1. Kawasaki KLR650
The Kawasaki KLR650 may well be the most underrated adventure bike on the planet. Don’t believe me? Look at the photo above, from our journeyman Fonzie’s eight-part trip to South America and back. The 33-hp KLR performed like a champ, easily gobbling up the miles of torn up pavement, hidden fire roads and secret trails he encountered along the way. There’s gobs of aftermarket support for the KLR, too, so you can easily turn it into whatever bike you want, for whatever trip you have in mind.
At $6499, KLRs hardly break the bank. Factor in its 35-inch seat height, and budding NBA-players-turned-motorcyclists will find the cost-to-leg-room ratio highly in their favor. Adding to that equation, Cycle-Ergo rates the knee bend at 92 degrees, the most relaxed on this list. If that still isn’t enough, the aforementioned vastness of the aftermarket is sure to have solutions to make even the tallest riders feel at home on a KLR. If an affordable, back-to-basics, go-anywhere, tall-person-friendly motorcycle is high on your priority list, look no further than the Kawasaki KLR650.
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