For starters, its 652cc DOHC single-cylinder engine is now fuel-injected and capable of 52Nm of torque. It is also fitted with a honeycomb catalyzer to comply with global emission standards. It retains the old five-speed gearbox, but with a few mechanical improvements for more precise shifting, using thrust-needle bearings instead of the ball kind for the clutch release.
This off-road-capable stallion comes with a new swingarm that is 1.2 inches longer than the previous design, and an enhanced rear frame for improved stability. The suspension settings have also been updated, although the KLR650 still uses a 41mm telescopic with 7.9 inches of travel and no provisions for adjustments. The rear shock absorber, which is adjustable for spring load and rebound damping, has 7.3 inches of travel.
The new KLR650 rolls on a pair of Dunlop K750 90/90 tires—21 inches up front and 18 inches at the rear. Stopping power is provided by a 300mm front disc and a thicker 240mm disc at the rear for better heat dissipation. ABS is offered as an option for the base variant.
Riders of average height might find the new KLR650 a bit tall with its 34.3-inch seat height, although this is compensated by its light curb weight of 206.8kg. The 23-liter tank has been reshaped to fit comfortably between the rider’s knees. The dash features a new LCD instrument panel that shows fuel level, time, and two trip meters, but without a tachometer.
The Adventure variant is equipped with a set of Shad top and side cases, engine guards, LED auxiliary lights, and two power outlets. The Traveler, meanwhile, comes with two power sockets and a 42-liter Shad top box.
The 2021 KLR650 starts at $6,999 (around P220,000) for the non-ABS base variant in the US.
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopBikes.ph. Minor edits have been made.