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Kawasaki Model KL 250

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kawasaki Model KL 250 on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Kawasaki Model KL 250 on display in the Cold War Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Kawasaki Model KL 250 was acquired by the U.S. Air Force to meet challenging requirements for off-road ground mobility by Air Force Special Operations personnel. Utilized by Air Force Combat Controllers, for example, it allows for rapid movements of personnel over rough terrain in order to meet mission requirements.

This motorcycle has a 28-hp, one-cylinder, dual overhead cam engine with a 250 cc displacement. While the motorcycle is close to its original commercial configuration, it has been fitted with a variety of special accessories to satisfy military requirements.

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