KLR Killed???

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by HerrDeacon, Sep 28, 2018.

  1. HerrDeacon

    HerrDeacon Active Member

    Been hearing rumours (unsubstantiated) this week of the demise of the beloved Kawasaki KLR650. From what I've read it looks like this could be the last year for the model. No definite info is really available so really just speculation at this point. I've never owned or even ridden one but it will be sad to see it go, its been such a staple and pretty much synonymous with ADV and around the world travel. Anyone else hear anything? Couple of big European bike shows coming up soon where new bikes are typically unveiled so not sure if we'll hear more then. If it is gone I wouldn't doubt if the new tighter emission requirements had a hand in it, hard for a 30 year old carbed engine to meet the numbers. Would be cool if they stuck the Versys 650 engine in it though :)

    https://adventuremotorcycle.com/news/kawasaki-klr-650-discontinued-2019
     
  2. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    I heard the same, wonder if they’ll replace it with something in the 300 class?
     
  3. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Maybe the resale will go up? :p
     
  4. keith

    keith Active Member

    They already have the Versys X-300 and its not selling well.
     
  5. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Not off-road enough, the Himalaya and 310 GS are shaking up the market a wee bit
     
  6. Wayne

    Wayne Well-Known Member

    Canada Moto Guide reported today: "Kawasaki says no 2019 KLR650 for Canada"
     
  7. keith

    keith Active Member

    Its a great bike but that motor is a POS and long overdue for a replacement.
     
  8. skibum69

    skibum69 Active Member

    Everyone is waiting to see what fills the void
     
  9. TonisToo

    TonisToo Active Member

    Doesn't seem like much of a stretch for Kawasaki to take the tried and true Versys/Ninja 650 motor and stick it in the KLR chassis. Slap a sticker price anywhere between $7-8K? They could even do an adventure version with factory OEM milk crates. Fanboys have done it, why not the Kawasaki engineers?
     
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