Sunday, January 31, 2010

Kawasaki KLR250 Specifications

Below are the general specifications for the Kawasaki KLR250. These specs were referenced from an owners manual of an '87 KLR250 though most should be the same for all years.

Overall Length: 2,140mm (84.25")
Overall Width: 855mm (33.66")
Overall Height: 1,210mm (47.64")
Seat Height: 855mm (33.7 in)
Wheelbase: 270mm (10.63")
Weight: 258lbs dry, 293lbs wet


Type: DOHC, single cylinder, 4 stroke, liquid cooled
Displacement: 249cc (15.2 cubic inches)
Bore/Stroke: 74mm x 58mm (2.91" x 2.28")
Compression Ratio: 11:1
Carburetor: Keihn CVK34
Ignition System: CDI
Ignition Timing: 10° BTDC @ 1,300rpm
Spark Plug: NGK DPR9EA-9, Champion RA6HC (Buy)
Lubrication System: Wet sump forced lubrication
Engine Oil: SAE 10W40 (recommended for most riding conditions), 10W50, 20W40, or 20W50
Engine Oil Capacity: 2.1 quarts
Coolant Capacity: 1.6 quarts
Power Output: 28 horsepower 1985–1989, 22 horsepower 1990–2005
Starting Method: Manual Kick Start


Type: 6 speed, constant mesh, return shift
Clutch: Multi disc wet
Final Drive: O-ring chain
Primary Reduction Ratio: 2.913 (67/23)
Final Reduction Ratio: 2.933 (44/15)
Overall Drive Ratio: 7.731 (top gear)
1st Gear Ratio: 3.000 (30/10)
2st Gear Ratio: 2.000 (30/15)
3st Gear Ratio: 1.500 (27/18)
4st Gear Ratio: 1.250 (25/20)
5st Gear Ratio: 1.050 (21/20)
6st Gear Ratio: 0.904 (19/21)

Castor: 28.5°
Trail: 117mm (4.61")
Tire Size Front: 3.00-21
Tire Size Rear: 4.60-17
Fuel Tank Capacity: 2.9 gallons

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

Front: Hydraulic disc
Rear: Manual drum

Battery: 12V
Headlight: 12V 60/55W H4 Type
Tail/Brake Light: 12V 8/27W 1157 Type
Gauges: Speedometer, Tachometer, Temperature


  1. Do you know the diference betwen the 28 HP and the 22 HP models?


  2. As far as I know the only difference that would make up such a difference would be the cam profile. I don't know exactly how much they changed but the part numbers did change a few times over the KLR's lifespan.

  3. Great info, cheers! Any idea of the measurements for the front forks?