's Ride-Net! 2002 Kawasaki Dirt Bikes - KLR 650

Feb. 01, 2006 By ORC STAFF



Off-road or on, Kawasaki's KLR650 motorcycle is designed with both street and dirt riding in mind, thanks to an engine that cruises comfortably at highway speeds, an ample and comfortably padded seat for extended saddle time, a large 6.1-gallon fuel tank, handguards, and a mini fairing to help block the wind.


The KLR's "get-up-and-go" comes courtesy of a strong, dual overhead cam, four-valve liquid-cooled 651 cc engine. The motor provides a wide range of power that's equally suitable for negotiating low-speed trails and cruising at a more brisk highway pace. An engine crankshaft counterbalancer and electric starter provide additional rider comfort and convenience.

The KLR650's frame is made of round-section high-tensile steel, the same strong yet lightweight material used to support Kawasaki's KX motocrossers. A detachable rear sub-frame simplifies maintenance by providing better access to the airbox, carburetor and rear shock. Adjustable, long-travel suspension ensures a plush ride both on pavement and on trails.

A U.S. Forestry Service-approved spark arrester ensures access to any Forest Service road open to licensed vehicles, while a sturdy engine guard protects the cases from loose rocks and gravel. Add an optional Kawasaki tank bag and soft luggage to the large standard rear rack and KLR650 owners can tote enough gear for an extended trip to any remote location.



651cc Four-Stroke Single

  • A compact, smooth, reliable and proven design
  • Special tuning to improve low and mid-range power
  • Light, silent cam chain reduces engine noise
  • Oil-level window permits easy and accurate inspection

Liquid Cooling

  • Even-running temperatures mean no "power fade" on hot days and longer engine life
  • Allows tighter engine clearances for quieter running
  • Automatic fan keeps things cool even in traffic
  • Includes a temperature gauge

Four-Valve Cylinder Head

  • Better breathing for more power at high rpm
  • Compact combustion chamber for increased compression ratio without detonation on today's gasolines
  • Provides maximum valve area for optimum flow
  • Boosts low-end torque

Double Engine Balancer

  • Engine runs smoothly from idle to redline for rider comfort and less fatigue on long rides

Capacitor Discharge Ignition with Electronic Advance

  • Delivers hot spark at the right time no matter what the rpm
  • Fewer moving parts for long, trouble-free life

Five-Speed Transmission

  • Designed to handle the engine's unique power characteristics
  • The engine's broad torque curve only requires five speeds for off-road and relaxed highway cruising

Handlebar-Mounted Choke

  • Convenient location makes starting and warm-up easier

Long-Travel Front Suspension

  • Designed to provide a good compromise between the requirements of on- and off-road riding
  • Air-adjustable front forks

Semi-Double Cradle Frame

  • Made of hi-tech, round-section, high-tensile steel, the same strong yet lightweight material used in our world-class motocross bikes

Engine Guard

  • So you don't have to worry about the engine when the going gets interesting

Detachable Rear Sub-Frame

  • Simplifies maintenance by providing better access to the rear shock, airbox and carburetor
  • Large rear cargo rack included

UNI-TRAK® Rear Suspension

  • Lowers the center of gravity for better handling
  • Progressive rate provides a smoother, more controlled ride
  • Features a five-way preload shock absorber with four-way rebound damping so you can tune the ride to match the load and riding conditions

Front and Rear Disc Brakes

  • Powerful and controllable, produce quick, sure stops

Electric Starter

  • For easy and convenient starting

Lighting and USFS Approved Spark Arrester

  • Street-legal lighting with turn indicators so you don't have to be home before dark
  • Forestry Service-approved spark arrester keeps Smokey happy

Large 6.1-Gallon Fuel Tank

  • Significant capacity permits adventure touring



KLR 650
Engine: 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve  single
Displacement: 651cc
Bore x Stroke: 100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio: 9.5:1
Cooling: Liquid
Carburetion: Keihin CVK40
Ignition: Electronic CDI
Transmission: 5-speed
Frame: Semi-double cradle, high-tensile steel
Rake/trail: 28 degrees/4.4 in.
Suspension type, front: 38mm, leading-axle air-adjustable fork
Suspension adjustments, front: Air-adjustable preload
Suspension type, rear: UNI-TRAK® single shock system
Suspension adjustments, rear: 5-way preload and 4-way rebound damping adjustment
Wheel travel, front: 9.1 in.
Wheel travel, rear: 9.1 in.
Tire, front: 90/90 x 21
Tire, rear: 130/80 x 17
Brakes, front/rear: Hydraulic disc/Disc
Overall length: 86.8 in.
Overall width: 37.0 in.
Overall height: 53.0 in.
Ground clearance: 9.4 in.
Seat height: 35.0 in.
Dry weight: 337 lbs
Fuel capacity: 6.1 gal.
Wheelbase: 58.9 in.
Color: Olive Green w/ Galaxy Silver Newsletter
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