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 #21535  by Creekside
 15 Oct 2018 06:57

Taken from that news site:

At an early morning conference Thursday, Kawasaki announced to its dealers that the venerable KLR has seen its final year of production. The news was broken to Kawasaki dealers prior to the opening the doors of the AIM Expo to the media.

I spoke to a Kawasaki representative who verified that the KLR has indeed been discontinued. Existing inventory will still be available, but production has been halted. The representative said that Kawasaki would continue parts support for the foreseeable future...
 #21538  by troy
 15 Oct 2018 08:15
Thanks for sharing, Creekside! As it has been for so many, the KLR650 was my gateway drug.

I grew up riding motorcycles--had a 50cc and a couple old 100cc "enduros" on the farm, but had never seen or even heard of "off-road" riding. I had no idea that people rode motorcycles in the forest.

After a 5 year dry-spell without a motorcycle, I stumbled onto the Backroads Touring Kansas website, where I saw hundreds of pictures of folks riding KLR650s and the like on gravel roads exploring the countryside. Big city life had me missing the country. I was immediately hooked.

My 2003 KLR650 took me a lot of places. I miss her.

I imagine Kawasaki will have a replacement. Not everyone will be happy about the new bike, but my money says the have something to fill the gap, and announcing the death of the KLR650 is part of the media buzz to build suspense for the new models.
 #21544  by Stu
 22 Oct 2018 08:03
It is possible there will be a twin announced as a replacement. If it has the same weight at the current 650 but more power and possibly even a 6 speed they will have a worthy replacement. It would also be one that could be engineered to be Euro 4 & 5 compliant and hence meet our EPA requirements as well. The inexpensive small bore singles market is pretty crowded. The Royal Enfield Himalayan (441 c.c., 450 lbs, 24 hp) is only $2,800 new out the door with insurance and tags in India. Having just put about 1,400 miles on one I would say this is a market that Kawasaki probably would not wish to compete in. The Himalayan was comfortable, pretty vibration free, got really good gas mileage and pretty tough. They are all over in India and the shops didn't have any in for repair.

 #21552  by stimmer6253472
 24 Oct 2018 11:54
something I read said it would be replaced with a new KLX 550.
 #21614  by Stu
 10 Nov 2018 09:34
Is the new 2019 Honda 450 L dual sport the direction that small displacement dual sport bikes will be heading, including perhaps a replacement for the 650 KLR? Reviewers are pretty happy with the new Honda.