I recently took my KLE to the Sahara desert from the UK, It performed admirably the whole trip, many miles on all types of roads and trails.
As mentioned the finish isn't fantastic but with care I have found it to stay in great condition fairly easily.
I have fitted progressive fork springs, a radiator guard, hand guards and a high flow air filter also a GPR exhaust, this has greatly increased performance.
On the Morocco trip I rode with a BMW1200gs and a Honda Transalp 650VA and the little KLE kept up fine was actually more at home off road and survived just as well (maybe even better) than the other two! that's what I call value for money!
Owned one for around 2 years was a great bike , it did just about everything i asked of it ,went off road, toured , and went back and forward to work on it and it just never failed , with a few cheeky mods made 68hp , and that made the bike quick , the only thing i would grumble about would be the fuel tank being smallish but then again their is petrol stations every 5 mins down the road , would i buy one again ? i would say yes , would i be happy to load it up with gear a bugger off around europe for 2 weeks ? yep sure would , it will just go and go .
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about 2 years before been stolen
most things and it started first time every time
do with a bigger tank for touring , then again theirs petrol stations every 5 mins
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cheap and be turned in to a great adventure bike with little money
24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
You may well laugh, all you GS and KTM owners, but this is a great little bike, very cheap to buy and run.
Why is so underated?, overall build quality isn't great, and the standard performance isn't great, but hey I only paided £1,700 for my 2006 bike. I've spent about £200 to get it sorted for off road and touring.
This bike shows you don't have to spend a fortune to go touring. Last year I went to Andorra and back in a week, and trailed it when I got there. It averages about 75mpg/180 miles to the tank. This year I did the RBLR1000, thats a 1000 miles in 24hrs. I do have sports bikes as well but this was my first choice for any long trips.
I use mine for green laning and solo long trips and all year riding. The 500cc twin engine has been around for over 20 years so is well proven and almost unbreakable.