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KLR650 outside The Americas Travelling

Has Anyone used this bike to travel around Africa or Russia, mongolia? Or anywhere outside the Americas? I have found some literature of people travelling outside the americas, but not much. Thanks
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I went around the world (via Russia) on a US model KLR 650 in 2005. Details on the bike and the trip are on my website.

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My experience is limited to parts of Europe and North Africa, but I was somewhat alarmed to discover that KLR's are relatively scarce. For example, even Kawasaki dealers sometimes couldn't find my 2007 listed in their parts catalogs, and they didn't seem at all surprised or concerned (or inclined to search further on my behalf). Next time around, I might chose another bike, although of course there are different philosophies about these sorts of choices.

OTOH, plenty of KLR's here in the Americas. Haven't a clue about Asia.

Hoe that helps.

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Old 'problem' - old solution.

What ever bike you chose - somewhere in the world it won't be common .. if it exsits at all. Organise a deealer to get parts to you anywhere in the world before you leave and you have this 'problem' covered.
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From London to Hungary (via Spain.. "Wrong Way Across"), i think I saw the first other KLR when I was arriving in Barcelona. They seem to be a mainly American phenomenon, and a lot of the KLRs in the UK are the American (A) model, which, as far as I'm aware, was never officially sold in the UK.
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One thing to remember is that the KLR didn't meet modern Euro emissions standards, thus hasn't been sold in most of Europe for years. The C model with its funky non-fairing and different suspension was the model most sold in Europe during the years that it was available. This doesn't affect availability elsewhere, it just depends where you're going. Note that there are Kawasaki dealers on the Internet who are happy to air-mail you any part you need anywhere that there's reliable mail service -- which is the case with Europe, at the very least.

So yes, I'd not hesitate to say that the KLR is a fairly rare bike in Europe. And the Africa Twin is a very rare bike in the United States. And your point is?

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