HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO: $10,999
This is one of the most powerful single-cylinder motorcycles ever made. The Husqvarna 701 has a mauler of a
single OHC motor with a fly-by-wire throttle and downdraft
EFI system. The bike is large, but the overall height is reasonable with the fuel tank under the seat. It has linkage
rear suspension and a WP Split fork. The Husky 701 is
very similar to the KTM 690 Enduro.
KAWASAKI KLR650: $6699
In 2008 Kawasaki redesigned one of the oldest motorcycles in its line in a last-ditch effort to rekindle interest. In
doing so, the company created an icon. The KLR goes back
to 1987, but the present formula, with its large fuel tank,
frame-mount fairing, sturdy luggage rack and affordable price
is what makes it the most successful dual-sport/adventure
bike ever. For the camo model, the price is $6999.
KTM 690 ENDURO: $10,899
KTM made no changes to its flagship dual-sport bike
for 2018. It shares the same motor and chassis with the
Husqvarna 701 Enduro, so it, too, is an incredibly powerful motorcycle. The motor in KTM’s own Duke street bike
might be the only single with a higher horsepower rating.
The trellis frame is unusual in the off-road world, but the
bike is legitimately dirt-worthy.
SUZUKI DR650S: $6549
Suzuki’s DR650 is a classic in its own right, with a
large and feverishly devoted group of followers. Like the
Kawasaki KLR, the Suzuki has old-school technology,
but it’s generally considered a more capable performer
because of a slight advantage in power and weight. The
Kawasaki, on the other hand, offers more fuel range,
luggage capacity and wind protection.
Connecting two worlds