Oh, and I ran two quarts of hot oil through before filling her up cause I'm anal. Gear Up! I like to cruse around 65 to get where I'm going, seems like a lot of engine speed on this new DLR. Which bike is right for me? Inspirational stories by veteran travellers Greg Frazier (5 times RTW), Peter and Kay Forwood (193 countries), Tiffany Coates (Mongolia Mayhem) and Rene Cormier (University of Gravel Roads). That extra tooth lets the bike run at highway speeds without pushing the tach beyond my comfort zone. If not required to maintain 75 plus there are often better alternatives to the interstate highways, prettier, less traffic, and almost as fast. Greg, Australia All text and photographs are copyright © Grant and Susan Johnson, 1987 - 2020 or their respective authors. Your hands won't be numb at the end if the day. Power for the KLR650 comes from a strong, dual overhead cam, four-valve, liquid-cooled, single cylinder, 651cc four-stroke engine. Not comfortable for bike or rider in my opinion. Find HU Event COVID-19 status updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. This bike has been well maintained and has every accessory and niciety I can think of. It is a shaft drive and is smoother than my old 650 XS at highway speeds. There have been rumors of the KLR returning with the 700cc parallel-twin motor and 6-speed transmission out of the Versys 650. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events all over the world with the help of volunteers; we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships. To get a sense of what goes on, watch the meetings trailer here! In 3 years her minivan will be paid off. It uses maybe 8 oz. It will available in 3 version. Mines an '05 with 19k miles on it. KLR Rix. Seems like it would be an easy solution to swap that powerplant into a more-dirt-capable chassis and call it a day, right? No, it isn't really meant for 80mph riding. Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! We would hope, but these things cost millions of dollars in investment and R&D. Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1. Hello everyone new to the forum and the KLR. This lowers your highway speed RPM's by about 300. 2006 Red KLR 650 Modifications: 1)Doohickey Planned and purchased 2)Aftermarket Grips 3)Grip Heaters 4)Happy Trails Hard Luggage Rack 5)20 mm ammo cases planned soon 6)Aftermarket Exhaust 7)Thermobob … 2009 Kawasaki KLR™ 650 pictures, prices, information, and specifications. 2009 Kawasaki KLR™ 650 pictures, prices, information, and specifications. My 2002 KLR has 104 000KM and it is still running strong: I don't push the bike much beyond 60mph for any length of time, as it's just not built for it. It's really very simple - just 4 easy steps! Home › P/N: 4430 Kawasaki KLR 650. The KLR 650 will give you several hundred miles before you fill up, provided you’re out there on the highway and aren’t hitting that throttle hard. Close. is 5.5 hours of tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike & deal with breakdowns and emergencies. Search Forums ONLY searches the HUBB, and not well. 02 klr - heated vest and grips, corbin dished, EM doo, petcock mod, MB PCV mod, stainless oil filter, bash plate, mayher hand guards, low mount fender, power socket, tall windscreen, jardine exhaust, jetted, studebaker shifter, magnetic plug, airbox mod, k&N, kenda knobbies, DIY pelicans, HID light, I keep tugging on the shifter hoping there's another one stuffed in there but I haven't found it yet. New to motorcycle travelling? 2009 Kawasaki KLR™ 650 pictures, prices, information, and specifications. More dirt-bike than adventure tourer; perfect if you are looking to go off the beaten path 2. Up for sale is my 2013 KLR 650. This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. Kawasaki Tech Forum - For Questions specific and of interest to Kawasaki riders only. If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us! NEW Fourth book Cost/purchase price is light on the wallet, and so is the maintenance costs when comparing equivalent … You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, or ask questions on the HUBB. The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Taro, I took my 08 KLR on a highway only (pretty much high speed - for a KLR) road trip. First; I must be a bit confused about the engine. I could cut off satellite and Internet. Posted by 4 years ago. The KLR indicated 100 mph and the V-Max owner said the same. Become an HU Member and Supporter! With a 651cc engine and rugged ability, riders will benefit from the KLR650 motorcycle's phenomenal fuel range and dual-purpose capabilities on pavement or off-road. Joined: Jan 4, 2005 Oddometer: 51 Location: Grand Junction, Colorado. I had thought about the front sprocket change but my KLX seems a little on the high side in 1st already.... .... telling me this because I said that anything over 300 made me wish for a Concours sounds kinda silly to me. Details... We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love. Thanks for the posts, guys. Get Ready! If it makes you feel better, the KLR has its limitations. Wondering what this motorcycle adventure travel gig is all about? Still King of the Dual-Sport Class. For you guys traveling on road whats your max crusing speed? Below is the information on the 2009 Kawasaki KLR™ 650. Running a taller tire than factory stock, such as a 130/90-17 as apposed to a 130/80-17 will lower your RPM's a little, although I've never investigated how much. HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread. i couldnt find it. What don't I need? People who want to meet travellers - yes that's YOU - and can provide local assistance, and may be your new best friends! #3 JTucker , Mar 18, 2009 Press J to jump to the feed. