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Kawasaki KLR250


Military Motorcycle


Japan | 1984



"The Kawasaki KLR250 series motorcycle formed a quick-reaction force for elements of U.S. Special Forces and Marine Corps."



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The motorcycle has provided land forces with a special means of traversing varied terrain in short order. Such vehicles have been used in the fast reconnaissance, message delivery, fast attack, and light cargo hauling roles since the motorcycle proved itself a viable instrument in the fighting of World War 1 (1914-1918). Various special forces services worldwide make use of motorcycles today and these products are often based on civilian marks though modified to meet the rigors of military service. The Kawasaki KLR 250-D8 series is a motorcycle of note - having been used by American special forces as well as the USAF and USMC - and has proven itself a robust battlefield performer.

The motorcycle weighed in at nearly 260 lb but maintains a lightweight classification. It sported a conventional two-wheeled motorcycle arrangement, sprung wheel units, and headlamp at front. The rear sides could hold hard cases for transporting sensitive cargo. Overall length is seven feet and range is out to 210 miles on paved roads. Power was served through a Kawasaki 4-stroke, single-cylinder engine developing up to 28 horsepower. Militarized civilian motorcycles generally saw various modifications enacted including noise and heat signature reductions, improved suspension systems, low light service headlamps, and reinforced structures.

The initial KLR 250 model debuted in 1984 and was succeeded by the KLR 250-D8 in 1991. The KLR 250 series itself has been replaced by the Kawasaki KLR 650 models - marked as M1030 B1 in the U.S. military inventory.

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Power & Performance
Those special qualities that separate one land system design from another. Performance specifications presented assume optimal operating conditions for the Kawasaki KLR250 Military Motorcycle.
1 x Kawasaki 4-stroke, single-cylinder engine developing 23 to 28 horsepower.
Installed Power
81 mph
130 kph
Road Speed
62 miles
100 km
Range
Structure
The physical qualities of the Kawasaki KLR250 Military Motorcycle.
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(MANNED)
Crew
7.0 ft
2.14 meters
O/A Length
3.0 ft
0.9 meters
O/A Width
4.3 ft
1.3 meters
O/A Height
364 lb
165 kg | 0.0 tons
Weight
Armament & Ammunition
Available supported armament, ammunition, and special-mission equipment featured in the design of the Kawasaki KLR250 Military Motorcycle.
None save for any personal weapons carried by the operator.
AMMUNITION:
None.
SPECIAL EQUIPMENT:
Nightvision - NONE.
Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear Protection (CBRN) - NONE.
Variants
Notable series variants as part of the Kawasaki KLR250 family line.
KLR250 - Base Series Designation; model of 1984
KLR 250-D8 - Improved military model of 1991
Operators
Global customers who have evaluated and/or operated the Kawasaki KLR250. Nations are displayed by flag, each linked to their respective national land systems listing.

Total Production: 4,200 Units

Contractor(s): Kawasaki Heavy Industries - Japan
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Design Qualities
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Recognition
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