The other day I posted about the lauded BMW 1200 GS Adventure, which Expedition Portal named their 2011 Adventure Motorcycle of the Year. For those who’d rather not spend upwards of $20,000 for a nicely equipped GS, I give you the best value in adventure motorcycling, the Kawasaki KLR 650, which lists for $6,299.

This bulletproof, single-cylinder bike remained basically unchanged from its introduction in 1987 to its redesign in 2008. The KLR’s devoted fan base has posted a ton of information online about modifications, trips taken, etc.

Here’s a KLR page with mods and trips on a site called “”

And here’s the KLR page on Wikipedia.

Happy riding!