The KLR has been around for decades and continues its reputation of keeping things simple and reliable. So what has Kawasaki done to revamp the legendary KLR 650 for 2022?
Powering the new KLR650 is the bolt proof 652cc single-cylinder engine, now fuel-injected for the first time. An increase in performance and mid-range torque is the result of the revised intake and exhaust cam profile. Retaining the 5-speed gearbox, the 2022 model undergoes several refinements to make shifting smoother.
Developed in partnership with Bosch, the new dual-purpose ABS system allows for mild wheel slippage, which Kawasaki claims to have a natural braking feeling off-road. For on-road usability, the ABS is “like normal ABS with a less sensitive setting.” With specific details unclear on whether ABS will be switchable, one thing is for sure, it does sound intriguing.
Replacing the old school analogue gauge on previous models, the new multi-functional LCD digital instrumentation panel features a fuel gauge and clock. Yes, maybe still a little dated when we are seeing many new bikes coming with colour TFT displays, yet at least it's a step in the right direction. Optional accessory features coming from factory include a USB port and heated grips.
Retaining the same 23-litre tank, a new design places the fuel pump at the bottom of the tank, ensuring fuel can be completely used up.
Kawasaki’s 2022 Touring-Hungry KLR 650 Highlights:
- NEW Fuel-Injected 652cc Single-Cylinder Engine
- NEW Multi-Functional Digital Instrumentation With Fuel Gauge
- NEW LED Headlight
- NEW Bodywork including fuel tank
- NEW Larger Front Disc And Optional ABS
- NEW Greater Wind Protection and Styling
- NEW Increased Carrying Capacity
- NEW Rear Frame
- NEW Swingarm
- NEW Larger Swingarm Pivot Shaft
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