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Kawasaki KLR250
Manufacturer
Also called KLR250 (reduced effect), KLR 250 (reduced effect), KLR250S, KLR 250
Production 1984 - 2008
Class Dual-sport
Successor Kawasaki KL250G (Super Sherpa)
Engine
single cylinder, four-stroke
Bore / Stroke 72.0mm x 61.2mm
Top Speed 84 mph (135 km/h)
Horsepower 27.36 HP (20.4 KW) @ 9000RPM
Fuel System carburetor. keihin cvk34
Ignition digital cdi
Spark Plug NGK DP9EA-9 '85-05
Battery YUASA YB4L-A '85-05
Transmission Gear box: 6-speed

Final Drive: chain

Clutch: wet multi-disc manual
Suspension Front: 43mm inverted cartridge fork with 16-way compression damping adjustment / 10.2 in.
Rear: uni-trak® with adjustable preload, 16-way compression and rebound damping adjustment / 9.1 in.
Brakes Front: single disc
Rear: single disc
Front Tire 80/90-21 3.00-21 '85-05
Rear Tire 100/80-18 4.60-17 '85-05
Wheelbase 56.69 inches (1440 mm)
Length 87.52 inches (2223 mm)
Width 32.09 inches (815 mm)
Height 47.09 inches (1196 mm)
Seat Height 34.8 inches (884 mm)
Weight 261.91 pounds (118.8 Kg) (dry), 134.0 kg (wet)
Oil Capacity 0.53 Gallon (2.00 Liters)
Oil Filter K&N KN-123
Recommended Oil K-tech 10W-40
Fuel Capacity 1.9 Gallon (7.19 Liters)
Related Kawasaki KL650A
Competition Honda XL250, Suzuki DR250
Manuals Service Manual

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The Kawasaki KLR250 was a single cylinder, four-stroke Road motorcycle produced by Kawasaki between 1985 and 2008. It could reach a top speed of 84 mph (135 km/h). Claimed horsepower was 27.36 HP (20.4 KW) @ 9000 RPM.

Engine[edit]

The engine was a liquid cooled single cylinder, four-stroke. A 72.0mm bore x 61.2mm stroke result in a displacement of just 249.0 cubic centimeters. Fuel was supplied via a double overhead cams/twin cam (DOHC).

Drive[edit]

The bike has a 6-speed transmission. Power was moderated via the wet multi-disc manual.

Chassis[edit]

It came with a 80/90-21 front tire and a 100/80-18 rear tire. Stopping was achieved via single disc in the front and a single disc in the rear. The front suspension was a 43mm inverted cartridge fork with 16-way compression damping adjustment / 10.2 in. while the rear was equipped with a uni-trak® with adjustable preload, 16-way compression and rebound damping adjustment / 9.1 in.. The KLR250S was fitted with a 1.9 Gallon (7.19 Liters) fuel tank. The bike weighed just 261.91 pounds (118.8 Kg). The wheelbase was 56.69 inches (1440 mm) long.


Kawasaki KLR250 History[edit]

A '92 KLR 250

The Kawasaki KLR250 was a motorcycle produced from 1984 to 2005, with only minor changes during the model run. This lightweight dualsport motorcycle was used for several years by the US military for a variety of tasks, including messenger duty and reconnaissance. It was produced by Kawasaki Heavy Industries in Japan and exported to many parts of the world, including the U.S. and Canada, Europe and Australia.

Somewhat similar in appearance to the larger KLR650 (sold in the same colors), the 250 is often described as being a better trail bike (due to lighter weight and reduced bulk) but less enjoyable on long stretches of highway. The user-friendly power delivery and light weight make it a popular bike for novice riders. Like the 650, the KLR250 has continued to sell well into the 21st century despite being questionably "state of the art" even at its introduction, and having no styling changes, except paint and the color of the plastic. You can tell approximately what year a KLR is (either size) by the color of the bodywork:

  • '85 White/Dark Blue
  • '85/'86 Lime Green/Dark Blue OR Red/Dark Blue (non-US)
  • '87 White/Red with Blue/Red Tank Decal (patriotic year)
  • '88/'89 half Blue/half White with Green Stripes
  • '90-'92 White/Light Blue
  • '94-'96 Teal/Purple (often referred to as "Barbie Years")
  • '95 Seafoam/Black (Spain only?)
  • ? Black/Black with Purple Tank Decal
  • ? Black/Dark Blue
  • '97-'99 Dark Blue "Forest Bluish Green"
  • '00 Olive/Black Tank Decal
  • '01/'02 "Galaxy Silver"/Olive
  • '03 Black/Olive
  • '04/'05 Black/"Aztec Red"

Unlike the 650, the 250 shares many engine parts with an ATV sold by Kawasaki, the KSF250 "Mojave". This has resulted in the availability of engine performance parts, though many owners prefer to use their bike relatively unmodified.

