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Old 01-01-2007, 01:52 AM   #1
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Pissed kle 500 under rated adv bike or not ?

Hello im new to adv riding , there seams to be very little talk or reviews on this bike. Isit under rated or just a piece of crap , like to hear from others with this bike as i have one and it serves the job well, with some mods etc. Any way wot do any owners think about this bike.
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Old 01-01-2007, 02:11 AM   #2
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Welcome to the asylum Wedge69. You may wanna take alook at this thread from a couple of months back.
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=183203
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Old 01-01-2007, 04:23 AM   #3
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Hello im new to adv riding , there seams to be very little talk or reviews on this bike. Isit under rated or just a piece of crap , like to hear from others with this bike as i have one and it serves the job well, with some mods etc. Any way wot do any owners think about this bike.
whatever advriding is.

if it gets you there and back and carts what you want to cart then its up to the job!

does it really matter what we think? you are either happy with it or you aren't...

by extension the postie bike can be classed as an advbike too, given the self supported runs they do for charity, it all comes dwn t what you want and what satisfies you.
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Old 01-01-2007, 03:49 PM   #4
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......there seams to be very little talk or reviews on this bike..... like to hear from others with this bike as i have one and it serves the job well, with some mods etc. Any way wot do any owners think about this bike.
I'd like to hear what you think about the KLE

Six speed box and twin cylinder has its attractions, although I'd be worried about dropping it and the damage.

Although stripping one down, TKC tyres and you never know
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Old 01-01-2007, 10:54 PM   #5
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thanx for the welcome guys , i find mine to be adequate for the job as i also commute to work on it. Found the front sus pension to be a bit soft needs heavier fork oil,would like to put a staintune on it open and open it up a bit. As to dropping it well most of these type of bikes have fairings of sorts so it would be no different to owning say a vstrom or 640 adv or such bike, all part of the joy of riding i reckon
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Old 01-01-2007, 11:18 PM   #6
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wedge69, while I know little about the KLE, I think VB is correct in his thinking in regards to damage in the case of a drop or a stac.

Bikes like these don't fair well at all when dropped, I recently sold my XTZ 660 and was constantly worried about dropping it as the fairing is week as and a plastic type material and super expensive, its just about guaranteed to break in pieces every time.

The KTM you mentioned is nothing like these bikes for stackability and damage infact from what I've seen they usually only end up with a few scratches and nothing more at all.

Anyway good luck with the KLE, I like em.
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Old 01-01-2007, 11:29 PM   #7
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G'day Benda

My mate has a mid nineties KLE.He has only 2 real gripes about it. One is the shape of seat saying he slides down and nuts himself easily. He has recently bought a sheepskin to see if that helps. The other is the lack of power. Being from bigger bikes he finds it hard work on the open road.

He has also dropped it a couple of times with very little damage.

I have ridden it a bit and don't like the seating position and agree with the power thing but other than that it is a fine little machine.

good luck with it
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Old 01-02-2007, 12:06 AM   #8
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I put over 100k km on one and I've had the earlier GPZ500, tyres, brakes, oil and fuel is all it used. Feel free to ride it like a 2 stroke, it has a good 'plod' factor under 4/5k rpm and then goes nuts when you rev it. And you can get 70+mpg from it, if you cruise it. Made a high screen for it and you can dial in any speed you want.

Managed to get both sides of the bash plate down cornering so maybe a boost in suspension, didn't do too much off-road, great on dirt roads and probably could have done with the extra 50+ mm of suspension if you wanted to get adventurous.
But, as Joff said... the seat, I would go as far as to say it's a crime against humanity!!!!!!

So, if you got one for the 'right' price, spent a couple of dollars on suspension and a reshape of the seat, I reckon you'd get a great bike out of it.

Again tho' I gotta say, that seat is a bugger.
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Old 01-02-2007, 01:22 AM   #9
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It's sorta Kwak's version of the transalp, not as classy though. the 15 L tank is one big drawback for adventuring
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Old 01-02-2007, 02:58 AM   #10
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Uses the GPZ 500 motor.
London bike couriers rave about the GPZ 500's, some of the lads reckon they have done over a 100,000 miles with no probs at all.

Can't get a better recommendation than that.

A couple of UK riders who commute throughout the British winter also reckon the KLE 500 stands up to salted roads, hail and sleet and snow without much in the way of cosmetic damage.

I also heard they are heavy on fuel, a few internet forum posts confirm it.

Perhaps you might like to share your fuel consumption figures with us.
15 litre tank...how many kms do you get when the tank is full to the brim?

No KLE 500 forums on the Net that I can find, in any language.
Just the occasional post on a normal bike forum.
Pity...I like the look of the bike and I like the reliability of the motor.

Fire trail and dirt roads only? Sure, that's all Kawasaki intended it for, it's not meant to be an enduro bike, anymore than a BMW GS 1200 is.

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Old 01-02-2007, 02:30 PM   #11
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Recently while in Dalby giving Jeff a hand to pick up his 640 I had the pleasure of sitting on one of these bikes and all i can say is that if the seats on the KLE was fitted to all AV bikes then the after market seat company's would go out of business..man do these bikes have nice comfy seats
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Old 01-02-2007, 10:54 PM   #12
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Recently while in Dalby giving Jeff a hand to pick up his 640 I had the pleasure of sitting on one of these bikes and all i can say is that if the seats on the KLE was fitted to all AV bikes then the after market seat company's would go out of business..man do these bikes have nice comfy seats
Erm Jolly, that was a Transalp.

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Old 01-02-2007, 11:45 PM   #13
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Erm Jolly, that was a Transalp.

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Old 01-03-2007, 01:40 AM   #14
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Old 01-03-2007, 03:28 AM   #15
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Erm Jolly, that was a Transalp.

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