mm
Ground Clearance 180mm
Fuel Capacity 15 Litres
Dry Weight 181kg
Front Suspension 41mm telescopic fork
Rear Suspension Bottom-link Uni-Trak
Front Tyre Size 90/90 -21
Rear Tyre Size 130/80 - 17
Brakes Front Single 300mm disc, twin-piston caliper
Brakes Rear Single 230mm disc, single-piston

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User reviews

Average user rating from: 3 user(s)

Overall rating: 
 
8.1
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
8.3   (3)
Off Road Capability:
 
8.0   (3)
Around Town:
 
9.0   (3)
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
3.3   (3)
Reliability:
 
9.7   (3)
Handling:
 
8.0   (3)
Engine:
 
8.3   (3)
Value for Money:
 
10.0   (3)
 
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kle 500

Overall rating: 
 
8.3
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.0
Off Road Capability:
 
7.0
Around Town:
 
9.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
3.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
8.0
Engine:
 
10.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful

Owned one for around 2 years was a great bike , it did just about everything i asked of it ,went off road, toured , and went back and forward to work on it and it just never failed , with a few cheeky mods made 68hp , and that made the bike quick , the only thing i would grumble about would be the fuel tank being smallish but then again their is petrol stations every 5 mins down the road , would i buy one again ? i would say yes , would i be happy to load it up with gear a bugger off around europe for 2 weeks ? yep sure would , it will just go and go .

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Time owned about 2 years before been stolen
I liked most things and it started first time every time
I Disliked do with a bigger tank for touring , then again theirs petrol stations every 5 mins
Would you buy again Yes
In one line cheap and be turned in to a great adventure bike with little money
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) mine was a 9
 

Kle - travel on a budget

Overall rating: 
 
7.8
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
7.0
Off Road Capability:
 
8.0
Around Town:
 
9.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
5.0
Reliability:
 
9.0
Handling:
 
7.0
Engine:
 
7.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful

I like ot keep it short and sweet.

all the experts and men with cash knock it. it is cheap reliable and good all rounder. i have taken it on single tracks and up mountains.

only downside is the tank is on the small side and it is heavy enough for the output.

parts and extras are there if you know where to look, advrider and horizons unlimited have good threads for dedicated kle owners and there is a world of info.

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Time owned 1 Year
I liked Cheap and Reliable
I Disliked Small Tank
Would you buy again Maybe
In one line Cheap Touring Machine
Grin Factor (0=crap 10=I loved it) 5
 

KLE 500, what a bike

Overall rating: 
 
8.3
As a Long Distance Tourer:
 
9.0
Off Road Capability:
 
9.0
Around Town:
 
9.0
Additional Equipment Availability:
 
2.0
Reliability:
 
10.0
Handling:
 
9.0
Engine:
 
8.0
Value for Money:
 
10.0
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Reviewed by Gray
July 28, 2010
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful

You may well laugh, all you GS and KTM owners, but this is a great little bike, very cheap to buy and run.

Why is so underated?, overall build quality isn't great, and the standard performance isn't great, but hey I only paided £1,700 for my 2006 bike. I've spent about £200 to get it sorted for off road and touring.

This bike shows you don't have to spend a fortune to go touring. Last year I went to Andorra and back in a week, and trailed it when I got there. It averages about 75mpg/180 miles to the tank. This year I did the RBLR1000, thats a 1000 miles in 24hrs. I do have sports bikes as well but this was my first choice for any long trips.

I use mine for green laning and solo long trips and all year riding. The 500cc twin engine has been around for over 20 years so is well proven and almost unbreakable.

So go on give it a look.
Gray

 
 
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Couldn't agree more! Ignore what the so called 'experts' or 'GS snobs' say about this bike. It's still a tool that'll do the job well. They call it not a strictly 'off road bike' how many shiney GS's do you see actually going off road? or are most of them still immaculate?
Love the KLE, does the job and if dropped, pick it up and carry on.
Mine cost £800 from ebay with 17k on it.
If you want pose factor then Get your GS's. If you want to just strap a tent on and get out there cheaply and reliably then KLE can't go wrong.

Jimbo.
Jim Rippon , August 30, 2010
KLE 500
littlewilly
I own a 2007 KLE500 have done for a few years. THE ONLY BIKE. Don't know about the rest but here in Aus they don't sell them any more.Cannot understand why.
littlewilly , August 31, 2010
KLE500 nearly won the HUMM 2010
Snasher
I've seen and read all the negative press about the KLE and then on the 2010 HUMM was seriously impressed by the machine. A chap (teacher on summer hols) turned up one. Bog standard machine and he came within a gnats todger of winning the sub 600cc category. Up against KTM's, WRF 250's and 400's, DRZ's etc. Talking to those that know i.e. own them, if you sort out the saddle all the comfort issues disappear. This just means cutting the foam on the riders seat to be flatter and stiffening the front springs. GPZ500 engine a peach and all say a little thirsty when pushed. Definitely one to consider for the adventure rider on a budget.
Occasionally new ones still turn up for £3k in the autotrader.
Snasher , June 27, 2011

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