Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

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Walking on the flower beds of the Honda Transalp is not easy. KLE has learned this the hard way. The little Kawa trail has never managed to find a place in the sun despite obvious qualities. Its engine is that, redesigned, of the mini sporitvo-GT 500 GPZ.

It has been revised to offer more flexibility at the bottom and better consistency at mid-range. The frame is a conventional double steel cradle that does its job very well. When we discover it, its behavior turns out to be more distracting than its competitor from Honda. However, it is a pity for him that his twin cylinder provides in the towers the drive that the Transalp offers lower. The length is beautiful but all the same, we regret this lack of gniak in town. Not worried, the bike plays there with a smile. No worries about handling or driving. The machine is not lacking in liveliness and you can have fun on its handlebars. A little less for the braking which lacks a little power. Not sad, the KLE would not be against a renewed interest on the part of the public – it does not demerit.

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      Performances

      • Max speed:
        about 180 km / h

      The technical aspect

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      • Frame
      • Frame: double tubular steel cradle
      • Tank: 15 liters
      • Seat height: 850 mm
      • Length: 2,215 mm
      • Width: 880 mm
      • Height: 1270 mm
      • Wheelbase: 1,510 mm
      • Dry weight: 181 kg
      • Weight in running order: 200 kg
      • Train before
      • Telescopic fork Ø 41 mm, deb: 220 mm
      • 1 disc Ø 300mm, 2 piston calipers
      • Front wheel:

        90/90
        – 21

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998 technical

      • Transmission
      • 6-speed gearbox
      • Final chain drive
      • Rear axle
      • Mono-shock absorber, deb: 200 mm
      • 1 disc Ø 230 mm, 2 piston caliper
      • Rear wheel:

        130/80
        – 17

      • Motor
      • Twin cylinder
        in line
        , 4 stroke
      • Cooling: Liquid cooling
      • 2 carburettors Ø 34 mm
      • 2 ACT
      • 4 valves per cylinder
      • 498 cc
        (74 x 58 mm)
      • 48
        ch
        at 8,500 rpm
      • 4.30 mkg
        at 7,000 rpm
      • Weight ratio /
        power
        : 3.77
        kg / hp
      • Compression: 9.8: 1
      • Crit’air:

      Detached pieces

      exhaust
      motor
      fluid
      electricity

      filtration
      braking
      chain kit

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      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

      Kawasaki KLE 500 1998

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