The mighty KLR650 is one of the most popular motorcycles on the planet. For 2021, we finally have a new EFI model! Check it out, and the updated KLX230R S...

Kawasaki Australia have just announced a hand-full of new models. The KLR650 has evolved for the 2022 model. Arriving into Australia in the second half of the year, the new KLR650 will be available in two configurations; KLR650 ADVENTURE and KLR650.

The normal KLR650 will be less aggressive looking.

Since the first version was released in 1987, Kawasaki have advertised the KLR650 as the one bike to do everything. Kawasaki say the touring-hungry dual-purpose machine will eagerly travel long distances, while offering the versatility to accommodate off-road as well as the daily commute.

Check out our 2016 KLR650 Review here

They also claim the 2022 KLR650 offers a riding position for terrific all-day-comfort, plenty of carrying capacity, an efficient engine and a large fuel tank for extended time between fill ups. It is as happy on a 10-minute run to the supermarket as it is on a 10-day cross-country tour. With a 21-inch front wheel and plenty of suspension travel, the KLR650 should strive in off-road situations.

For the 2022 KLR650, a change to fuel injection offers a claimed increase in reliability and fuel efficiency. A new fuel tank design that minimises residual fuel volume, numerous strengthened parts and increased riding confidence when carrying luggage, reduced vibrations and increased generator capacity contribute to improved reliability and ride comfort.

Both intake and outlet cam profiles have been revised, improving mid- range torque characteristics. Stronger cam chain guide material and shape contributes to reliability. Updates to the clutch (clutch release bearings have been changed from ball bearings to thrust-needle bearings)and transmission (revised 3rd gear dogs and shift fork) have been made to allow for the KLR to be an easier ride.

You will have to wait until the second half of 2021 to get your hands on the new model.

The rear frame is now integrated with the main frame to form a stronger skeleton for the bike, along with this, the swingarm was extended by 30mm. The swingarm pivot shaft diameter was also increased from 15mm to 17mm. Changes to the suspension were also made with front and rear suspension strokes increased to 200 mm and 185 mm, respectively, which Kawasaki say favours favour on-road riding performance while enabling off-road excursions.

Full pricing and info will be announced closer to the release date in the second half of 2021. Check out further info on the Kawasaki website.


2022 Kawasaki KLR650 Highlights

  • Fuel injection
  • LED lighting
  • Larger (300 mm) front brake with ABS
  • Longer range 23 L fuel tank
  • Digital instrument panel
  • Two-position adjustable wind shield
  • Large, strong aluminium carrier mounts
  • Increased generator output

Kawasaki KLR650 ADVENTURE extras

  • Locking Panniers
  • Fog Lamps
  • Frame Sliders
  • DC and USB Sockets

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The new KLX230R S was also announced, Kawasaki say its been purpose-built for riders looking for off-road fun on woodland or desert trails, the KLX230R features an engine and frame both designed from the start with trail riding in mind.

The new 230R is an off-road only machine.

They claim the 233 cm3 air-cooled, 4-stroke Single engine delivers ample low-mid range torque, and its simple construction makes it suitable for tough terrain. The compact perimeter frame was designed to offer the handling stability needed for confident trail riding, while superior ground clearance and suspension travel enhance off-road capability.

Check out our 2020 KLX230 review here…

Kawasaki claim that extensive feedback from Kawasaki test riders helped achieve an engine-chassis balance that a wide range of riders – especially new and intermediate riders – will enjoy. The KLX230R S offers a number of advantages versus its dual- purpose brother, the KLX230: a lightweight plastic fuel tank, aluminium swingarm, light 115 kg weight, and greater wheel travel (250 mm) and ground clearance (300 mm).

The new dirt bike looks to be light, manoeuvrable and powerful, with the goal of making it an ideal partner for off-road adventure with friends or family. With its 25mm reduced seat height and ground clearance, it should be a little easier to ride for people who aren’t tall.

Pricing and updates to the model will be available closer to the release date. Check out further info on the Kawasaki website.


2021 Kawasaki KLX230R S Highlights

  • Low 900mm Seat Height – 25mm lower than the previous KLX230R
  • 21″ Front and 18″ Rear Wheel.
  • 233cm Air-cooled 4-Stroke.

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