Kawasaki KLR 250


Make Model

Kawasaki KLR 250


2001 - 03


Four stroke single cylinder, DOHC, 4 valve


249 cc / 15.2 cu-in
Bore x Stroke 74 х 58 mm
Cooling System Liquid cooled
Compression Ratio 11.0:1


Keihin CVK34 carburetor


Spark Plug NGK DP9EA-9 or ND X27EP-U9
Starting Kick

Max Power

30 hp / 22.3 kW @ 8500 rpm

Max Power Rear Tyre

23.5 hp / 17.5 Kw @ 8200 rpm

Max Torque

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


6 Speed 
Final Drive Chain
Gear Ratio 1st 2.000:1  2nd 2.000:1 3rd 1.500:1 4th 1.250:1 5th 1.050:1 6th 0.904:1

Front Suspension

Air-adjustable leading-axle fork
Front Wheel Travel 231 mm / 9.1 in

Rear Suspension

Uni-Trak single shock with adjustable preload and 4-way rebound damping
Rear Wheel Travel 231 mm / 9.1 in

Front Brakes

Single 250mm disc  2 piston caliper

Rear Brakes


Front Tyre

3.00 -21

Rear Tyre

4.60 -17
Rake  28.5° 
Trail 117 mm // 4.6 in
Wheelbase 1415mm / 55.71 in
Seat Height 856mm / 33.7 in

Dry Weight

117 kg / 258 lbs

Fuel Capacity 

11 Litres / 2.9 US gal
Related Link Kawasaki KLR 250

An experienced off-road motorcyclist knows the advantages of a good dual-purpose motorcycle: the lightweight chassis makes it easy to ride, the upright seating position is comfortable and perfect for scanning the horizon, and it's inexpensive to own and operate. Best of all, a dual-purpose bike gives the rider the ability to simply ride from the garage to explore quiet dirt roads and out-of-the-way places, which is why the Kawasaki KLR250 is so much fun.

The KLR250 is powered by a four-stroke, single-cylinder liquid-cooled engine with dual overhead cams operating four valves for superior performance. Double engine counterbalancers keep the powerplant running smooth from idle to redline, and an automatic cam chain tensioner helps maintain more precise cam timing without maintenance.

The frame for the KLR250 is made of the same high-tech, high-tensile steel used in Kawasaki's world-class KX motocross machines. A detachable, lightweight aluminum rear subframe simplifies maintenance by providing access to the airbox, carburetor and rear shock.

The KLR250 features an air adjustable front fork and Kawasaki's UNI-TRAK® rear suspension, providing more than nine inches of travel at both ends to smooth the ride. The latter features adjustable spring preload and rebound damping. Helping to maintain good traction on pavement or dirt roads, the KLR250's wheels are shod with universal tires, while a single front disc brake and rear drum brake help to ensure smooth, powerful stops.

Features & Benefits

249cc Four-stroke Single Cylinder Engine

- Silent cam chain runs quietly and reliably, while automatic cam chain tensioner maintains more precise cam timing without maintenance

- Oil-level window provided for easy and accurate inspection

- Six-speed transmission

Liquid Cooling

- Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use

- Allows tighter engine clearances for quieter running and more power

- Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic

- Includes a temperature gauge

Four Valve Cylinder Head

- Boosts low-end torque and provides better breathing for more power at high rpm

- Compact combustion chamber for increased compression ratio without detonation on today's gasolines

- Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow

Double Engine Balancers

- Engine runs smoothly from idle to redline for rider comfort and less fatigue

Kawasaki Automatic Compression Release (KACR)

- KACR helps to ensure quick, easy starts

Capacitor Discharge Ignition with Electronic Advance

- Precisely controls timing no matter how fast the rpm changes

- Fewer moving parts for long, trouble-free life

Semi-flat Slide CVK Carburetor

- Precisely meters fuel for good fuel economy

- Provides quick throttle response

- Handlebar-mounted choke makes starting and warm-up easier

Long-travel Suspension

- Designed to provide a smooth ride on and off the road

Universal Tires

- Provide good traction on and off the road

Semi-double Cradle Frame

- Made with same high-tech, round-section high-tensile steel as the world-class KX motocross bikes

Aluminum Skid Plate

- Protects engine against rocks and trail debris when the going gets tough

Detachable Aluminum Rear Subframe

- Helps keep weight to a minimum and simplifies maintenance by providing better access to the rear shock, airbox and carburetor

Bottom-link UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension

- Lowers the center of gravity for better handling

- Progressive rate provides a smoother, more controlled ride

- Features adjustable preload shock absorber with four-way rebound damping

Lighting and USFS-Approved Spark Arrestor

- Street-legal lighting with turn signals

- U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor

Theft Deterrent

- Ignition switch incorporates steering lock

Rear Fender Tool Pouch

- Extra space for riding accessories