Say it isn’t so…

For 30+ years the Kawasaki KLR650 has been an affordable and accessible motorcycle for many starting riders and those looking for some off-road adventure. That was my first “street licensed” motorcycle and I have had 2 of them. a 2000 year model and I forgot the other one, but it was older.

Me while at a NVTR ride October 2001

Sadly, 2018 is rumored to be the last model year they produce.

If you are curious, below is a production-year chart for 1987-2018, from You can read his full article here