The Kawasaki KLR650 is back. The Japanese manufacturer has reintroduced its distinctive dual-sport motorcycle and, it is a completely new motorcycle and features a host of updates over its predecessor.
- The engine is now available with fuel injection.
- Wider steering wheel and a more relaxed work environment
- Changes have been made to the suspension and brakes.
Kawasaki KLR650 Engine
The KLR650 is powered by a 652cc, single-cylinder, DOHC, liquid-cooled engine. This new model is now receiving fuel injection. More notable changes have been made to the exhaust system; The tailpipe diameter has been reduced by 7.7mm and Kawasaki says it has done so to “improve the characteristics of the mid-range torque to better suit everyday driving.”
In addition, updates were made to the clutch and transmission. Clutch release bearings have been changed from ball bearings to thrust needle bearings, gear hooks and transmission fork have been modified for third gear, and a new final drive used for fourth and fifth gear.
The new sealed battery adds more convenience and is much lighter than the old one. The starter, ignition coil, and evaporator housing have been revised and are now lighter than previous models.
Kawasaki KLR650 Framework
The new Kawasaki KLR650 still uses a semi-double-cradle frame, but it has received many updates: the rear frame is now integrated with the mainframe, and the swing arm is 30mm long and also features a 2mm larger pivot shaft.
The suspension is driven by a 41mm front fork providing an impressive 200mm suspension distance, while the rear is made up of 185mm individual shocks. The rear suspension can be adjusted for preload and reverse.
The front brakes are now a 300mm larger disc which should provide better braking performance. Meanwhile, the rear disc is 1mm thicker to provide better heat dissipation in severe braking. Also, the disc has been changed from a petal-type to a round disc.
The Kawasaki KLR650 features a 21 “front wheel and a 17” rear wheel. Kawasaki stated in its press release that a stronger material was used for the rear wheel.
The functional design of the Kawasaki KLR650
On the upcoming Kawasaki KLR650, the footrests have been offset 10mm, allowing for better functionality with the new handlebar that is also equal in width. Both are now rubberized to reduce vibrations. The windshield also rises 2 inches and allows an additional 1 inch of adjustment.
Kawasaki KLR650 Features
An LCD kit, integrated accessory stabilizer bar, two optional plugs, and LED headlights are new for the 2022 model.
Price and variants of Kawasaki KLR650
Internationally, the Kawasaki KLR650 2022 will be available in two models, one with ABS and the other without ABS. In addition, there will be two variants: the KLR650 Adventure and the KLR650 Traveler. The Adventure features a 21-liter wheelset, additional LED lights, engine guards, and two plugs. On the other hand, the Traveler comes with two sockets and a 42-liter box.
The 2022 Kawasaki KLR650 is priced at $ 6,699 (Rs. 4.88 lakh) for the model without ABS, $ 6,999 (Rs. 5.10 lakh) with ABS, $ 7,399 (Rs. 5.39 lakh) for the traveler, and $ 7,999 (5.83 lakh) for adventure. KLR models were not previously available in India and Kawasaki is unlikely to bring them here anytime soon.
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