In 1984, Kawasaki debuted a pair of new dual-sport models that quickly proved to be major hits with the motorcycling world. The larger of the models was the KLR600, which was bumped up to 650ccs, where it remains to this day as one of Kawa’s best-selling models, and (as of 2015) the best-selling dual-sport period. The smaller of the two on/off-roaders was the KLR250, which remained in production unchanged until 2005 when it was replaced by the KLX250S.
At the heart of the KLR250 was a four-stroke, four-valve, DOHC, 249cc single that put down a claimed 28 horsepower (from ’85-’89, the ’90-’05 models made a claimed 23hp) and 16.5ft-lbs of torque. Stock suspension on the 250 only had to contend with the bike’s sub-260 pound dry weight, consisting of a UNI-TRAK monoshock in back and an “air-adjustable” hydraulic telescopic fork up front. The quarter-liter KLR was not only a hit with the public, but the model also became a favorite for various police and military operations as well thanks to its lightweight and resilient nature.
This example has been ‘stored since new and never driven,” which is why it has just 1.5 miles. The seller says it “should be in [a] private collection or museum.” Seeing as the asking price would get you a much better dual sport now if you actually wanted to ride, that statement seems fair. But is there anyeone out there who cares about a KLR250 enough to seek out an unused example? I guess we’ll find out.
Find this unused KLR for sale in Malone, New York for $4,995 here on Craigslist.