Owners report highway fuel economy figures ranging from 55-70mpg, and city fuel economy of 45-50mpg. The combination of excellent fuel economy, high reliability, light weight and easy handling have made it a favorite among dualsport riders as well as urban commuters and it remains popular even though production has ceased.

It is rumored that Kawasaki has discontinued the KLR250 at the end of the 2005 model run.

The base specifications have remained virtually unchanged through out the production period.

Engine:

  • Type: Four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve, single cylinder,
  • Displacement: 249cc
  • Bore and Stroke: 74.0 x 58.0mm
  • Carburetor: Keihin CVK34
  • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
  • Output: 28 horsepower
  • Starting Method: Kick

Drivetrain:

  • Transmission: 6-speed
  • Final Drive: O-ring chain

Brakes:

  • Front: Hydraulic disc
  • Rear: Drum

Suspension:

  • Front: Air-adjustable hydraulic telescopic fork
  • Rear: UNI-TRAK® single-shock system

Wheels and Tires:

  • Front: 3.00 x 21 tire
  • Rear: 4.60 x 17 tire

Dimensions:

  • Length: 84.3
  • Seat Height: 33.7 in.
  • Rake and Trail: 28.5 degrees / 4.6 in.
  • Wheelbase: 55.7 in.
  • Weight: 258 lbs. dry
  • Fuel Capacity: 2.9 gals.


1985 KL250-D2[edit]

1985 Kawasaki KL250 D2


  • 249 mL
  • Four-stroke, 1 Cylinder, Dual Over Head Camshaft
  • 6-Speed, Return Shift
  • Color
  • Fuel Tank: Lime Green, Polar White
  • Front Fender: Same as Fuel Tank
  • Engine No: KL250DE000001 --
  • (G) KL250DG000001 -
  • Frame No: KL250D-000001 --.
  • (C)(U) JKAKLMD1()FA000001 -
  • Parts Catalogue No: 99961-O180 {Micro),
  • (E) 99917-1118-01 (Micro),
  • (O) 99917-1117-01 (Micro)
  • Service Manual No: 99924-1050-01 (KLR600)
  • plus 99924-1051-01
  • Owner's Manual No: 99922-1335-01
  • (C)(U) 99920-1284-01 (G) 99923-1131-01
  • Remarks: Dual purpose model. Liquid-cooled, 1 cylinder 4-valves, center up muffler. Air adjustable front fork, uni-trak rear suspension, box section swing arm, CDI system.


1986 KL250-D3[edit]

1986 Kawasaki KL250 D3
1986 Kawasaki KLR250 in White/Blue
1986 Kawasaki KLR250 in White/Blue
1986 Kawasaki KLR250 in White/Blue


  • 249 mL
  • Four-stroke, 1 Cylinder, Dual Over Head Camshaft
  • 6-Speed, Return Shift
  • Color: Lime Green, Polar White, Sunbeam Red
  • Beginning Engine No.: KL250DE009001
  • (G) KL250DG001401
  • Beginning Frame No.: KL250D-010201
  • JKAKLMD1()GA010201
  • PC NO.: 99917-1117-03, (E) 99917-1118-04
  • (G) 99918-1023-03, (I) 99959-1007-03
  • (C)(U) 99961-0180
  • OM No.:99922-1377-01, (C)(U) 99920-1321-01
  • (G) 99923-1163-02
  • SM No.: 99924-1051-01

1987 KL250-D4[edit]

1987 Kawasaki KL250 D4


  • Color: Lime Green, Polar White, Sunbeam Red
  • Beginning Engine No.: K L2500E016001
  • (G) K L250DG001952
  • Beginning Frame No.: KLZ50D-015001
  • JKAKLMD1()HA015001
  • PC NO.: 99917-7244-02, (E) 99917-1245-03
  • (G) 99918-1042-03, (I) 99959-7016-02
  • (C)(U) 99961-0236
  • OM NO.: 99922-1424-01, (C)(U) 99920-1 364-01
  • (G) 99923-1187-01
  • SM No.: 99924-1051-01

