Kawasaki KLE500 old lady.

Discussion in 'Land of the Rising Sun: ADV Bikes from Japan' started by Themelis Tsaousis, Jul 20, 2016.

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    A few months ago i was own an old lovely lady Kawasaki KLE500 '96. She was tired and unmaintained of unsympathetic hands, with 26K ? miles on odometer.
    A lot of small or big problems were solved, with my fried S. engineer and my effort.
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    12V/USB power sockets, new carb cables and adjustment, voltmeter on dashboard, front brake bode from Suzuki DL650.
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    Small changes, exhaust, adventure foot pegs, mud tires.

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    The thermostat case was damaged and blocked.

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    A motorcycle lift was made, for major maintenance issues.

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    During valve clearances adjustments, founded the cooling head cylinder trumpets was damaged and semi blocked.

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    Crashbars & side bag bars was added.

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    I think those are really cool bikes. Unfortunately, we never got those in the states. (right?)
    I had a 500 ninja, same motor I think, and liked it a lot.
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    Right on both counts.
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    I thought so, but a shadow of doubt crossed my mind as I was typing.....
    Anyway, I've seen a few conversions, 500 ninja, to KLE and those turned out well. I even toyed with doing it myself.
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    500 Ninja, more sport character on high revs, dynamic !
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    The project continued...
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    As you might have guessed, I replaced the front suspension system with that of the KTM 98 Adventure (WP racing). It was 50mm full adjustable. On follow
    photos you can see some important details of the project.

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    Oil cooler from XRV750 Africa was installed.
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    Led lights 2X10W was added.
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