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– 2005 Kawasaki KLR650

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, liquid-cooled, 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 convenience.

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 & 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

Liquid Cooling

– 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

Five-speed Transmission

– 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

Handlebar-mounted Choke

– Convenient location makes starting and warm-up easier

Long-travel Suspension

– 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

Engine Guard

– 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

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

Electric Starter

– 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

Additional Features

– 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
Displacement: 651cc

Bore x stroke: 100.0 x 83.0mm

Compression ratio: 9.5:1

Cooling: Liquid

Carburetion: Keihin CVK40

Ignition: Electronic CDI

Transmission: Five-speed

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

* Price and specifications subject to change

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