Dual-Sport Touring Accessories Review: Kawasaki KLR650 and BMW G 650 GS Sertão

Kawasaki Genuine Accessories Tall Windscreen for the KLR650
Kawasaki Genuine Accessories Tall Windscreen for the KLR650

As tough, capable, middleweight dual-sports, the Kawasaki KLR650 and BMW G 650 GS Sertão are solid platforms, ready to be accessorized for epic journeys of any scale. For our three-day ride, we wanted to add wind protection and luggage capacity.

Read our comparison test of the 2012 Kawasaki KLR650 and 2012 BMW G 650 GS Sertão

For the KLR, we ordered a selection of Kawasaki factory accessories. We swapped the standard windscreen for one that is four inches taller, has a wider shape and is made from tough, 3mm coated polycarbonate ($74.95), which blocked more wind without helmet buffeting. For the cockpit, we strapped on a clever handlebar bag ($40.95) and an expandable tankbag with map pocket ($64.95), and for the back we added saddlebags ($179.95) and an expandable top case ($134.95), both made from semi-rigid, water-resistant rubberized vinyl. The well-made luggage swallowed everything one rider could think of to bring and took less than five minutes to put on and take off the bike. We wish the zippers were waterproof, and the saddlebags, which scratched the plastic side panels, had softer backing.

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MRA VarioTouringScreen for the BMW G 650 GS Sertão
MRA VarioTouringScreen for the BMW G 650 GS Sertão

For the Sertão, Twisted Throttle (twistedthrottle.com) provided aftermarket accessories. We installed the versatile MRA VarioTouringScreen ($155), which has a larger windscreen with a 7-position adjustable spoiler.  Since the fuel tank is under the seat, to securely mount a tankbag we bolted on the Bags-Connection Quick-Lock Evo Tankring Adapter Kit ($79.99), Tankring ($39.50) and 8.5-liter expandable Vina Quick-Lock Tankbag ($134.99), which has a main compartment plus removable cell phone compartment and belt pouch.

For our gear, we added Twisted Throttle’s 38-liter, rigid-core DrySpec D38 ($129.99) and 28-liter, dual-end-roll DrySpec D28 ($69.99; save $20 on the set) dry bags, which are made of 100-percent waterproof RF welded 18-ounce vinyl and coated Cordura. DrySpec bags are well-made and come with a wide array of straps to mount them to any bike and to each other. They take some effort to install and remove, but once mounted, they stay put.

 

Twisted Throttle dry bags for the BMW G 650 GS/Sertão
Twisted Throttle dry bags for the BMW G 650 GS/Sertão
Kawasaki Genuine Accessories saddlebags and expandable top case for the KLR.
Kawasaki Genuine Accessories saddlebags and expandable top case for the KLR.
Twisted Throttle Vina Quick-Lock Tankbag for the BMW G 650 GS/Sertão
Twisted Throttle Vina Quick-Lock Tankbag for the BMW G 650 GS/Sertão
Kawasaki Genuine Accessories handlebar bag and expandable tankbag for the KLR.
Kawasaki Genuine Accessories handlebar bag and expandable tankbag for the KLR.

 

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2 COMMENTS

  1. I enjoyed you article comparing both the KLR650 and the G650GS. I recently bought a 2011 KLR650 and appreciated not only your comparisons,but also accessories. I ended up with the taller wing screen,bags and top case. For the money,they work great.

    Thanks again for your review,

    Mike

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