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ADV NewsIt’s Back! All-New Kawasaki KLR 650 Is Unveiled

It’s Back! All-New Kawasaki KLR 650 Is Unveiled

The legendary KLR gets fuel injection, ABS and a range of other refinements.

Published on 01.26.2021

After much speculation and rumors, Kawasaki has announced today the return of the faithful KLR 650 to its lineup. The legendary dual-sport bike is back with key improvements, including new technology many riders have been waiting for. 

At the heart of the 2022 KLR is its long-running 652cc single-cylinder engine, now equipped for the first time with fuel injection. Kawasaki states the changes not only make starting easier, but this update combined with the fuel tank’s greater usable volume contributes to an increased range between fuel stops. Performance has also been improved with revised intake and exhaust cam profiles resulting in increased power and torque in the mid range. Plus a stronger cam chain guide material and shape add to the increased reliability. The new model still retains a 5-speed gearbox, but several refinements have been made for smoother shifting operation.

Kawasaki unveils all-new 2022 KLR650

A new multi-functional LCD digital instrumentation panel with a fuel gauge and clock may seem a bit old school with so many bikes receiving color TFT displays these days, but it’s miles ahead of the old analog gauges it replaces. You can also now get the KLR with a USB power port and even heated grips as factory accessories. While the fuel tank remains 6.1 gallons, a new tank design places the fuel pump at the bottom of the tank to ensure more fuel can be captured when you are running low. No more tipping the bike side-to-side when you run out of fuel to gather the last few ounces.


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Numerous parts have been updated for increased long-range travel capability including a longer wheelbase and new front-end geometry that improves stability on the highway, fine-tuned ergos for increased comfort, new rubber mounted touch points for reduced vibrations, and increased generator capacity for powering various electronics and accessories.

The KLR 650 motorcycle’s high tensile, semi-double-cradle frame receives several updates on the 2022 model. The updates now include a rear frame that is integrated with the main frame to increase torsional rigidity for a more composed ride and a 30mm longer swingarm with a 2mm larger diameter swingarm pivot shaft that also contributes to better handling.

Off-road, the new KLR has the same 7.9 inches of suspension travel in front and 7.3 inches in the rear but the suspension settings have been optimized. As before, it rides on a 21” front and 17” rear spoke wheels that are tube type, although the rims have been strengthened and larger-diameter axles help improve durability. 

The all-new KLR 650 gets improved braking power from a larger front disc while a thicker rear disc aids in heat dissipation during heavy braking. And for the first time, the KLR is available with optional ABS. The ABS system is tuned for dirt with the intervention coming on later than a typical on-road ABS system, which allows the tires to slide slightly before the ABS kicks in. However, the system cannot be switched off completely. 

Kawasaki unveils all-new 2022 KLR650
Kawasaki unveils all-new 2022 KLR650

For 2022, the KLR 650 motorcycle will also be available in two new special edition versions (Adventure and Traveler) featuring a number of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories including side cases, engine guards, LED auxiliary light set, and more. 

With the addition of fuel injection and all the new equipment, the Gen-3 KLR was bound to gain some pounds. It now weighs in at 456 pounds wet (non-ABS), which is 24 pounds heavier than the outgoing model. No doubt the additional heft will be noticed on the trail but hopefully the increased power from the fuel injection will help compensate on the road. 

Kawasaki unveils all-new 2022 KLR650

Messing around with the KLR650 was always going to be controversial and it’s impossible to please everyone’s desires for a new KLR. For such an important model for the brand, one would expect Kawasaki did their due diligence before making any changes, so we’ll wait for a test ride before we make any judgments. And let’s hope these new updates are strong enough to keep the KLR in Kawasaki’s lineup for another decade. Who knows, maybe we’ll see a new Suzuki DR650 and Honda XR650L follow suit.

Read on below for more details about the 2022 Kawasaki KLR 650:

HIGHLIGHTS

  • NEW Fuel-Injected 652cc Single-Cylinder Engine
  • NEW Multi-Functional Digital Instrumentation With Fuel Gauge
  • NEW LED Headlight
  • NEW Bodywork including fuel tank
  • NEW Larger Front Disc And Optional ABS
  • NEW Greater Wind Protection and Styling
  • NEW Increased Carrying Capacity 
  • NEW Rear Frame
  • NEW Swingarm
  • NEW Larger Swingarm Pivot Shaft 

ENGINE

  • NEW Fuel Injection
  • NEW Revised Cam Profiles
  • NEW Exhaust Pipe Diameter
  • NEW Updated Clutch
  • NEW Increased Generator Output (from 17 to 26 amps)
  • NEW Low Maintenance Battery
  • NEW Lighter Starter, Ignition Coil, And Evaporator Canister
  • NEW Honeycomb Catalyzer

The exhaust pipe diameter has been reduced by 7.7 mm to improve mid-range torque characteristics to better suit everyday riding. An oxygen sensor provides feedback to the fuel injection system, contributing to cleaner exhaust emissions and increased fuel efficiency.

Several updates have been made to improve shifting feel and reduce weight. In the clutch and transmission, the clutch release bearings were changed from ball to thrust-needle bearings, the gear dogs and shift fork have been revised on third gear, and a new finishing treatment is now used for fourth and fifth gears.

A new sealed battery adds to the convenience and is significantly lighter than the previous battery. The starter, ignition coil, and evaporator canister have all been revised and are now lighter than on previous models.

SUSPENSION & WHEELS

  • NEW Front and Rear Suspension Settings
  • NEW Larger Front Brake Disc
  • NEW Thicker Rear Brake Disc
  • NEW Optional ABS Models
  • NEW Stronger Rear Wheel Rim Material
  • NEW Larger-Diameter Axle Shafts 

Both front and rear suspension settings complement the new frame to help provide a more planted feel. In order to meet the demands of both on and off-road riding, 41 mm front forks with 200 mm of suspension travel handle the suspension duties up front and add the rigidity needed for superb performance. Firm fork springs provide excellent bump compliance and bottoming resistance while also reducing front-end dive under heavy braking.

An adjustable Uni-Trak system with 185 mm of suspension travel can be found on the rear and complements the front fork settings, offering progressive rear suspension action while contributing to a low center of gravity. Firm rear shock settings help resist bottoming in rough terrain and accommodate heavy loads. Rear spring preload and rebound damping adjustments allow riders to fine-tune suspension settings to suit the riding conditions and rider’s preference. The front fork and rear shock settings complement each other for light, sharp handling on smooth roads while providing the capability needed off-road.  

Complementing the KLR 650 motorcycle’s more powerful engine is a larger 300mm front brake disc that delivers more substantial braking power. The disc shape has been changed from a petal-type disc to a round disc. On the rear brakes, the disc has been thickened to provide better heat dissipation when under heavy braking. Similar to the front, the back disc shape is now round. Models with and without ABS are now available and the ABS offers additional rider reassurance when riding on low-friction surfaces.

The KLR 650 comes equipped with a 21” front wheel and 17” rear wheel that allows riding to be continued even when the paved road ends. A stronger material can now be found on the rear wheel rim, delivering improved torsional rigidity and increased durability. The front and rear tires are tube types. A larger-diameter front and rear wheel axle contribute to both durability and handling.

ERGONOMICS

  • NEW Fine-Tuned Handlebar And Footpeg Positions
  • NEW Rubber Mounts On Handlebars And Footpegs
  • NEW Fuel Tank Design With More Useable Volume
  • NEW Taller Windshield For Increased Wind Protection
  • NEW Seat Design And Materials For Improved Comfort 
  • NEW Pillion Grab Bars For Passenger Comfort
  • NEW 30mm Shorter Side Stand 

 One significant improvement has been the reduction of vibration from parts that come in contact with the rider, further contributing to comfort when on long rides.

Fine-tuned handlebar and footpeg positions have each been moved 10mm outwards to provide adjustability and put the rider in a slightly more relaxed position, to support longer hours in the saddle. The handlebars and footpegs are now rubber-mounted, reducing vibration for improved comfort. A new fuel tank design has been fitted to the KLR 650 chassis, offering a natural fit with the rider’s knees for comfort and increased controllability. While the volume of the new fuel tank remains the same, the usable volume has been increased through redesign and a new fuel pump that draws from the very bottom of the tank, contributing to a longer cruising range.

