Kawasaki has confirmed that its updated KLR650 dual-sport range, which sees a number of minor updates throughout, will launch in Australia in the second half of 2021.
While pricing has yet to be locked in, the brand’s local wing will indeed release both the base KLR650, as well as the higher-spec KLR650 Adventure.
Distinguishing the KLR650 Adventure variant is a set of lockable panniers, fog lamps, frame sliders, as well as a DC and USB socket.
For 2021, the LAMS-approved dual-sport moves over from carburettors to electronic fuel injection, improving fuel efficiency and reliability in cold starting conditions.
The bike retains a familiar 652cc single-cylinder engine, however, many internal and external components have been revised including the cam profiles, intake and exhaust, clutch and starter, among other parts.
Kawasaki engineers have also tweaked the electrical system to meet the needs of grip heaters, fog lamps and other accessories, while its new LED headlight helps lower energy consumption.
Also new is a digital instrument cluster with a backlit LCD screen showing speedometer, odometer, trip, fuel, and indicator information.
The KLR650 retains its semi-double cradle frame, though it has been strengthened and adjusted in places, and so the carry-over front and rear suspension has been tweaked accordingly.
Ergonomic changes include a ‘fine-tuned’ upright riding position, with revised handlebar and footpegs, both of which are now rubber mounted.
Meanwhile, the new KLR650 features a new two-position windshield that is 50mm taller, as well as a more comfortable seat and new pillion grab bars.
Other notable updates include a redesigned 23-litre fuel tank, stronger 21- and 17-inch wire-spoked wheels, the standard inclusion of ABS, and a larger 300mm front brake disc (up 20mm).
The 2021 Kawasaki KLR650 sees a styling facelift with textured graphics, reshaped plastics and new tail-lights, as well as two new colour schemes dubbed Pearl Sand Khaki and Cypher Camo Gray.
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