Kawasaki KLE 500

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Kawasaki KLE 500

On first impressions I my suspicions about the registration of Kawasaki KLE500 – 2008, not?  Not only is it a basic and dated looking it’s still normally with a set of Kline carbs. bike looks like that shared the stage Honda’s Africa Twin. reliably informed that they certainly were through most of the 90s, were reintroduced in the mid 2000s.

 In to pass emissions tests, the is fitted with a three catalytic converter. Other that it hasn’t changed at

Kawasaki has a long history of dirt bikes as well as and trail orientated machines. KLE is a good example of this of bike.  The parallel produces a modest amount of thanks largely to the restrictive but the rest of the bike is practical.  A low works well in city

 The upright seating helps with visibility. The on the rider’s seat is deep and close to comfortable.  I’ve ridden a bike of this that didn’t make me like I was sitting on a plank.

the bike has an upright seating leg length isn’t an issue, the height is very accessible to the vertically challenged riders us.  The layout of the clocks is itself and very much old a big blue light for the high a big green light for neutral, a big light for the indicators and two easy to clocks.  Interestingly enough, is no kill switch on the side but the bike does have guards.

Did I mention the carburettors? bike is normally aspirated and is with a good old fashioned lever which is mounted on the beside the clutch lever.   If sounds old school you’ll be impressed with what I found.

 Immediately after picking the up and riding it for several kilometres the city centre, without any it chugged to a halt having run out of  Imagine my delight when with the prospect of pushing the to the next petrol station I found another relic the 90s – the fuel tap.  I twisted it on, past prime and onto – twisted the throttle three hit the starter and rode on.

Out in the country the rides well, the suspension is and reminded me in a lot of ways of my Yamaha the bike I learned to ride on. because the power was so low, but the handling was so predictable and the machine familiar to me.  I couldn’t help but that as a first or second the Kawasaki would be perfect.

 While out enjoying a Sunday spin with two other on much more modern the BMW F800GS and Triumph’s stunning new 800, the Kwacker never any cause for concern and handled well on the twisty, badly back roads we travelled on.

Kawasaki KLE 500

wise, the bike is relatively and this is perhaps not helped by the scheme of the bike on test, a bottle green.  But its was also its strength, rather a two wheeled Toyota Hilux, the coped with everything was thrown at it.  Poorly paved wet weather, forest trails and high wet grass were all with with quiet

The brakes are really simple, on bike we were a long way any of your combined or anti braking systems.  Initially I the brakes somewhat snatchy on the end, but I soon acclimatised to and certainly for me it was more of a case of my rider style than being anything inherently with the stoppers on the bike.  In where gentle back use was more appropriate, I was once struck by the quiet efficiency of the

The engine, which is the same as the and economical Kawasaki ER5, produces 45bhp and an even paltry 41Nm of torque and the dry weight is a relatively hefty 181 somehow it all comes together thanks in no small part to the arrangement and the fact that the of the bike is slung low and is centred well.  While the bike weigh as much as it does, all the is slung low and between the rider and the

Positioning of footpegs and handlebars and the distribution of weight make it to stand on the pegs, should the or the terrain arise.   The off road is completed with a highly bash plate which may or may not been tested once or on a rain soaked morning in

While I would never set off the world on one of these, if I found far from home with but a KLE500, I’m quite I could do worse.  This is never going to set the world on but then again, we don’t need to.  If you have yet to do your or are still on a restricted licence, you do a lot worse than buy one of these.

The bike on test was supplied by at Megabikes on Dublin’s Wexford  You can contact him on 01 478 4201 or for details on the web, see www.megabikes.ie.  If you nicely to him, he might arrange a test ride.

Kawasaki KLE 500
Kawasaki KLE 500
Kawasaki KLE 500
Kawasaki KLE 500


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