All-new 2022 KL Raticosa 500X has arrived in Italy. Let's take a look.

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Distributed by KL (Pelpi International) the interesting adventure 500 with Loncin engine and produced by Tibet Everest (Summit) Colove Motorcycle Co., Ltd, which is already selling well in several European countries. Features and price

Pelpi International has acquired the KL brand  , known in Italy above all for off-road motorcycles, which thus joins the already controlled Mondial , Aeon and Over brands  .

The first offer of models that will be distributed by us under the KL brand was exhibited in the KL stand at EICMA and among these were the KXE 125 motorcycles   (enduro and motard) and the 500  Artiglio  and  Raticosa : scrambler the first and adventure the second. . The latter, produced by the Chinese Tibet Everest (Summit) Colove Motorcycle Co., Ltd , is part of a commercially very important segment that is beginning to be well represented in terms of offer.

The  Raticosa 500 X  is presented in the version equipped with side bags and aluminum top box.

It is a 471 cc in-line twin   (easy to find some similarities with the Honda CB500 series engine, starting from the identical bore and stroke measurements) produced by Loncin and equipped with twin camshaft and eight valves, liquid cooling and capable of delivering the power of  48 hp  (35 kW) at 8,500 rpm and the maximum torque of  43 Nm  at 7,000 rpm. It has Bosch fuel injection, two power modes and a six-speed gearbox.

The aesthetics, as per project indications, are inspired by the   BMW R1200GS , but the dimensions are in line with the 500 class and the curb weight is declared at  178 kg  (in running order on the Italian website).

The saddle height is limited to  820 mm  and on the other hand the  suspension travel is above  average: 195 mm for the fork.

The wheels to mount tires Metzeler rays  tubeless  in sizes  110 / 70-19  and  150 / 70-17 , the fork is a  Kayaba  upside-down and adjustable mono Kayaba central rear, adjustable spring preload, is equipped with progressive articulation. The brakes,  twin-plate  300 mm front, are  Nissin  and with two-channel ABS.

There are full LED lights  , instrumentation with analog tachometer and a multifunction LCD display, the pedal controls are in  aluminum , the footpegs have a removable rubber coating and the tank is  20 liters .

The panniers have capacity for 37 liters  each and a maximum width of 910 mm,  standard  are the engine guard tubes, the hand guards, the central stand, the aluminum sump guard and two USB power sockets.

The price is  € 7,450  ex-dealer.

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