Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: Lander, Wyoming
Like justjeff said, perfectly normal on the KLR650 or just about any dual-sport 650.
The Honda XR650L doesn't come with a tachometer, but looking at a dyno graph I found it has about the same power curve profile.
Ignore the tachometer and ride by the feel of power, like any real dirt bike.
You will eventual find/concur that the KLR650 engine works best between 2000 & 6500 rpm. And will pull from 1500 to 7000 rpm.
For lots of less experienced dirt road riders, a 14 tooth engine sprocket helps a bunch and still allows 80mph+ if need be.
And like others stated,
Check your oil level, morning, noon and night! (Stand the bike straight up-level)
Modify at "YOUR OWN RISK"!
Still riding my 1987 KL650-A1. 85,000+ miles & counting