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2012 Kawasaki KLR 650 - Plain and Simple, Old School as they come, but definately no scooter !
Mike Hopkins Motorcycles - Kawasaki Cape Town 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650
Kawasaki Cape Town
Mike Hopkins Motorcycles
79 Roeland Street,
Cape Town
(021) 461 5167
Mark Livings (sales)
072 561 0978

S33 55.804 E18 25.370  
"The 2012 Kawasaki KLR 650 still remains one of the favourites amongst beginner riders. Its very inexpensive, basic, and super easy to ride.

The KLR650 is as tough as nails, and can be loaded up with panniers and will definately get you from Cape to Cairo without any trouble.
Craig Marshall - Rider
Kawasaki KLR 650
Test Location:
(Dualpurpose Motorcycle Training Academy) at Kilarney raceway in, Cape Town.

Its one thing to take an adventure motorcycle on a long ride.
But all to often one does not get a chance to give the bike a rigid structured testing. This is why I chose the new location for DMTA
, Cape Town's new permanent off road motorcycling academy at Kilarney raceway.
We had sand, rocks, deep water, steep loose banks, gravel roads and of course the Kilarney Racetrack - which unfortunately fell through on the day, so we headed out into the hills of Contermanskloof for the road test.
Mike Hopkins Motorcycles - Kawasaki Cape Town
KLR 650 dash board is modest with large easy to read at a glance type clocks.

Kawasaki KLR 650 - Overview
The trusty Kawasaki 650 has been in the Dualsport market for many years, and the design doesn't change much. If it works - why change it ?
Its the kind of bike that you can grow with. From the early beginner days up until you do your first long distance African trip and beyond. Its not going to be the fastest bike around, but then again you want to enjoy the scenery as well, right ?

The KLR 650 only weighs 194kg wet weight, so sand, rocks, rivers, mud is not gonna stop you in your tracks. ground clearence is fantastic although the seat height may be an issue for shorter riders.
A great all round entry level and intermediat motorcycle.
Kawasaki KLR 650
Mike Hopkins Motorcycles - Kawasaki Cape TownKawasaki KLR 650
Make Model
Kawasaki KLR 650
Year 2012
Engine Four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single
Capacity 651cc
Bore x Stroke 100.0 x 83.0mm
Fuel Induction Carburetor Keihin CVK40
Ignition Electric CDI
Clutch Wet, multi-plate
Gearbox 5-speed
Max Power 42.15 hp 31 kW @ 7000 rpm
Max Torque 47 Nm 4.7 kg-m @ 5000 rpm
Final Drive O ring chain
Frame Semi-Double Cradle High-Tensile Steel
Front Suspension 41 mm Telescopic fork
Rear Suspension UNI-TRAK® linkage, 5-way preload shock absorber with 4way rebound damping, 185mm wheel travel.
Front Brakes Single 280mm disc 2 piston caliper
Rear Brakes Single 203mm disc 1 piston caliper
Tyres, front/rear Front 90/90-21 Rear 130/80-17 Tubes
Seat Height 890 mm
Wheel Base 1480 mm
Dry-Weight 194kg ready to ride
Fuel Capacity 23 Litres
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"The Kawasaki KLR 650"
Beginner, intermediate and the long distance Trans-African travelers have had great success with the KLR 650. Its basic old school design and super reliability, large tank capacity (23L) has made it one of the bikes that we will most likely see being produced for many years to come.

Overall General Opinion:
I think its safe to say the in its class, it compares pretty evenly with its competitors, the BMW 650 Dakar, and the new 650 Sertao, the Yamaha XT 660 Z Tenere and bikes like the Suzuki DR650SE. Where it far outshines its competitors is in the retails price. For nearly R25 000 less than its closest rival - the Kawasaki KLR 650 gives you much more bike for your buck. A great investment for any would be adventure biker.

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Wind Protection:
The seat position is high in retrospect to the windshield, so the wind protection is less than adequate. I did find at higher speeds around 120km/h it became an issue, but the top speed of the KLR 650 is not much more than that, so its not a major issue or negative feature on the bike. But a simple screen extender will do the trick.
Seat Height and Comfort:
A standard seat height of 890mm is very high for an entry level bike, considering that its aimed at beginners and intermediate riders - the high seat will be a factor for shorter riders to consider, especially if they are first tim adventure bikers. Personally at 1.86m tall I found it to be just right and very comfortable.

Kawasaki KLR 650

Off Road Handling:
As expected the light Kawasaki KLR 650 was splendidly agile around the off road training arena at Kilarney. I rode it up and over every obstacle, from the rocks, sand, through the deep water crossing, and the bike didn't seem to struggle with any thing we tried.
Out on the open gravel roads the only issue i found was standing up, the handle bars seem a little low, but simple spacers will fix that.
KLR 650 is a great starter bike for anyone joining the adventure biking world. and even once they have mastered gravel and some of the harder type terrain, the KLR 650 will keep them riding across Africa.
On The Road:
Its not going to win any races, but its not designed to. The KLR 650 can be a little lacking in the top end at 150km/h - but we know what kind of bike it is and don't expect to keep up bigger bikes.
The cornering and handling were very stable and the over comfort was superb. I could easy do a few day on tarmac on this bike and not complain.
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