The Kawasaki KLR650 is even Better Prepared for All-Round Fun

Not so long ago one of our readers asked us what about the Kawasaki KLR650, so being in Malaysia and talking to ultra friendly Malaysian Kawasaki sales people who apparently look much happier then the average Thai motorcycle sales person at Kawasaki Thailand...

Asking about the Kawasaki KLR650 and why it is not available in Thailand but can buy in Malaysia. The sales girls first smiles and ask me you want to hear the real story, then, she not really wait for our answer and says the Kawasaki KLR650 is not made in Thailand. And Kawasaki Thailand is holding any products of neighboring countries of the Thai market.

So I ask, the Kawasaki KLR650 is made in Malaysia, at this moment a male sales supervisor has joined the conversation, and the girl answers it is surely not made in Thailand.We asked Kawasaki Thailand and had not reply, we asked Kawasaki HQ for reaction and nothing... Kawasaki Thai sales people seem too scare people away with, the words that the Kawasaki KLR650 doesn't meet Thai emission standards, but when we asked a Official if he could check for a Kawasaki KLR650 he confirmed that several where legally on the road in Thailand. With two of the latest of this Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycles qualifying for the Thai emission test.

We had a go with the Kawasaki KLR650, and having some experience with larger enduro machines, one of my girlfriends regular machines is a 650cc BMW, the Kawasaki KLR650 is bigger and something I would call more of an Adventure bike. The moment you mount the Kawasaki KLR650 you know, you feel this bike has a history and was developed by learning and failure. It is developed in the years into a perfect touring, adventure motorcycle... I join ranks with the several readers on Motorcycle Thailand that the Kawasaki KLR650 should be a motorcycle included to in the Thai Kawasaki line-up.
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Sunday, 22 November 2009 @ 08:23 AM ICT
You have my vote. I hope Kawasaki Thailand is reading this because the KLR 650 is the bike that I have been waiting for. Both the ninja 650 and the ER-6N (which are basically the same bike) make great touring bikes in Thailand if you want to stay on the road. However half the fun of riding in Thailand is the numerous backroads that lead to places that rarely get seen. The D-tracker and the KLX 250 are great bikes but a little to small to carry the luggage for the big tours. Not to mention the numerous used bikes for sale in this category for a fraction of the cost. The KLR 650 would make the perfect bike for around here and I for one am simply waiting till it is released before I sink any money into a new bike.
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Tuesday, 24 November 2009 @ 09:15 AM ICT
Kawasaki Thailand have missed the boat.
We all know they can, if they want, make the KLR650 pass the emission test.
Yet they belligerently deny us this very capable machine.
Meanwhile riders who believe this bike would be just right for their needs must look elsewhere.
Me for example; I have recently sold my D-Tracker and bought an Africa Twin.


Thursday, 03 December 2009 @ 12:46 PM ICT
This from 'the horses mouth';

"Thank You very much again for your high intention and suggestion in our product.

KLR 650 is producing in Thailand but it is developed in Japan.

We are very sorry to inform you that we have no plan to introduce KLR650 in Thailand.

Best regards,

Marketing Planning Sect.
Kawasaki Motors Enterprise (Thailand) Co.,Ltd."

So forget the KLR650 and buy something else!!


Saturday, 19 March 2011 @ 04:52 PM ICT
I like this concept. I visited your blog for the first time and just been your fan. Keep posting as I am gonna come to read it everyday..
Edited on Saturday, 19 March 2011 @ 05:20 PM ICT by admin