Affordable Adventure Machine

2001 KLR650

When it comes to a motorcycle that can provide the ultimate adventure at a superb value, nothing comes close to the Kawasaki KLR650. Designed for both street and off-road riding, the KLR650 adds long-distance touring to its repertoire with a large-displacement engine that comfortably cruises at highway speeds, a specially-padded wide seat for extended saddle time, a large 6.1-gallon fuel tank, handguards, and a mini fairing to help block the rider from the wind.

Many riders have chosen the KLR650 to carry them on extended transcontinental rides due to its touring prowess and proven reliability.

Power comes from a strong, dual overhead cam, four-valve liquid-cooled engine that provides a wide range of power suitable for negotiating slow trails all the way up to highway cruising speeds. An engine crankshaft counterbalancer and electric starter provide additional rider comfort and convenience.

KLR on the highway

The KLR650’s frame is made of round section high-tensile steel, the same strong yet lightweight material used in Kawasaki’s world-class KX motocross line. 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 the street and on trails.

Whether cruising the open highway or venturing way off the beaten path, the KLR650’s 6.1-gallon fuel tank provides plenty of range for adventure touring. A U.S. Forest Service-approved spark arrestor assures access to any Forest Service road open to licensed vehicles, while a sturdy engine guard protects the engine cases from loose rocks and gravel when traveling more adventurous paths. 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.

Whether it’s cruising the city streets, the open highway or rugged unpaved outback, the Kawasaki KLR650 does it all. With rugged “adventure touring” features built in, the KLR650 can cruise in comfort and confidence, on- or off-road.


651cc 4-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 Valves per Cylinder
  • 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 
5-speed Transmission
  • Designed to handle the engine’s unique power characteristics 
  • The engine’s broad torque curve only requires five speeds for great acceleration and relaxed highway cruising 
Handlebar-mounted Choke
  • Convenient location makes starting and warm-up easier 
Long-travel 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 light-weight 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 5-way preload shock absorber with 4-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 by dark 

  • Forestry Service approved spark arrester keeps Smokey happy.
KLR650 on the dirt


  • Engine 4-stroke, DOHC, 4-valve single
  • Displacement 651cc
  • Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 83.0mm
  • 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/Galaxy Silver
  • List Price USA $4,999, UK £4,075, Canada $6,299 (Taxes, Freight/PDI extra)

This page last updated on Nov 5, 2001