Dec 21, 2012
Kawasaki KLR 650
Neo-barbarian Steed with splash of zombie green
Left on the hillside with the Trooper. Keys left with Slit’s body on the bridge where he died.
2010 KAWASAKI KLR™650: AROUND THE BLOCK OR AROUND THE WORLD
The Adventure Starts Right Here
Once upon a time, all motorcycles were designed to deal with all kinds of roads: paved, dirt, gravel and the non-existent. Then civilization, specialization and complexity reared their heads, and it seems like a rider needs different motorcycles for every day of the week. Wrong. The KLR650 has been here all along. Its powerful and almost indestructible 651cc single-cylinder engine provides non-stop power and fuel efficiency. Its rugged steel frame and long-travel suspension are designed to tame any terrain. And its huge fuel tank and thick seat let you keep going longer than you’d ever have thought possible. Whether you’re commuting, circumnavigating the globe or popping down to the store for a quart of milk, the KLR650 is a tough motorcycle to beat. Just like it’s always been.
That 651cc motor is the foundation of the KLR650’s globetrotting prowess. An all-around performer, the single-cylinder four-stroke engine provides quick throttle response and healthy low-end grunt — ideal for trails or dealing with traffic snarls. Equally impressive, the KLR’s composure at highway speeds makes long distance travel a pleasure.
Matching the engine’s abilities every step of the way is the KLR650’s suspension. A 41mm fork with 7.9 inches of suspension travel up front, and a UNI-TRAK® linkage system providing 7.3 inches of wheel travel in the rear combine to make the KLR650 a fun, functional commuter during the week and an adept backroad blaster on weekends.
Braking duties are handled by a dual-piston caliper gripping a 280mm petal-style disc at the front, and a 240mm petal-style disc squeezed by a single-piston caliper at the rear. This suspension and brake package boosts the KLR650’s on-road performance without diminishing its versatile off-road capabilities.
Helping make the KLR650 a worthy touring companion is an expansive, saddlebag-friendly, rear luggage rack that can be fitted with a tail bag. A large, 6.1-gallon fuel tank and exemplary fuel economy mean the KLR650 can cover an amazing amount of ground between fill-ups.
That fuel range can translate into a long day in the saddle, so good wind protection is a must. This important job is handled by the frame-mounted bodywork, which includes a tall windscreen and large shrouds. Rider comfort is enhanced further by the seat design and plush urethane foam. A high-capacity 36W alternator pumps out enough juice for a high-output headlight and has the extra capacity to power the add-on electronic gadgets no touring rider can live without.
The KLR650’s competent on-road performance continues once the pavement stops. A tough engine guard keeps loose rocks and gravel at bay, while its U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor grants the KLR650 access to any terrain open to licensed vehicles. Add the optional Kawasaki tank, tail and saddle bags, and you have a recipe for long-distance exploration, beckoning KLR650 owners to enjoy on and off-road adventures.