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Kawasaki KLR 650

KLR 650Yes, I’m obsessed with motorcycles. When I lived in Europe I wanted a pair of motorcycles in California for when I visited my parents. So I bought two Kawasaki KLR 650s both because they are great dual sport motorcycles and because you can find them for cheap!

Johan and his father borrowed them and rode across the United States.  One I sold, and mine I’m keeping as a fun little wrenching toy 🙂


Lowered rear: Lowering the rear of the KLR was much easier than lowering the Honda Transalp. Again, this was done for me and my “short leg syndrome”.

KLR 650 Specs

Model: Kawasaki KLR 650
Year: 2001

Engine and Transmission

Displacement: 652 ccm
Engine type: Single cylinder
Stroke: 4
Valves per cylinder: 4
Transmission type final drive: Chain
Gearbox: 5-speed

Physical Measures

Seat height: 870 mm or 34.3 inches
Fuel capacity: 14L or 3.7 gallons
Dry weight: 168kg or 370 lbs

Chassis and Dimensions

Front brakes: Single disc
Rear brakes: Single disc