2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New Edition

Jan 29, 2014 View Comments by

2014 Kawasaki KLR 650 New EditionNot even a month into 2014 and already a mid-year refresh of the venerable KLR 650 has been announced by Kawasaki. Though the changes are all fairly minor, they are worth mentioning on a model that’s changed little since its introduction in 1987. In fact, the trusty dual sport went a solid 20 years between major updates, getting its first real overhaul for the 2008 model year. The 2014.5 should be a bit more stable when covering rough terrain thanks to new front and rear suspension springs and updated rebound damping. 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.

Both the ’14 and ’14.5 models are listed on Kawasaki’s website with MSRPs of $6,499 and $6,599 respectively. That’s right, the upgraded suspension, new seat, and colors add only $100.



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