Some motorcycles are designed around specific aesthetic elements that make them very pleasing on the eyes. Other bikes are built for pure necessity with a no frills utilitarian look.
Kawasaki KLR 650
Until the most recent version, the KLR 650 looked like its body work was pulled from the pages of the latest tupperware catalog. As ugly as it was, the KLR managed to gain a cult like following with the budget minded adventure crowd. The KLR is a very capable machine and most riders give the bike rave reviews after they actually take one out for a spin.
Boy it hurts to see this one on the list, but it’s no beauty queen and also happens to be my Primary ride. The V-Strom is the one size fits most, adjustable wrench of motorcycles. It’s comprised of equal parts Sport Bike, Sport Tour, and Adventure Bike. You can have fun just about anywhere on this bike, Gravel Roads, Cross Country Trips, Back Roads, Tracks Days, heck pretty much anywhere but a bike show.
Who the heck designed this thing? Looks like it was an attempt at recreating the old Rokon with a modern twist. Sure the TW 200 may be hard to look at but it is one of the most versatile bike on the road today. With larger than normal tires the TW does look a little clownish but those tires helped the TW to be the first motorcycle to reach the North Pole.
KTM 990 Adventure
The 990 Adventure might look like it was yanked from the Dakar starting grid, but it’s actually a fantastic all around motorcycle. Although it’s more at home off-road than most adventure style motorcycles the 990 goes just as good on the street. Once you get past its harsh lines, the 990 is a very refined machine with a host of top shelf gadgetry.
It may look like it’s strait from the set of RoboCop 27, but the Vision was actually first introduced in 2007. The Vision is loaded with all the creature comforts you could dream making it an outstanding steed to soak up the miles. Love it or Hate it the vision is definitely in a class all on it’s own.
Some Motorcycles are built to look at and the rest are built to ride.
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