Kawasaki KL 250 Super Sherpa


Make Model

Kawasaki KL 250 Super Sherpa


1999 - 02


Four stroke, single cylinder, DOHC, 4 valves


249 cc / 15.2 cu-in
Bore x Stroke

71 x 34.2 mm

Cooling System Air cooled
Compression Ratio 9.3:1


Mikuni BST34 carburetor


Digital CDI 
Starting Elctric

Max Power

30 hp  / 22.3 kW @ 8500 rpm  ( rear tyre 23.5 hp @ 8200 rpm )

Max Torque

2.6 kgf-m / 18.8 lb-ft @ 7500 rpm

Transmission  /  Drive

6 Speed 
Final Drive Chain

Front Suspension

36mm Telescopic forks,
Front Wheel Travel 230 mm / 9.1 in

Rear Suspension

Uni- track/truck and swing arm
Rear Wheel Travel 185 mm / 7.3 in

Front Brakes

Single 250mm disc 2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes

Single 200mm disc  1 piston caliper

Front Tyre


Rear Tyre


Seat Height 828 mm / 32.6 in
Ground Clearance 270 mm / 10.6 in

Dry Weight

111 kg / 244.7  lbs

Wet Weight

128 kg / 282.1 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

9 Litres / 2.3 US gal

The fact that the small dual-purpose Kawi can be bought for half the money that Harley owners pay for accessories doesn’t mean that the bike misses modern goodies such as electric starting and multi-function digital instrumentation while the fit and finish is excellent, like on any Kawasaki motorcycle.

But let’s not drift away from the main subject here, which is the 249cc, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single powering the Sherpa. This is built to deliver good low and midrange torque, immediate throttle response while being highly economic. The fact that it does that while the bike travels both on and off the road is Sherpa’s greatest quality. The quarter-liter motor is fueled by a 34mm Mikuni BST carburetor, features CDI ignition and vibrations should be almost undetectable due to the presence of a gear-driven balancer.

The 63 mpg that Kawi claims the Sherpa is capable of are, if it is to go on the manufacturer’s hand here, definitely achieved by the presence of a sixth gear. This enhances the bike’s ability to commute cheaply and the maximum speed that it achieves as well – 80 mph.

The Sherpa comes with decently sized multi-spoke wheels (21 inches front and 18 inches rear), but there’s plenty more behind those units. A 36mm telescopic fork offers 9.1 inches of front wheel travel while at the back, the Uni-Trak single shock is preload/rebound adjustable and capable of 7.3 inches of wheel travel so there’s no doubt that it will deal with tough riding situations properly.

There’s a skidplate protecting the air cooled motor, but at a ground clearance of 10.6 inches there aren’t many chances for the small thumper to suffer from hits. The seat is 32.7 inches high. Also taking in consideration the fact that the Kawasaki Super Sherpa has a total weight of 282.1 lbs (with all the fluids included), it makes for great representative of the starting level of the dual-sport class.