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post #1 of 6 Old 04-21-2017, 11:24 AM Thread Starter
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KLR 650 at high speeds

I just purchased a 2006 KLR 650. While riding on highways when I'm going about 55 mph my RPM's are somewhere around 4,000 then if I jump up to 65 mph I think they go up to around 5,000. I'll mostly be using this bike at speeds slower than 55 mph since I'll be taking it on a lot of dirt trails but was wondering is it normal for this bike to get into such high RPM's at those speeds? I think it is since it's not a larger bike but just wanted to check on how your bikes perform at those speeds.
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post #2 of 6 Old 04-21-2017, 11:33 AM
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Welcome to the world of KLR - the numbers you mentioned seem about where my bike is at those speeds, and fifth gear is a pretty long gear.

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post #3 of 6 Old 04-21-2017, 12:49 PM
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Perfectly normal on a KLR. You can run thousands of miles at those speeds and more. I usually cruise at 70mph/5500rpm on the highway. Keep an eye on the engine oil level. Check it frequently and add if needed. I like to check mine at least every time I fill up or whenever I stop for a bit.
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I've got to give you credit for knowing that on a KLR, 65 MPH is a "high speed".

You can change to a 16 tooth front sprocket and that will lower the revs a bit but if you ride much trail, you'll hate it. First will be higher than you want it to be.

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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"!

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post #6 of 6 Old 04-21-2017, 07:37 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks all that helps

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