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" This section will help you to plan your trip, whether it's to the next state, country or all the way around the world! I am over the darn moon at the difference! Outro Music is "Spring in my step" from YouTube Creation Tools. Add yourself to the Updates List for each event! The low-speed handling and high-speed highway handling improved on my baby 100%. "Near Varna" ” Five-speed transmission ” Keihin CVK40 Fuel System The single-cylinder 650 engine found in the KLR650 is beautifully balanced for smooth highway operation while having enough torque for off-road maneuverability and fun riding. "This DVD will save you a fortune!" 3. The KLR is a terrible choice for highway commuting. Many of my miles are two up, and the bike handles it fine, including some quite knarly (or is that "narly") Mexican backroads. We have about 3 more years of childcare to go. KLR 650 Riders, what is your top highway speed with stock gearing? The bike is unique and has its own story... Get your Horizons Unlimited business card! Facebook; Twitter; Youtube; Instagram; Newsletter; Sign in to follow this . (0 Registered Users and/or Members and 1 guests), Travellers' questions that don't fit anywhere else, Trip Transport - Shipping the bike and yourself. 4WD roads in Moab Utah; Ouray CO and the like. frame across the back of a 2006 KLR and ride it 14 miles each way to work and back. But if you do want to take a bike and all your stuff with you, start here: Choosing and outfitting the bike. If you would like to get a quote on a new 2009 Kawasaki KLR™ 650 use our Build Your Own tool, or Compare this bike to other On-Off Road motorcycles.To view more specifications, visit our Detailed Specifications. In my old cruiser bike days I usto ride this trail when I had time and I was stressed... well it paid off. I'll probably just get use to the RPM's, sounds like the motor will handle it just fine, "If you simply take up the attitude of defending a mistake, there will be no hope of improvement.". Trevor, South Africa I'll make an attempt to list it all, but will probably forget something, so just as if you have questions. No question a Suzuki V-Strom DL-650 is totally superior to the KLR650 on the highway. Archived. Got bounced around by the wind way more before I added a fork brace, now it's much better but some really windy days are still definitely white knuckle. I am going to buy me a small bungee cord cruise control. My primary has cut my hours. Maybe sooner if she can help once the childcare is done for. Below is the information on the 2017 Kawasaki KLR™ 650. I used to Jones for a BMW but love the simplicity of the KLR. Also comes with brand new uncounted front tire. KLR 650 Highway Speed. Home › P/N: 4429 Kawasaki KLR 650. I did the 16 tooth change years ago and it gives me comfortable driving on the open roads. New to the HU site? "It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" Sustaining highway cruise speed seems to be getting to me as increased vibration and the motor seems to be in the upper section of the rev range. thought it was a senior member, but we need some followup! The motor provides a wide range of power equally suitable for negotiating low-speed trails and cruising at a more brisk highway pace. "My friend and I are planning a trip from Singapore to England... We found (the HU) site invaluable as an aid to planning and have based a lot of our purchases (bikes, riding gear, etc.) r/klr650: Devoted to the trustworthy KLR 650. Already have an account? Graham Field! Get over it. Isn't part of the adventure the journey to the destination? It is not a bike for Interstate droning. Advertisers - Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel. We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers. Transmission was a conventional five speed with chain drive. Most riders doing cross-country trips aren’t likely to swap their tank out for a safari tank but some do. So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! Colin, UK I made a fix that worked for about 3 yrs, but some driveline vibes were setting in. "Very informative and practical." (Grant). The option is to not be in a hurry, then you can do 60. Even by the standards of 650cc singles, the KLR is a little sleepy. See the trailer here! