2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 – Four Wheeler Magazine

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2009 Kawasaki KLR 650 Review – Bed Toys

Dual-purpose motorcycles are awesome. Thanks to their on-/off-highway design, they offer the option of pounding pavement or tackling trails in one package. In addition, their street-legal status allows you to travel easily between trail systems that are separated by roadways. With a dual-purpose bike, you don’t have too mess around with loading and unloading your bike just to legally travel to a trail a few miles away

A proven dual-purpose motorcycle is Kawasaki’s KLR 650. It’s powered by a rugged 651cc, single-cylinder, four-stroke, four-valve engine that offers quick throttle response and healthy low-end grunt. Naturally, the engine has all the amenities like electric start and liquid cooling (with fan and temp gauge).

Engine power is fed to a five-speed transmission. Why only a five-speed? Well, Kawasaki says this is because of the engine’s broad torque curve, which makes it more than capable of off-highway sprinting or relaxed highway cruising.

The KLR 650’s suspension is comprised of a 41mm fork that produces 7.9 inches of suspension travel and a rear 7.3-inch-travel UNI-TRAK linkage system with five-way preload and four-way rebound damping shock. This system makes the bike proficient whether you’re traveling on pavement or dirt. And when it comes time to rein in the 650’s forward momentum, there’s a front dual-piston caliper gripping a 280mm petal-style disc and a rear single-piston caliper gripping a 240mm petal-style disc

The beauty of the street-legal KLR 650 is that it’s also capable in the dirt, making it a truly versatile backcountry tool.

The KLR 650 has a number of features designed specifically for off-highway travel, including a high-mounted front fender, tough engine rock guard, and a U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor. Another cool feature of the bike is its large 6.1-gallon fuel tank.

This generous fuel capacity combines with outstanding fuel economy to create a bike that can go a long way between fill-ups.

When it comes to rider comfort, the KLR 650 has great wind protection via frame-mounted bodywork, which includes a tall windscreen and large shrouds. Rider comfort is also addressed with a seat design that features plush urethane foam. A frame-mounted instrument panel, dual-bulb headlamp and a large rear cargo rack are also standard.

Here’s the really shocking news; The KLR 650 is surprisingly affordable with a base MSRP of only $5,599. That’s right, you can get a brand-new, big-bore, street-legal, on-/off-highway motorcycle for under six grand. That’s a KLR deal-nice!


Kawasaki KLR 650

Vehicle model: 2009 Kawasaki KLR 650

Base price: $5,599

Color: Ebony, Sunbeam Red, Oriental Blue

Type: Four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve, liquid-cooled

Displacement (cc): 651

Compression ratio: 9.8:1

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