The Kawasaki KLR650 has Been Axed

Kawasaki has confirmed the rumors that the long-running dual-sport KLR650 is going to be discontinued. 

The KLR650 was first introduced back in 1987 and sits in the middle of Kawasaki’s lineup that can handle both on- and off-road riding. Tightening emissions regulations and the cost to modernize the bike were likely the deciding factor in killing off the model, which was pulled out of the European market some time ago over emissions.

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The good news to come out of this is that a small number of 2018 KLR650’s are out there at dealers, selling for $6,999 US.

The news first broke in a leaked memo, and was confirmed by an spokesperson for Kawasaki Canada to 

Now we must wait and see if Kawasaki replaces the bike, and if so, with what. A Versys-X 650 could be just the thing, and Kawasaki USA is teasing four new bikes for EICMA, so it’s possible a KLR650 replacement could be in that bunch.