A DUAL-PURPOSE LIKE NO OTHER.
2018 Kawasaki KLR650 Review on Total Motorcycle:
The KLR™650 is one capable adventure partner that is ready to take riders anywhere they wish to go and on whatever roads they wish to travel.
THE RUGGED AND TOUGH KAWASAKI KLR™650 MOTORCYCLE IS BUILT FOR ADVENTURE. RIDERS WILL BENEFIT FROM THE KLR650 MOTORCYCLE’S PHENOMENAL FUEL RANGE AND DUAL-PURPOSE CAPABILITIES ON PAVEMENT OR OFF-ROAD.
•Torquey and durable 651cc four-stroke single-cylinder engine
•Long-travel 41mm telescopic fork
•Adjustable Uni-Trak® rear suspension
•6.1-gallon fuel tank for long-range adventure touring
•Large windscreen helps reduce wind buffeting
•Sturdy rear cargo rack
The KLR650 is a touring-hungry dual-purpose bike like no other. Whether crossing the city or crossing the continent, on paved roads or on dirt, the KLR650 is a do-it-all bike that loves to travel long distances.
Be it for the morning commute, the weekend mountain ride with friends or the multi-continent adventure, the 2018 Kawasaki KLR™650 continues to be one of the most versatile adventure motorcycles. Comfortable for long or short trips, and with great fuel economy, the KLR650 is simply a fun and functional motorcycle. With its long-travel suspension, 650cc engine and relaxed seating position, the KLR650 has you covered for the times when you need both on and off-road capabilities.
The dependable KLR650 motorcycle is returning for 2018 with new color schemes and graphics. The standard model is now being offered in Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray and Pearl Solar Yellow/Metallic Spark Black.
The 2018 Kawasaki KLR650 is also available in the Matrix Camo edition,which features a Matrix Camo Gray/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray color.
Just as versatile as the KLR650 motorcycle itself are the genuine Kawasaki KLR-branded Saddlebags. The bags’ matte black, rubberized finish makes them durable and well-suited for everyday use around town or for long trips, and they are quick and easy to install or remove.
Travelling the world on your KLR650? Keep your passport and registration handy with the accessory Trans Handlebar Bag. The bag quickly and easily straps to the center of the handlebar without the need for additional tools or special mounting hardware. The water-resistant nylon bag holds two pounds and does not interfere with tank accessories.
2018 Kawasaki KLR650 Totalmotorcycle.com Key Features
• FIRM SUSPENSION SETTINGS FOR SHARP HANDLING AND ROUGH/OFF-ROAD CAPABILITY
• SEAT SHAPED TO ENHANCE RIDER COMFORT AND MANEUVERABILITY
• POWERFUL, DOUBLE-BALANCED ENGINE
• LARGE 6.1-GALLON FUEL CAPACITY
• LARGE REAR RACK
2018 Kawasaki KLR650 Totalmotorcycle.com Features and Benefits
651cc 4-Stroke Single Cylinder Engine
•Exhaust pipe has smooth bends for greater efficiency throughout the powerband.
•A compact, smooth, reliable and proven design.
•Light, silent cam chain reduces engine noise.
Double Engine Balancer(KP)
•Engine runs smoothly from idle to redline for rider comfort and less fatigue on long rides. Kawasaki Automatic Compression Release (KACR)(KP)
•Automatically lifts exhaust valve at cranking rpm to make starting easy and eliminate the need for a manual compression release.
•For easy and convenient starting. Handlebar-Mounted Choke
•Convenient location makes starting and warm-up easier.
Long Travel Suspension
• Firm fork springs provide excellent bump compliance and bottoming resistance while also reducing front-end dive under heavy braking.
• Firm rear shock settings help resist bottoming in rough terrain and accommodate heavy loads.
• Fork and shock settings complement each other for light, sharp handling on smooth roads while providing rough road and off-road capability.
•41mm front fork adds rigidity and is set for superb performance.
•Uni-Trak® rear suspension linkage complements the front fork settings.
•D-section swingarm enhances traction and now has forged axle holders that are lightweight and rigid.
•Petal-design disc brakes reduce unsprung weight, improve cooling and help clean the brake pads for more efficient braking.
•Uni-Trak® rear suspension(KP) linkage lowers the center of gravity for smooth handling.
•Progressive rate provides a smoother, more controlled ride.
•Features a 5-way preload shock absorber with stepless rebound damping. You can tune the ride to match the load and riding conditions.
•Designed to provide a good compromise between the requirements of on and off-road riding.
Semi-Double Cradle Frame
•Made of round section, high tensile steel.
•Helps protect the engine from rocks and other debris.
Detachable Rear Sub-Frame
•Simplifies maintenance by providing better access to the rear shock, air box and carb.
U.S. Forest Service-Approved Spark Arrester
•Allows access to designated public riding areas.
•Very quiet muffler for low noise output in sensitive riding areas.
• Seat has a narrow front section with a rounded profile that assists the rider to reach the ground. The rear section is wide with a flat, less tapered profile for superb rider and passenger comfort, plus the back of the seat closely aligns with the rear rack to facilitate carrying larger items.
•Seat cover material is compliant to help match seat curvature. Two-tone design enhances appearance.
•The seat provides plenty of comfort on long-distance rides.
•Large front cowling and standard hand guards provide excellent wind protection.
•Large rear rack offers abundant carrying capacity.
•Tail section is slim so mounting accessory saddlebags is easy.
•Dual-bulb headlight provides more light with integrated styling.
•High-mounted turn signals enhance the appearance while making the KLR650 more visible to other motorists.
•Instrument panel is easy to read and mounts to the frame to help lighten steering.
•17 amp generator output to power grip heaters and other accessories.
2018 Kawasaki KLR650 – Totalmotorcycle.com USA Specifications/Technical Details
US MSRP Price: $6,699 USD
4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled
Bore x Stroke
100.0 x 83.0mm
5-speed, return shift
Rake / Trail
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
Single 280mm petal-type disc, 2-piston caliper
Single 240mm petal-type disc, 2-piston caliper
Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray, Pearl Solar Yellow/Metallic Spark Black, Matrix Camo Gray
12 Month Limited Warranty
Kawasaki Protection Plus™ (optional)
12, 24, 36 or 48 months
2018 Kawasaki KLR650 – Totalmotorcycle.com Canadian Specifications/Technical Details
Canada MSRP Price: $7,199 CDN
Displacement 651cc Type 4-stroke, Single 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 Electric CDI Lubrication Forced lubrication (wet sump) Starting Electric
Front: type Single 280 mm petal disc Front: calipers 2-piston caliper Rear: type Single 240 mm disc Rear: calipers 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.)
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.)
Maximum Power‡ 44 PS @ 6,500 rpm Maximum Torque‡ 50 N·m @ 5,500 rpm
Suspension, front 41 mm telescopic fork Suspension, rear Uni-Trak single-shock system with 5-way preload and stepless rebound damping adjustment
Warranty 12 months warranty
2018 Kawasaki KLR650 – Totalmotorcycle.com European Specifications/Technical Details
Europe/UK MSRP Price: £ GBP (On The Road inc 20% Vat)
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