Bari’s Motorbike Diary
Circumnavigating India by Motorbike, Sept-Nov 2005

Bari’s Kawasaki

This is the bike that Bari is riding- the Kawasaki KLE 500 (2005)


Wheels 24
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Motor: Liquid-cooled four-stroke parallel twin.
Capacity: 498cc
Bore x stroke: 74 x 58mm.
Valvegear: DOHC with four overhead valves per cylinder.
Compression ratio: 9.8:1.
Power: 33kW at 8300rpm.
Torque: 41Nm at 7500rpm.
Induction: Two Keihin CVK34 carburettors.
Ignition: Digital TCBI.
Starting: Electric.
Clutch: Cable-operated multiplate wet clutch.
Transmission: Six-speed constant mesh gearbox with final drive by chain.
Suspension: 41mm conventional cartridge forks adjustable for preload at front, uni-trak monoshock adjustable for preload at rear.
Brakes: 300mm disc with twin-piston floating calliper at front, 230mm disc with single-piston floating calliper at rear.
   Front: 90/90-21 tube type.
   Rear: 130/80-18 tube type.
Wheelbase: 1500mm.
Seat height: 850mm.
Dry weight: 181kg.
Fuel capacity: 15 litres.