Aiding the rider up front, a new stylish windshield can be found, which is now 50mm taller for better wind protection and features two-position bolt-on adjustability that allows windshield height to be conveniently increased a further 30mm (in the high position). The seat shape and cover have been revised and the optimized urethane thickness and firmness all contribute to increased ride comfort. Under the seat, rubber dampers have been added to further aid in rider comfort. Passenger grab bars have been reshaped, improving passenger comfort. The side stand has been shortened 30mm, making it easier to deploy and more stable on uneven terrain. 

BODYWORK & STYLING

  • NEW Shroud, Side Cover, And Tail Cowl
  • NEW Bright LED Headlight
  • NEW Taillight And Turn Signal
  • NEW All-Digital Instrument Panel
  • NEW Longer Mirror Arms

New colors and textured graphics were specifically chosen by Kawasaki to emphasize its ruggedness. A more-modern styling update includes a protector-equipped shroud design (removable side protection plates) while a new side cover design and tail cowl tie the styling package together. 

Kawasaki unveils all-new 2022 KLR650
Kawasaki unveils all-new 2022 KLR650

A new bright LED headlight illuminates the way when the ride continues past sunset. In the back, the taillight and turn signal design have been revised and the rearward field of vision has been improved thanks to longer mirror arms.

An all-digital instrument panel offers information at-a-glance through a large display and easy-to-read LCD screen with white backlighting. The instrument panel features a speedometer, odometer, dual trip meters, fuel gauge, clock, and indicator lamps. The narrowed-down display list prioritizes visibility of the speedometer and fuel gauge.

ACCESSORIES

A number of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories (KGA) will allow riders to personalize the looks of their KLR 650 and offer added comfort and convenience. Kawasaki accessory side cases and top case were developed to provide a clean look with their well-matched design.

Kawasaki unveils all-new 2022 KLR650
Kawasaki unveils all-new 2022 KLR650

The side cases feature a top-opening design that makes it easy to add and remove items when they are mounted on the bike. The side cases easily clip onto their mounting brackets for a secure fit. The top case is large enough to accommodate an off-road style helmet. Improving convenience, side cases and the top case can be fitted with a one-key system. Complementing the accessory luggage, a larger aluminum rear carrier offers improved carrying capacity. In addition to its exclusive luggage, accessories include grip heater set, LED auxiliary light set, engine guards, DC power outlet, and USB socket. With its increased generator output, the KLR 650 now has 80 watts available to power electronic accessories and charge devices.

SPECIAL EDITIONS

Also new for the 2022 KLR 650 are two model variations that feature factory-equipped accessories and both come standard with ABS. The KLR 650 ADVENTURE model comes equipped with factory-installed side cases, LED auxiliary light set, engine guards, tank pad, and both DC power outlet and USB socket and is available in the Cypher Camo Gray colorway. This model is designed for the rider who is looking for increased carrying capacity and convenience.  The KLR 650 TRAVELER model features a factory-installed top case and both DC power outlet and USB socket and comes in Pearl Lava Orange colorway.

Kawasaki unveils all-new 2022 KLR650
Kawasaki unveils all-new 2022 KLR650

COLORS

The 2022 KLR 650 is available in Pearl Sand Khaki and Pearl Lava Orange. The KLR 650 ABS is available in Pearl Sand Khaki. The KLR 650 ADVENTURE model is available in Cypher Camo Gray and the KLR 650 TRAVELER model is available in Pearl Lava Orange.

MSRP

  • KLR 650 – $6,699
  • KLR 650 ABS – $6,999
  • KLR 650 TRAVELER – $7,399
  • KLR 650 ADVENTURE – $7,999 

2022 KLR 650 Specs

Engine Type:4-Stroke, Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, 4-Valve, Single
Displacement:652 cc
Bore & Stroke:100 x 83 mm
Compression Ratio:9.8:1
Fuel System:DFI with 40mm Throttle Body
Ignition:TCBI
Transmission:5-Speed
Rake/Trail:30°/4.8 in.
Front Wheel Travel:7.9 in.
Rear Wheel Travel:7.3 in.
Front Tire Size:90/90-21
Rear Tire Size:130/80-17
Front Suspension:41mm Leading Axle Hydraulic Telescopic Fork
Rear Suspension:Uni-Trak® with 5-Way Adjustable Preload and Stepless Rebound Damping
Wheelbase:60.6 in.
Front Brake Type:300mm Disc
Rear Brake Type:240mm Disc
Fuel Tank Capacity:6.1 gal.
Ground Clearance:8.3 in.
Seat Height:34.3 in.
Curb Weight (lbs.):456.2 (Non-ABS), 460.6 (ABS), 487.1 (ADVENTURE), 471.7 (TRAVELER)
Warranty:12 months

