I got word from Vey’s Powersports here in El Cajon, California the other day that 2018 is the final year that Kawasaki is manufacturing and selling the KLR650. Thirty-one years is a long time, especially when you consider how poorly the engine was designed and built for the first seven years.
The worst problem was the poorly engineered chain driven balance system which could self destruct and blow the engine. I remember warning KLR owners Kurt G. and Jim B. back in the mid nineties, but before there was a cure both lost their engines two weeks apart. I worked with both Sagebrush Engineering and Eagle Mfg. to solve the problem. Eagle finally built the best