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Kawasaki releases details of its new fuel injected and ABS-equipped KLR650 and KLR650 Adventure

Since the first version was released in 1987, the Kawasaki KLR650 has been known as the one bike to do everything. This touring-hungry dual-purpose machine will eagerly travel long distances, while offering the versatility to accommodate off-road excursions as well as the daily commute. The KLR offers a riding position for terrific all-day-comfort, plenty of carrying capacity, an incredibly efficient engine and a large fuel tank for extended time between fill ups. It is as happy on a 10-minute run to the grocery store as it is on a 10-day cross-country tour. With a 21-inch front wheel and plenty of suspension travel, the KLR650 lets you take on the challenges of back roads across the country – and the world – in complete confidence. For the 2022 KLR650, a change to fuel injection offers increased reliability and fuel efficiency. A new fuel tank design that minimises residual fuel volume, numerous strengthened parts and increased riding confidence when carrying luggage, reduced vibrations and increased generator capacity contribute to improved reliability and ride comfort – exactly what you need in a tough adventure partner.

Two versions will be available in Australia, the KLR650 and KLR650 Adventure. Both come standard with ABS, with the Adventure gaining lockable panniers, fog lamps, frame sliders, DC and USB socket.

The KLR650 tips the scales at a claimed 210kg, 16kg heavier than the outgoing model, with the KLR650 Adventure weighing in at 222kg.

Availability of the two new KLRs is slated for the second half of 2021 with pricing yet to be announced.


Reliable 652 cm3 four-valve, single cylinder engine produces a flat power curve to navigate trails and cruise highways. 

Addition of fuel injection, combined with a 23L tank’s efficient use, makes for a long range between fill-ups. 

Tough Semi-double cradle frame now has rear frame integrated with the main frame and swingarm extended by 30mm. 

Changes to front and rear suspension settings have been made to match the frame setup. 

Large 300mm front and 240mm rear brakes deliver strong braking power & good heat dissipation under braking. 

Fine-tuned handlebar and foot-peg position (10mm outwards) put the rider in a more relaxed riding position and rubber mounts to reduce vibration. 

All-digital Instrument panel offers at-a-glance information care of a large, easy to read LCD screen. 

Genuine Accessories include grip heaters, fog lamps, low seat, Top Box, Panniers, Frame Sliders, DC and USB socket. 

Engine Type 

Liquid Cooled, 4-Stroke Single 


KL650F – 2,280 x 970 x 1,465 mm 

KL650H – 2,280 x 970 x 1,455 mm (Adventure) 


652 cm3 

Fuel Capacity 

23 litres 


28.5 kW (39PS) / 6,000min 

Front Brakes 

Single 300mm Disc, dual-piston 


51.5 N.m (5.3kgfm) / 4,500min 

Rear Brakes 

Single 240 mm Disc, dual piston 

Curb Mass 

KL650F – 210 kg 

KL650H -222 kg (Adventure) 

Front Tyre 

90/90-21M/C 54S 

Seat Height 

870 mm 

Rear Tyre 

130/80-17M/C 65S