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post #1 of 3 Old 01-06-2013, 06:32 PM Thread Starter
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In 2008 the KLR650 was radically redesigned with new aesthetics, modern dual headlights and a more powerful engine. The new 651 cc single-cylinder engine puts out 37 bhp (28 kW) at 6200 rpm and 33.4 ftlbf (45.3 Nm) of torque at 4950 rpm. other improvements include: New fairing design, new instrument panel, redesigned handlebar control switches, new bar-end weights, revised powerband, revised suspension has reduced travel but with less static sag, new rear swingarm, new turn signals, larger petal-style vented brake rotors, new twin-piston rear brake caliper, increased radiator capacity, fork diameter increased from 38 to 41 mm (1.5 to 1.6 in), new headlight similar to that used on the Kawasaki Ninja 650R, larger luggage rack, firmer seat, larger-diameter wheel spokes. Stator "alternator" upgraded to 17amp output, providing an additional 36 watt capacity.

Criticism of the new design include its wide use of "sportbike plastics" for the new body panels which are prone to cracking and damage in the event of a tip-over, especially true for this genre of dual-sport motorcycles. First and second year models have been recalled due to the wiring harness rubbing on sharp frame edges which have caused electrical shorts and documented fires.

how did they get more HP out of the mill? what did they change.
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post #2 of 3 Old 01-06-2013, 08:18 PM
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Almost nothing IMHO.

If you want more's just money.....big bore, 685, head work, bigger valves, cams, carb, free flowing exhaust......I'm very close to 50HP in my engine I'm sure.....but it comes at a cost....nothing is free or cheap.
I personally don't think the newer version is any more powerfull than the earlier version. It's a hair splitting difference if anything.....nothing to write home about that's for sure!

It all depends upon what you want and how deep your pockets are......just ask and you can have all you want so to speak..,...hope this helps....

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post #3 of 3 Old 01-06-2013, 08:52 PM
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I'd have to agree... I think the "more power" was a creative advertising thing... They had to make the new model sound like a great new package to get people to upgrade. Heck, my 08 owners manual still mentions 6th gear... Lol

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