This is the maintenance schedule and service intervals for the Kawasaki KLR650 EFI, the long-awaited (and somewhat surprising) update to the carburettor fed KLR650 that went fundamentally unchanged for decades.
The 2022 Kawasaki KLR650 is still the same basic concept — a bare-minimum adventure tourer. It’s powered by a 652 single-cylinder four-stroke engine that makes modest enough power for it to be learner-approved in Europe and Australia/NZ.
But the 2022 KLR650 got some significant upgrades. Firstly, it’s now fuel-injected. This means it’s more reliable, though less easy to home-tune. And secondly, the KLR650 now has ABS standard. There are a few more changes, too.
To differentiate it from the carburettor-fed earlier gen, people are already referring to it as the KLR650 EFI.
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Maintenance schedule for the Kawasaki KLR650 EFI
|km x 1000||1||12||24||36||48|
|mi x 1000||0.6||7.6||15.2||22.8||30.4||Every|
|Air cleaner element (*C)||I||I||I||I||2 years, R|
|Throttle control system (play, smooth return, no drag)||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Fuel system||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Fuel hose||5 years, R|
|Evaporative emission control system (*D)||I||I|
|Cooling system||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Coolant, water hoses, and O-rings||R||3 years, R|
|Air suction system||I||I||I||I|
|Air suction valve||I||I||I||I|
|Spark arrester||Every 6K km (3.8K mi), I|
|Clutch operation (play, engagement, disengagement)||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Engine oil (*C) and oil filter||R||R||R||R||R||Year, R|
|Balancer chain tension||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Wheel bearing damage||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Spoke tightness and rim runout||I||Every 6K km (3.8K mi), I|
|Drive chain wear (*C)||I||I||I||I|
|Drive chain guide wear||I||I||I||I|
|Brake system||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake operation (effectiveness, play, no drag)||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Brake fluid (front and rear)||R||R||2 years, R|
|Brake hose||4 years, R|
|Rubber parts of brake master cylinder and caliper||R||4 years, R|
|Suspension system||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Lubrication of rear suspension||L||L|
|Steering play||I||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Steering stem bearing||L||L||2 years, L|
|Electrical system||I||I||I||I||Year, I|
|Chassis parts||L||L||L||L||Year, L|
|Condition of bolts, nuts, and fasteners||I||I||I||I||I||–|
Daily checks for the KLR650 EFI
The Kawasaki KLR650 EFI’s manual specifies a number of daily checks to do. They are listed here below.
|Fuel||* Adequate supply in tank, no leaks|
|Engine oil||* Oil level between level lines|
|Tyres||* Air pressure (when cold), install the air valve cap|
* Tyre wear
|Drive chain||* Slack: Every 1000 km (600 mile)|
* Lubricate: Every 600 km (400 mile)
|Bolts, nuts, and fasteners||* Check for loose and/or missing bolts, nuts, and fasteners|
|Steering||* Action smooth but not loose from lock to lock|
* No binding of control cables
|Brakes||* Brake pad wear|
* Brake fluid level
* No brake fluid leakage
|Throttle||* Throttle grip free play|
|Clutch||* Clutch lever free play|
* Clutch lever operates smoothly
|Coolant||* No coolant leakage|
* Coolant level between level lines (when engine is cold)
|Electrical equipment||* All lights (head, city, brake/tail, turn signal, license plate, warning/indicator) and horn work|
|Engine stop switch||* Stops engine|
|Side stand||* Return to its fully up position by spring tension|
* Return spring not weak or not damaged
|Rear view mirrors||* Rear view sight|
About the 2022 Kawasaki KLR650 EFI
The Kawasaki KLR650 EFI is a “sticking to the basics” move for Team Green.
The KLR650 needs almost no introduction. But for those who don’t know: it’s an iconic dual sport or adventure touring motorcycle, so iconic in fact that it has barely changed in decades. It has always been a somewhat heavy big “thumper” bike with plastic fairings and a windshield — just enough comfort for highway runs.
The KLR650 stands in contrast to other thumpers like the Honda XR650L or the Suzuki DR650, for example, which are big dirt bikes but which have engines large enough to take you on the highway. The KLR650 is much more highway oriented.
But it’s a simple bike. The old KLR650 had a carburettor! And just one piston. So it was favoured for adventure travellers because it’s so easy to fix — you can even carry a lot of spare parts with you.
As times changed, it became clear the old KLR’s days were numbered. European regulations mean that new bikes have to conform to emissions regulations and have ABS fitted to them as standard these days. Some people expected Kawasaki to adapt the parallel twin from the Versys 650, but that’s not what they did.
So the new KLR650 is very much like the old one, but with just a few more modern touches. Here are the improvements
- Fuel injection, first and foremost, replacing the carburettor.
- ABS as standard, with a bigger front brake disc, and thicker rear brake disc. The ABS system is “dual-purpose” — less invasive, and allowing some wheel slippage for off-road use
- Digital LCD gauge cluster (but with no tachometer)
- Comfort tweaks (slightly wider handlebars, slightly forward pegs, rubber mounts for reduced vibration)
- Taller windscreen
- Options including top case, USB port, and power outlet
The new KLR650 still doesn’t have a sixth gear, though.
Manual for the Kawasaki KLR650 EFI
The maintenance schedule for the KLR650 EFI came from the manual, which was released some time before the bike actually became available.