May 22, 2014 at 12:42 pm #3661
Mid year through 2014 the Kawasaki KLR650 is getting a bit of a revamp
According to Kawasaki the front fork springs are now 40-percent stiffer with rebound damping now 28-percent firmer. Out back the percentage growth is even higher with spring rate climbing 63-percent and rebound damping 83-percent firmer. These changes should result in improved ride and control over varied terrain as well as a higher load capacity.
Also new for 2014.5 is a multi-contoured seat. Tapered at the front, this new throne should afford shorter riders a better reach to the ground. The seat widens toward the rear to maintain comfort. There will also be updated paint and graphics to differentiate the New Edition.May 26, 2014 at 1:09 pm #3670
Rank: 50cc Rider
Is this model going to be available in NZ? Sounds like they have ticked ALMOST all of the boxes. No “Doohickey” fix, still needs engine guards, better handlebar, bark busters and maybe a better bash plate.May 26, 2014 at 4:03 pm #3671
As far as I can tell it’s a worldwide update, but you may have to wait till existing stock is sold through before Kawasaki NZ get any new stock with the updates.June 15, 2014 at 11:32 am #3751
I was at the Mystery Creek Fieldays yesterday and there was a combined Kawasaki NZ/Dealer stand and they had the KLR650 New Edition on display, and the dealer I spoke to started that it was available here.May 6, 2015 at 8:11 pm #8238
Have own one for more than 6 months now, great bike and appreciate the adjustments Kawasaki made as required little extra expenditure to make it good, no suspension mods or new seat needed hereMay 4, 2016 at 12:51 pm #12639
18 months now, Still a great bike (fitted a few bits by now to tweek it a bit)
Fits the bill well for 90% of my ADVriding needsJune 10, 2017 at 6:15 pm #18414
I am seriously thinking of getting a 2016/17 klr650, just wanted to know are the thermobob and the doohickey still an issue on this bike?June 10, 2017 at 6:49 pm #18415
Rank: 650cc Rider
- Bike: 2019 V-Strom 650 XT
In my opinion, the the thermo-bob was never needed.
Details are here: https://klrramblers.wordpress.com/2016/07/25/thermo-bob/
The doohickey is more sturdy on the new edition. I did not change mine.
AndrewJune 10, 2017 at 7:31 pm #18417
Hey Andrew, Thanks for the info, I’ll check out the link you gave me.
Another question if I may, How do you find the bike, is it as reliable, generally good at all things as I have head?
Adam.June 12, 2017 at 11:58 am #18430
Agree, don’t need those things (unless of course you get bored)
KLR is great all rounder and from from 2014/5 they came stock a lot better set up (harder suspension and better seat)June 12, 2017 at 12:07 pm #18431
Thanks Mark, the more I look at it the better suited to what I want out of a bike the KLR seems.
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