2004 Kawasaki KLR650 Review

2004 Kawasaki KLR650 from Australia

Model year2004
Year of manufacture2004
First year of ownership2008
Most recent year of ownership2008
Acceleration marks 5 / 10
Roll-on Performance marks 5 / 10
Handling marks 8 / 10
Braking marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.1 / 10
Distance when acquired31000 kilometres
Most recent distance38000 kilometres
Previous motorcycleKawasaki ZRX1200R


Best all-rounder on the market!


The balance shaft chain tensioner spring broke. I realised from the noise that this was the issue, so I purchased an Eagle "Doohickey" kit, and had that installed. The kit includes a better quality spring, and billet tensioner.

General Comments:

The bike is a great all-rounder. I use it mainly for freeway and city commuting, and get great fuel mileage out of it.

Once I had replaced the factory Bridgestone tyres with Michelins, the handling was great. In many situations it will out corner my ZRX1200.

I have fitted a number of accessories to the bike, including a radiator and water pump guard, which should be mandatory. These parts are dangerously exposed, and even dropping the bike in the driveway may prove costly.

I have fitted an Australian built "Staintune" exhaust, and removed the rubber snout inside the airbox. This made the bike much more responsive, and did not require a re-jet.

Overall, the bike has a great riding position, though it is more suited to the taller rider. People under 5'10" may find the seat height too high, however, there are a number of lowering kits on the market.

The large fuel tank (19 litres) makes for excellent touring range.

Would you buy another motorcycle from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 22nd November, 2008

Average review marks: 6.1 / 10, based on 1 review