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Spotted this one near the hotel parking lot in Reykjavik last week.

It looked familiar but not quite. It has a twin cylinder engine of 500cc. Was this model even sold in North America?

A brief web search found a bunch of negative reviews, mostly downing the bike for low power (<40hp).

Anybody have any familiarity with this model?

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The KLE500 was based on the EX500 Ninja / EN500 Vulcan engine which in my opinion was a perfectly fine 500cc liquid cooled parallel twin engine. I can only suggest that the KLE500 used the Vulcan level of power producing components. Tuned towards low and mid-range torque instead of peak horsepower.
 

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It has the GPZ500 engine that was rated at 60hp. Using different cams and carb jetting the KLE made 50hp in the 90s and 45hp in the 2000s.
 

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Essentially, it is a KLR but with a displacement to meet licensing requirements in Europe and elsewhere.

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Essentially, it is a KLR but with a displacement to meet licensing requirements in Europe and elsewhere.

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No not really, IMHO.
The KL & KLR series have always been single cylinder, dual-sport models, both air cooled & liquid cooled engines. With a fair amount of dirt road & rougher 2 track road worthiness. In some countries they actually sold KLR500's, with bore of 89mm & stroke of 80mm.

The KLE series both older & current are twin cylinder, highway oriented bikes with graded gravel and the occassional pot-hole capable suspension.
More of a predecessor to the current Versys series, IMO.
 
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