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2013 Kawasaki KLR650
2013 Kawasaki KLR650

2013 Kawasaki KLR650
2013 Kawasaki KLR650

2013 Kawasaki KLR650 Review

2013 Kawasaki KLR650

Top-Selling Dual-Sport has all the Credentials

For the better part of the last decade, the KLR™650 has sat atop the industry sales charts in the dual-sport category, and for many very good reasons. Designed to be the adventurer’s tool of choice, this rugged motorcycle delivers fuel efficiency, cargo-carrying capabilities, effective wind protection and unbelievable value, so that adventurous riders need only pick their course and hit the road, or dirt, as the case may be.

A single-cylinder, 651cc four-stroke engine propels this globe-trotting explorer. Its healthy low-end grunt and easy to modulate throttle provide the perfect power profile to maximize traction, carve through trails or deal with rush-hour traffic jams.

Matching the engine’s abilities every step of the way is the KLR650’s suspension. A 41mm fork with 7.9 inches of suspension travel up front, and a Uni-Trak® linkage system providing 7.3 inches of wheel travel in the rear combine to make the KLR650 a fun, functional commuter during the week and an adept backroad blaster on weekends.

Braking duties are handled by a dual-piston caliper gripping a 280mm petal-style disc in the front, and a 240mm petal-style disc squeezed by a single-piston caliper in the rear. This suspension and brake package boosts the KLR650’s on-road performance without diminishing its versatile off-road capabilities.

An expansive, saddlebag-friendly, rear luggage rack that can be fitted with a tail bag helps to make the KLR650 a worthy touring companion. A large, 5.8-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 36-watt alternator pumps out enough juice for a high-output headlight and has the extra capacity to power the add-on electronic gadgets that no touring rider can live without.

The KLR650’s 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, tail and saddlebags, and you have a recipe for long-distance exploration, beckoning KLR650 owners to enjoy on- and off-road adventures.

2013 Kawasaki KLR650 Key Features

• Ultimate on and off-road motorcycle is the best-selling dual-sport seven years in a row
• Durable 651cc single-cylinder engine produces smooth, user-friendly power
• Comfortable wind protection and 6.1-gallon fuel tank allows for long-range adventure touring
• Aluminum rear cargo rack provides plenty of space for luggage
• 41mm telescopic fork supplies all-day rider comfort
• Adjustable Uni-Trak® rear suspension offers a smooth, controlled ride
• Twin-piston front disc brake and single-piston rear disc brake furnish excellent stopping power


2013 Kawasaki KLR650 Features and Benefits

Long-distance-minded 651cc Four-stroke Single

• Cam 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
• Advanced piston ring design helps minimize oil consumption
• Oil-level window permits easy and accurate inspection

Four-valve Cylinder Head

• Compact combustion chamber allows increased compression ratio with less detonation yet provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
• Boosts low-end torque with sufficient power at all rpm
• Secondary air (ASV) system helps reduce harmful exhaust emissions

Liquid Cooling

• Thin and lightweight Denso radiator fitted with a lightweight and thin cooling fan for maximum cooling efficiency, even at low speeds
• 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 Ignition

• Fully transistorized ignition unit more precisely controls timing no matter how fast the rpm changes
• Long, trouble-free lifespan

Electric Starter

• Easy and convenient starting

Handlebar-mounted Choke

• Convenient location makes starting and warm-up easier

Five-speed Transmission

• The engine’s broad torque curve means only five speeds are needed for off-road sprinting and relaxed highway cruising
• O-ring drive chain for reduced maintenance and long chain service life

Capable Suspension

• Beefy, 41mm front fork with 7.9 inches of travel is rigid and plush enough to tackle on
• and 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 wheel travel
• Progressive rate provides a smooth, controlled ride
• D-section swingarm contributes to the bike’s excellent traction

Strong Wheels

• 4mm spokes provide wheel stiffness, further enhancing handling performance and improving steering response


• Semi-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 Guard • Protects engine from rocks and trail debris when the going gets tough

