The 2013 Kawasaki KLR650, a premium off-road capable adventure motorcycle, build in Thailand, the Kawasaki KLR650 sports a fuel tank that carries nearly 23 liters and a fairng that makes it a long-distance runner. The 651cc engine is absolutely reliable with an extremely wide powerband, making the KLR650 an easy ride. With over 177mm of travel at both ends, the Kawasaki KLR650 can soak up any reasonable obstacles in your way, and the seat height is kept a manageable 889mm.
It's a shame that the new 2013 Kawasaki KLR650 will still not be introduced onto the Thai motorcycle market....
According to several motorcycle critics the Kawasaki is the best single-cylinder 650cc class off-road/adventure motorcycle. Others in the same class are for example the Honda XL650L, Suzuki DR650SE and the Yamaha XT660R.
Maybe we should not called the Kawasaki KLR650 a Premium motorcycle, but more one of the best 650cc single-cylinder off-road/adventure motorcycles.
They are selling for the equivalent of 255,000 baht new 'ride away' in Australia!
I think that everybody in Thailand knows that big bikes are more expensive in Thailand than they cost in other countries. The tax you pay is especially high for imported motorcycles.
Motorcycles sold by Red Baron Bangkok are always 100% legal*, and with that can be registered and legally ride in Thailand.
* This with exception if Red Baron writes that it's a motorcycle which cannot be registered. It's rare but Red Baron has sold some pure / 100% off-road motocross bikes.
I've used one of their 'Contact Red Baron' forms and asked about legality and the history of that particular bike.
Hope they reply this time!
What I understand is that the Kawasaki KLR650 is brand new. Red Baron Bangkok offers a 3-year (36 months) payment with monthly payments of 8,166 THB. Down payment is a bit heavy at 259,000 THB for this bike
The Kawasaki KLR650 is maybe built in Thailand, but it's 100% built bonded-warehouse, which means that even it's built in Thai it's still outside Thailand basically. So, with current production set-up if Kawasaki Thailand would introduce the KLR650 on the Thai market it will still be an imported motorcycle.