Exploring has never been less stressful, or so comfortable.
Whether your path takes you through urban chaos, mountain serenity or desert enchantment, the Kawasaki KLR™650 motorcycle is the platform world travelers have chosen for over 21 years. With its legendary reliability, long distance fuel efficiency, usable performance and startlingly low price tag, the Kawasaki KLR650 is simply a smart choice for todays rider.
The rugged and proven 651cc motor is the foundation of the KLR650s globetrotting prowess. An all-around performer, the single-cylinder four-stroke engine provides quick throttle response and healthy low-end grunt ideal for tight trails or dealing with traffic snarls. Equally impressive, the KLRs composure at highway speeds makes long distance travel a pleasure.
Matching the engines abilities every step of the way is the KLR650s suspension. The 41mm fork with 7.9 inches of suspension travel up front and UNI-TRAK® linkage system with 7.3 inches of wheel travel in the rear combine to make the KLR650 a fun, functional commuter during the week and an adept back road blaster on weekends.
Braking duties are handled by a dual-piston caliper gripping a 280mm petal-style disc at the front and a 240mm petal-style disc squeezed by a single-piston caliper at the rear. This suspension and brake package boosts the KLR650s on-road performance, without diminishing its versatile off-road capabilities.
Helping make the KLR650 a worthy touring companion is an expansive, saddlebag-friendly, rear luggage rack that can be fitted with a tail trunk. A large 6.1-gallon fuel tank and exemplary fuel economy mean the KLR650 can cover an amazing amount of ground between fill-ups.
That fuel range can translate into a long day in the saddle, so good wind protection is a must. This important job is handled by the frame-mounted bodywork, which includes a tall windscreen and large shrouds. Rider comfort is enhanced further by the seat design and plush urethane foam. A high-capacity 36W alternator pumps out enough juice for a high-output headlight and has the extra capacity to power the add-on electronic gadgets no touring rider can live without.
The KLR650s competent on-road performance continues once the pavement stops. A tough engine guard keeps loose rocks and gravel at bay while its U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor grants the KLR650 access to any terrain open to licensed vehicles. Add the optional Kawasaki tank and saddle bags and you have a recipe for long-distance exploration, beckoning KLR650 owners to enjoy on and off-road adventures.
Long Distance Minded 651cc Four-stroke SingleCam timing and tuning combination aid in producing a broad user-friendly powerband
Smooth bends on the one-piece exhaust pipe permit exhaust efficiency at all rpm
Light, silent cam chain contributes to a quieter engine
Double engine balancer helps engine run smoothly from idle to redline for less fatigue on long rides
New piston ring design helps prevent oil consumption
Oillevel window permits easy and accurate inspection
Four-valve Cylinder HeadCompact combustion chamber allows increased compression ratio with less detonation yet provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
Boosts low-end torque and its easy breathing means power at all rpm
Secondary air (ASV) system helps reduce harmful exhaust emissions
Liquid CoolingThin and lightweight Denso radiator fitted with a lightweight and thin cooling fan for maximum cooling efficiency, even when speeds are low
Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use
Allows tighter engine clearances for quieter running
Includes a temperature gauge
Fully Transistorized IgnitionFully transistorized ignition unit precisely controls timing no matter how fast the rpm changes
Long, trouble-free lifespan
Electric StarterEasy and convenient starting
Handlebar-mounted ChokeConvenient location makes starting and warm-up easier
Five-speed TransmissionThe engines broad torque curve means only five speeds needed for off-road sprinting and relaxed highway cruising
O-ring drive chain for reduced maintenance and long chain service life
Capable SuspensionBeefy 41mm front fork with 7.9 inches of travel is rigid and plush enough to tackle onand off-road terrain and provide all day comfort to the rider
High-mounted front fender for any adventure-touring situation
Rear UNI-TRAK® suspension features a five-way preload shock absorber with four-way rebound damping and 7.3 inches of rear suspension travel
Progressive rate provides a smooth, controlled ride
D-section swingarm contributes to the bikes excellent traction
Strong Wheels4mm spokes provide wheel stiffness, further enhancing handling performance and improving steering response
ChassisSemi-double cradle frame made of high-tech, round-section, high-tensile steel
Detachable rear subframe provides access to the rear shock, airbox and carburetor for easy maintenance
Large rear cargo rack included
Engine GuardProtects engine from rocks and trail debris when the going gets tough
Front and Rear Disc BrakesLightweight 280mm front and 240mm rear petal discs offer excellent braking
LightingDual-bulb headlamp offers great night illumination
Rear taillight, parking light and the high-mounted turn signals improve the KLR650s visibility at night or in poor visibility conditions
Large 6.1-gallon Fuel TankGenerous capacity permits serious adventure touring
Additional Comfort and Touring FeaturesBodywork includes a large fairing contributes to increased wind protection
Alternator output is 17A, with a total capacity of 36W to provide ample power for the headlight as well as add-on grip heaters and other accessories
Easy-to-read instrument panel is mounted to the frame contributing to lighter steering and includes a large-face speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meter and water temperature gauge
Urethane seat foam offers all-day comfort for long-distance riding
Optional extended warranty
SpecificationsEngine: Four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single
Bore x stroke: 100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression ratio: 9.8:1
Carburetion: Keihin CVK40
Ignition: Fully transistorized
Final drive: Chain
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail: 28 degrees / 4.4 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel: 41mm telescopic fork / 7.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travel: UNI-TRAK® single-shock system with 5-way preload and stepless rebound damping / 7.3 in.
Front tire: 90/90x21
Rear tire: 130/80x17
Front brake / rear brake: Single 280mm petal-type disc, two-piston caliper / single 240mm disc, single-piston caliper
Overall length: 90.4 in.
Overall width: 37.8 in.
Overall height: 53.1 in.
Ground clearance: 8.3 in.
Seat height: 35.0 in.
Curb weight: 432 lbs.
Fuel capacity: 6.1 gal.
Wheelbase: 58.3 in.
Color choices: Ebony, Sunbeam Red, Oriental Blue
Good Times™ Protection Plan: 12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Warranty: 12 Months
Specifications and pricing are subject to change.