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2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

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The Kawasaki KLR650 is around for quite some time now, as it made its debut back in 1987. Since then the motorcycle has been constantly upgraded and the new KLR 650 Edition has all it needs to compete with success against its rivals.

Its relatively affordable price, versatility and tough construction make it the first choice for many adventure-loving riders, as it can deal great both on and off the road.

At the heart of the motorcycle lies a 651cc, four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single engine which is linked to a five speed transmission.

Among the comfort features offered by the Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition you’ll find a new multi-contour seat and dimpled seat cover, a larger fairing, a frame-mounted instrument panel and 17 amps for the alternator outpout.

The Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition bike can be yours for $6,599.

Overview

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

The Dual-Sport King Gets an Upgraded Throne

Precious few dual purpose motorcycles can take a rider nearly anywhere they wish to go on and off-road, only one can do it all with acceptable comfort levels, all year long, without breaking the bank. That legendary motorcycle is the Kawasaki KLR650, a tough lightweight adventure bike that might just share some DNA with pack mules and mountain goats. Now, it’s better than ever.

Updated with new higher-rate suspension springs and firmer rebound damping, the dependable KLR now offers even more composure and reduced fork dive when ridden aggressively on twisty backroads. It also offers improved bottoming resistance when ridden over rough terrain. A new seat is narrower in the front for an easier reach to the ground, and wider through the rear seating area to enhance rider maneuverability, and boost long-range comfort. Attractive new graphics and additional color offerings also help set the updated 2014.5 model apart from its predecessors. It all adds-up to produce a more capable adventure partner, whatever the road.

KLR’s hearty single-cylinder, 651cc, four-stroke engine provides ample torque and horsepower to propel this globe-trotting explorer down almost any road or trail, and its healthy low-end grunt and linear throttle response maximize traction regardless of the terrain, so everything from exploring the outback to threading through rush-hour traffic can be handled with the same high level of proficiency.

2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition Key Features:

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• Ultimate on- and off-road adventure motorcycle is an annual best-seller
• Durable 651cc single-cylinder engine produces smooth, user-friendly power
• NEW Front and rear suspension springs and rebound damping provide a more stable platform
• NEW Multi-contour seat and dimpled seat cover enhance both maneuverability and comfort
• Comfortable wind protection and 6.1-gallon fuel tank allow for long-range adventure touring
• Composite rear cargo rack provides plenty of space for luggage
• 41mm telescopic fork supplies great on and off-road performance
• Adjustable Uni-Trak® rear suspension offers plenty of travel and a smooth, controlled ride
• Twin-piston front disc brake and single-piston rear disc brake furnish excellent stopping power

2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition Features and Benefits:

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

Long distance minded 651cc four-stroke single

• Cam timing and tuning combination aid in producing a broad, user-friendly powerband
• Smooth bends on the one-piece exhaust pipe permit exhaust efficiency at all rpm
• Light, silent cam chain contributes to a quieter engine
• Double engine balancer helps engine run smoothly from idle to redline for less fatigue on long rides
• Advanced piston ring design helps minimize oil consumption
• Oil sight window permits easy and accurate inspection of oil level

Four-valve cylinder head

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• Compact combustion chamber allows increased compression ratio with less detonation yet provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
• Boosts low-end torque with sufficient power at all rpm
• Secondary air (ASV) system helps reduce exhaust emissions

Liquid cooling

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• Thin and lightweight Denso radiator fitted with a lightweight and thin cooling fan for maximum cooling efficiency, even at low speeds
• Maintains consistent engine temperatures for long engine life and sustained power during hard use
• Allows tighter engine clearances for quieter running
• Includes a temperature gauge

Fully transistorized ignition

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• Fully transistorized ignition unit more precisely controls timing no matter how fast the rpm changes
• Long, trouble-free lifespan

Electric starter

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• Easy and convenient starting

Handlebar-mounted choke

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• Convenient location makes starting and warm-up easier

Five-speed transmission

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• The engine’s broad torque curve means only five speeds are needed for off-road sprinting and relaxed highway cruising
• O-ring drive chain for reduced maintenance and long chain service life

Capable suspension

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• UPGRADED 41mm front fork with 7.9 inches of travel, features new 40% firmer springs and 27% firmer rebound damping to match, for a more controlled ride
• UPGRADED Uni-Trak® linkage equipped rear suspension offers 7.3 inches of travel, features new spring with a 63% higher rate and rebound damping settings that are 83% firmer to match, for a more controlled ride and better load carrying capabilities
• High-mounted front fender for any adventure-touring situation
• Five-way shock spring preload and four-way rebound damping adjusters help tailor the ride to suit conditions and changing loads
• D-section swingarm offers good torsional flex characteristics and contributes to the bike’s excellent handling

Strong wheels

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• 4mm spokes provide wheel stiffness, further enhancing handling performance and improving steering response

Chassis

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• Semi-double cradle frame made of high-tech, round-section, high-tensile steel
• Detachable rear subframe provides access to the rear shock, airbox and carburetor for easy maintenance
• Large rear cargo rack included

Engine guard

• Protects engine from rocks and trail debris when the going gets tough

Front and rear disc brakes

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• Lightweight 280mm front and 240mm rear petal-style discs offer excellent braking

Lighting

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• Dual-bulb headlamp offers great night illumination
• Tail light, parking light and the high-mounted turn signals improve the KLR650’s visibility at night or in poor visibility conditions

Large 6.1-gallon fuel tank

• Generous capacity permits serious adventure touring

Additional comfort and touring features

Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

• NEW Multi-contour seat and dimpled seat cover are narrower and more-tapered at the front for a shorter reach to the ground and enhanced rider manoeuvrability, the seat’s rear section is wider and less tapered to enhance rider comfort
• Bodywork includes a large fairing for great wind protection
• Alternator output is 17 amps, with a total capacity of 36 watts to provide ample power for the headlight as well as add-on grip heaters and other accessories
• Easy-to-read instrument panel is mounted to the frame and includes a large-face speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meter and water temperature gauge
• Optional extended warranty

Specifications

Engine TypeFour-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single
Displacement651cc
Bore x Stroke100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression ratio9.8:1
Cooling SystemLiquid
CarburetionKeihin CVK40
IgnitionElectric CDI
TransmissionFive-speed
Final driveSealed chain
Frame TypeSemi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake/Trail28 degrees / 4.4 in.
Front suspension / wheel travel41mm telescopic fork / 7.9 in.
Rear suspension / wheel travelUni-Trak® single-shock system with 5-way preload and stepless rebound damping / 7.3 in.
Front Tire Size90/90x21
Rear Tire Size130/80x17
Front brakes / rear brakesSingle 280mm petal-type disc, two-piston caliper / Single 240mm disc, single-piston caliper
Overall length90.4 in.
Overall width37.8 in.
Overall height53.1 in.
Ground clearance8.3 in.
Seat height35.0 in.
Curb weight432 lbs.
Fuel capacity6.1 gal.
Wheelbase58.3 in.
Color ChoicesCandy Lime Green/Ebony, Metallic Flat Raw Graystone/Ebony, Pearl Stardust White/Ebony
Good Times™ Protection Plan12, 24, 36 or 48 months
Warranty12 Months
Price$6,599


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