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'. "Just makes me want to pack up and go!" VerticalScope Inc., 111 Peter Street, Suite 901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 2H1, Canada. A forum community dedicated to Kawasaki KLR 650 motorcycle owners and enthusiasts. For nearly 30 years the KLR has been a dependable motorcycle that has enough oomph to cruise at highway speeds and is light enough for just about any offroad newbie to feel comfortable riding on a fire road or beginner trail. Wish I had another gear to pull the RPM's down a bit. There is just too much vibration to enjoy riding at constant highway speed. "Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the (video) series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring!" of oil in 3,000 miles. It can do it no problem and I've done thousands of highway miles on it (knobbies, semi-knobbies, different sprockets, 85mph-90mph), but it doesn't feel fun at all. Great conversation starter when you meet people on the road! I make it a practice to not run my 2000 KLR over 4500 rpm for extended periods. With an HU blog, you'll get a lot more readers than in some obscure corner of the web, it's all set to go, no setup required, and it's free! I am over the darn moon at the difference! So she buys groceries, childcare, and pays her studen loans. I pay everything else. :-). Ripcord Rescue Travel Insurance™ combines into a single integrated program the best evacuation and rescue with the premier travel insurance coverages designed for adventurers. I have taken from British Columbia to Nicuaragua and all over the US. By XRsick50, October 24, 2006 in KLR/KLX 600/650. boys, time to fess-up about the klr and the highway (speed and distance) you all are riding at. User account menu. Below is the information on the 2017 Kawasaki KLR™ 650. I had over 3,000 miles on my bike when I left, and had "consumed" no noticeable oil in that time. I also have a rear sprocket that I'll try next time I change tires, it will drop a tooth on the back and lower the rpm even more. I loath riding my 2008 KLR650 over 60mph (97km/h) it feels terribly unstable. 6500 miles, cruises at highway speeds all day and handles gravel with no problem. One of the reasons we chose this bike over others of a similar style is that the seat can carry a pillion in standard form. During the tear down, it was apparent the engine was in excellent condition. We peddle dreams, the achievable kind, creating an addiction to overland travel. 800+ HU Communities in 115 countries! Up to 15,000 feet in Peru, and Bolivia. where'd that post go where someone said they had their case split and said they found a switch to change from 5 gears to 6? The gear trades a bit of lower end torque for top end speed, but it works for me. etc. is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Daily commuter this summer. https://new.horizonsunlimited.com/ts...lsouth-america, XR650R / XR650L / KLR650 / XT600 ? Yeah, pretty much, but I’m not sure that s… The KLR has all the power you need if not the power you want. Mile Marker 42 Adventurer. Add to Cart. Confused? 2017 Kawasaki KLR™ 650 pictures, prices, information, and specifications. 2019 Kawasaki KLR 650 Bike Price and Release Date. 00 to 4,500rpm (sweet spot for this big single). At these highway speeds I get 19 to 20km per litre running 91 octane. I usually use a 16/43 sprocket set, and that is 70 mph'ish. If you're in a hurry you need something different for highway use. P/N: 4430 Kawasaki KLR 650 — Fits Years: 1987-2007* $189.95 Quantity. KLR650 - Highway speeds, sucker shuts off, fires back up after 5 min. Just so there's no confusion. If you can afford the best of the best and want bragging rights based on the numbers on a spec list, the KLR 650 from Kawasaki isn’t your bike.If you don’t already hate it, are those things true? ( still making more than her.) MOST road bikes are better than the KLR on the highway, but my 08 KLR was pretty comfy cruising along at 70 for what it is. Calendars Featuring the 13 winning photos from the Horizons Unlimited annual motorcycle travel photo contest! all speeds are per GPS not speedometer, my speedo was 10% fast at all speeds, so 80-85 GPS would be 88-94 speedo. While those are high rpms for the speed it also gets the bike there very quickly for sure. I was reading some posts about how the new 08 klr is the machine to pick cause it can maintain true highway speeds of 80 to 85 miles per hour for extended periods of time. Otherwise, the KLR is a great bike. Facebook; Twitter; Youtube; Instagram; Newsletter; Sign in to follow this . helps answer the question - Why Go? Smaller windscreen with less wind protection on the highway. 2020 Edition of Chris Scott's Adventure Motorcycling Handbook. Meet people who don't think you're crazy for wanting to ride your bike to South America or across Asia! If you already hate it, this review isn’t for you. Followers 0. I would NEVER buy a KLR if I was just going to be riding pavement. ALL Dates subject to change. T-shirts Cotton or synth sweat-wicking t-shirts with the Horizons Unlimited logo on the front and a snappy slogan (changing every year) on the back. Next trip I'm using a sheepskin in hope of a little more comfort. See the trailer here! Smooth-shifting 5-speed transmission has a gear for every situation, from low-speed trails to highway touring use. She owes on those loans a most what we owe on the house. For road riding where you gotta do 65 - 75 mph just to keep pace with traffic the KLR is not the ticket. Help keep your favorite website going and get additional HUBB privileges! My 2011 at 70mph is cranking out 5200 rpm and seems like its pushing it. This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. What do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps, GPS? Fully loaded I have no trouble keeping up with traffic (California 70 mph+) when I need to (I usually search out back roads). The Road Heroes DVD series r/klr650: Devoted to the trustworthy KLR 650. Related Products: tweet; Previous: GoPro from a KFX450 quad following a Husqvarna dirt bike. