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Kawasaki KLR650

Kawasaki KLR650 Questions & Answers

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10 questions from our users

Jim

Jimasked

Is this a bike you can ride on the highway for a trip?

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AndyK
AndyK

Yes, absolutely. It is a dual purpose bike ... good both on and off road. You can use it as a daily commuter on the highway then go adventuring on the weekends! :)

Jim
Jim

Thank you, I just bought a 2011 KLR 650 a month ago and I’m still getting used to it.


nicatranquilo

nicatranquiloasked

hi..i`m from Nicaragua and my english i`ts not so good. I have a kawasaki kl650, 1992 when i`ts running it has oil drop by the muffler rigth on the cylinder head.
the smoke is white and the oil engine level drop quikly. i changed the valves oil seals and the gasket but it doesn't work.
Any idea about what to do?

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AndyK
AndyK

I'm sorry but I'm not a mechanic and can't really offer a solution.
Is there oil in your coolant or coolant in your oil? ... if so and you've changed the head gasket then perhaps it's a cracked head.
I would suggest you try joining one or more of the many KLR owners Facebook groups around the World as members will probably be able to offer better advice than I can.
I hope you get it fixed. Good luck.

Stable
Stable

With any oil leak you need to degrease the entire area and run the engine until you find where the oil is coming from. Might take 10-15 minutes or sooner.


Johnnyboy58

Johnnyboy58asked

Hello !! Does any one know how I can find out what motor will bolt right up on my klr 650 1995? Do to the fact my other motor threw a rod and cracked the center case . I found several motors on ebay but want to make sure before I buy !! Thank you .and yes I called local dealer. And received no help !!! Thank you John c

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Oddie.
Oddie.

Slack dealer not giving you advice. Try contacting Kawasaki Australia. Surely the can provide an answer. As the KLR motor has been virtually untouched since it was introduced in the late 80's there shouldn't be any problems with any KLR 650 motor. But better to check with K A.

wayne
wayne

Old post, but try an Kawasaki ERN650 motor, parallel twin. Much more reliable, much more power and modern technology. They fit well, but mountings and fittings are different, so a bit of professional fitting is necessary.


Awash Almarzooqy

Awash Almarzooqyasked

Motorcycles chain drives need to be lubricated everyonce in a while, how many kilometers does this kawazake KLR650 travel until you need to relubricate its chain drive?

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AndyK
AndyK

The manual states every 600Km (400 miles). More frequently if riding in very dusty, gritty, sandy, muddy conditions.
This chain lubrication frequency is fairly typical of most chain-driven bikes.

aisha
aisha

thank you, I really needed an answer you helped me a lot thanks again. @AndyK


wynand

wynandasked

Why could Kawasaki zzr 1400 cut out on higher revs before reaching its limiter? And when I switch of the bike and on again in the drive it goes again. And n few minutes later does it again?

1 answer
Greg G
Greg G

Hi Wynand
I am not familiar with the Kawasaki ZZR1400, best if you access an online forum for the ZZR1400 or contact the Kawasaki Company
Cheers
Greg


Johnny the boy ozzy

Johnny the boy ozzyasked

Um what is a doohicky mate?

1 answer
Greg G
Greg G

Hi Johnny,
Doohickey is an American term for the balancer lever which is a component of the chain driven balancer system in the left side of the engine. It is a small cast metal plate that is tensioned by an extension spring. It allows the balancer chain to be tensioned by means of a bolt through a slot in the lever which when loosened allows the spring to pull the lever which moves the lower balancer sprocket and tightens the chain.
Cheers
Greg


Steve H

Steve Hasked

Picking up my KLR next week, never owned one before. Will it handle a pillion passenger? I weigh 75 kg and my wife 65kg...

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FP sux
FP sux

Of course it will, plenty of people carry pillions on them, I would advise to bump up the preload on the rear spring and up the rear shock valving probably 1 click, you may even have to up the oil viscosity
on the front fork as well to stop it diving in the corners

Midnite
Midnite

yea steve i weigh 84 kg and my wife 54 no drama's , I have since sold the KLR and bought a new Triumph tiger XCX 2015 model unbelieveable bike


john

johnasked

Hi guys...I like most others who own this bike...mine is a 2012 KLR 650...wish it had 6 gears but I was wondering if sitting on 130 km/h with the tacho on 6000 rpm is hurting the bike?...once again great bike but top speed is a problem.

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Steve Gorham
Steve Gorham

Hi John
It's not going to hurt the bike, you are not near the red line. Yes another gear would be nice but I am enjoying the slower speed as I also own a ZX14 which you don't really need the two higher gears!!!
Cheers
Steve

john
john

Thanks for the reply Steve...im now in the process of getting a Staintune muffler and twinflow airfilter...already has a 145 jet in the carby and been derestricted...see how we go.


Lances klr

Lances klrasked

I went for a ride on my 2006 klr yesterday & it stopped on my driveway after the ride I had to push it up the driveway. I have owned this since 6,000ks on it , it now has 44,000 is on it . I do oil changes every 5,000 ks. It started this morning but it was if it was flooded it would only start with throttle wide open.then would not idle. It's got fuel in the tank. It didn't miss a beat on the ride, only when I turned into my street???? Any ideas?

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Uncle Tim
Uncle Tim

My guess is to check the fuel filter. also sediment can build in the carberator resevior. Might want to check those. I might be time for a carb rebuild too.

stredhead
stredhead

i agree. sounds like a fuel/carbie problem. easy to work on at least .


encluane

encluaneasked

Why does the tacho have a 6500rpm redline? This could lead to catastropic engine failure and I only get about 6/7000klm on a set of tyres.

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FPiragibe
FPiragibe

Actually, the red line is at 7,500 rpm. It's a low rev engine, a bit outdated, but very reliable. The tyres are softer, and wear out quicker, than those of a sports or tourer bike, but I would expect some more mileage. Your figure is a surprise to me. My wife's bike, a small NINJA 250R, ran almost 10,000 km so far with the tyres still in pretty good shape. Unfortunately, I didn't keep my KLR too long: I traded it on a VERSYS 1000, as my rides have been all on tarmac and I do long rides on my bike.

klrfan
klrfan

I bought my KLR in 2010 and I also got very low mileage from my tyres - particular the Dunlop Trailmax that came stock with the bike. I have since changed to Metzler Tourance. Overall a much more responsive tyre, good on both bitumen and gravel, and I get around 13-15,000 km per set, depending on how and where I've been riding.

stredhead
stredhead

the original tyres weren't the best for anything. front lasted 12000 km and rear 8000. currently have michelin pilot on rear and anakee on front and they work well. sounds odd but i don't have easy access to a big range of tyres at my location.


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