2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 [Model Overview]


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The Dual-Sport King Returns: The 2022 Kawasaki KLR 650​


Despite being a part of the 2021 Kawasaki line-up, the famously green Japanese manufacturer has decided to badge up the new KLR 650 as a 2022 model. Don’t worry though, it’s very much available in 2021! The arrival of an updated KLR 650 is a welcome one since it was axed from the range in 2018, and fans of this dual-sport stalwart will be pleased to learn that it comes in three different forms: the base model KLR 650, as well as the KLR 650 Traveler, and KLR 650 Adventure.

We’re looking at the base model KLR from Kawasaki. It features an updated 652 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine that produces a quoted 40 horsepower and 39 lb-ft of peak torque. The power output figures are roughly the same as the last generation, but that’s no bad thing. The KLR was well-known for its broad power spread, with enough grunt to tackle the trails and the open road in equal measure.

For 2022, or 2021 if you prefer, the KLR 650 receives striking new bodywork and adventure-focused styling, as well as new instrumentation, and a peppering of other impressive updates. ABS is now an optional feature, but you have to pay a little more for the pleasure. ABS or not, the KLR 650 is back, and diehard dual-sport delinquents should rejoice!

For 2021, the Kawasaki KLR 650 is available in two trims: with and without ABS. Both trims are available in two color options: Pearl Sand Khaki and Pearl Lava Orange.

The 2021 Kawasaki KLR 650 starts from $6,699 USD / $7,499 CAD.

On this page: we’ve curated specs, features, news, photos/videos, etc. so you can read up on the new 2021 Kawasaki KLR 650 in one place.

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650

Model Overview​

General Info​

  • Price: $6,699 USD / $7,499 CAD
  • Key Features:
    • Updated 652 cc liquid-cooled engine
    • New chassis management technology
    • Sophisticated riding aids and optional ABS

Main Specs​

  • Engine: 652 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine
  • Power: 40 HP
  • Torque: 39 lb-ft
  • Kerb Weight: 456 lbs (207 kg)
  • Seat Height: 34.3 in (870 mm)


2022 Kawasaki KLR 650

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 Specifications​


Engine652 cc liquid-cooled single-cylinder engine
Power40 HP
Bore x Stroke100.0 x 83.0mm
Compression Ratio
Fuel SystemDFI w/40mm Throttle Body


ClutchWet multi-disc manual clutch
Transmission5-speed, return shift
Final DriveSealed Chain


Suspension Front41mm telescopic fork/ 7.9 in
Suspension RearUni-Trak®, single shock with adjustable rebound damping and adjustable spring preload / 7.3 in
Brakes FrontSingle 300mm disc with 2-piston calipers, ABS
Brakes Rear
Single 240mm disc with single-piston caliper, ABS
Tires Front90/90-21
Tires Rear130/80-17
Fuel Tank Capacity6.1 gal
Pearl Sand Khaki, Pearl Lava Orange


IgnitionDigital CDI with 3 Coupler Options
Spark Plugs
Tail LightLED


Overall Length89.8 in
Overall Width38.2 in
Overall Height57.7/56.3 in (screen hi/lo)
Wheelbase60.6 in
Ground Clearance8.3 in
Seat Height34.3 in
Curb Weight460.6 lb


Warranty12 Months
Kawasaki Protection Plus12, 24, or 36 months

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650

2022 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.

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 Photos​

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650
2022 Kawasaki KLR 650

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650

2022 Kawasaki KLR 650 Videos​


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