Author: ADV Pulse Staff
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119 thoughts on “It’s Back! All-New Kawasaki KLR 650 Is Unveiled

  1. They also tried to make another change, uglier… And they also achieved that.
    For a motorcycle like this form should always follow function, but a bit of beautiful design doesn’t hurt.
    The front mudguard is horrendous and the shape of the tank…???
    Well, that’s just MHO.

    • Thats funny, I absolutely love the design. I’m going to install a high mudgaurd like this on my KTM. I thought the design is a big improvement over the old one while not losing its soul.

      • I agree. At first, I was disappointed in the “same old look”, but upon further review, I think they did a good job. I think had this ran concurrent to the 2018, people would have welcomed it. The fact it took a 3 year hiatus and returned simply with refinements, it got peoples panties in a wad. I owned a 2009, not sure why all the gripe about the 5 speed. I never felt i needed another gear. Plus, they revised engine tuning and increased useable power via FI and revised cams, this thing will be a great jack of all trades like the previous. Haters gonna hate. Oh well…lol

    • Agreed. That front fender is nearly as hideous as the acerbis “fingernail” supermoto fender every GOON puts on their dual sport with a 21″ front tire, effectively removing something decent and USEFUL with the ugliest and most worthless mod in the dual sport world.

      All they had to do was take the 1st gen, and add the updates and an UPSIDE DOWN fork.

      First gen was the best looking and lightest.

    • I’m sure if each bike came supplied with a Super Model someone would still complain. Stop the whining, if you don’t like don’t buy it.

    • The tank holds plenty of fuel but I’m not crazy about the fuel pump being in the tank unless it is easy to remove to change the gas filter.

  2. What a wasted opportunity on Kawasaki’s part. They made lots of great changes, but failed to address poor suspension, lack of a sixth gear, and a serous weight problem.

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    • I think you mean ‘Way TOO heavy’. When you say ‘way to heavy’ it’s like you’re saying the KLR is on its way to being heavy. Wait a second, maybe that’s what you meant. Never mind.

  4. Not a bad looking bike, looks practical and comfortable. Love the conventional front forks with the rubber boots, and compliments for the luggage rack! Colorscemes are horrendous, it deserves a bit more daring/adventurous style. But how Kawasaki managed to get a single cylinder that’s barely lighter than my 650 TransAlp is beyond me.

    • Apon looking closer, i’m baffled at how Kawasaki didn’t add a stabilizer between the forks! That’s the main advantage of a conventional fork (that and inner fork protection)! It’ll twist onder braking with a single disk too!

  5. This is pretty much what was expected and keeping in spirit of what is traditionally a heavy, slow, unattractive bike at a very affordable price. Also expected is the chorus of entitled whiners who want a KTM for KLR prices.

    • I agree. I was greatly saddened when I found out Kawasaki cancelled the KLR650 as my 2008 is nearing the end of it’s life. It has over 57K on it and has been rebuilt once, crashed a few times and put back together and I don’t want any other bike. At least until I saw the new 2022 KLR650. It is everything I could want in a KLR650. Perfect in every way!!

  6. They did FI and ABS because they had to.
    But apparently they did not widen the gearbox ratios, which was badly needed.
    Looks like “a lot of value for the money“ was baked in to this new modification, but the bike is getting heavier and basically becoming a simple, inexpensive BMW GS.
    If they had addressed the need for a lower first gear, I would have upgraded my 2010 KLR. But as it is, no thanks.

  7. Wow, a 450 lbs thumper that probably makes 40hp. Kawasaki really out did themselves. They didn’t even bother to put a 6 speed transmission on it. I bet it still shakes you like a paint can going down the hwy too. They should have let this bike die like everything else from the 80’s.

