2002 Kawasaki KLR650 Reviews

2002 Kawasaki KLR650 from United States of America

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2007
Most recent year of ownership2009
Acceleration marks 7 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 6 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.7 / 10
Distance when acquired15000 miles
Most recent distance22000 miles
Previous motorcycleHonda CB900F

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

2002 Kawasaki KLR650 from United Kingdom

Model year2002
Year of manufacture2001
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Acceleration marks 4 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 3 / 10
Handling marks 5 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.1 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance2000 miles
Previous motorcycleKawasaki Z1000-A1

Summary:

Boring, heavy and soulless

Faults:

Nothing went wrong.

General Comments:

It did everything OK, but after big engined bikes it was boring - too slow. Nearly put me off bikes - a Buell brought me back to my senses

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2008

3rd Jul 2008, 12:39

And that's exactly what I like about it. It's got long legs 57 mpg and a smooth ride, and will go anywhere I want to go, and even some places I shouldn't. It's piggish in mud, but a great great street machine for under 75.

3rd Jul 2008, 12:42

That's what makes the KLR a Classic. It's 55-57 mpg, with just enough power. Not too much excess, but just enough. It's a pack mule with wheels. Just don't go flying down the interstates at 80mph and it's everything you need (not want). Best of all, You can pick one up for $2000 to 4000 used. BEST VALUE YOU CAN BUY... LOVE IT'S FUNCTIONALITY.

12th Dec 2009, 16:49

A great motorcycle for dual purpose usage. Very reliable, economical and comfortable to cruise around town or on a long adventure. Just change the oil, lube the chain and check the tire pressures on occasion and ride off without worry, unlike a European bike, or Harley. Some say it's a cheap bike, and yes, it is, but if you bought it with the intention of riding, that's what it does best without flash or having concerns of breaking down and spending a fortune on parts. I love my KLR 650!!!

Average review marks: 6.9 / 10, based on 2 reviews