2Kawasaki KLR650

Kawasaki KLR650

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2Kawasaki KLR650
4.1

39 reviews

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85% · 333 · 8%

Mileage 32,112 km
Build Quality
4.2
Value for Money
4.6
Cleaning & Maintenance
4.8
Noise Level
3.6
Braking
3.0
Acceleration / Power
3.6
Gear Shifting
4.0
Suspension
3.8
Fuel Efficiency
4.4
Comfort
3.4
Handling
3.6
Great bike for long-distance trips
Easy to handle
Highly fuel efficient
Brakes aren't especially responsive

Reviews

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Buzz
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Rob
Rob4 posts
 

Good all round modern day horse

Good large on road off road bike. Keeps up with speed limits. Seat a bit uncomfortable. Great for the price. Cheap to register. Stock tyres a little slippery in mud. Owned since new, 8yo. Could use extra gear. Show details
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Matt
Matt
 
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mal62
mal62Perth, WA5 posts
 

A great value packed all-rounder

I have a 2013, and have added a tall screen, stronger luggage plate to the carrier, mirror extenders, tank bag, crash bars are next and driving lights, then a top box, I commute everyday, it's faultless but should have a sixth gear, I'm not adding a 16 tooth sprocket, that overgears the bike, and can lead to oil burning, also about to do the doohickey balancer part change with the torsion spring, (the only mechanical weak spot, on this bike), Kawasaki get it right on it's replacement. Show details
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Carlos
Carlos
 

A very nice all purpose motorcycle

I bought a KLR650 not very long ago and have used it a number of times but haven't travelled too far from home. I find the bike very easy to ride, easy on fuel and attractive. It turns heads. I love the electric start that my xl500 didn't have. The price was right and Kawasaki even gave me a tank bag and cover bonus! Im so glad I bought this motorcycle before the bike shops ran out of them since the klr will not be made after 2018. Way to go Kawasaki! Show details
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Beamer
Beamer
 

Best all round fun reliable motorcycle out there

Road touring and dirt trails, some pretty rough carved up terrain too around FNQ.

2015 model restricted for Australia, (now de restricted ) SW Moto engine bars and bash plate added.

Take the top off the carb and block the two restriction holes in the top of slide ( JB weld steel stick from Jaycar ) and no more spluttering and a bucket load more grunt, 1 hour job including JB hardening time, very easy to do.

Does not burn any oil (7500kms)

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Steve
Steve
 

Oil burning

I have owned a klr for 4 years now and it is a fantastic bike its versatility is second to none. Many klrs have been known to be oil burners. It is my experience that this is largely caused by over gearing, which so many owners love to do. I have found the stock gearing to be far the best both on and off road and would never run a 16 tooth front sprocket, which overloads the engine. The klr has a weak piston design and over gearing causes fracturing between the rings and oil burning.

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Merv
MervGympie
 

The one bike for all tasks

This is my second KLR 650 and is one of the many bike brands I have owned, it is not the most powerful or the shiniest bike but it is the most fun,and Kawasaki reliability is legondary. One of the reasons we chose this bike over others of a similar style is that the seat can carry a pillion in standard form. My only gripe is that the standard gearing was a bit low for my intended use so l went up 1 tooth on the front sprocket and that made it more user friendly on the highway, 4000 revs = 100 K. If you can only have one bike in your life this is it a truly great all rounder.

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Steve oo7
Steve oo7Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
 

Pure and Simple

The Klr 650 is a fantastic bike due to it's incredible versatility. They are very simple, reliable, efficient. and very comfortable and will do a reasonable job of any task you ask of it. You can,t go wrong there a terrific bike., l personally would not ever ride anything else.

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AndyK
AndyKHunter Region, NSW14 posts
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Greg G
Greg G3 posts
 
Maca
Maca
 

You get what you pay for

I've got a 2010 klr 650. 39000 km . Around 350 km to work each week plus a few longer trips. Just put new front and back springs on her which has made a big difference ( race tech ).

Sits on 110 km/h all day. Very easy to customise to individual taste. Friend has a bmw 1200 gs . Yep it's good but"..

Keep it simple !

FP sux
FP suxAU10 posts
 

Questions & Answers

David K.
David K.

I have a KLR which has a thermostat bi pass which looks standard.It has a clear section in the bi pass tube where the coolant can be seen.How does this compare to the thermo bob.Is a thermobob still needed on this model?thanks

mal62
mal62  
Braden J.
Braden J.

Is it worth getting a 2008 KLR 650 with 40,000 miles on it? the price is set at 2,800 USD and everything seems to be in good condition. the only thing that was off when I went to go check it out was that it was low on oil and had a few scratches witch is as expected with a dual sport bike

Marius v.
Marius v.

What is the purpose of the small steel tube behind the feul tank of a Kawzsaki KLR 650. I took the seat of to remove the battery and notice there is no pipe connected to the tube. Is that an overflow?

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Features

The Kawasaki KLR650 is equipped with a powerful 650CC single cylinder engine, which is liquid cooled and fuel injected. Paired with a wet multi-disc 5 speed manual transmission, electric starter and 22 litre fuel tank, the KLR650 delivers plenty of performance.

Other features include a multi contoured seat, which narrows at the front, which increases comfort over longer riding periods. A 41mm front fork, which includes stiffer springs, increased oil height and revised damping, better suited for on-road riding situations and carrying heavier loads. This helps increase ride comfort and improve handling.

Rear suspension is also included which also assists with load carrying, when loading up the KLR650 for longer road trips.

Points of Praise

  • With additional customisation, including storage boxes, taller front windscreen, mirror extenders, tank bag and crash bars, the KLR650 becomes a great commuter and ideal for longer trips.
  • Riders find the bike easy to handle, easy on fuel and overall appreciative of its design.
  • Road touring and dirt trails are all easily covered by the KLR650..

Pain Points

  • It is commonly known that some KLR650’s can burn excessive oil. Keep an eye out for this.
  • Brakes aren’t the most responsive, they require a harder squeeze on the brake lever and pedal.
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