Kawasaki has been making the KLR650 since 1987. After making the same model for 21 years, Kawasaki gave the big girl an upgrade in 2008. Since then the only change has been color; one year they even went with the camouflage motif seen here.
Yes, it does. Spotted on a bump gate on Bullhead Road in Real County.
At 428 lbs off the showroom floor, the KLR650 is a little tougher to ride in demanding terrain than a sub-300 lb dirt-bike-with-blinkers. Still, the KLR is surprisingly capable for a big bike, as my buddy Tricepilot demonstrates on River Road in Big … Continue reading →
My first adventure bike was a 1998 KLR650, seen in the picture below. True to the motif popularized in the late 1990s, it came from the factory painted Army green decorated with purple lettering. Introduced in 1987, the KLR remains the best … Continue reading →
There are an abundance of low water crossings in the Texas hill country and they provide great photo opportunities. This is my buddy Dirtbike Dave on his KLR during a day ride one fine spring day.
If you don’t have the right tools, you can always fix your KLR with a piece of wood.
KLRs are awesome. They can be fixed with a rock. My buddy Mike demonstrates, using the rock to make a roadside repair to his handguards. How can you not love a motorcycle that you can fix with a rock?
Who says pigs can’t fly? Not Marcos, seen here flying his big green Piggy (KLR650) over a jump at Cross Creek Cycle Park back in the day (2006). But, truthfully, that pig isn’t flying is it? No, it’s admittedly just falling … Continue reading →
Brrrr, it’s cold! In November of 2006 Uncle and I took our first long adventure ride and visited Mexico’s famed Copper Canyon. While temps were very warm at the bottom of the canyon, they were decidedly cooler up top. The town of … Continue reading →
I love the KLR650. One of its most attractive qualities is its old-school design allowing you to make field repairs with duct tape, as beautifully illustrated in this photo of Dirtbike Dave’s KLR after a crash in the remote mountains of Mexico. By … Continue reading →
My buddy Rick Miller on the World’s Best Looking KLR riding the fine dual sport roads in Kimble County.
This is one of my favorite photos of the dirt riding in the mountains around Galeana, Nuevo Leon, Mexico. It is a great example of the type of riding we enjoy in this area. This particular road is known as … Continue reading →
Recently a rider on a popular motorcycle forum posed the question as to whether Kawasaki should boost the power of the KLR. He rightly pointed out that recent competitive 650 class models from BMW and Husqvarna produced significantly more horsepower … Continue reading →