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Affordable Adventure: Five Motorcycles for RTW Travel

Details by Noel on 10 March 2014 in

Photo credit: Allan of Forks

If I were a betting I’d wager that everyone has watched The Long Way Round Ewen and Charlie piloting big BMW GS-A motorcycles around the Like many RTW riders, spared no expense with motorcycles, one of the perks of being movie stars. For the rest of us, down $25,000 on a fully adventure bike is not in the cards.

the used motorcycle market is with possibilities ripe for the Sticking to models capable of a RTW I found five affordable ready for the big ride. My selection came with three guidelines: The bikes had to be under have less than miles on the ticker, and be no more five years old.

I also chose bikes I felt are ubiquitous and not just one-off finds.

Kawasaki KLR 650

in staggering numbers over the 26 years, you can’t swing a cat without hitting a KLR. the most traveled adventure in the world, the KLR is simple, reliable, and question––proven. The aftermarket support is and the global dealer network as comprehensive as it gets. Used abound with a prime probably right around the from where you’re right now.

They well on the road, do admirably and carry modest loads well. The latest generation KLR production in 2008 and can be found for below $5,000 with low New or used, the value of a KLR is tough to

Example above: 2008, miles, $3,900

When it was in 1995, BMW loyalists loathed motorcycle. That hasn’t it from becoming wildly in the years since with than 200,000 F650GS on the road today. Many of motorcycles were purchased as bikes or hopeful attempts to get a on the road. As such, many F650GS motorcycles are in pristine

BMW owners also tend to be a lot and care for their machines than most. Reliable, and capable, these motorcycles huge aftermarket support and as an bonus, might earn the top for RTW fuel efficiency at 71 mpg. The variant fetches a touch money, but they too can be found for money and in good condition.

Our Portal project Dakar was for well under $6,000 only 5,000 miles on the These motorcycles eat up the miles, and do well off-road for what are.

Example above: 2007, miles, $4,400

Suzuki 650

Launched in just 2004, the was an instant hit. Timing had to do with that success as it just as the adventure segment was Built around one of the best engines of the last couple the “Wee-Strom” is reliable, rider and while it may prefer tarmac dirt, is a solid performer things get rough.

At nearly 500 it shoulders heavy loads and gets up to 54 mpg.

Example 2008, 14,000 miles,

Honda XR 650L

KTM 950 Adventure

To be fair, this is not an easy bike to find my criteria, but they do exist. may argue this is not a viable for RTW travel. Even KTM told McGregor they didn’t the 950 would survive a lap around the That said, KTM motorcycles since made the journey the world, albeit with a bit of wrenching.

Aftermarket support is comprehensive, but parts in dark corners of the will be a challenge. This also gets marginal efficiency. If however, your includes a gratuitous amount of this would be a hoot to

Example above: 2006, miles, $7,800

Let’s with the obvious. Having this bike years the idea of riding it around the makes my hands go numb and my hurt. Why put it on the list? My friend bought a 2006 XR650L for and then rode it from to Ushuaia––and back.

He did it with two other riders on own XR650L bikes. It sounds but the XR650L is a very simple reliable, and can be had in near-new condition for a Fuel capacity needs to be with a bigger tank, and it benefit from added protection, but as budget bikes go, it the bill.

Within the same of price and performance, the Suzuki would also be a viable

Example above: 2007, miles, $3,700

These are not the options by any stretch. How you define own criteria of a budget RTW motorcycle can expand your selection. a Royal Enfield Bullet is style. If you don’t mind bikes, and the mechanical needs come with them, a ten old BMW R1150GS might do the trick.

The point of this exercise is to point out that a $25,000 motorcycle is not necessary to get your in the adventure door. A $3000 KLR or F650GS can deliver you to the far side of the if you give it the chance.

Honda XR 650L
Honda XR 650L
Honda XR 650L


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