For more than thirty years, Kawasaki KLR 650 remained as a go-to choice for many riders who seek the thrill of adventure. Being easily accessible, cheap, and relatively easier to maintain, Kawasaki dealers had little to no difficulty selling these motorcycles for many years. Unlike other models that needed newer and fancier features every year in order to be appealing, this model has remained simple, having very little changes over the decades. However, travellers do not seem to mind, as it remained a popular choice nonetheless. Unfortunately, the year 2018 would be its last year.
End of the Road
According to a letter from Kawasaki last September 14, 2018, Kawasaki dealers would no longer be able to sell the Kawasaki KLR650 as easily as they used to before. Marketing Manager and Assistant PR Brad Goodbody confirms that KLR650 will be on its final year on 2018. While the 2018 models may still be available, albeit limited, the 2019 KLR650 in the Canadian Kawasaki Motors wouldn’t be a reality.
Performance over the Years
While it remained a popular choice for many riders, it is undeniable that the design has become a bit too old for some, affecting its popularity and performance in terms of sales. In addition, since it has been in production for a long time, it wasn’t originally designed to be as fuel friendly as newer models. With more alternatives offering better fuel efficiency, more and more customers are starting to choose these over the older models, affecting the KLR650’s sales.
Keeping Up with Today’s Standards
The KLR650 takes riders back to the rugged and aggressive times of riding, but this has also discouraged new customers from choosing the model over other choices. Although its specifications are still dependable and capable, its features just doesn’t fit what many peple are looking for.
It is understandable why the company has decided to discontinue the production of this model, and owners would always remember their dependable KLR650’s— but for dual-sport enthusiasts, this would be a big blow that would leave a hole in their hearts, hopefully, to be filled with another new and exciting model in the future.