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Old 13 Dec 2006
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I've got a 2005 spec which I bought this year. The covers are copper/magnesium coloured and I have not seen any other colours. However, the cylinders are bare metal and black paint. Maybe they deemed it cheaper to use the same paint all over?
Yup, prob' just a cost cutting exercise! Black covers look pretty pants compared to the nice magnesium ones though! Oh well...I guess there's nothing that a nice respray won't fix... (although I probably won't have the heart to take my new bike to pieces just yet! )
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Headlight settings

My 2007 spec KLE500 low beam operates high beam and low beam independently. One globe on at a time only. A lot of other bikes have this system, so I thought that this was the way it was on my bike.

But then I had a squizz through the service manual (that I downloaded from this forum...thanks man!!), and it says that on high beam, both globes should be lit.

Before I go searching for blown fuses etc, I want to know what other guys have. Maybe mine is a different spec from the model in the service manual (although they don't suggest this (they usually specify that certain things may not apply to certain spec models)).

Any feedback from other owners would be appreciated.

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That's incorrect, if the specs are still the same. Mine operates both globes separately so that the pass light still works on high beam.
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I remember reading a hint on another forum about another bike that used to commonly burn out voltage regulators...the accepted solution was to stick a small 12 fan to the regulator [the type that is used to keep pc processors cool]. If you were to wire this fan up through the ignition switch so it runs whenever the bike is turned on [might be best to do it via a 12v relay] it should keep the regulator cool and prevent it burning out. The cheaper regulator and a cheap fan still work out a quarter of the price of a new Kawasaki replacement!
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Regulator problems

Hello Brian.

Thanks for the feedback.

I went through the faultfinding file which link i posted previously, and found that I had 2 bad joints on the signal wire that runs from the battery through the ignition and back to the sensing wire on the regulator. White towards the ignition, and brown from the ignition to the regulator. It was telling the regulator that the battery was at 11.5 volts, while it was at 14volts already. It then tried to over cook the battery, and then blew the regulator. A small file and lots of contact cleaner, and all is well again. Had a 2 day run of 11 hours and 9 hours one after the other, and no more regulator problems. I would suggest you guiys download the charging fault finding diagram, and add to the service manual. Also, I am sure the same fault will show up in all the bikes some time or later.

Hope this info helps.

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pleco, where can i find this charging fault finding diagram?
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Charging fault finding

Hello Luuk.

First, all my thanks and gratefulness to you for making the manual available. You are THE MAN!

You should find the file at this link:

http://www.electrosport.com/Images/fault_finding.pdf

Otherwise pop me a mail, and I will send it to you. I suggest printing it and adding it to the manual. It will save you a few bucks, and sort out any breakdowns like I had.

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I'm sure this fault finding procedure will be well used, thanks to all for providing. Glad you found the fault, pleco.
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Hello Luuk.

First, all my thanks and gratefulness to you for making the manual available. You are THE MAN!

You should find the file at this link:

http://www.electrosport.com/Images/fault_finding.pdf

Otherwise pop me a mail, and I will send it to you. I suggest printing it and adding it to the manual. It will save you a few bucks, and sort out any breakdowns like I had.

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thanks mate. ill sure use it
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Hello guys, I am a new member riding a 96 model kle500.
I am riding this bike for app.3 years and fully satisfied and never had a problem but last week, I tried to start the engine but it didn't work. It never happener before. I am not riding it for 3 months but it stayed more than that before and runned perfect. I don't feel that it is because of battery, but maybe due to a failure at the starter.
Doe anyone have an idea.
Also can you please e-mail me the manuel.
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he robassi, check the KLE manual thread, one of the last pages tels you where to find the manual. good luck finding the gremlin in your bike
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Hello guys, I am a new member riding a 96 model kle500.
I am riding this bike for app.3 years and fully satisfied and never had a problem but last week, I tried to start the engine but it didn't work. It never happener before. I am not riding it for 3 months but it stayed more than that before and runned perfect. I don't feel that it is because of battery, but maybe due to a failure at the starter.
Doe anyone have an idea.
Also can you please e-mail me the manuel.
Thank you.
You'll have to be more specific. What exactly happened?
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Hi rotbasi,

in general can be more causes for your starting failure - a starter problem, battery problem etc .... but I never had this kind of problem .. just another big problem.
When I pushed the start buton it was making a noise like a click. After several I got an ideea .... KLE has a lot of safety systems for starting the engine or run it like: if is not in neutral, if you have your stander down etc .... so I started to look at those ..... finaly I found that I had a bad contact .... that one who prevent engine start if you are not in neutral .... even if it was on neutral ... so I put it on first gear ... few front-back movements, returning to neutral .... and it started ... after that I opened the gearbox to take out that contact and clean it ..... now it works fine.

Maybe this helps you.
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KLE 400 spark plugs

Hello Guys.

I see this thread has gone quite quiet. It means all our KLEs are running fine!

I just finished servicing the bike for the 25000 km service. I changed the plugs back to the 8ea, as I had problems previously as discussed in this thread and changed to the 9ea.

It seems the previous set of 8ea plugs were duds, as the new set runs fine. I would like to see if I can get an improvement on the fuel figures, as I was only getting 20km/L at best. (cruising 80 to 90km/hr in 5th on open rd. I was accompanying another rider on a 125) I am sure the economy should be better than that.

Just a note, that the oil that came out there was almost like water, so it would be a bad idea to wait longer than 6000km for service intervals.

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Not quite true, mine has knackered its front tyre.

We really have to find out what the correct pressure is for the front tyre. Although my rear tyre has squared off a bit, I must be the first person in the world to wear out a front tyre before the rear and I'm guessing it has something to do with running fairly random tyre pressures throughout last year ranging from 22 to 32 psi.

Does anyone have any ideas as to what the real correct pressure is?

Also, after nearly 7,500 miles, the chain needs to be tightened a little. Not bad for riding mostly in London.
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