2013 Kawasaki KLR Review


For most of the last decade, the Kawasaki KLR 650 has sat atop the industry sales charts in the dual-sport category, and there is reason why. It has been carefully designed to be the adventurer’s tool of choice, delivering fuel efficiency, cargo-carrying capabilities, and effective wind protection, so that adventurous riders need only pick their course and hit the road - or dirt.

The KLR 650 offers all of the comfort and agility as other bikes but with a higher level of comfort without compromising all the fun. This bike takes all of the best elements of Jekyll and Hyde: it’s comfortable and smooth around town, but on the dirt and muddy terrain, the grit comes out and it handles itself fairly well. And speaking of comfort, with a long-range fuel capacity translating into a long day in the saddle, good wind protection is a must. This is handled by the frame-mounted bodywork, which includes a tall windscreen and large shrouds. Rider comfort is enhanced further by the seat design and plush urethane foam. A high-capacity 36-watt alternator pumps out enough juice for a high-output headlight and has the extra capacity to power the add-on electronic gadgets that no touring rider can live without.

New For 2013

  • Unavailable.

2013 Kawasaki KLR Specs

  • Model: Unavailable
  • Engine Type: 651cc Four-stroke
  • Bore and Stroke: 100.0 x 83.0mm
  • Compression ratio: 9.8:1
  • Valve Train: DOHC, four-valve single
  • Induction: Unavailable
  • Ignition: Electric CDI
  • Transmission: five-speed
  • Final Drive: Chain
  • Fuel Capacity: 6.1 Gallons
  • Estimated Fuel Economy:
  • Brakes (Front): Single 280mm petal-type disc, two-piston caliper
  • Brakes (Rear): Single 240mm disc, single-piston caliper
  • Suspension (Front): 41mm telescopic fork with 7.9 inches of travel
  • Suspension (Rear): Uni-Trak single-shock system with 5-way preload and stepless rebound damping with 7.3 inches
  • Wheelbase: 58.3 inches
  • Rake: 28 Degrees
  • Trail: 4.4 inches
  • Seat Height: 35.0 inches
  • Curb Weight: 432 pounds
  • Tires (Front): 90/90x21
  • Tires (Rear): 130/80x17


  • Color Choices: Ebony, Pearl Solar Yellow, Candy Lime Green/Ebony
  • Saddlebags: Saddlebags and tail trunk feature a unique rubberized vinyl finish that is durable and water resistant. Tank bag manufactured from ballistic nylon. Order Saddlebags, Tail Trunk, Tank Bag separately. Saddlebag dimensions: 16 inches x 11 inches x 7inches; Tail Bag dimensions: 16 inches x 14 inches x 10 inches (expandable to 13.5 inches)
  • Gel seat kit: Foam with gel insert and cover kit mounts to the stock seat base. Features a simple to install high resiliency foam with a gel insert and a specially designed cover with spandura for extra comfort.
  • Tall Windshield: Tough 3mm hardcoated polycarbonate with an additional 4"" of height.
  • KLR Cover: Storage cover manufactured from Sur Last fabric is water repellent and breathable. Fits with or without accessory luggage or windshield

Key Competitors For The 2013 Kawasaki KLR

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