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It’s Back! All-New Kawasaki KLR 650 Is Unveiled

After much speculation and rumors, Kawasaki has announced today the return of the faithful KLR 650 to its lineup. The legendary dual-sport bike is back with key improvements, including new technology many riders have been waiting for.

At the heart of the 2022 KLR is its long-running 652cc single-cylinder engine, now equipped for the first time with fuel injection. Kawasaki states the changes not only make starting easier, but this update combined with the fuel tank’s greater usable volume contributes to an increased range between fuel stops. Performance has also been improved with revised intake and exhaust cam profiles resulting in increased power and torque in the mid-range

. Plus a stronger cam chain guide material and shape add to the increased reliability. The new model still retains a 5-speed gearbox, but several refinements have been made for smoother shifting operation.A new multi-functional LCD digital instrumentation panel with a fuel gauge and clock may seem a bit old school with so many bikes receiving color TFT displays these days, but it’s miles ahead of the old analog gauges it replaces. You can also now get the KLR with a USB power port and even heated grips as factory accessories. While the fuel tank remains 6.1 gallons, a new tank design places the fuel pump at the bottom of the tank to ensure more fuel can be captured when you are running low. No more tipping the bike side-to-side when you run out of fuel to gather the last few ounces.

A new multi-functional LCD digital instrumentation panel with a fuel gauge and clock may seem a bit old school with so many bikes receiving color TFT displays these days, but it’s miles ahead of the old analog gauges it replaces. You can also now get the KLR with a USB power port and even heated grips as factory accessories. While the fuel tank remains 6.1 gallons, a new tank design places the fuel pump at the bottom of the tank to ensure more fuel can be captured when you are running low. No more tipping the bike side-to-side when you run out of fuel to gather the last few ounces.

Numerous parts have been updated for increased long-range travel capability including a longer wheelbase and new front-end geometry that improves stability on the highway, fine-tuned ergos for increased comfort, new rubber mounted touch points for reduced vibrations, and increased generator capacity for powering various electronics and accessories.

The KLR 650 motorcycle’s high tensile, semi-double-cradle frame receives several updates on the 2022 model. The updates now include a rear frame that is integrated with the main frame to increase torsional rigidity for a more composed ride and a 30mm longer swingarm with a 2mm larger diameter swingarm pivot shaft that also contributes to better handling.

Off-road, the new KLR has the same 7.9 inches of suspension travel in front and 7.3 inches in the rear but the suspension settings have been optimized. As before, it rides on a 21” front and 17” rear spoke wheels that are tube type, although the rims have been strengthened and larger-diameter axles help improve durability.

The all-new KLR 650 gets improved braking power from a larger front disc while a thicker rear disc aids in heat dissipation during heavy braking. And for the first time, the KLR is available with optional ABS. The ABS system is tuned for dirt with the intervention coming on later than a typical on-road ABS system, which allows the tires to slide slightly before the ABS kicks in. However, the system cannot be switched off completely.

For 2022, the KLR 650 motorcycle will also be available in two new special edition versions (Adventure and Traveler) featuring a number of Kawasaki Genuine Accessories including side cases, engine guards, LED auxiliary light set, and more.

With the addition of fuel injection and all the new equipment, the Gen-3 KLR was bound to gain some pounds. It now weighs in at 456 pounds wet (non-ABS), which is 24 pounds heavier than the outgoing model. No doubt the additional heft will be noticed on the trail but hopefully the increased power from the fuel injection will help compensate on the road.

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