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's.". covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! My reasons: The KLR's engine doesn't have the horsepower for highway driving, especially if you're tall. The Horizons Unlimited Bulletin Board or HUBB is a fact-based forum connecting over 50,000 adventure travellers. "This is the answer to all my questions." 1. Below is the information on the 2009 Kawasaki KLR™ 650. "Inspirational and Awesome!" Thomas, Germany. Phil, Australia JavaScript is disabled. Almost all of that was on freeways doing 75-80 mph at around 5100-5500 rpm. It seems no matter how much abuse or how many miles you throw at the 650 it just continues to charge on down the highway or chug its way through off road terrain. 2018 Kawasaki KLR 650, VEHICLE WILL BE AVAILABLE DECEMBER 14TH. How can I improve highway stability. Top gear being fairly tall for the bike but good for long distance highway cruising. The frame of the KLR650-A was a steel, semi-double cradle type with front forks raked at … It's pretty much billiard-table flat. In summary if you want a good basic dual purpose bike that can be optimised for highway riding and also dirt roads the klr650 is a good choice for the money. The option is to not be in a hurry, then you can do 60. I have on 03 with 40k miles on the clock and it uses no oil. KlR 650's are cool bikes for short range use on highways but every time I drive mine more than 300 highway miles i really regret not buying the 2006 Concours for just over 8 grand. 3. I was in the seat 2 1/2 hours, stopping for a short stretch midway. Drops the RPMs at highway speed and makes a big difference. So yes, families are expensive. I wish mine had a 6th gear as well, seems like the bike wuld have plenty of torque and you could always...downshift. I'm a bit of a heavier guy. I'm up to about 20,000 Miles on my KLR, and a lot of that is highway. They actually exceed the street performance of the DR650, but perhaps would be challenged to do what the DR can do off road. I have a 2013 KLR 650 and added rear tusk panniers and now have a wobble at about 65 mph. Collectors Box Set All 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "I for one always had an adventurous spirit, but you and Susan lit the fire for my trip and I'll be forever grateful for what you two do to inspire others to just do it." I am only selling to buy a snow machine. KLR 650 Highway Review. Worst failure I ever had was a speedo drive gearbox. While those are high rpms for the speed it also gets the bike there very quickly for sure. I just ordered the windscreen, It takes up to 3 weeks to get in. Also available for download on Vimeo! The pre-08 is comfortable up to about 85mph, after that I find that I want to duck down behind the windscreen to reduce the blast. "Thank you! Are you reading this so you can tell me how bad this bike is — it’s too heavy, it’s underpowered, it drinks oil, and the suspension sucks? As for cruising, I run expressways at 120km which comes in at about 107 or so by GPS. It seems to me that flying through at 100mph isn't touring at all, but just driving. I have a college diploma in electronics servicing. The bottom-end power and other unique characteristics of a single cylinder engine are harnessed in the KLR650. It … Covers choice & preparation of best bike, shipping overseas, baggage design, riding techniques, travel health, visas, documentation, safety and useful addresses." What is your top speed btw? Brent, USA 27 Posts . Less technology and more practical design (easier to work on or work with if you are stuck out in the bush). The KLR’s get-up-and-go comes courtesy of a strong, dual overhead cam, four-valve liquid-cooled 651cc engine. The Kawasaki KLR650 is around for quite some time now, as it made its debut back in 1987. We are all a bit insane, but that is irrelevant. For road riding where you gotta do 65 - 75 mph just to keep pace with traffic the KLR is not the ticket. Power for the KLR650 comes from a strong, dual overhead cam, four-valve, liquid-cooled, … These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. Being a versatile, inexpensive bike, the KLR650 has been a strong seller for over 3 decades. The bike ran great, no issues with performance OR fear( "Highway Speed Terror"). The KLR generates serious fire-road velocities if I play by its rules: 1) Set rear preload and damping stiff as you can stand, or the front end wanders, 2) Seek ye the positive camber; carom turns work best, 3) Since this beast loses weight with speed, maintain momentum at all costs, and 4) When the time comes to pay, always