1997 Kawasaki KLR and KE Motorcycles
1997 Kawasaki KLR and KE Motorcycles

Rolling across the country it occurs to you that your world knows no boundaries. You can make time on the interstate, or jump on a dusty back road. Anything's possible on a dual purpose machine from Kawasaki. Take, for instance, the KLR650. Its counter-balanced, DOHC, 651 cc engine delivers you wherever, whenever, in smooth torquey comfort. And, with its huge 6.1-gallon fuel tank, the journey continues long after the others stop.

If your pleasure is riding a light-weight 4-stroke 250, then you'll be delighted with the KLR250. It's got the goods for on and off highway excursions, like a long travel suspension and high ground clearance. Looking for something smaller to manage, then the KE100 fits the bill. With its compact dimensions, lively 2-stroke engine and versatile suspension, the KE100 will take you away, across suburbs and into the hills. Explore your world. On a dual purpose bike from Kawasaki.

Specifications KLR650KLR250KE100
engine type4-stroke, liquid-cooled single 4-stroke, liquid-cooled single 2-stroke, air-cooled single
displacement651 cc 249 cc 99 cc
Bore x stroke100 x 83 mm 74 x 58 mm 49.5 x 51.8 mm
Compression ratio9.5:1 9.3:1(low speed); 11.0:1 (high speed) 9.4:1(low speed); 6.9:1 (high speed)
Valve systemDOHC, 4 valves DOHC, 4 valves Rotary disc valve
CarburetionKeihin CVK40 Keihin CVK34 Mikuni VM19SC
IgnitionEletronic CDI Electronic CDI Electronic CDI
StartingElectric, with Kawasaki Automatic Compression Release Primary kick Kick
Transmission5-speed 6-speed 5-speed
Frame typeSemi-double cradle, high-tensile steel Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel with aluminum rear sub-frame Double cradle, high-tensile steel
Wheelbase58.9 inches 55.7 inches 50.6 inches
Suspension, front38 mm air-adjustable fork 36 mm air-adjustable fork Center-axle hydraulic fork
Suspension, rearUNI-TRAK with 5-way preload and 4-way rebound damping UNI-TRAK with adjustable preload and 4-way rebound damping Dual hydraulic shocks with 5-way preload
Wheel travel, front/rear9.1/9.1 inches 9.1/9.1 inches 5.7/4.3 inches
Tire, front90/90-21 54S 3.00-21 4PR 2.75-19 4PR
Tire, rear130/80-17 65S 4.60-17 4PR 3.00-17 4PR
Brakes, front/rearDisc/disc Disc/drum Drum/drum
Seat height35 inches 33.7 inches 31.7 inches
Fuel capacity6.1 gallons 2.9 gallons 2.4 gallons
Dry weight338 pounds 258 pounds 187 pounds
ColorForest Bluish Green Forest Bluish Green Lime Green
Specifications KLR650KLR250KE100

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