Kawasaki has taken some concepts straight from Hollywood to present the Kawasaki new KLR650 teaser to the world. Don´t get me wrong; there are no red carpets or anything like it, just the good old mystery technique. Indeed, they created some kind of a trailer that shows us some hints that allow our brain to complete the puzzle.
Did we fall for the Kawasaki new KLR650 teaser? Of course, we did, but we didn´t stop there. We went after all the gossip and found out as much as we could about the return of the legend. Kawasaki knows that the KLR650 is not just another bike; it´s a quintessential part of the brand´s history.
Are you ready to find out everything about the comeback of the century? Strap on that helmet because this is an epic ride.
The Middleweight adventure bike segment
Before Kawasaki new KLR650 teaser, back in 2018, when Kawasaki decided to discontinue this legendary motorcycle, they left a big hole in a segment that was just starting. Indeed, the middleweight adventure bikes offered by other companies in times of the KLR650 were not so many or so varied.
A couple of years later, the landscape is very different; most companies now offer a middle-size adventure bike. Even Italian brands like Aprilia offer state of the art rides in this category.
What do we talk about when we talk about a middleweight adventure motorcycle? Let´s check some of the common characteristics.
Credits – Kawasaki
It can take off and on-road adventures
A good middleweight adventure bike in modern times can take off-road adventures and can also take you there riding on the highway. Of course, we can now talk about riding modes, electronically-adjustable suspension, and such, but the concept remains the same.
Somewhere between 500 and 850cc
The middleweight category needs to pull off a great deal of power, torque, and speed utilizing limited resources. Bikes in this category going above 400 pounds or boasting less than 100HP are going to be left behind by the competition. Kawasaki should be able to walk the thin red line and deliver a hard-to-beat contestant.
Take a lot of abuse
Finally, this category is for experienced riders who are not completely into off-road but love pushing their bikes as hard as possible. In other words, they need to be able to respond in extreme situations and also deliver comfort and good riddance on the highway.
These characteristics make the middleweight adventure bike segment a very difficult one to compete on. That being said, it is important to note that the KLR650 kind of invented decades ago. It was the competition that made it a tough niche, but its origins can be traced back to Kawasaki itself.
If you want to know why this bike is a legend, check this video of a fan trying to kill an immortal machine.
Kawasaki new KLR650 teaser – unveiling assumptions
Let´s do some futurology and try to picture the return of the legend. For what Kawasaki has been doing lately, we could think that the engine will be a Twin, very close to the engine of the VerSys 650. Indeed, the company launched the smaller VerSys X-300 as their touring adventure. There´s no need to say that it doesn´t come close to the legendary status of the KLR650.
As for the rest, we can assume the best of the best in motorcycle technology applied to a motorcycle that could very well become Kawasaki´s new flagship bike. This is ABS technology, riding modes, TFT display, and more.
Credits – Kawasaki
Some accessories worth trying
While we wait for the disembarking of the new Kawasaki KLR650, let me tell you about some accessories you should try out.
The Smart Turn System is a very small but clever gadget that will help you ride safer. It disengages the turning lights when it senses you have completed your turn. Simple, easy to install, and very effective; you should try this accessory out.
When we talk about adventure and touring bikes, we can´t overlook engine power. Doing those smooth transitions with throttle and gearbox only is a delight. This accessory, the Smart Brake Module, will engage your stoplight when it senses you´re losing speed with no need to touch the brakes.
The Kawasaki new KLR650 teaser opened up the imagination of millions of fans around the world. Very little is known yet about it, but it will very likely become an instant classic once again.
While you wait, make sure to try out the above accessories, they make riding a better experience.