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post #1 of 4 Old 02-06-2008, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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Question about the KLR650

I've been looking and reading about the KLR's. Here is a dumb question: What is the difference between a KL650A and a KLR650 or are they the same bike. Thanks, Steve
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post #2 of 4 Old 02-06-2008, 06:13 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info. I sold my last bike about 7 years ago, and now that my kids are out of college I am looking for something to go to work on, hit a few dirt roads on, etc. I saw the two different numbers and didn't know if there was a difference between the two. I looked at a 2007 left-over and I am planning on going back tomorrow and see what their bottom line is on price. I think they will go down to $4,699 which seems fair to me. Thanks again.
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post #3 of 4 Old 02-06-2008, 07:48 PM
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couple of interesting pages

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post #4 of 4 Old 05-16-2008, 04:45 PM
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New to the forum, and was looking for info on what years to buy/avoid/etc. I suspect there isn't a bad year per se, but I am looking at possibly buying a 93 with some maintenance records.

Anyway, to the point of an earlier question about the Kawasaki designations, I have been around Kawasaki's for about 30 years. My first bike was am MC1M90, have owned and ridden a KE100, KZ 900, KZ750 Spectre, KX 125/250/400 played with KZ 1000's and 1300's etc. There was a trend in the late 70's to "standardize" with the "K" as the make, and type was second "E" was two-stroke dual purpose, Z 4-stroke, H two stroke street, X motocross/twostroke, T trials, and L came out as 4 stroke dual purpose. The original (IIRC) was the KL250 followed by the KL 600 and later the KLR 650. I worked at a Kawasaki shop for a while (got to assemble all the bikes when they came in) and hung out for years after that and the un-official word was the R was used as the "Factory Repli-racer". The Z1R-TC was one such. In this case, "R" was the Race designation for the Paris-Dakar replica bikes. By the same token, the X was off-road race, and the KLX is not nearly as road ready as the KLR.

Dunno if it is true or not about the "R", but the others are from observation.

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