bail from the low side. HU Meetings are NOT like your typical bike rally! On the Road! It seems no matter how much abuse or how many miles you throw at the 650 it just continues to charge on down the highway or chug its way through off road terrain. Since the horsepower and acceleration is about the same for both versions, it appears that the difference is the larger fairing on the 08. The fork brace is probably only required on A (US) and B (Tengai) models cos of the skinnier forks (38mm). Travel Books Motorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you! A review of some of my more memorable rides and accessories for my KLR 650. This section will help you to stay connected to your friends and loved ones, and make new friends along the way! "...thoroughly enjoyed all of them, I love his writing style, his humour and his truthfulness", Get them NOW from the authors' website and Amazon. That includes the bike, riding gear, etc. "Yeah, that's right," Tom said foolishly. HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread. Matthew VanDyke with his Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle in Tripoli, Libya (2008) Egypt - While in Egypt VanDyke was hit by 3 vehicles, with no damage to the KLR650. Watch the HU Achievable Dream Video while you're stuck at home. An engine crankshaft counterbalancer and electric starter provide additional rider comfort and convenience. How do I pack it all? At a stop, just lift up on the shifter from first gear and the transmission stops at neutral - every time. on what we have learned from this site." Comes with KLR soft top box and saddle bags. The rugged and tough Kawasaki KLR ® 650 motorcycle is built for adventure. I love my KLR, but … Thanks to its split personality, the Kawasaki KLR 650 feels comfortable around town but also on the savage, muddy terrains. Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80G/S. Ready to ride away. see that is quite high for the speed. If you would like to get a quote on a new 2009 Kawasaki KLR™ 650 use our Build Your Own tool, or Compare this bike to other On-Off Road motorcycles.To view more specifications, visit our Detailed Specifications. World Map Sticker for Panniers Show your route on your panniers. Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! That keeps my speed close enough to traffic that I am comfortable, and the bike seems happy. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! I float my slim, svelte 6'3" 240 lb. It’s not especially fast. Followers 0. Start your blog here! The posted speeds on the route in mph: one mile at 25, six miles at 45, four miles at 55, two miles at 35, one mile at 30. Ripcord travel protection is now available for ALL nationalities, and travel is covered on motorcycles of all sizes! I went on what I consider my first real ride today. Three great travel books by The transmission features Kawasaki's exclusive positive neutral finder that makes selecting neutral at stoplights a breeze. 2018 Kawasaki KLR™650 The Kawasaki Difference THE RUGGED AND TOUGH KAWASAKI KLR... Sun Enterprises Denver, CO - 876 mi. On the highway it feels a little high-strung and "upset" at prolonged highway speeds. How do I prepare the bike? Add to Cart. "This site is the BIBLE for international bike travelers." See the trailer! If you would like to get a quote on a new 2017 Kawasaki KLR™ 650 use our Build Your Own tool, or Compare this bike to other On-Off Road motorcycles. Have YOU ever wondered who has ridden around the world? Joined: Apr 2, 2004 Oddometer: 92 Location: Alberta, … I was reading some posts about how the new 08 klr is the machine to pick cause it can maintain true highway speeds of 80 to 85 miles per hour for extended periods of time. XRsick50 XRsick50 3. You could just get on a plane with your credit card and passport and buy or rent everything you need when you get there. See the trailer here! If we keep the speed down, as on 2 laners, we are getting 400-450 km per tank. However, my opinion is that if you are touring, isn't the purpose to see things? Tips & opinions from over 150 travellers! KLR/KLX 600/650 ; KLR650 - Highway speeds, sucker shuts off, fires back up after 5 min. Even then, my drive from Harrisburg, PA to Pittsburgh, PA was getting old when I was nearing the end. Top Speed 163.5 km/h / 101.6 mph Whether they call it a tourer, a commuter, a canyon carver, an off-road-assault vehicle or all of the above, just about everyone who answered this month's readers' survey said their KLR was the the most enjoyable, versatile motorcycle they'd ever owned. As a tried and true KLR owner and lover it pains me to say this, but if you're doing mostly highway it's hard to beat a Vstrom 650 for comfort. I currently have about 54,000miles on it ,and they have not all been easy miles. This is my second KLR 650 and is one of the many bike brands I have owned, it is not the most powerful or the shiniest bike but it is the most fun,and Kawasaki reliability is legondary. NEW! Add the optional Kawasaki tank, tail and saddlebags, and you have a recipe for long-distance exploration, beckoning KLR650 owners to enjoy on- and off-road adventures.
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