Kawasaki KLR 650

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Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition (KL650-EES) 2014

The Kawasaki KLR 650 appeared in 1987 as the successor to the KLR600, and was a typical Dual Sport bike that was great for long-distance riding on rough terrain and on roads of any quality. This model had the factory designation - KL650-A '.

In 1989, the KLR650 line expanded, offering the market a new modification - the Kawasaki KLR650 Tengai . Factory designation - KL650-B. The motorcycle has received the features of the Dakar rally prototypes with a characteristic front plastic fairing and a low front fender. Among the technical differences, one should highlight the suspension settings (less travel, changed characteristics) and ergonomics (it became smaller, shorter and lower, reduced seat height), dry weight increased by 6 kg, and the front brake became 2-piston (instead of single-piston in KL650- A). The design of this modification was specially developed in Italy. Production period: 1989-1991.

In 1995, Kawasaki offered another modification of the KLR650, which had the factory code “KL650-C” ”. This model has received the features of classic soft-enduro - off-road motorcycles designed for cross-country riding over short distances. The capacity of the fuel tank was reduced from 23 to 14 liters, the characteristics of the suspensions, geometry and ergonomics were changed. Unlike the KL650-A, the KL650-C was equipped with a 2-piston front caliper and had a rather impressive dry weight of 168 kg. This modification lasted until 2004 inclusive.

By 2008, Kawasaki offers a new generation of KLR650, which is intended to replace the obsolete KL650-A. The new modification received the factory code - KL650-E . The model received a new appearance, new suspensions (the fork became thicker 38 → 41 mm), brakes (the disc diameters were increased, the rear caliper became 2-piston), a 22-liter fuel tank, new engine settings (the compression ratio was increased from 9.5 → 9.8), new, fully transistorized ignition and more powerful generator. This generation existed until 2018.

2018 was the last year of production for the Kawasaki KLR 650, after which it finally left the market. In the last years of production, the model could not be sold in the European market due to environmental regulations (the motorcycle still had a carburetor power system) and the lack of ABS.

The lineup of the Kawasaki KLR series:

Main competitors in the class:



Specifications Kawasaki KLR650 (KL650-A, KL650-B, KL650-C, KL650-E):

ModelKawasaki KLR650
Motorcycle typeenduro / dual sport
Release year1987-2018
Framesteel half-duplex
Engine type1-cylinder, 4-stroke
Working volume651 cm³
Bore / Stroke100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression ratio9.5: 1 - KL650A-C

9.8: 1 - KL650-E

Number of valves per cylinderDOHC, 4 valves
Fuel supply systemCarburetor, 1x Keihin CVK40
Ignition typeCDI - KL650A-C

Fully Transistor - KL650-E

Maximum power48.0 h.p. (35.3 kW) at 6500 rpm - max. power of full-strength versions
Maximum torque54.9 Nm (5.6 kg * m) at 5500 rpm - max. moment of full-blown versions
Drive typechain
Front tire size90 / 90-21 54S
Rear tire size130 / 80-17 65S - KL650-A, B, E

120 / 90-17 64S - KL650-C

Front brakes1 disc, 1-piston caliper - KL650-A

1 disc, 2-piston caliper - KL650-B, C

Single disc, 280 mm, 2-piston caliper - KL650-E

Rear brakes1 disc, 1-piston caliper - KL650-A, B, C

Single disc, 240 mm, 2-piston caliper - KL650-E

Front suspension38mm Telescopic Fork (Air Pump), 230mm Travel - KL650-A

38 mm telescopic fork (with air pump), stroke - 220 mm - KL650-B

41mm Telescopic Fork, 200mm Travel - KL650-E

Rear suspensionPendulum progressive Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable preload and rebound damping), stroke - 230 mm - KL650-A

Pendulum progressive Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable preload and rebound damping), stroke - 200 mm - KL650-B Pendulum progressive Uni-Trak with monoshock (adjustable preload and rebound damping), stroke - 185 mm - KL650-E

Motorcycle length2290 mm - KL650-A

2175 mm - KL650-B

2190 mm - KL650-C

2295 mm - KL650-E

Motorcycle width940 mm - KL650-A

920 mm - KL650-B

905 mm - KL650-C

960 mm - KL650-E

Motorcycle height1345 mm - KL650-A

1300 mm - KL650-B

1220 mm - KL650-C

1350 mm - KL650-E

Wheelbase1495 mm - KL650-A

1480 mm - KL650-B, E

1490 mm - KL650-C

Saddle height890 mm - KL650-A, C, E

870 mm - KL650-B

Minimum ground clearance240 mm - KL650-A

210 mm - KL650-B, E

215 mm - KL650-C

Acceleration to 100 km / h5.88 sec
Maximum speed158 km / h
Fuel tank capacity23.0 L - KL650-A, B

14.0 L - KL650-C

22.0 L - KL650-E

Motorcycle weight (dry)153 kg - KL650-A

159 kg - KL650-B

168 kg - KL650-C

175 kg - KL650-E

Kawasaki Off-Road Motorcycles

85-150 см³KX85 · KX125 · D-Tracker 125 · D-Tracker 150
200-250 см³D-Tracker 250 · KDX250 · Super Sherpa · KLR250 · KLX250 · KX250 · KX250F
300-350 см³KLX300
400-500 см³KLX450 · KX450F · KX500
600-750 см³KLR650