From Kawasaki today:
World-class adventure bike
World travelers know that adventure doesn’t begin upon reaching a destination—it
begins with choosing the most interesting path.
It’s no surprise, then, that some of the most adventurous world travelers have chosen the
Kawasaki KLR650 for their excursions across the continents. With its comfortable ergonomics,
large fuel tank, optional touring accessories and off-highway capability, the KLR650 makes
searching a map for long-forgotten roads exciting.
Power for the KLR650 comes from a strong, dual overhead cam, four-valve, liquidcooled,
single cylinder, 651cc four-stroke engine. The engine provides a wide range of power
equally suitable for negotiating low-speed trails and cruising at a more brisk highway pace. An
engine crankshaft counterbalancer and electric starter provide additional rider comfort and
The frame for the KLR650 is made of round-section high-tensile steel—the same strong
yet lightweight material used to support Kawasaki’s world-class KX motocross machines. A
detachable rear subframe simplifies maintenance by providing easier access to the airbox,
carburetor and rear shock. Adjustable, long-travel suspension provides a plush ride on both
pavement and off-road.
A U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor provides access to any road open to
licensed vehicles, while a sturdy engine guard protects the engine from loose rocks and gravel.
With an optional Kawasaki tank bag and soft luggage on the large standard rear rack, KLR650
owners can tote enough gear for an extended trip to any remote location.
Features and Benefits
651cc Four-stroke Single
A compact, smooth, reliable and proven design
Special tuning to improve low- and mid-range power
Light, silent cam chain reduces engine noise
Oil-level window permits easy and accurate inspection
Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use
Allows tighter engine clearances for quieter running
Automatic fan keeps things cool in all conditions
Includes a temperature gauge
Four-valve Cylinder Head
Better breathing for more power at all rpm
Compact combustion chamber for increased compression ratio without detonation
Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
Boosts low-end torque
Double Engine Balancer
Engine runs smoothly from idle to redline for rider comfort and less fatigue on long rides
Capacitor Discharge Ignition with Electric Advance
Precisely controls timing no matter how fast the rpm changes
Fewer moving parts for long, trouble-free life
Designed to handle the engine’s unique power characteristics
The engine’s broad torque curve only requires five speeds for off-road and relaxed highway cruising
O-ring drive chain reduces maintenance and increases chain service life
Convenient location makes starting and warm-up easier
Designed to provide a good compromise between the requirements of on- and off-road riding
Air-adjustable front forks
High-mounted front fender for any adventure-touring situation
Semi-double Cradle Frame
Made of the same high-tech, round-section, high-tensile steel used in world-class KX motocross bikes
Protects engine from rocks and trail debris when the going gets tough
Detachable Rear Subframe
Simplifies maintenance by providing better access to the rear shock, airbox and carburetor
Large rear cargo rack included
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UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension
Lowers the center of gravity for better handling
Progressive rate provides a smoother, more controlled ride
Features a five-way preload shock absorber with four-way rebound damping
Front and Rear Disc Brakes
Powerful and controllable disc brakes produce quick, smooth stops
Easy and convenient starting
Lighting and USFS-Approved Spark Arrestor
Street-legal lighting with turn indicators
U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor
Large 6.1-gallon Fuel Tank
Significant capacity permits adventure touring
Mini fairing, windshield and handlebar guards enhance rider comfort
Temperature gauge, tachometer and tripmeter keeps rider informed
Rear taillight parking light
Optional extended warranty
Engine Four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single
Bore x stroke 100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression ratio 9.5:1
Carburetion Keihin CVK40
Ignition Electronic CDI
Frame Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake / trail 28° / 4.4 in.
Suspension type, front 38mm leading axle, air-adjustable fork
Suspension adjustments, front Air-adjustable preload
Suspension type, rear UNI-TRAK® single-shock system
Suspension adjustments, rear Five-way preload, four-way rebound damping
Wheel travel, front 9.1 in.
Wheel travel, rear 9.1 in.
Tire, front 90/90 x 21
Tire, rear 130/80 x 17
Brakes, front / rear Hydraulic disc / Disc
Overall length 86.8 in.
Overall width 37.0 in.
Overall height 53.0 in.
Ground clearance 9.4 in.
Seat height 35.0 in.
Dry weight 337 lbs.
Fuel capacity 6.1 gal.
Wheelbase 58.9 in.
Color Aztec Red