Suggestions on quiet, performance exhaust and hand guards - Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum
2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions For repair, maintaining or modifying discussions related to the newly updated 2008 and beyond, Generation 2 KLR650 Motorcycle.

LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 08:59 AM Thread Starter
1st Gear
Join Date: Mar 2016
Location: Spring, TX
Posts: 36
Suggestions on quiet, performance exhaust and hand guards

I recently put a Yoshimura RS-2 exhaust onto my 2012 KLR and quite honestly, the exhaust is just too loud for me. That said, I'm wanting to enhance the sound of my KLR but do so in a quieter package. Does anyone have recommendations on quiet yet throaty exhaust?

Also, I just attended an adventure training clinic on my KLR and it's apparent I need to get some hand guards. If you have any recommendations on hand guards to consider, please post them up. Thanks a ton!!
txox4 is offline  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 09:46 AM
5th Gear
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,619
Best KLR exhaust: LeoVince X3.....around 94db and doesn't require repacking. Best on a budget: LEXX with the optional (sold separately) trail insert = 94db. Runner up: FMF Q4, light, one pce design, 96db.

I have the FMF on one bike and the LV on the other and the LV is a couple lbs heavier and a bit more of a PITA to install but it is noticably quieter.

Most aftermarket KLR silencers are WAY too loud, with some breaking 100db! I think the loudest was that sound level you can hang with the straight piped Harley crowd!

DPelletier is offline  
post #3 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 09:51 AM
5th Gear
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,619
...and handguards. There are tons of choices out there. Personally I'd also take the opportunity to replace the stock bars if you haven't already seeing as how they have the strength of partially cooked pasta!

Bar dimensions are a personal thing, but the stockers have far too much pullback for me. ....and the Gen2 bars are ridiculously wide as well. I run Renthal RC-Hi's on both my KLR's. I've also found the combination of aluminum bars, handguards and thicker sportbike grips to do a great job lessening vibrations.

There are dozens of brands of handguards. I prefer the better brands as they usually have superior mounting hardware; Fastway, Acerbis, Highway Dirtbikes, etc. The cheaper Emgo and Maier ones are OK but like most things, you get what you pay for. fitment may require some tweeking depending.

DPelletier is offline  
post #5 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 10:23 AM
klr4evr's Avatar
Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: Fort Sask , Alberta, Canada
Posts: 3,545
Send a message via Skype™ to klr4evr
Good info Dave. Does anyone have the dimensions of the stock handlebars?? I've been riding with them for so long I just kinda am used to them. I would like a little more handgrip area. HAd a set of Pro-Taper bars on another KLR I owned that I thought were okay too.

My Kaw Barn - 2004 KLR, 2006 Concours (sold), 1997 Bayou 400.

"It's a friggen motorcycle, it's not supposed to be comfortable, quiet or safe. The wind noise is supposed to hurt your ears, the seat should be hard and riding it should make you shit your pants every now and then. "

<--- Please fill in the 'Location' on your personal profile page. User CP/Edit Your Details

This information makes it much easier for other members to answer/comment on your posts.
klr4evr is offline  
post #6 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 10:45 AM
5th Gear
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,619
Gen1 stock bar dimensions here;


and I don't have the exact dimensions for the Gen2 but I have confirmed that they are wider than the Gen1 units (plus the added bar end weights). I'll see if I can dig up the exact width.

I find that people often get used to whatever is on their bike and once they are, that's the "normal" feel and preference....but if you ride offroad much, a straighter, narrower bar is better for ultimate control. The only issue with a dual sport is to make sure there is still enough "real estate" for the switches, perches, etc.

DPelletier is offline  
post #7 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 10:45 AM
Pretty in Pink, dunno why
Tom Schmitz's Avatar
Join Date: Feb 2009
Location: Redondo Beach
Posts: 7,924
Dave beat me to the punch, but there's some info here:


Tom [email protected]

“I still held his automatic more or less pointed at him, but he swung on me just the same. It caught me flush on the chin. It was meant to be a hard one, but a pansy has no iron in his bones, whatever he looks like.” -Philip Marlowe

“'Why' and 'How' are words so important they cannot be too often used.” -Napoleon Bonaparte

Sting like a butterfly.
Noli Timere Messorem
Tom Schmitz is offline  
post #8 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 10:58 AM
5th Gear
Join Date: Aug 2010
Location: Kelowna, B.C.
Posts: 2,619
Found it, Gen2 bar dimensions;

My measurements of my stock bars for comparison:
Width = 844.6 Height = 142.9 Rise = 98.4 Clamp Area = 127.0 Sweep = 66.7 Control Area = 215.9

DPelletier is offline  
post #9 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 11:41 AM
5th Gear
Join Date: Jan 2011
Posts: 4,578
Tusk handguards (Rocky Mountain ATV/MC) fit well, proven crashworthy in my experience, and are most affordable.

I bought Tusk handguards with "spoilers; the latter about $ 12 a pair if replacement from road rash is needed.

Performance gains with even loud exhausts on essentially stock engines are miniscule and uneven, producing less power than stock exhaust in some rpm regimes (according to dynamometer charts I have seen).

Last edited by Damocles; 06-09-2016 at 11:51 AM.
Damocles is online now  
post #10 of 13 Old 06-09-2016, 12:43 PM
2nd Gear
Join Date: May 2016
Posts: 171
my solutions are super economical, so if you got cash to spend, get the quality ones above.

my $23 handguards worked well, and they are very strong, i already dropped the bike like 3 times on them and they are still holding up really really well.

i also got knock off ROX RISERS chinese from ebay they were $53 and they are awesome.
i did not need to extend any wires.

2013 KLR650
2009 KLX250
2006 NINJA 250
2012 HD IRON 883
xzatx is offline  
Sponsored Links

Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Kawasaki KLR 650 Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Hand guards? larry31 KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 17 02-13-2016 07:59 AM
Mod suggestions for ultra-quiet exhaust? Dma251 1987 to 2007 Wrenching & Mods 11 10-27-2015 06:46 PM
Why hand guards? Lockjaw KLR & Other Motorcycle Related Discussion 6 04-20-2015 06:47 AM
Handle bars, Hand guards, Mirrors - Suggestions please Benson 2008+ KLR650 Wrenching & Mod Questions 11 11-19-2014 09:38 AM
hand guards Festis Introductions 8 04-27-2014 10:03 AM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome