But we're gonna start with the basics. What do you need to make a great motorcycle? What you need? A big wind protection, big faring, good gauges in here, we're gonna show you some of that stuff. You need a comfortable seat with a low ride height for the driver and a raised ride height for the passenger with that's very comfortable all day seat and you need lots of storage. This bike has all of that, including the big engine. It's a low reving engine, which is the traditional style of an engine in a bike like this. Now here's the thing, Kawasaki are known for their high revving, high horsepower motors. This one is not that when Kawasaki makes a motorcycle, they do a really good job of understanding the class. This has happened with the KLR as it's been redesigned in the past. We've talked about that in a previous video just a few days ago.
You can also have this sort of preset up for an intercom system, which you can set it up with a CB system. You can get installed, uh, you can use Bluetooth connectivity and other things to um, get your stereo going through the dual speakers. There's one on this side, one on the other side. I wanna take a little bit closer look at some of these digital gauges though here just to show you what's in there. Alright, I had to switch to a handheld camera just cause I couldn't quite get on the angle with my tripod. But what you have here is your odometer up top and uh, some fuel information down there. And this is your six speed transmission. What I like about this is you have a display here but where the uh, individual areas lit up. So right now it's on neutral first would be below neutral, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth.
There's a neutral light that's on right now high beam and also a cruise control. We'll talk about cruise control a second. And uh, ABS is currently lit. We're gonna talk about the abs in this bike as well cause it's unique to this bike and I think it makes sense for what this is. Taking a look at the throttle side controls pretty standard stuff for the class. Nice big grips that are, you know, comfortable, easy to operate. And then you've got your cruise control down here and what I just showed you in the dash. So changing the features in your dash, that's what this control is.
So you can uh, work with that as well. We're gonna stay on the left side of the motorcycle now and move down the faring here. You've got your speakers right there, which we kind of hinted at before. You've got a little storage compartment. There's identical on both sides but uh, this one has some wiring in there so you can connect some accessories up to there. And then down here is the uh, driving lights that we showed talked about earlier. So we'll show you them a little bit later. We're gonna continue moving down and show you a couple cool features down lower than this. So I love this view here. It shows a number of things. You've got the big fins on your v twin engine there, even though this is liquid cooled, you still have big fins in there. You've got liquid cooling out the front here.
It's all vented. We're gonna talk about that in a second here about how it keeps the heat away from your body. But of course the faring also keeps the cool air away from your body. But sometimes you want more or less air to come through and this has a little switch right here which you can open up and allow all the air through the faring onto your feet. You've got the heel toe shifter here for that six speed transmission. You've got the foot boards or floorboards here instead of the foot pegs, which is kind of nice as well. And I really like this ability to just let that air come through because that's the, one of the issues with these bikes is if if they have this much wind protection it can get quite warm but you're easily able to just really open it up to varying degrees to let that air come through and keep you nice and cool.
So we talked about the floorboards floorboards front and rear, but they're set up really nicely with sort of this sort of floating rubber pad here. And the rear pads are the same way. Floating rubber pad that really helps deal with vibrations so that you have a nice enjoyable ride and you can ride it for a long, long time. So pretty cool system here, which is sort of bit of a floating pad. You've also got this system here which helps direct air. It's actually electrically uh, powered and it can direct air, hot air away from various uh, people and various things. So kind of cool system there. And I want to talk about the rear suspension because that's a hidden piece that I think a lot of people overlook and it's super cool with this bike. All right, I'm currently free handing my camera on the tripod cause I wanna show you where we're getting to right here.
So we're gonna set the tripod down there and you can sort of see where we're at and in the center of your display screen there, we'll zoom in for a second there you have a little nozzle right there. This is the top of your suspension. You've got one on the left and one on the right. And this can have an air attachment to it like you know, something like a compressor from your garage or at a gas station. And if you have a lot, lot of weight in the bike to lower the, that sort of squishes the bike down from either a passenger or extra gear. Uh, you can adjust that by adding air to there to sort of level out the ride height and increase the suspension. So again, this is where Kawasaki keeps things really simple. Something like a BMW obviously would add a compressor and charge you three times as much for that.
So you've got all kinds of space in here on left and right side. And there's also the top case on the back which we'll show you as well right now. Oh it was heard, the top case is also very spacious and again it can be set to be locked or left unlocked. So right now I've left it unlocked. You have two clips here on the side, you lift this up, I've got the antenna mounted here. I'm just gonna move that just a hair outta the way there. And then you've got tons of space in here. Now Kawasaki claims you can fit two full face helmets in here. I haven't tried that yet. Certainly three quarter helmets shouldn't be an issue. Uh, I believe them on the full face helmet. It's uh, should be doable on either side. But again, good space up here. You've got the little tether hold there to keep things from flipping too far.
So really impressive and great for just visibility and safety. You've got this whole L e D section and the brake light down there. Why don't we turn the hazard lights on for a second. Still have the traditional look with all the um, regular, uh, halogen lights. So they've got the regular um, incandescent lights here, but you've got L E D and L E D there and nice sort of chrome look. So very traditional look but some modern lighting in the braking, which I think is really good. Take a look at the front of the bike. I have the bike to the on position but not engine running. So that's why the headlight is not running right here. You do have driving lights, so the signal lights are also sort of your driving lights. And then of course you actually have the proper driving lights here with the extra lighting there.
And the same thing if you were to slam on your foot brake, the which would be traditionally your rear brake, it's gonna balance things front and rear. Uh, so in an emergency situation, not only is it giving you abs, it's also giving you the balance braking, which on a bike that has a little extra weight, you really wanna make sure that you're keeping your balance, keeping in control. And this is a really smart system that really works well whether you're just breaking normally or whether you jump on the brakes. Overall, very powerful brakes of course, that's what you expect. You've got the dual disks, the left and right here on the uh, front and uh, four piston cas on each uh, side. So you've got really quality brakes along with the quality, uh, electronics that go along with it that will help you stay safe as you're riding. (
One little detail I wanna point out as well is these crash bars here, you've got them here and you've got them here protecting your bags. If you were to lay this bike down, they are good. Well set up for protection of all of these panels here. So again, no one wants to talk about the worst case scenario or you know, even just a slow speed, worst case scenario. But you do have protection here, which is very good in a higher speed situation. Your legs are inside of that, which can help as well if things uh, go wrong, but you've got really good protection as well as some nice style there. So let's talk overall riding position. I'm about six feet tall, so you have reference the bike is a heavy bike but it's very easily balanced. It's of course a lot of that weight is down low.
I'm six feet. I can easily, easily flat foot with bent legs. And you can see here those floorboards are really comfortable just right in the right spot. The CD position on this bike is absolutely all day comfortable. It's just not something that you have to think about. Um, you've got all the controls, all the wind protection you need, you can see that the um, wind screen is up to my head here. So it's just gonna have, if it came straight off, which it usually doesn't, but even if the wind came straight off is just gonna brush the top of your helmet allowing you to, if you have some venting up there, bring some air into you if you want. But very good comfortable seating position, very in control, easily, uh, positioned and like I said, the heel toe shifter right where you need it. And those foot boards that have a little bit of given them just allow you to just be comfortable and also have the vibration, anti vibration sort of, uh, system there that works really well. So let's talk about who this bike is for. Obviously in this full touring uh, setup, this is for somebody who wants to go long distances and be really comfortable, but you can
It gives you the look and it gives you pretty good value. And in my books, that's a pretty good motorcycle. So if you have a question about this bike or any of the other, uh, bikes in this class that you want me to review, I will be reviewing every version of this bike as it comes in. But let me know in the comments what you wanna know about this bike and I'll make sure I come back to it in the comments and in future videos. And again, we wanna thank Jim Gilbert's PowerSports. This bike here is available. I'm reviewing a 2021 model in this video. The 2023 is actually the same thing. This one has just a few kilometers on it. Uh, we'll be getting 2023's in and I'll be reviewing them as they come through. So make sure you subscribe if you wanna see some of those videos. And again, let me know what you wanna see and we'll make future videos. Thanks everybody for watching.