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2023 Kawasaki KLR 650 [Specs, Features, Photos]

2023 Kawasaki KLR 650
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The 2023 Kawasaki KLR 650: The Ultimate Enduro Bike

Kawasaki is known for their off road bikes and 2023 continues that tradition. The 2023 Kawasaki KLR 650 is a dual-sport motorcycle that has been designed to tackle any terrain, whether it’s on the highway or off-road. With a long-standing reputation for reliability and durability, the KLR 650 has been a popular choice among adventure riders for decades. This latest iteration of the bike features a range of upgrades and improvements, making it an even more formidable machine on the open road and trails.

At the heart of the KLR 650 is a liquid-cooled, fuel-injected 652 cc engine that delivers 40 horsepower and 39 lb-ft of torque. The engine is paired with a five-speed transmission that provides smooth and responsive shifting. The bike also features a comfortable seat and a large fuel tank, making it ideal for long-distance touring. On the topic of seat comfort, the seat is a relatively tall 34.3 inches so if you prefer a lower option, check out the 650 S for the same cost and a 32.1 inch seat height.

The KLR 650 continues to show off what Japanese dual sport motorcycles can do, featuring a sturdy frame and a powerful suspension system that can handle the toughest off-road conditions. The bike comes with a 41 mm telescopic fork with 7.9 inches of travel in the front and an adjustable Uni-Trak suspension system with 8 inches of travel in the rear. The suspension can be adjusted to suit the rider’s weight and riding style, ensuring a smooth and comfortable ride on any surface.

In terms of braking power, the KLR 650 is equipped with dual-piston calipers and a petal-style disc brake in the front, and a single-piston caliper and a petal-style disc brake in the rear. The brakes are responsive and provide excellent stopping power, even at high speeds. If you prefer an ABS option, look into the Traveler or Adventure versions that include ABS as well as luggage and DC power socket.

Other notable features of the KLR 650 include a large windscreen to protect riders from wind and debris, a digital instrument panel that displays all the essential information, and a range of optional accessories such as saddlebags, a top case, and a tank bag. With so many capable bikes and multiple configuration options in Kawasaki’s motorcycle lineup it may be difficult to choose.

The 2023 Kawasaki KLR 650 starts at $6,899 USD/$7,999 CAD

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2023 Kawasaki KLR 650

Model Overview

General Info

  • Price: $6,899 USD/$7,999 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Two Position Windshield
    • LED Headlight
    • Available ABS
    • Luggage rack mount

Main Specs

  • Engine: 652cc 4-stroke single, SOHC, air-cooled
  • Power: 40 horsepower
  • Torque: 39 lb-ft
  • Weight: 456 lbs (206 kgs)
  • Seat Height: 34.3 inches (871 mm)

2023 Kawasaki KLR 650

2023 Kawasaki KLR 650 Specifications

From Kawasaki


Engine 652 cc 4-Stroke, single cylinder, DOHC
Power 40 HP
Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel System DFI w/40mm Throttle Body
Starter Electric


Clutch Wet multi-disc manual clutch
Transmission 5-speed, return shift
Final Drive Sealed Chain


Suspension Front 41mm telescopic fork/ 7.9 in
Suspension Rear Uni-Trak®, single shock with adjustable rebound damping and adjustable spring preload / 8.0 in
Brakes Front Single 300mm disc with 2-piston calipers (and ABS)
Brakes Rear
Single  240mm disc with single-piston caliper (and ABS)
Tires Front 90/90-21
Tires Rear 130/80-17
Fuel Tank Capacity 6.1 gal
Pearl Storm Gray, Pearl Solar Yellow, Candy Lime Green


Ignition CDI
Spark Plugs
Headlight LED
Tail Light LED


Overall Length 89.8 in
Overall Width 38.2 in
Overall Height 57.7/56.3 in (screen hi/lo)
Wheelbase 60.6 in
Ground Clearance 8.3 in
Seat Height 34.3 in
Curb Weight Non ABS: 456.2 lb / ABS: 460.6 lb


Warranty 12 Months
Kawasaki Protection Plus 12, 24, or 36 months

2023 Kawasaki KLR 650

2023 Kawasaki KLR 650 Features

ABS (Anti-lock Brake System)

Kawasaki ABS systems use front and rear wheel sensors to constantly monitor wheel speed. Should information from either of the sensors indicate that wheel lock has occurred, the ABS ECU directs the pump in the ABS unit to modulate brake fluid pressure (releasing and reapplying pressure so that traction can be regained) until normal operation resumes. ABS offers rider reassurance that contributes to greater riding enjoyment.

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