Sunday, December 21, 2008

KLR 650 Facts

I am still waiting for JPJ Perlis to return Registration Card, Road Tax and the stack of original documents.. without them, i am not allowed to ride my KLR650.. Meanwhile, i wanna share history and facts of Kawasaki KLR 650 (from Wikipedia)..

The Kawasaki KLR650 is a dual-purpose intended for use on both paved and unpaved roads. It has been a long-standing model in Kawasaki's lineup, having been introduced in 1987 and remaining almost unchanged through the 2007 model. The 2008 model was the first significant redesign of the KLR650 since its inception.
The KLR650 is heavier than specialized off-road dirt bikes, but it can handle most conditions when ridden carefully by a skilled rider. Its 4-stroke DOHC dual-counter balanced, single-cylinder, water-cooled engine develops a claimed 44 hp at the crank; typical measurements at the rear wheel are 35 horsepower. Typical fuel economy is 5.2–3.9 L/100 km. It has a claimed 22.1 liter fuel tank. The KLR is widely used as an inexpensive adventure/touring bike. The addition of luggage and personalized modifications (GPS, heated handgrips, larger windscreens) make it more functional on long trips.. also the dry weight is 337 lb (153 kg)..


Changes on 2008+ Model:
New fairing design, new instrument panel, redesigned handlebar control switches, new bar-end weights, revised powerband, revised suspension has reduced travel but with less static sag, new rear swingarm, new turn signals, larger petal-style vented brake rotors, new twin-piston rear brake caliper, increased radiator capacity, fork diameter increased from 38 to 41 mm, new headlight similar to that used on the Kawasaki Ninja 650R, larger luggage rack, firmer seat, larger-diameter wheel spokes. Stator "alternator" upgraded to 17 A output, providing an additional 36 watt capacity.






2009: New piston rings are thinner and have more tension, resulting in a significant reduction in oil consumption. Back to single-piston rear brake caliper. 
The KLR 650 has been used by the US Marine Corps (USMC) since 1999. If the Marine uses the KLR650, there's nothing can go wrong with it..






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