  8. DISAPPOINTED….
    Why could they not have unveiled this months ago? It’s nothing but an old KLR with bigger windscreen, new speedo, heated grips, and a few other things. I wanted a KLX 300 but with this larger motor…. Very disappointed… Only good thing is the price. And most parts with be interchangeable with old KLRs.

  9. I was really hoping this would turn out to be more of a direct competitor to the Tenere 700, but undercut on price.

    Without converting it to a basic twin cylinder, or at minimum adding a 6th gear, this comes up short. I love all they’ve done to improve it while keeping the price low’ish, but those are two main points that would have brought many more to the world of the KLR.

    Kawasaki, if you are listening…bring on a Versys-X 650!!!

    • I didn’t think they would change the engine, but I also was hoping for a 6th gear. That is a huge miss for me. If it had 6 gears I would likely be replacing my ’08 KLR with the ’22 KLR.

      I too am hoping for a Versys-X 650, but the new KLR650 makes me think we won’t be seeing the Versys marketed towards adventure or off-roading. 🙁

  10. Wow, I didn’t expect the KLR to be back. But I guess, will it ever die?

    Some nice improvements, but the bike is even more directed at the small /affordable ADV bike segment, which it is great at.

    With + 20 lbs, longer wheel base, and a more raked out front end this will be even more lazy in the dirt. My 09′ with fork/shock upgrades already feels reluctant to turn on the smaller tracks. Not what I would have wished for, but will probably suit most KLR buyers just fine.

  11. I think they did fine.

    For 30 years, KLR riders have praised the mostly unchanged, bulletproof design; and cheap price point. Then, when they don’t make big changes… everyone complains.

    1. “It needs more HP” Why? It does all it needs with what it has, 99% of riders can’t ride it to full potential as it is. More HP makes it harder to ride for the average riders.

    2. “It needs Better suspension” Okay, it could use that…

    3. With FI, it now can cover all elevations with no mods and more responsive. And a small HP gain for those that think they need it.

    4. Weight- keep in mind that’s curb/wet weight with 6gals of fuel. T7 is 4gals. A Gallon of gas weighs 6.5lbs. Most of the times I only have 2-3 gals in mine. Which puts it around 428lbs.

    4. Still at a great price point. I’d much rather take a $6500 bike off road vs a $10-20k bike. Still prefer my $2000 Gen1.

  12. Are you seriously releasing forks that are 30+ years old in design and technology. Can’t even consider your machine with these hideous looking things. You are a joke Kawasaki!

  13. much better that the last 90s look KLR i love it.. the design looks cool. more rally oriented look…. its a KLR glad to see it back.

  14. Much better that the last 90s look KLR i love it,the design looks cool, more rally oriented look….

    its a KLR, glad to see it back.

    🙂 fuel gauge & fuel injected…. nice

  15. A lot are dissapointed that the KLR is not in the 700 tenere, 790 adventure market. I think Kawasaki was going more for target of the himalayn. Simple and get the job done, I have a 2009 KLR and love it.

  16. It is a lot of motorcycle for the money, a bargain in today’s choices if you like singles. I am surprised Kaw was able to get emissions to pass on the 659 single, I guess that shows it is still possible to offer something in non upright parallel twin config. Something not mentioned in comments yet, so I will: New rear subframe reads as if welded on to mainframe, too bad don’t like that. Tenere is not the competition here, Royal En is.

  17. THANK YOU KAWI FOR KEEPING THE BIG SINGLE!!!!!

    we get rid of the cat and we’re back to normal weight and still have all the improvements!

    Suspension doesnt really matter because we’re going to customize for ourselves anyways

    • These problems fixed along time ago, even eagle mikes, the maker of the doohickey mentioned this on their website, I have never broke one in any of my Gen 1,2 bikes, I replaced all the 2 part counter balance adjusters for single piece, for me a design issue, all I ever had was worn spring no failures, I believe most failure are due to improper adjustment of the doohickey, failure to tighten the adjuster bolt, allowing the doohickey to move under load.

