2018 Kawasaki KLR650 Review

2018 Kawasaki KLR650

2018 Kawasaki KLR650 2018 Kawasaki KLR650 2018 Kawasaki KLR650 2018 Kawasaki KLR650

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.

ADVENTURE UNLIMITED
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.

ACCESSORIES

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.

Electric Starter
•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.

Engine Guard
•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.

Rider Comfort
• 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.

Adventure Equipment
•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

Power
Engine
4-stroke, 1-cylinder, DOHC, water-cooled
Displacement
651cc
Bore x Stroke
100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression ratio
9.8:1
Fuel System
Keihin CVK40
Ignition
Electric CDI
Transmission
5-speed, return shift
Final Drive
Sealed chain
Performance
Rake / Trail
28.0°/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
90/90×21
Rear Tire
130/80×17
Front Brakes
Single 280mm petal-type disc, 2-piston caliper
Rear Brakes
Single 240mm petal-type disc, 2-piston caliper
Details
Frame Type
Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
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
432.0 lb**
Fuel Capacity
5.8 gal
Wheelbase
58.3 in
Color Choices
Metallic Spark Black/Metallic Matte Carbon Gray, Pearl Solar Yellow/Metallic Spark Black, Matrix Camo Gray
Warranty
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

Engine

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
Brakes

Front: type  Single 280 mm petal disc  Front: calipers  2-piston caliper  Rear: type  Single 240 mm disc  Rear: calipers  2-piston caliper
Dimensions

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.)
Drivetrain

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
Frame

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.)
Performance

Maximum Power‡ 44 PS @ 6,500 rpm  Maximum Torque‡ 50 N·m @ 5,500 rpm
Suspension

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

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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