Kawasaki KLR650

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4.0 out of 5 stars Kawasaki KLR650 2013, March 17, 2014
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Just brought a second hand KLR 650 2013 with 10,000kms on the clock. It has SW Motech engine bars, side stand, centre stands pannier racks and alloy panniers. Also has a Staintune exhaust and carb rejetted. A 17 tooth countershaft sprocket is up one from the 16 T standard for better highway gearing. I've done 3000 kms in two weeks and my other bike is a 2011 Z1000 so a bit of contrast there. I brought this bike to do the Black Dog Ride around Australia to raise money for Lifeline in July/Aug.

What attracted me to the KLR650 is it's simplicity, rugged design, load carrying capacity and proven reliability. The power is basic but Does the job fine. It's completely unrealistic to compare it to my big naked Z1000 but it feels like it will cruise all day at 110kms and with fuel economy delivering 400kms plus a tank, it's is a good thing. Around town the motor is a delight along with the light weight and decent brakes, makes a bloody great all rounder. The gearbox is smooth and predictable with a good feel and ease of use.

The suspension is OK and I weigh in at 105kgs plus gear so the springs will need an upgrade at least. I will be opting for heavier springs at the front along with some gold valves. Dont get me wrong, the bike handles remarkably well around the twisties and the stability and handling on the highway and high speed sweepers really surprised me. Better springs and valving up front will make this a beaut bike and hopefully reduce the big front end dive under brakes. Speaking of brakes, well, they are OK but why Kawasaki can't offer a twin disc set up is beyond me and would make a massive difference. These bikes can carry a lot if weight and hear so why not give us the option of a twin disc front brake like Yamahas Tenere?

I have fallen in love with Kawasaki's KLR650. Sure it's old school and lacks all the gizmos but it's so easy to ride around town and long distances. The aftermarket accessories are seemingly endless and the bike is a workhorse straight out of the crate. Some say it's an old mans bike and at 51, maybe it is. I've had dozens of bikes over the years and still have a YZ450, WR450, Z1000, GTR1000 and various Z1R's and the odd Z900. I've ridden since I was 16 and raced for several years. This gives me a good perspective on this versatile bike. It will never do what my 2011 Z1000 will do or my WR450, it's not designed for that. But what I do have is a bike that will go anywhere in Oz on road and off and carry a ton of gear too and is super reliable.

I can't wait to do some serious dirt road trips on this bike as it is stil a big trail bike at heart. This bike is not a high end BMW Adventure bike, it doesn't pretend to be. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles yet it does everything you need done with a minimal price tag. Go the KLR, I'll have this bike for decades.
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5.0 out of 5 stars klr 650, July 12, 2012
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The klr is a reliable bike learned by expieriance. Simple design. No unnecessary. Dodads.

Just what's needed. Break it in properly. Maintain it well and ride on for many miles. I have 15000 on my 09 going strong. 55 to60 mph. No fear of this bike going anywheres. Solid machine2p!
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has a 90/90 R21 front tire and a 130/80 R17 rear tire. The front suspension is a telescopic fork while the rear suspension is a twin sided swing arm. Front hydraulic disc brakes and rear hydraulic disc brakes provide stopping power. The KLR 650 comes standard with a one-piece, 2-passenger seat.


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