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:character00271:I have been on te forum for a few months now and still have one question left unanswered, well maybe 2 or 3.
What does KLR stand for? If I can get this answer, then complete the Doohickey replacement I think I will feel accepted!
 

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Why do all the "Big 3" common dual-sport bikes have an "R" in them?

KLR650
DR650
XR650

I have no idea what any of these letters from any manufacturer stand for, but find it interesting they all contain an "R."
 

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:character00271:I have been on te forum for a few months now and still have one question left unanswered, well maybe 2 or 3.
What does KLR stand for? If I can get this answer, then complete the Doohickey replacement I think I will feel accepted!
K = Kawasaki

L = 4-stroke Engine

R = "Dual-purpose" Service

No doohickey failures since '08 models released. If you ride a late-model bike, you may still need to replace your doohickey to be "accepted," by some.
 

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So what's the deal with the R?

Seems strange 3 different manufacturers would use the same letter. Is this an "industry standard"/marketing thing or just coincidence?
 

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Keep Loctite Ready. (Not mine) :)
 

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So what's the deal with the R?

Seems strange 3 different manufacturers would use the same letter. Is this an "industry standard"/marketing thing or just coincidence?
I cannot speak for other manufacturers, but with Kawasaki,
R = "Dual-purpose" Service
Otherwise, in Kawasaki's code (or, "kode"), an "X" would indicate a more competitive service application, as in moto-cross or enduro.

Example: KLX650.

Source: Kawasaki executive, Kawasaki Motors USA, Irvine, CA.
 

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I see that the topic is prime for a great deal of imaginative expression! I will continue to work on a unigue definition.
 
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