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2008 Kawasaki KLR650 Comparo Photo Gallery

We take three big-bore Single thumpers, the Honda XR650L, Kawasaki KLR650 and BMW Xcountry, and put together the 2008 Dual-sport Comparo. See how the 2008 Kawsaki KLR650 did in our 2008 Dual-Sport Comparo.

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Up front, the KLR features a 41mm front fork with 7.9 inches of travel.
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In our head-to-head test, the power output on the Kawi was a little tame in comparison to its competitors.
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The KLR comes equipped with street-legal lighting with turn indicators and has a rear taillight parking light.
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Providing the pulse of the KLR is a 651cc, liquid-cooled, DOHC, four-valve single-cylinder engine featuring a 100mm x 83mm bore/stroke with a 9.8:1 compression ratio.
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The UNI-TRAK Rear Suspension features a five-way preload shock absorber with four-way rebound damping.
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Stopping on the rear is provided by 240mm petal-style disc brakes with dual piston calipers.
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A double engine balancer helps the mill run smoothly from idle to redline providing the rider with more comfort and less fatigue on long rides.
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Although the bulkiest of our test bikes, the 2008 Kawasaki KLR650 handles itself well out on the streets.
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There's enough pop in the four-stroke single for some fun on one wheel.
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The KLR proved its versatility off-road with nimbleness that belied its size.
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Though it's not a pure MX bike doesn't mean that you can't enjoy a little air time on the KLR.
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Where's the kick start on this thing? Oh yeh, it's got electric start.
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At first look the Kawasaki isn't going to win any beauty pageants, but at least it finally looks the part of a 21st century bike with its rounded edges and twin projector head lamps.
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The Kawasaki took the award for being the biggest of the bikes in our dual-sport comparo, longer, wider and higher than the Honda or BMW.
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Climbing aboard the Kawasaki also confirms another striking visual sensation - it's big.
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Representing the green faction is the substantially revised 2008 Kawasaki KLR650.
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With its comfy ergos and large 6.1-gallon tank, the Kwakker makes long distance rides bearable.
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From the cold, barren landscape of the Artic to the sweltering hot jungles of South America and everywhere in between, you might find a nomadic two-wheeled adventurer's KLR tracks.
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Once underway, the KLR mill pulled cleanly from 3000 rpm all the way to its 7500-rpm redline.
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Although falling to the powerful Beemer, the Kawasaki bettered the Honda in torque production.
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Whether off road or on, the Kawasaki KLR650 is a nimble mount. Our only complaint was the front fork's tendency to wallow mid-corner at higher speeds.
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The KLR650 has a detachable rear subframe that facilitates maintenance by providing better access to the rear shock, airbox and carb.
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C'mon, there's got to be one more berm around here that I can hit before the sun goes down.
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Up front, the KLR has lots of goodies like a mini fairing, windshield and handlebar guards.