Kawasaki klr 650 TransWorld Tour

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Kawasaki KLR 650

Picking the Right RTW Bike

Makes the Perfect Dual

Originally published in Trail March 5th, 2013

makes the perfect dual Is it better to rely on technology and or durability and simplicity? What would you choose if you were around the world tomorrow?

questions have plagued riders for decades, and absent the of anything too dramatic from the biggest motorcycle manufacturers, it continue to plague us for the foreseeable While the one bike quiver to be coming ever closer year—compliments of recent additions the BMW 800GS and a slough of performance KTM single cylinder bikes—there isn’t a clear winner can truly do it all.

I recently from the first two phases of will ultimately be an around-the-world that retraces a similar my father completed in 1977 on a XL250. I began my journey in Australia and have made it as far as Thailand, thus far. choosing the right bike, I had to countless elements: weight, capacity, dirt-worthiness, top end, availability of parts and ease of others.

After several thoughtful of ‘what-if’ and an extended QA with the at Happy Trails Products I on the ever-capable Kawasaki KLR 650. There other suitable options, but already owned 3 of these previously, I decided to go with I know.

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Collecting the bike in Australia on May 24 after 5 days of trains and automobiles

As most of you are probably aware, the KLR almost nothing exceptionally but everything alright. It is perhaps the vanilla of the 650-class dual boasting a deadly simple that has changed very over the last 20+ years. It is manufactured/distributed and parts are consequently world-wide.

For just over you can get a basic set-up that adequately address your for adventure, with aftermarket options galore.

The pros of the are its incredible versatility—it’s able to literally any riding conditions you can at it—and foolproof ease of Its cons are just as apparent—with a top end, single cylinder and obviously simple stock

So how did this jack-of-all-trades perform in a world long haul riding scenario?

Just fine, although in all there were a handful of issues, some of which I upon myself:

The petcock

Kawasaki KLR 650

The bike was left to sit in a shipping for roughly 2 months longer it was ever intended, resulting in initial carburetion issues on the end of the trip. Following a sputtering from the port in Brisbane, the made it less than 150 before I torched a vacuum in the petcock. This was partly I had the wrong jetting for a sea level and partly due to poor fuel

Good gas can be found typically at or BP stations as a 95 octane non-ethanol In SE Asia, this is referred to as If you go with Caltex or any other brand of fuel, it is likely by one of the big box supermarket retailers, and is generally of quality.

It took about 3 hours to diagnose and fix the problem, after I was promptly back on my way without Had I been on a BMW GS or KTM, I probably not have had any fuel issues in the place, however I would have been delayed days.

All Cycles and Kart in Wayne Mackaway dropped he  was doing to help me pull the apart and diagnose the problem

As noted the stock jetting on the KLR was not for my sea level ride across I elected to have the carb rebuilt and rejetted at Trinity in Cairns, before heading out more unforgiving territory—the This turned out to be a wise as the bike ran beautifully from the Way all the way through to Tenant Creek, and the heart of the Northern Territory.

Riding solo across the

Following a 7 month stint in the states, I shipped the KLR from Australia to Singapore for leg #2 of my ride. go-round, the issues appeared to be the bike’s charging system. I thought was a … battery into a torched stator.

learned: never push a bike that won’t over and has been sitting in a storage container for more half a year. Turns push starting the bike can put an load on the stator and regulator/rectifier it will not get enough juice to This was entirely my own fault, but the was (again) fairly quick, and straightforward.

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