New to motorcycles? The KAWASAKI KLR650 is a perfect first bike. It's comfortable, easy to ride, and affordable and it can handle everything from daily errands to transcontinental exploration. The wide handlebars provided plenty of leverage in slow technical riding or traffic, and it cruised effortlessly across gravel, sand, and blacktop. After blitzing 100 miles of national-forest roads, then pushing the water-cooled, 650cc engine to 85 mph on the interstate, I was sold. Bummer: When fully loaded, this bike gets a measly 35 mpg. $5,600; kawasaki.com
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