The Touratech 2015 KLR 650
The Kawasaki KLR 650 is a bike that has a reputation as the “gateway drug” for Adventure Motorcycle culture. Riders with a desire to ride dual-sport can pick one up at a price that’s lower than most entries in the segment and once they’re hooked they move to a BMW GS or KTM 990 and never look back.
But not all KLR owners move away from their green machines. Many develop a love for the durability, adaptability and dependability of the KLR and continue to ride them for years.
Touratech accessories adorn the motorcycles that circumnavigate the planet and more riders than ever are dipping their toes into the adventure motorcycle waters with the Kawasaki KLR. With that in mind, Touratech recently acquired a 2015 KLR 650 and built it up from head to toe with parts designed in Germany specifically for it.
Here are the highlights:
Because this machine needs to be capable of carrying a bevy adventure touring supplies, the first step taken when building this KLR was to replace the rear shock with the Touratech Explore HP Rear Shock. It makes a massive difference in performance.
Over-built by design with heavy-duty materials, 50% more spring pre-load adjustment, and adjustable rebound damping the Explore HP is tuned for optimal performance with a fully loaded KLR. This shock is made for adventure riding.
The Touratech replacement shock uses a separation piston instead of an oil emulsion design to keep the damping consistent, no matter how hard you ride. An oil emulsion shock will tend to "foam" when heated up and ridden hard, which change its damping characteristics. Touratech shocks feature a floating piston design that keeps the oil and nitrogen separate for consistent performance.
After installing the new rear shock we completed our suspension upgrade with progressive front Fork Springs. This makes a significant improvement in handling and braking, both on and off-road.
This spring kit from Hyperpro is a quick and inexpensive way to drastically improve the KLR's handling performance, or to revive a worn out set of springs. The progressively wound springs for the front suspension give you a plush ride at slow speeds, but when the road gets rough, or you decide to push hard in the corners, the springs are much firmer at the bottom of the travel where you need it the most.
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