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Kawasaki KLE500A - 2005

Kawasaki KLE500

Styling Updates

The new KLE500 gets a fresh new image that brings it in line with current Kawasaki Sports models.

A new half cowling that features the headlight and screen from the Z1000 gives the KLE a more aggressive appearance. Fit and finish of the three-piece construction has also been improved. (Photo 1) Attractive new turn signals like those on the Z750S complement the KLE's new design.

Instrument panel is unitised with the inner cowl and incorporates the air ducts in the cowl (please see Ergonomic Update note below).

Ergonomic Updates

Horizontal ducts on either side of the cowl create an "air curtain" which reduces wind buffeting at higher speeds and improves rider comfort. This patented feature is available only from Kawasaki.

New seat cover has grippy side material and a dimpled top for added grip when standing and increased comfort when sitting.

Other Updates

Pipe catalysers added to each exhaust header pipe, plus a third in the manifold (three in total) ensure that the KLE500 meets Euro-II emissions standards. Environmentally friendly wheels eliminate lead balance weights in favour of lightweight tin weights.

Specificationas

  • Engine Type - Liquid-cooled, 4-stroke Parallel Twin
  • Displacement - 498 cm3
  • Bore and Stroke - 74 x 58 mm
  • Compression ratio - 9.8:1
  • Valve system - DOHC, 8 valves
  • Carburettor - Keihin CVK34 x 2
  • Ignition - Digital
  • Starting - Electric
  • Lubrication - Forced lubrication, wet sump
  • Transmission - 6-speed, return
  • Final drive - Chain
  • Primary reduction ratio - 2.652 (61/23)
  • Gear ratios: 1st - 2.571 (36/14), 2nd - 1.722 (31/18), 3rd - 1.333 (28/21), 4th - 1.125 (27/24), 5th - 0.961 (25/26), 6th - 0.851 (23/27)
  • Final reduction ratio - 2.588 (44/17)
  • Clutch - Wet multi-disc, manual
  • Frame Type - Double-cradle, high-tensile steel
  • Wheel travel - front, 220 mm, rear, 200 mm
  • Tyre: front - 90/90-21M/C (54S)
  • rear - 130/80-17M/C (65S)
  • Caster (rake) - 27
  • Trail - 105 mm
  • Steering angle (left / right) - 45 / 45
  • Suspension - Front: Type, 41 mm telescopic fork, Rear: Type, Bottom-Link Uni-Trak
  • Brakes - Front: Type Single 300 mm disc Caliper Twin-piston, Rear: Type Single
  • 230 mm disc Caliper Single-piston
  • Overall length - 2,215 mm
  • Overall width - 880 mm
  • Wheelbase - 1,510 mm
  • Ground clearance - 180 mm
  • Seat height - 850 mm
  • Fuel capacity - 15 litres