Husqvarna TR650 Terra vs. Kawasaki KLR650 vs. KTM 690 Enduro R | Singles Club

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By Ari Henning, Photography by Kevin Wing

Ergos

You want comfort? Go with the KLR. A softer seat, plenty of legroom, and ample wind protection make the KLR the best spot to sit through 100 miles of freeway. The seat is high, but the suspension compresses quite a bit under load. Short of inseam? The Husqvarna has the lowest seat height, but also the least legroom. Factor in a smooth motor and cushy suspension and the Husky’s scooped seat is the second best option here. The KTM’s ultra-upright riding position sacrifices comfort for function. The seat is high and hard, but if you’re riding it right you’ll be up on the pegs anyway.

Tech Spec

Husqvarna TR650 Terra | Price $6999

Engine type: l-c single

Valve train: DOHC, 4v

Displacement: 652cc

Bore x stroke: 100.0 x 83.0mm

Compression: 12.3:1

Fuel system: EFI

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate

Transmission: 5-speed

Frame: Tubular-steel split-backbone

Front suspension: Sachs 46mm fork

Rear suspension: Sacks shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping

Front brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 300mm disc

Rear brake: Brembo one-piston caliper, 240mm disc

Front tire: 90/90-21 Metzeler Sahara Enduro 3

Rear tire: 140/80-18 Metzeler Sahara Enduro 3

Rake/trail: 27.0°/4.4 in.

Seat height: 34.4 in.

Wheelbase: 59.1 in.

Fuel capacity: 3.6 gal.

Weight (tank full/empty): 408/384 lbs.

Measured horsepower: 48.2 bhp @ 7100 rpm

Measured torque: 38.4 lb.-ft. @ 5800 rpm

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 50/39/45 mpg

Colors: Red/white

Available: Now

Warranty: 12 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact: Husqvarna USA
300 Chestnut Ridge Road
Woodcliff Lake, NJ 07677
866.236.8026 www.husqvarna-motorcycles.com


Kawasaki KLR650 | Price $6499

Engine type: l-c single

Valve train: DOHC, 4v

Displacement: 651cc

Bore x stroke: 100.0 x 83.0mm

Compression: 9.8:1

Fuel system: Keihin CVK40 carburetor

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate

Transmission: 5-speed

Frame: Steel semi-double cradle

Front suspension: Kayaba 41mm fork

Rear suspension: Kayaba shock with adjustable spring preload and rebound damping

Front brake: Nissin two-piston caliper, 280mm disc

Rear brake: Nissin one-piston caliper, 240mm disc

Front tire: 90/90-21 Dunlop K750

Rear tire: 130/80-17 Dunlop K750

Rake/trail: 28.0°/4.4 in.

Seat height: 35.0 in.

Wheelbase: 58.3 in.

Fuel capacity: 6.1 gal.

Weight (tank full/empty): 433/396 lbs.

Measured horsepower: 35.3 bhp @ 6200 rpm

Measured torque: 32.1 lb.-ft. @ 4900 rpm

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 50/42/45 mpg

Colors: Candy Lime Green/Ebony, Ebony, Pearl Solar Yellow

Available: Now

Warranty : 12 mo., unlimited mi.

Contact: Kawasaki Motor Corp.
9950 Jeronimo Road
Irvine, CA 92618
949.770.0400
www.kawasaki.com


KTM 690 Enduro | Price $10,299

Engine type: l-c single

Valve train: DOHC, 4v

Displacement: 690cc

Bore x stroke: 102.0 x 84.5mm

Compression: 12.5:1

Fuel system: EFI

Clutch: Wet, multi-plate slipper

Transmission: 6-speed

Frame: Tubular-steel trellis

Front suspension: WP 48mm fork with adjustable compression and rebound damping

Rear suspension: WP shock with adjustable spring preload, high/low speed compression, and rebound damping

Front brake: Brembo two-piston caliper, 300mm disc

Rear brake: Brembo one-piston caliper, 240mm disc

Front tire: 90/90-21 Pirelli Rallycross

Rear tire: 140/80-18 Pirelli Rallycross

Rake/trail: 27.0°/4.7 in.

Seat height: 35.8 in.

Wheelbase: 59.2 in.

Fuel capacity: 3.2 gal.

Weight (tank full/empty): 308/289 lbs.

Measured horsepower: 48.9 bhp @ 7100 rpm

Measured torque: 38.3 lb.-ft. @ 5800 rpm

Fuel mileage (hi/low/avg.): 47/39/44 mpg

Colors: Orange/black

Available: Now

Warranty : 12 mo., 12,000 mi.

Contact: KTM North America Inc.
1119 Milan Ave.
Amherst, OH 44001
440.985.355
www.ktm.com

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kujo411
I mean Honda and Suzuki are too lazy to even put a liquid cooled engine on them.  MSRP on the Xr is $6700.  The msrp on the terra was 6999 for a fuel injected engine with liquid cooling.  I got my strada for 6k and that has switchable abs.  Get in the game japan!
kujo411
I mean Honda and Suzuki are too lazy to even put a liquid cooled engine on them.  MSRP on the Xr is $6700.  The msrp on the terra was 6999 for a fuel injected engine with liquid cooling.  I got my strada for 6k and that has switchable abs.  Get in the game japan!
kujo411
My question is why include the KLR?  You can test that machine against the xr and dr and other carbureted machines designed 30+ years ago but since the Japanese have gotten so lazy in design but lets keep apples to apples.  Maybe a gs or something that actually has a fuel injected engine.  It's not like you can't create a fuel injected engine 650 bike that isn't reliable.  The klr is a total pig and you can get a FI husky for less. It blows my mind that KTM discontinued the TR650 for the exact reasons outlined in this article.
kujo411
My question is why include the KLR?  You can test that machine against the xr and dr and other carbureted machines designed 30+ years ago but since the Japanese have gotten so lazy in design but lets keep apples to apples.  Maybe a gs or something that actually has a fuel injected engine.  It's not like you can't create a fuel injected engine 650 bike that isn't reliable.  The klr is a total pig and you can get a FI husky for less. It blows my mind that KTM discontinued the TR650 for the exact reasons outlined in this article.
Ohenry
I don't understand why you people are failing so bad on reviews these days!
This years 250 dual sport comparo was a Honda love fest with hardly and real tests.
In that test you include the out classed DR200 and make fun of it? Here you don't include the DR650 or XR650 and include the discontinues TR650.
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