2012 Kawasaki KLR Review


The 2012 Kawasaki KLR is a sleek and stylish dual sport machine that has been in production since 1987. This powerful motorcycle is engineered to be able to handle the most demanding driving conditions, both off and on the road. Whether one is traveling on the open and paved road or exploring the dirt and sand of the exhilarating off roads, the 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650 can handle the environment with ease. The powerful performance of the bike combined with the smart styling makes sure that the 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650 stands out from the rest of the pack.

The bike is powered by a single-cylinder 651cc engine that features a very quick throttle response that delivers optimal performance in any riding conditions. For the 2012 models an all new suspension was installed. This suspension system features a 41mm fork in the front and a Uni-track in the rear which allows this bike to also be a perfect fit for the everyday commute. State-of-the-art braking features also help this bike to perform like a champ and be able to handle just about any road conditions. The combination of the braking and suspension system enhances the performance of the 2012 Kawasaki KLR650 in the urban setting while not diminishing the performance and reliability when on the off road.

Lastly, the 2012 Kawasaki KLR650 is just as fun to look at as it is to ride. With new seats that are designed for comfort and effective wind protection, the sleek design of this dual sport machine has made this bike a fan favorite for many years.

New For 2012

  • Three color combinations available. These are red/silver, blue/white, and gray/white. A secondary air was system is now standard. This air system helps to reduce the amount of harmful exhaust that comes from the bike.
  • A thin and lightweight Denso radiator that is fitted with a thin fan that helps to increase the overall cooling of the bike. This cooling system even works at lower speeds. Helps to maintain a consistent engine temperature.
  • Ignition is now a fully transistorized unit that controls timing more precise. This unit works no matter how fast the RPMs may be.
  • Seat redesigned for additional comfort. Seat is made of Urethane foam that allows for optimal comfort and allows for all day riding.
  • New suspension system that features a 41mm fork in the front and a Uni-Trak linkage system in the rear. The new suspension system helps to enhance the overall performance and stability of the bike.

2012 Kawasaki KLR Specs

< * Model: 2012 Kawaski KLR 650 * Engine Type: 651cc four-stroke * Bore and Stroke: 100mm x 83.0mm * Compression ratio: 9.81:1 * Valve Train: Double overhead cam shaft (DOHC) * Induction: Liquid * Ignition: Electric * Transmission: Five-speed * Final Drive: O-ring * Fuel Capacity: 6.1 gallons * Estimated Fuel Economy: * Brakes (Front): Single hydraulic disc * Brakes (Rear): Single hydraulic disc * Suspension (Front): Telescopic Fork * Suspension (Rear): Twin sided single swin arm with rebound damping * Wheelbase: 58.3 inches * Rake: 28 degrees * Trail: 4.4 inches * Seat Height: 35 inches * Curb Weight: 432 pounds * Tires (Front): 90/90R-21 * Tires (Rear): 130/80R-17


  • Gel seat kit designed to add a level of additional comfort. The gel seat kit mounts to the standard stock seat base. Comes with a specially designed cover that helps to protect the life of the seat.
  • Custom fit storage cover designed to protect the bike from the weather conditions as well as dust and debris. This waterproof cover is ideal for parking the bike in bad weather. Soft inside liner and a durable water resistant outer shell. Fits with or without windscreen.
  • Soft top case available in a variety of sizes. These are used to add some additional storage and can be mounted to the rear of the bike. Soft top case is durable and water resistant.
  • Tall windshield made of a hard coated polycarbonate that adds an extra level of wind protection for the rider. Also helps to protect the rider from dirt, debris and other road hazards.

Key Competitors For The 2012 Kawasaki KLR

  • 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere Base
  • 2012 Honda XR 650L
  • 2012 Triumph Tiger 800 ABS
  • 2012 Suzuki 650 SE
  • 2012 BMW F 650 GS