  18. A lot of much needed upgrades, tank is essentially same as before, exception is the long low forward protruding major ugly Gen2 plastics are made less front to back long, instead they went vertical into the faring more like a rally bike, black and camo least favorite, red/orange brakes up the giant black blob. Where they put the 24 pound weight gain, if low, no problem, high will be an issue to an already heavy 650 for off road. If you had as many gen 1 and 2 KLRs as I’ve had, you know we have been waiting for these upgrades for a long time, some opinions may vary regarding cosmetics, but overall this new launch is a long time coming.

  19. I know this is probably crazy but with elbow issues it would be nice to have electronic cruise control I could see me doing the easy IronButt 1000cc on this and the 1500 at the same time. Throttle locks give short term relief but electronic cruise would be the ticket. If this is better than my 2008 model oh baby can’t wait.

    • No cruse control, but have done the IronButt around lake Michigan. No problem. Had replaced the seat, and a few other things . Found it funny that the other guys bailed after a couple of hours on v twins from Milwaukee.

    • I did the 1000 mile saddle sore on a 2018 with no throttle lock or even one of those cramp busters. The bike was completely stock, with only a sheep skin thrown over the seat. That worked for me. Now, I tried to get a throttle lock and cramp buster. I bought both the day before, but then neither fit. Come to think of it, I did get a case of tennis elbow for a while after that.

      • Throttlemeister is the answer to this. On the 1st gen you can use the TM or the throttle cable adjustment. Make the adjustment a bit tighter so that the friction will hold the throttle (to a point). Both gens can use the Throttlemeisters as well as the gen 3.

  20. Looks like a great update in many respects. After doing an intercontinental ride from BC Canada to Patagonia and back at first look this seems like a great choice. Good for rough dirt roads, high altitude, water crossings, more comfortable for full daylight long rides. I think Kawasaki has done a very good job on this re-do….Looking forward to testing and making a 1st hand experienced decision…

  21. I was expecting this. They have chose to have a bike that no one else really has. A lot cheaper of a bike that can and will fit for so many, whether world travel, weekend trips, etc.
    I was hoping for more for sure. But, I do not get this 30yr old production bike thing. No other form of transport does this. 5 speed’s, low power,etc, just dont get it.

  22. You have to hand it to KTM. They have their 690 upgraded suspension, FI, Traction control, switchable ABS, 67HP, 6 speed gearbox and 350LBS wet. You can add soft bags for less than $500.

  23. Dear Kawasaki
    You could’ve built a contender. Nooooo
    You could have made ABS standard. Noooo
    You could have put a 6 speed twin in it. Noooo
    You could have put dual front discs on it. Noooo
    You could have built a bike for the 21st century. Noooo
    WTF were you thinking?

  24. Kawasaki wins for ugliest bike once again. Not really sure why anyone would buy this when you could get their other ugly dual sport the versys x 300 for less money, about the same horse power, a 6 speed transmission and about 80 less lbs. Can’t even imagine how they managed to get a 650 single to 452 lbs.

  25. I’m a 5’6 female and I have a 2008 KLR 650, my only issue is it’s much taller than even my Indian Chieftain. If I put a lowering kit on it, ( my husband tried it) and if we ride double or I bring home something heavy ( like dog food) and go over a bump, it bottoms out. Overall I love it. My husband and I both ride and we each have a KLR and a street bike. Four wheels move the body 2 wheels moves the soul is what rings true in our household

    • I have a blue 2008 ,and a 2009 green,and a black and yellow 2018 Klr 650…Love them all,But you need to be 6 foot tall

  26. Too heavy, same weight as my vstrom with worse brakes and power with a similar price point. Meh. Honda rally 300 is much more appealing.

  27. Amazing how there is still a market for this bike. I’m not hating. Glad people are getting what they want. Just amazed.

  28. With this weight and power I’d probably get a Suzuki V Strom 650 or the XT version. Sweet engine with a lot more power and great 6 speed tranny. And not that much more expensive in the real world. And while looks are subjective I like the way the Strom looks.

  29. My guess is a rider isn’t buying this to be the coolest kid on the block, but fuel injection is cool.. A big missed opportunity not adding that 6th gear.. I’m sticking with my DR 650. Good to see the return of a legend tho.

