2001 Kawasaki KLR650

Summary:

Fun on short trips and camping

Faults:

Nothing.

General Comments:

I sold the bike last summer, and sometimes I really miss its easy handling. After owning 50 odd bikes over a lifetime, I found this to be one of the most enjoyable to ride. I could throw it into the curves and muscle it out with no problems. Exploring gravel roads and trails was what this bike was made for.

Longer rides were too much work though. The handlebar vibration numbed my fingers. I had a hard time keeping up with fellow riders on bigger bikes. Highway speeds of 70-75 mph for any great length of time was tiring on me and the bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2011

2008 Kawasaki KLR650

Summary:

Reliable, fun, cheap, do everything motorcycle!

Faults:

I bought the motorcycle used; still had 1 month on the factory warranty. After having it for 1 month, all four turn signals fell off. These were replaced at no cost by the dealer under a factory recall. Have had no issues with the bike since then.

General Comments:

Great all around bike, perfect for getting me around town or out into the desert. I'm averaging 51 miles per gallon at the moment, but primarily use it for commuting.

No issues to report after 2 years of use. Very reliable.

Engine revs pretty high over 65 mile per hour, wish it had a 6th gear.

Large scoop on front fender causes the front end to wobble in windy conditions. Was easily fixed by replacing it with a motard fender for $30.

Stock seat is not very comfortable; after about 30 minutes, you're finding different ways to manage that on the bike.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2010

2002 Kawasaki KLR650

Summary:

Big bang for the buck

Faults:

Nothing that I didn't create myself, and was no fault of the motorcycle. I removed the rear fender and inadvertently grounded a tail light wire, and it caused the lighting fuses to burn out.

General Comments:

Not fast, not too slow, not too powerful, but yet not lacking either. In other words, you won't get many speeding tickets unless you're trying hard, and getting the front wheel off the ground doesn't usually happen by accident.

The bike is ultra-reliable, very inexpensive to operate... just hop on, take off and keep smiling as it whizzes you around town or on a long road trip.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th December, 2009

2008 Kawasaki KLR650

Summary:

A good do everything motorcycle

Faults:

Rear shock was bad when new, replaced under warranty by dealer at no cost.

Stopped running at a stop sign, no fuel coming out of petcock, applied vacuum to vacuum release line that leads to petcock, this released fuel. One time problem, no parts replaced.

General Comments:

I wish it had a six speed transmission to allow lower revs at 70 mph.

Way more fun than the larger bikes I've had, ride it cross country and then down a dirt trail.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 28th February, 2009

1995 Kawasaki KLR650

Summary:

Best all-around value I know of

Faults:

Nothing has gone wrong with my KLR in the time that I have had it. The previous and first owner is personally known to me, and he claims to have had no issues either. At 8800 miles that is a pretty good thing. All it has had are oil changes, air filter cleanings/oilings, and new tires.

General Comments:

It does its job just fine. I am the second owner. It has about 8,800 miles on it and no issues at all. I have not done the doohickey, nor did the previous owner. That may be something to get done soon.

The KLR is great because it is reliable and cheap to buy/own/insure, and provides good all-around performance. It is not the greatest dirt bike for sure, but it is as good or better than just about any other "dual sport", of which all can be said to be somewhat lacking compared to pure street bikes or pure off-road bikes.

That being said, it is reliable and you can take it just about anywhere. Easy to maintain, easy to ride, easy to fix.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st April, 2008