The Kawasaki KLR 650 has established itself as one of the most dependable bikes for conquering urban jungles, desert sand, and mountain ridges, during the past 21 years. 2009 is no exception for this wonderful motorcycle offering from the land of the rising sun.
The Kawasaki KLR uses an efficient and durable single-cylinder, 651cc engine. The four-stroke dual overhead cam engine features a large bore Keihin CVK40 carburetor and liquid cooling. The four-valve cylinder head ensures power is abundant, and yet the engine remains stable under heavy usage throughout the bike’s broad rpm range, thanks to the lightweight Denso radiator. A relatively large engine guard shields against rocks and trail debris. The 6.1-gallon fuel tank gives the 2009 Kawasaki KLR plenty of range. The high output alternator has a capacity of 36W, which is ample power to run the lighting, as well as any additional optional accessories.
The broad power band of the 2009 KLR means that the transmission only needs five speeds to cruise at highway speeds and still be able to sprint off-road. The O-ring drive chain provides long chain service life and a reduced need for maintenance.
Tackling uneven terrain is a specialty of the 2009 Kawasaki KLR, thanks to the substantial 41mm telescopic fork. With 7.9 inches of wheel travel, not only is the front end stiff, but it’s also quite capable of smoothing out the large bumps and divots in a rider's path. The large fork is coupled with the high-mounted front fender, which is meant to keep debris at bay. The rear suspension features Kawasaki’s UNI-TRAK system. Employing a single five-way preload shock absorber with four-way rebound damping and having 7.3 inches of wheel travel, this system progressively increases the damping and spring rates as the suspension is compressed. The swing arm is a D-section aluminum design to provide rigidity, which translates into traction, while at the same time being lightweight. The Kawasaki KLR features a 21-inch wheel in the front and a 17-inch wheel in the rear, laced with four-millimeter spokes. This provides additional wheel stiffness, giving the rider increased steering response and better handling performance. The bike also comes standard with dual-sport tires.
Rapid brake response on the 2009 Kawasaki KLR is dependable and solid. In the front, a two-piston caliper grasps a single 280mm petal-type disc, while in the back a single 240mm disc is used, held in place by a single-piston caliper. Plenty of surface area equates to plentiful stopping power on the bike.
Off-road style riser handlebars and a seat height of 35 inches give the rider a great vantage point and plenty of control in various situations. The easy-to-read instrument panel includes a large face speedometer, tachometer, odometer, trip meter, and water temperature gauge. The engine features an oil level window, and all vital functions are covered. The large, included rear cargo rack increases the bike's total storage capacity.
Kawasaki offers the KLR in Ebony, Sunbeam Red, and Oriental Blue. Kawasaki offers many different accessories to increase the performance and overall experience of this dual purpose bike. Whether you choose an upgraded exhaust system, larger windscreen, or three-piece hard shell storage case rack system, Kawasaki has something to satisfy each rider.