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Kawasaki KLR650: Efficient Dual Sport Bike

Kawasaki KLR650: Efficient Dual Sport Bike

If we consider dual-purpose motorbikes, the Kawasaki KLR650 should never be ignored. Kawasaki KLR650 is an ideal dual-purpose motorcycle that provides the best traveling experience both on and off-road. With comfortable ergonomics, and a rider triangle, the Kawasaki KLR650 allows you to explore multiple destinations without taking a break. You can take this bike to most places as the Kawasaki KLR650 is specifically built to empower riders with the passion to explore.

1. Kawasaki KLR650‘s Details

Maker Kawasaki
Model Kawasaki KLR650
Year Model    2024
Introduced in  1987
Motorcycle Type        Dual-Purpose Adventure Bike
Production Status      Available
Base Price     2024 KLR 650:
MSRP NON-ABS: $6,899 / MSRP ABS: $7,199wea
2024 Kawasaki KLR 650 S:
MSRP NON-ABS: $6,899 / MSRP ABS: $7,199
2024 KLR 650 Adventure ABS: MSRP $8,199
2023 KLR 650 Traveler ABS: MSRP ABS: $7,599

2. Kawasaki KLR650 Background

Kawasaki KLR650 was first introduced in 1987 and was previously used by the U.S. Military and Marines as well. Until 2008, the older version of the Kawasaki KLR650 was not upgraded. The Kawasaki KLR650 dual sport bike has 3 generations. One model remained in the limelight from 1987 to 2007 without any modification but the revised and transformed model appeared in 2008.

2.1 Engine and Performance

Displacement 652 cc
Engine Type Four -Stroke, Single-Cylinder, DOHC
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Horsepower 36.5 hp (27.2 kW) @ 6,100 rpm
Torque 35.2 lb⋅ft (47.7 N⋅m) @ 4,600 rpm
Stroke 83.0 mm
Bore 100 mm
Starting Mechanism Electric Start
Fuel Delivery System DFI® with 40 mm Throttle Body
Ignition Capacitor Discharge Ignition

2.2 DriveTrain

Transmission Five-Speed, Return Shift 
Clutch Wet Multi-Disc Manual Clutch
Final Drive Sealed Chain

2.3 Suspension and Chassis

Frame Tubular, Semi-Double Cradle
Front Suspension/Wheel Travel 41 mm Telescopic Fork/7.9 in
Rear Suspension/ Wheel Travel Uni-Trak® Single Shock with Adjustable Rebound Damping and Adjustable Spring Preload/8.0 in

2.4 Braking

ABS Both Standard ABS and Non-ABS Versions are Available
Front Brake Single 300 mm Disc with Two-Piston Calipers (and ABS)
Rear Brake Single 240 mm Disc with a Single-Piston Caliper (and ABS)

2.5 Wheels and Tires

Tires Front Tire: 90/90-21
Rear Tire: 130/80-17
Front Suspension / Wheel Travel 41mm telescopic fork/ 7.9 in
Rear Suspension / Wheel Travel Uni-Trak® single shock with adjustable rebound damping and adjustable spring preload/8.0 in

2.6 Dimensions

Overall Height 57.7/56.3 in (screen hi/lo)
Overall Width 38.2 in
Overall Length 89.8 in
Seat Height 34.3 in
Curb Weight 460.6 lbs (ABS), 456.2 lbs (non-ABS)
Color Choices Pearl Crystal White/Metallic Carbon Gray, Firecracker Red/Metallic Carbon Gray
Rake/Trail 30.0°/4.8 in
Ground Clearance 8.3 in
Wheelbase 60.6 in
Fuel Tank Capacity 6.1 gal
Fuel Consumption 5.9L/100km
Warranty 12-Month Limited Warranty

3. Design and Look

Design and Look
Photo Credit: @kawasaki

If your ride companion is aesthetically perfect then the pleasure of the ride also increases. Special colors inspired by adventures and graphics make the Kawasaki KLR650 more appealing. The Latest Kawasaki KLR650 model is highly robust and stylish with numerous built-in stunning features such as taillight, black coated rims, turn signals, and many more. While exploring nature on your long-haul ride, the entire digital multi-function instrumentation keeps the rider updated to take riding action accordingly. The bright LED headlight also provides a clear view of the rear ahead during travel.