1988 KL250-D5[edit]

1988 Kawasaki KL250 D5


  • Color: Ebony, Polar White
  • Beginning Engine No.: KL250DE019501
  • (G ) KL250DG002501
  • Beginning Frame No.: KL250D-019001
  • JKAKLMD1()JA019001
  • PC NO.: 99917-1244-02, (El 99917-1245-03
  • (GI 99918-1042-03, (I) 99959-1016-02
  • (C)(U) 99961-0236
  • OM No.: 99922-1470-01, (C)(U) 99920-1427-01
  • (G) 99923-1212-01
  • SM No.: 99924-1051-01


1989 KL250-D6[edit]

1989 Kawasaki KL250 D6


  • 4-stroke, l-Cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color : Brilliant Blue/Polar White, Sunbeam Red/Polar Whlte
  • Beginning Engine No. : KL250DE022601
  • Beginning Frame No. : Kt250D-022301,
  • (A)(C)(U)JKAKLMD1( )KA022301
  • PC NO. : 99917-T245-04, (C)(U)99961-0236,
  • (U)S9917-1244-03
  • OM NO. : 99922-1 51 1 -01, (C)(U)99920-1447-01
  • (G)99923-125661
  • SM NO. : 99924-1051-04 & 99924-1050-01

1990 KL250-D7[edit]

1990 Kawasaki KL250 D7


  • Color : Same as KL250-D6
  • Beginning Engine No. : KL250DE022601
  • Beginning Frame No. : KL250D-026501,
  • (A)(C)(U)JKAKLMD1()LA026501
  • PC NO. : 99917-1404-01, (C)(U)99961-0288,
  • (J)99917-1181-01, (O)99917-1405-01
  • OM NO. : 99922-1556-01, (C)(U)99920-1486-01,
  • (G)99923-1362-01, (J)99921-1362-01
  • SM NO. : 99924-1051-04 & 99924-1050-01
  • (J)99925-1028-05

1991 KL250-D8[edit]

1991 Kawasaki KL250 D8


  • Color : Ebony, Polar White
  • Beginning Engine No. : KL250DE026601
  • Beginning Frame No. : KL250D-033001,
  • (A)(C)(U)JKAKLMD1( )MA033001
  • PC NO. : 9991 7-1404-02, (C)(U)99961-0288,
  • (0)99917-1405-02
  • OM No. : 99922-1592-01, (C)(U)99920-1542-01 ,
  • (G)99923-1307-01
  • SM NO. : 99924-1051-04 & 99924-1050-01

1992 KL250-D9[edit]

1992 Kawasaki KL250 D9


  • 4-stroke, 1 cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color : Polar White
  • Beginning Engine No. : KL250DE022601
  • Beginning Frame No. : KL250D-040001
  • (U)JIKAKLMDl( )NA040001
  • PC NO. : 99917-1405-03, (U)99917-1374-04,
  • (E)99917-1404-03
  • OM NO. : 99922-1 645-01, (U)99920-1592-01
  • SM NO. : 99924-1050-01 & 99924-1051-04

1993 KL250-D10[edit]

1993 Kawasaki KL250 D10
1993 Kawasaki KLR250
1993 Kawasaki KLR250



  • 4-stroke, 1 cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color : Polar White
  • Beginning Engine No. : Same as KL250-D9
  • Beginning Frame No. : JKAKLMD1()PA050001
  • PC No. : 99917-1538-02
  • OM No. : 99920-1 61341
  • SM NO. : 99924-7 050-01 & 99924-1 0511 -05

1994 KL250-D11[edit]

1994 Kawasaki KL250 D11
1994 Kawasaki in Green
1994 Kawasaki in Green
1994 Kawasaki in Green
1994 Kawasaki in Green
1994 Kawasaki in Green
1994 Kawasaki in Green
1994 Kawasaki in Green
1994 Kawasaki in Green


