The Kawasaki KLR650 has a proven track history, having only a few changes since 1986. We're not sure why they aren't more popular really, they are quite cost effective and comfy. While a Suzuki DR650 can be bought cheaper, most people then have to go get a bunch of aftermarket bits to make it more useful, but not so with the KLR. The headlight is properly bright (no DR candlelight). There's a windscreen already there, and being factory, it actually works! Quietly too, no squeaks or wind-noise, without buffeting a peaked helmet. Nice big fuel tank. Good handguards too. Blinkers that drivers can see. It's all very well thought out and works harmoniously, not just thrown together like a meccano set.
If you do want to accessorize though (and plenty do), here's a couple of tips:
- Racks and other accessories can be found at Adventure Moto in Sydney NSW.
- While quite a popular mod, we don't actually recommend larger fuel tanks. One, the stock tank is already quite large, about 300kms large. Two, it's just more weight over the front and over those poor old damper rod forks. It reduces the handling further, increasing understeer. Three, do you really want to adventure in so many places where there isn't a petrol station for more than 300kms? For most people it's overkill and your money is better spent elsewhere, in our humble opinion.
- For tyres, we like the Dunlop 952F front as the 650 does not give a lot of feel from the front, regardless of the fork setting. Dunlop D606 is the best all round rear. The Michelin HP4 is also a great front but not road legal, the T63 is a great rear choice too.