4. Engine

The engine power of the Kawasaki KLR650 is quite impressive. The Kawasaki KLR650 ensures a pleasant riding experience by utilizing the 652 cc single-cylinder engine. The power of 36.5 hp and 35.2 lb-ft torque also provides additional benefits in exceptional rides.

If you are planning to cover long miles and go on a cross-country ride, then the generous 6.1-gallon fuel tank capacity will surely assist you. The engine ensures combustion efficiency due to the presence of a 10-hole fine-atomizing injector that sprays the 60-micron droplets for better mixing of air with fuel. Better combustion ultimately leads to better fuel mileage.

5. Suspension, Chassis, and Brakes

The installation of long travel suspension makes this bike perform well on multiple terrains. If your journey involves traversing tough terrain,  the Kawasaki KLR650 will allow you to confidently take the ride and cherish the best experience. The chassis of the Kawasaki KLR650 is extremely durable. In case of any emergency, you can stop the bike without any risk of falling as front and rear disc brakes are ideally integrated into the bike to provide superior braking power.

6. Handling

Whether you are traveling on a smooth road or rough terrain, the Kawasaki KLR 650 can provide better handling and stability due to various top features such as a long swingarm, adjustable Uni-Trak® rear suspension system, and ideally optimized suspension settings. If you use this motorbike to maneuver on a surface having reduced traction, the anti-lock braking (ABS) system works well for additional road safety.

7. Ergonomics

Kawasaki KLR650 undoubtedly provides a convenient and secure long-haul riding experience.  Handlebars mounted on the rubber provide the best regulation of this dual-purpose bike. The footpegs, supple seat cover, and tapered seat shape along with the rubber dampers beneath the seat are also perfectly designed to offer continuous relief and the best shock absorption during the whole journey. To prevent the adversities of extreme wind, two tall adjustable windscreens are also present at the front. Reduced engine vibrations are also another significant factor of the Kawasaki KLR650.

There is also an additional benefit of carrying luggage on the Kawasaki KLR650 during the long tours. Large rear luggage rack and aluminum top and side cases allow you to carry all the essentials you might need during your trip. Optional USB sockets and DC sockets are also available on the bike.

8. Kawasaki KLR650 Pros

  • Large Fuel Tank Capacity
  • Convenient Upright Riding Position
  • Comfortable Seat for a Relaxed Journey
  • Protection from dust and debris with Adjustable Windscreen
  • Rugged Appearance
  • Admirable Graphics and Color Schemes
  • Rubber-mounted handlebars and FootPegs
  • Strong Braking Power

9. Kawasaki KLR650 Cons

  • Less Modified Steering Control
  • Wind Noise over the Windscreen
  • Basic LCD Instrumentation

10. FAQS

10.1 Is the Kawasaki KLR650 Reliable for Long Journeys?

Yes, the Kawasaki KLR650 is a highly reliable adventure motorcycle and provides enhanced protection with numerous integrated smart features.

10.2 Does the Kawasaki KLR650 have a Two-Stroke Engine?

No, the Kawasaki KLR650 is powered by a 652 cc four-stroke single-cylinder fuel-injected engine.

11. Conclusion

The Kawasaki KLR650 is one of the finest dual-sport motorbikes that provides the ideal on- and off-roading experience to riders. Its 652 cc engine along with the impressive torque of 35.2 lb-ft and 36.5 hp horsepower provides the ideal fuel consumption and mileage. The presence of numerous advanced features also provides additional benefits so you can enjoy your ride with the easier use of smart integrated features. To Improve your adventure motorcycle look you get aftermarket motorcycle luggage including side cases, luggage bags, tank bags, tail bags, and backpacks.

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