Front and Rear Disc Brakes

• Lightweight 280mm front and 240mm rear petal-style discs offer excellent braking

Lighting • Dual-bulb headlamp offers great night illumination
• Tail light, parking light and the high-mounted turn signals improve the KLR650’s visibility at night or in poor visibility conditions

Large 6.1-gallon Fuel Tank

• Generous capacity permits serious adventure touring

Additional Comfort and Touring Features

• Bodywork includes a large fairing for great wind protection
• Alternator output is 17 amps, with a total capacity of 36 watts 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 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




2013 Kawasaki KLR650 – USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $6,499 USD

Engine Four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single

Displacement 651cc

Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 83.0mm

Compression ratio 9.8:1

Cooling System Liquid

Carburetion Keihin CVK40

Ignition Electric CDI

Transmission Five-speed

Final drive Chain

Frame Type 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 Size 90/90×21

Rear Tire Size 130/80×17

Front brakes / rear brakes 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, Pearl Solar Yellow, Candy Lime Green/Ebony

Good Times™ Protection Plan 12, 24, 36 or 48 months

Warranty 12 Months



2013 Kawasaki KLR650 – Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $TBA CDN

Type 4-stroke, Single
Displacement 651cc
Bore and Stroke 100.0 x 83.0 mm
Cooling Liquid
Compression Ratio 9.8:1
Valve System DOHC, 4 valves
Fuel System Keihin CVK40 carburetor
Ignition Digital CDI
Starting Electric
Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump)


Transmission 5-speed, constant mesh, return shift
Final Drive Sealed Chain
Primary Reduction Ratio 2.272 (75/33)
Gear Ratio: 1st 2.267 (34/15)
Gear Ratio: 2nd 1.444 (26/18)
Gear Ratio: 3rd 1.136 (25/22)
Gear Ratio: 4th 0.955 (21/22)
Gear Ratio: 5th 0.792 (19/24)
Final Reduction Ratio 2.867 (43/15)
Clutch Wet multi-disc, cable operation


Type Tubular semi-double cradle, high tensile steel
Wheel Travel: Front 200 mm (7.9 in.)
Tire: Front 90/90-21
Wheel Travel: Rear 185 mm (7.3 in.)
Tire: Rear 130/80-17
Caster (Rake) 28.0°
Trail 112 mm (4.4 in.)


Suspension, Front 41 mm telescopic fork
Suspension, Rear Uni-Trak single-shock system with 5-way preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment


Front: Type Single 280 mm petal disc
Front: Caliper 2-piston caliper
Rear: Type Single 240 mm disc
Rear: Caliper 2-piston caliper


Overall Length 2,295 mm (90.4 in.)
Overall Width 960 mm (37.8 in.)
Overall Height 1,350 mm (53.1 in.)
Wheelbase 1,480 mm (58.3 in.)
Ground Clearance 210 mm (8.3 in.)
Seat Height 890 mm (35.0 in.)
Curb Mass** 196 kg (432.1 lbs.)
Fuel Capacity 22 litres (4.8 gal.)
** Includes all necessary materials and fluids to operate correctly, full tank of fuel (more than 90% of capacity) and tool kit (if supplied)


Maximum Power‡ 15 kW {20.4 PS} @ 4,500 rpm
Maximum Torque‡ 40 N·m {4.1 kgƒ·m} @ 3,000 rpm
‡ Power / Torque figures measured at the crankshaft.


Warranty 12 months warranty


Good Times Protection Plan 24 or 36 months (Kawasaki GTPP coverage begins after the standard limited warranty expires)


Candy Lime Green / Ebony KL650EDF TBA
Pearl Solar Yellow / Ebony KL650EDF TBA

2013 Kawasaki KLR650 – United Kingdom Specifications/Technical Details
UK MSRP Price: £TBA (Prices are recommended and inclusive of VAT @ 20% and delivery)

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2013 Kawasaki KLR650 – Australia Specifications/Technical Details
Australia MSRP Price: TBA AU

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