6. Kawasaki KLR650 $6,599


Okay, alright, yes, calling Kawasaki’s KLR650 “sporty” is really stretching the definition, but in the thinly populated category of mid-displacement tourers, this bike may very well be the most touringish tool of them all. I think the KLR650 is older than me, and in those years, devotees to the model have traveled more miles than NASA’s New Horizon’s Pluto mission. The KLR650 is the steadfast OG godfather of the modern Adventure-Touring bike trend. With the right tires and rider, it can be sportier than you think. Kawasaki revised the KLR last year (see: 2014 Kawasaki KLR650 New Edition Revealed) with new springs for both front and rear suspension, multi-contour dimpled seat and revised graphics. At $6,599, the KLR is the most affordable bike in this list.