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Kawasaki KLR650

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Pros

  • Great bike for long-distance trips

  • Easy to handle

  • Highly fuel efficient

Cons

  • Brakes aren't especially responsive

Reviews

  • Build Quality
    4.5 (4)
  • Value for Money
    4.8 (4)
  • Cleaning & Maintenance
    5.0 (4)
  • Mileage 13,390 km
  • Noise Level
    3.8 (4)
  • Braking
    3.5 (4)
  • Acceleration / Power
    4.0 (4)
  • Gear Shifting
    4.3 (4)
  • Suspension
    4.0 (4)
  • Fuel Efficiency
    4.8 (4)
  • Comfort
    3.5 (4)
  • Handling
    3.8 (4)
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vanderkooi
vanderkooiAU
  • 3 reviews
  • 1 like

great bike fun and easy to ride

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bought new 2011 model after 10yrs of no road riding .Took demo bike for a test ride and was immediately impressed by how easy it was to ride, handling was sure footed and suspension was up to par for my 120kg frame.On my own bike i have upgraded the front/rear springs to cope with the extra load [pillion/gear]and this has made a huge difference to the handling .I will be adding the taller front screen and rear luggage bag from kawasaki in a couple of weeks .Overall i am happy with my purchase.
great fuel economy,good value for my $.Great handling for this type of bike.

Hogrider
HogriderAU
  • 21 reviews
  • 25 likes

Second best bike I have ever owned.

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Interceptor GT
Interceptor GTGreater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
  • 9 reviews
  • 6 likes

The Poor Man's BMW...

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Unbiased Truth
Unbiased Truth

Hi there. Have you trialled the Honda TransAlp? Do you have any opinion on the Transalp v the KLR?

FPiragibe
FPiragibeMetropolitan Adelaide, SA
  • 9 reviews
  • 18 likes
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A Reliable Big and Simple Beast

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made in thailand kawasaki

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migo33
migo33Sydney, NSW
  • 20 reviews
  • 9 likes

Excellent

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It's a dual sport "easy rider" version. I took it for a ride from Sydney to Alice Springs and it was a pleasure. I could go off-road anytime. At normal speed the fuel consumption is fantastic. It's quite relaxing to know that you can fix the bike almost anywhere.
Cheap to buy, cheap to maintain, great fuel consumption for a 650cc, good build quality, many accessories and parts, 20+ years heritage. Very large fuel tank and reserve. Quality materials. Hi voltage alternator (17 amp) so you can add all your gadgets on-board. Simple and fun!
not the most comfortable seat but not may dual sports that are (or any bike). No fuel indicator. Taking off the seat requires a ranch and 4 screws. Windscreen is not the best for tall guys (above 180cm/ 6').

Excellent

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Neil M
Neil M

Put a braided front brake line on it and you'll be amazed at the difference

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grantg
grantgSouth East Queensland, QLD
  • 2 reviews

Good

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I have owned the bike since new and have had no problems with it (6,500 kms), recommend it for riders returning to riding after a long break, learner riders and anyone who needs a bike that can be ridden at legal speed limits and still have fun!
versatility, fuel economy, range, reliability, wind protection (with optional taller windscreen), mechanical simplicity, ease of maintenance, pillion capability, comfortable riding ergonomics, excellent built-in rack, excellent on a tight winding road, initial low price
likely eventual need to replace doohickey (factory should have fixed this by now), cold starting takes a while (in Canberra winters) I let the carb heat up in the sun for a few minutes to help overcome this (works)

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bike seems to be well built and rides well,bike seems to be better suited to the open roads.for the price its not a bad buy at all but i would not take this bike bush bashing off road its not really made for that.
nice bike to ride good on fuel,has a nice rack on the back excellent for tieing down a good crate or toolbox,is fast up top end for highway riding.
no centre stand,a centre stand is a must for a heavy bike or you cant change a flat easy out on the freeways. need to take petrol tank off to change plug,runs hot in city traffic,my radiator fan does not cut in until temp almost reaches red zone

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ac4000
ac4000
  • 3 reviews
  • 3 likes

Bad

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I took a the KLR on a test drive today. Very nice road manners, you would not think you are riding a 650. Expected the front wheel to be lifting with the big single but non of that, cruises well, liquid cooling kept things under control. If you every drop this thing even once its gona get marked, thing is massivley wide on the front, has rear brake hose sticking out on rear. Kawasaki have now made this a tourer only machine, who would want a single cylinder tourer? - shame on you kawasaki.
Doesn't sound like a big thumper
Vulnerable off, dont you dare drop it

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casagrande1973
casagrande1973Greater Melbourne (Outer), VIC
  • 2 reviews

Good

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Good

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