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[New Vehicle] KAWASAKI KLR650 2017 Year Overseas Model

  • 24/05/2016

KAWASAKI has released Adventure Bike KLR650 2017 Year Overseas Model.

30 Years from the First Edition. KLR650, the Long Loved Adventure Buddy

KLR650 is an Adventure Model equipped with 4 Cycle Single Cylinder Engine and has high popularity in Australia and Northern America.
It’s not only supported for its evolved vigor, low price and availability of repair parts but also because it was chosen ”Best Adventure Model” for comprehensive evaluation by journalists in a motorcycle media project that was held in the past.
*Cycle World from ”Adventure Shoot Out”

In Australia and Northern America, Adventure Models are required to offer reliability not to break down during long distance rides. KLR650(KL650A) is a long life model that has been in the market since 1987 with no basic modifications since. It was released one year earlier than the African Twin that was first released in 1988 and is known today as King of Adventure Models.


Only that KLR650 has a Single Cylinder Engine. It’s rather a Large Off Road Model mounted with cowls and differs slightly with the African Twin which is a replica of the Paris Dakar and is continuing to increase speed.

In Japan it is Better Known as TENGAI

In Japan it was released with an unusual name, TENGAI (End of the world) Some riders may be familiar with the model name KL650B from the KLR650 series.
It was dressed with full cowl and featured desert racing style but production only lasted for three years.

Current Model was Released in 2008. Front Mask is the Same as Ninja250R.

KLR650 generated several derived models but ended production in 2007. Current model KL650E started production in 2008 and took over. The name KLR650 hasn’t changed but it has substantially had a full model change.

The engine is the same Water-cooling Single Cylinder but headlamps are the same as the ones mounted to Ninja250R of that time. Ninja250 has had model change so the headlamp are somewhat nostalgic.
The vehicle is mainly produced in KAWASAKI Thailand and parts are being shared. So the price hasn’t raised after the model change.

Light Weight Adventure Model with Single Engine

The engine is installed with KEHIN Carburetor and equipped with Wide Ratio 5 Gear Cross Mission. Front tires are 21inch and rear tires are 17inch 130mm wide.

The Fuel Tank is approximately 23 liters (6.1 gallon) and offers cruising range over 500km. It normally weighs 196kg (Dry Weight: 170kg) and is light for its size.

Retail Price of the 2016 Model is 6,599 dollars (USA Model), that is approximately 720,000 Japanese Yen.
*Calculated with the exchange rate in May 2016.

2017 KLR650 Overseas Model


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The 2017 Model features unique dotted camouflage color. The colors will stand out in the city and also at off road scenes. No major modifications have been made for the 2017 Model except for the color.
I’m afraid it is not scheduled to be released in Japan.

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Color: Metallic Matte Carbon Gray
     Candy Red
     Camouflage Gray

Specifications for 2016 Model

Engine: 651cc Water-cooling 4 Cycle DOHC Single Cylinder
Bore x Stroke: 100.0mm x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio: 9.8:1
Fuel System: Keihin CVK40
Transmission Gear Ratio: 5-speed
Front Fork: 41mm Telescopic 200mm Stroke
Rear Suspension: Unitrack Single Shock (Rear Wheel Travel: 180mm)
Front Tire: 90/90 x 21
Rear Tire: 130/80 x 17
Front Brake: 254mm Single Petal Disc 2 Piston Caliper
Rear Brake: 212mm Single Disc 1 Piston Caliper
Frame Type: Semi Double Cradle (High Tensile Steel)
Weight: approximately 196kg
Fuel Tank Capacity: approximately 23 liters


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→ Read the full article (*Japanese)

Original Source [ Kawasaki ] (*Japanese)

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