  30. I’ve been waiting for this for years! Thank God you finally realized what a mistake it was to stop making this great bike!

  31. Each time I wear out a KLR I shop the other bikes and come back to the KLR. It fits and it works for me. I’m on my 3rd KLR (2003, 2009, 2016) I have an F800GS that sits and gets dusty. I’ve ridden KTM Adventure for hours. I love the KLR. Comfortable and capable. The right balance of everything.

  32. So dumb that you can’t turn off the optional abs off-road, and they should’ve added a 6th gear to help limit vibration at highway speeds.

    • Not as ugly as the V-strom 650 but close. It is what it always was bulletproof, affordable, heavy and slow. It is the first “adventure” bike but it is a dual-sport so anything more than a plate bracket and some lights is a good thing. It should have been fuel injected years ago and ABS too. I’d never take any bike that weighs more than 300 lbs on a single track woods trail with rocks and mud that’s just silly. I would have bought one years ago but no ABS on any street bike is a bad idea.

  33. Ok Royal Enfield,

    Time to step up and drop the 650 Himalayan.

    2 cylinder 650cc
    6 speed
    Upside down forks
    $100 less at $6599
    Lastly.. swing for the fences with that ugly stick. The Himalayan 400cc is ugly but you will have to try very hard to dethrone the new KLR Fugly KING!

    Good luck RE your going to need it!
    Dana Sterling

  34. Looks great but a tachometer and/or gear indicator would be helpful features. How did they leave out the tach? I’d take that over a fuel gauge. Stick with the old gauge cluster and just give me a sixth gear, please.

  35. I am a fan of the KLR, and own a 2016 with 50K on the clock.
    Plenty of nice and much needed changes – but astounded they didn’t add a 6th gear.
    How many times have we all reached for the extra gear ??

    With the competition hotting up in the Mid Sized ADV market – this is like re-arranging deckchairs on the Titanic. Crazy opportunity wasted !!

  36. I can’t believe they didn’t add a 6th gear. I mean come on!!! Just put the verses engine in the dam thing. Improve the suspension so it can get altitude air and then you got what every Klr rider wants. P.s. I like the look.

    • Adding a 6th gear is done how? Wouldn’t they have to widen the cases like Honda had to for the 450? The Versys engine is to wide.

  37. Darn thats an ugly bike. I rode one in South America two up and it handled everything we through at it day in day out. But I just couldn’t buy anything that looked so bad even if its function over design. The price looks sharp, pity the looks don’t match.

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  39. Reason I want to trade down from my KTM 950 adv to a KLR is lighter weight. This thing is a single and weighs more than the 950 ! Guess I will get the older shape and lengthin the swingarm. Nice bike though !

    • Get the KTM 790 Adventure weighing in at 418 lbs. Have had 3 KLR’s over the years and like the new bike, but my KTM with 95 HP and 418 lbs is a kick ass machine, plus the 5.3 gal tank is a saddle tank with the weight down around your shins. But the KLR is about half the price.

  40. Perhaps one should be grateful if you have the privilege to afford such a motorcycle and be able to travel the quiet back roads on such a machine???

  41. Shows what kind of following/intrest the KLR has. 100 comments! Don’t think I’ve seen that many for any article on here before.

  42. No Tachometer is a non -starter (for me) Old eyes need analogue gauges. It’s more road bike now but being 80 yrs old I would consider it. Have had two previous KLRs and enjoyed them
    fully. Must learn not to ride off road with KTM riders ! Have been some amazing places on my
    2000 KLR.

    • What changes have they made to the milk crate? I hope they offer matching colors!
      It’s a venerable, love it or hate it machine but for now I’m sticking with my ‘20 versys x 300. Much lighter.

  43. Looks kind of the same, but better. Like the Soyuz capsule, it leaves what works well alone. Leave the stylish plastics for the fanbois. Form should follow function.

  44. It’s a fine evolution of the durable and excellent original, which was/is an icon. But its too heavy. In my small opinion all makers should try harder to attend to weight in duals and also many street bikes. It’s ok if some bikes are heavy but, in a perfect world, not this sort and not this one. Still, its going to make people that like the mighty KLR650 pretty happy and that is great. And these will just keep going.

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