  • 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color : Ebony , Green 15
  • Beginning Engine No. : Same as KD250-D9
  • Beginning Frame No. : KL250D-070001,
  • (U)JKAKlMD1()RA070001
  • PC No.: 99917-1593-01 , (U)99917-1538-02,
  • (E)99917-1592-01
  • OM No.: 99922-1706-01, (U)99920-1674-01
  • SM No.: 99924-1050-01 & 99924-1051-05


1995 KL250-D12[edit]

1995 Kawasaki KL250 D12


  • 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Green 15 (37)
  • VIN No. - JKAKLMD1vSA080001
  • E No. - KL250DE022601
  • PC No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0350
  • OM No. - 99920-1728-01
  • SM No. - 99924-1050-01 & 99924-1051-10

1996 KL250-D13[edit]

1996 Kawasaki KL250 D13


  • 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Green 15 (37)
  • VIN No. - JKAKLMD1vTA085001
  • E No. - KL250DE022601
  • PC No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0350
  • OM No. - 99920-1787-01
  • SM No. - 99924-1050-01 & 99924-1051-10

1997 KL250-D14[edit]

1997 Kawasaki KL250 D14
1997 Kawasaki KLR250 in Blue
1997 Kawasaki KLR250 in Blue
1997 Kawasaki KLR250 in Blue
1997 Kawasaki KLR250 in Blue


  • 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Forest Bluish Green (5X)
  • VIN No. - JKAKLMD1vVA088001
  • E No. - KL250DE022601
  • PC No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0350
  • OM No. - 99920-1827-01
  • SM No. - 99924-1050-01 & 99924-1051-10
  • Dimensions
    • Overall Length: 84.25 in
    • Overall Width: 33.7 in
    • Overall Height: 47.64
    • Wheelbase: 55.71 in
    • Road Clearance: 10.6 in
    • Dry Weight: 258 lb
  • Engine
    • Type: 4-stroke, DOHC single cylinder, liquid-cooled
    • Displacement: 249 mL
    • Bore x Stroke: 2.91 x 2.28 in
    • Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
    • Carburetor: KEIHIN CVK34
  • Transmission
    • Type: 6-speed, constant mesh, return shift, manual
    • Clutch: wet, multi disc
    • Driving System: chain drive

1998 KL250-D15[edit]

1998 Kawasaki KL250 D15


  • 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Forest Bluish Green (5X)
  • VIN No. - JKAKLMD1vWA090001
  • E No. - KL250DE022601
  • PC No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0448
  • OM No. - 99920-1838-01
  • SM No. - 99924-1050-01 & 99924-1051-10

1999 KL250-D16[edit]

1999 Kawasaki KL250 D16


  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Forest Bluish Green (5X)
  • VIN No. - (AU) (CA) (US) JKAKLMD1vXA095001,
  • (EUR) JKAKL250DDA095001
  • E No. - KL250DE022601
  • PC No. - (CA) (US) 99961-0448, (EUR) 99917-1592-03,
  • (AU) 99917-1593-08
  • OM No. - (CA) (US) 99920-1915-01,
  • (AU) (EUR) 99922-1957-01
  • SM No. - 99924-1050-01 & 99924-1051-10

2000 KL250-D17[edit]

2000 Kawasaki KL250 D17


  • 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Olive Green (HA)
  • VIN No. - JKAKLMD1vYA101001
  • E No. - KL250DE022601
  • PC No. - (US) 99961-0448, (AU) 99917-1593-08
  • OM No. - (US) 99920-1952-01, (AU) 99922-1991-01
  • SM No. - 99924-1050-01 & 99924-1051-10

2001 KL250-D18[edit]

2001 Kawasaki KL250 D18


  • 4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, Liquid-cooled
  • 6-speed, Return Shift
  • Color - Olive Green (HA)
  • VIN No. - JKAKLMD1v1A104001
  • F No. - KL250D-104001
  • E No. - KL250DE022601
  • PC No. - (US) 99961-0448, (AU) 99917-1593-08,
  • (MY) 99907-1011-01
  • OM No. - (US) 99987-1009-01, (AU) (MY) 99986-1037-01
  • SM No. - 99924-1050-01 & 99924-1051-10

2003[edit]

2003 Kawasaki KLR250 in Green
2003 Kawasaki KLR250 in Green
2003 Kawasaki KLR250 in Green
2003 Kawasaki KLR250 in Green
2003 Kawasaki KLR250 in Green



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