Kawasaki KLE500A - 2005
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).
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.
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.
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