The Touratech KLR 650 Review

The Kawasaki KLR 650 is a bike that has a reputation as the “gateway drug” for the Adventure Motorcycle culture. Riders with a desire to ride dual-sport can pick one up at a price that’s relatively lower then most entries in the segment and once they’re hooked they move to a bigger bike and never look back.

Many riders however, develop a love for the durability, adaptability and dependability of the KLR and continue to ride them for years. With that in mind, Touratech recently acquired a 2015 KLR 650 and built it up from top to bottom with parts designed in Germany specifically for it.

“I have always been curious about the KLR650, since so many folks choose it for their travels,” said Aaron Jennings, Touratech staffer and the man that did the build. “It was great to spend a little time getting one all kitted out with our products. It’s an easy bike to work on, and its utility and performance is even better with upgraded suspension, protection and luggage.”

When the bike build was finished, the only thing left to do was ride it! Adventure filmmaker, Sterling Noren was on hand to record the testing and the result is a terrific video highlighting the good, the bad and the ugly of the KLR 650.

With a spectacular, desert backdrop, Touratech’s Paul Guillien and Iain Glynn put the bike through its paces over two days in scorching heat and through challenging terrain. They give an honest assessment of the KLR and its strengths and weaknesses and don’t pull any punches. This video will give everyone a clear picture of what a KLR 650, with a little help from Touratech can do.

  • BTurner

    Nice video, thanks for sharing. The more videos I see & the more stuff I read about this bike, the more I feel better about purchasing one. I think it’ll serve its purpose just fine. I’m not looking for a race ready rally bike, just something affordable, reliable & capable of intermittent ADV rides…