Kawasaki KLR650

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Kawasaki KLR650
KLR650s.JPG
ManufacturerKawasaki
Productionsince 1987
Engine651 cc single-cylinder, water-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Compression ratio9.5 : 1
Power37 bhp (28 kW)
SuspensionTelescoping fork, Uni-Trak swingarm
DimensionsL 2,165 mm (85.2 in)
Weight176 kg (388 lb) (dry)
182 kg (401 lb) (wet)
Fuel capacity6.1 US gal (23 l; 5.1 imp gal)
Oil capacity2.6 U.S. quarts (2.5 L)
 
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Kawasaki KLR650
KLR650s.JPG
ManufacturerKawasaki
Productionsince 1987
Engine651 cc single-cylinder, water-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valves
Compression ratio9.5 : 1
Power37 bhp (28 kW)
SuspensionTelescoping fork, Uni-Trak swingarm
DimensionsL 2,165 mm (85.2 in)
Weight176 kg (388 lb) (dry)
182 kg (401 lb) (wet)
Fuel capacity6.1 US gal (23 l; 5.1 imp gal)
Oil capacity2.6 U.S. quarts (2.5 L)

The Kawasaki KLR650 is a dual-sport motorcycle intended for use on both paved and unpaved roads. It has been a long-standing model in Kawasaki's lineup, having been introduced in 1987 and remaining almost unchanged through the 2007 model. The 2008 model was the first significant redesign of the KLR650 since its inception. It has a 650 cc four-stroke, DOHC, dual-counterbalanced, single-cylinder, water-cooled engine.

The KLR is widely used as an inexpensive adventure/touring bike. The addition of luggage and personalized modifications (GPS, heated handgrips, larger windscreens) make it more functional on long trips. Bikes have been used for long distance and intercontinental trips, as well as full global circumnavigation rides e.g., by Dr. Gregory Frazier in 2001 and 2002.[1]

Models[edit]

US Marine Corps KLR650 preparing to load onto a helicopter, 2003.

Specifications (1987-2007 KLR650-A)[edit]

1998 KLR650 in its environment (the luggage is not standard)
1995 KLR650
Specifications for 1987-2007 U.S. Model
Engine TypeSingle-cylinder, water-cooled, four-stroke, DOHC, 4 valves
CarburetionKeihin CVK-40 constant velocity carburetor
Displacement651 cc
Bore × Stroke100 mm × 83 mm (3.9 in × 3.3 in)
Compression Ratio9.5 : 1
Fuel Capacity6.1 US gallons (23 l; 5.1 imp gal) / 5.6 US gallons (21 l; 4.7 imp gal) usable
Oil Capacity2.64 US quarts (2,500 ml)
Charging System Output238 W @ 14 V
Seat Height35.0 in (889 mm)
Dry Weight337 lb (153 kg) claimed, 402 lb (182 kg) wet weight actual
GVWR738 lb (335 kg)
TiresFront: 90/90-21 Rear: 130/90-17
BrakesFront: 1 disc, dual piston caliper; Rear: 1 disc, single piston caliper.
Final drive520×106 links O-Ring Chain

2008 redesign[edit]

In 2008 the KLR650 was radically redesigned with new aesthetics, modern dual headlights and a more powerful engine. The new 651 cc single-cylinder engine puts out 37 bhp (28 kW) at 6200 rpm and 33.4 ft·lbf (45.3 N·m) of torque at 4950 rpm. other improvements include: New fairing design, new instrument panel, redesigned handlebar control switches, new bar-end weights, revised powerband, revised suspension has reduced travel but with less static sag, new rear swingarm, new turn signals, larger petal-style vented brake rotors, new twin-piston rear brake caliper, increased radiator capacity, fork diameter increased from 38 to 41 mm (1.5 to 1.6 in), new headlight similar to that used on the Kawasaki Ninja 650R, larger luggage rack, firmer seat, larger-diameter wheel spokes. Stator "alternator" upgraded to 17amp output, providing an additional 36 watt capacity.

Criticism of the new design include its wide use of "sportbike plastics" for the new body panels which are prone to cracking and damage in the event of a tip-over, especially true for this genre of dual-sport motorcycles. First and second year models have been recalled due to the wiring harness rubbing on sharp frame edges which have caused electrical shorts and documented fires.

Changes over the years[edit]

Aside from the colors, not much changed between the 1987 introduction and the 2008 revisions. The key differences are:

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