Before multicylinder adventure bikes with supersport power became status quo in the ADV world, motorcyclists who wanted comfort and accommodation similar to a touring bike and the ground clearance and long travel suspension capabilities of an enduro had limited options, most of which featured a single-cylinder engine. The Kawasaki KLR650, tried and true as a hammer, developed a huge cult following because of its unfailing ability to conquer long days in the saddle over varied terrain.
In 2023, even if the KLR650 isn’t the fastest or sexiest adventure machine, the cult rolls on. The KLR is still smaller, simpler, and lighter than many of the bikes in the class, particularly the honking twin techno-flagships with loads of electronics. It’s also a bargain price compared to a lot of the players.
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