Which motorcycles on sale today give the best mpg?
The beginning of this century saw the world views changing gradually towards climate change and the need to preserve the environment. This, along with stringent policies, has forced the manufacturers to develop motorcycles that can run cleaner fuel and extract the maximum economy from it, sometimes even at the cost of performance.
Bad news for people who seek the element of thrill, but a pretty good one for someone living in urban jungles where folks prefer commuting on a motorcycle rather thank a car for its practicality and frugal fuel-efficiency. Then there are us few who love the idea of putting serious miles on two-wheels and living the adventure.
We here have compiled a list to give you the best available tools for such situations and save some money on gas while at it.
2018 is here. And these top dogs are heading our way
Aspirin taken, ate some food, drank that much-needed water and took a hot shower. Hangover time is over and getting my head around the fact that I have to wake up early to work depressed me at first. But luckily the excitement brought with the launch of these new machines means we and I get to see them on our roads pretty soon, and I cannot wait to unveil the secrets they behold.
Unveiled at the back end of 2017, these hot machines give new life goals and expectations, not just for riders, but also to other manufacturers giving them no option but to up their game as well. Thanks to this, competition keeps getting hotter by the day, and we are ultimately rewarded with machines that beam innovation and technology.
Here are the top picks that are touted to take the market by storm in 2018:
The Kawasaki KLR650 isn’t the kind of bike that hardcore racers will go crazy for, but it does hold a special place in the hearts of young and up-coming riders looking to break into the adventure scene. In some ways, the bike’s relative anonymity has served it since the KLR650 has built an aura of versatility and reliability that’s uncommon on this segment.
We can even ask aftermarket company Touratech for its opinion on the KLR650 and chances are, it’s going to have nothing but good things to say about it. That’s because Touratech is familiar with the KL650, thanks to a recent review it did of the dual-sport adventure bike.
To be fair, the parts company did have a vested interest in doing this review of sorts since the KLR650 it used was carrying a number of its of its KLR650-specific parts and accessories. Watch the video closely and you’ll notice a handful of aftermarket items on the bike. The most obvious ones are the exhaust pipe and the side stands switch protectors. But the adventure bike also received a headlight metal mesh protector, wide serrated foot pegs, topcase racks, progressive fork springs, two new rear stocks, and a rear suspension spring courtesy of Hyperpro.
The additions to the bike are impressive and should give the KLR650 even more versatility and sturdiness when it hits the open road. That bodes well for owners of the bike since they can get more out of it than they otherwise could have.
The Kawasaki KLX was born to conquer the toughest terrains without backing down. At the heart of the motorcycle sits a 449 cc, liquid-cooled, 4-stroke, DOHC, single cylinder engine which is mated to a five speed transmission and can be brought to life by either an electric starter or a kick starter. The engine needs to deal with a curb mass of 126 kg and is fueled by an 8 litres fuel tank.
The bike rides on a pair of rugged spoked wheels which are wrapped in 80/100-21M/C 51P front and 120/90-18M/C 65P rear tyres.
Other features that are worthy of being mentioned include digital instrumentation (speedometer, twin tripmeters, odometer and clock), LED rear lights and petal disc brakes.
The motorcycle rides on 48 M upside-down AOStype telescopic forks with 22-way compression and 20-way rebound damping and rear uni-trak adjustable suspensions.
Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki KLX450R.
The Kawasaki KLR is a versatile motorcycle designed for those who want a practical reliable and tough dual purpose bike.
The motorcycle is built around a four-stroke, DOHC, four-valve single cylinder engine. The engine is fed by a 6.1 gallons fuel tank and its power is kept in leash by a five speed transmission.
The engine delivers a low-end power and a linear throttle response to help you deal effortless with both city and highway traffic.
As far as suspensions are concerned, the Honda Aviator if fitted with a 41mm fork with 7.9 inches of suspension travel and Uni-Trak linkage system that offers 7.3 inches of wheel travel.
The motorcycle’s speed is kept in check by a dual-piston caliper gripping a 280mm petal-style disc in the front, and a 240mm petal-style disc squeezed by a single-piston caliper in the rear.
Hit the jump for more information on the Honda KLR.
The 2013 Kawasaki Stockman 250 is a versatile motorcycle especially developed for the Australian market. The motorcycle is propelled by a 249.00 ccm, (15.19 cubic inches), single cylinder, four stroke engine that puts out a maximum power of 20.12 HP (14.7 kW) at 8000 RPM and 20.60 Nm (2.1 kgf-m or 15.2 ft.lbs) of torque at 6000 RPM. All this power is kept under control by a six speed transmission.
For solid performances, the Kawasaki Stockman 250’s exhaust system was entirely made from high-grade stainless steel, while the silencer was carefully muffled to offer smooth operation.
It is also worthy of being mentioned that the stopping power is handled by a dual-piston disc up front and single-piston disc at the rear.
The Kawasaki Stockman 250 is offered with a starting price of $7,245 and comes with a 12 months warranty.
Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki Stockman 250.
If you’re sick and tired of the not-so-comfortable sport bikes and you’re searching for a bike that offers a higher level of comfort without compromising all the fun, you should take a closer look at the Kawasaki KLR 650. Thanks to its split personality, the Kawasaki KLR 650 feels comfortable around town but also on the savage, muddy terrains. It’s tough, but flexible character helped the KLR 650 gain a pretty good reputation in the dual sports segment.
The bike is powered by a liquid-cooled DOHC 651cc engine which is easy to control across the power band and smoother than expected. Needles to say, that the wide power band and the smart gear ratios will help you deal well with both low and high speed driving.
The stopping power is assured by a dual-piston caliper gripping a 280mm petal-style disc in the front, and a 240mm petal-style disc squeezed by a single-piston caliper in the rear.
Hit the jump for more information on the Kawasaki KLR 650.
Looking at the svelte frame of the Kawasaki D-Tracker 125, you would think that its interactive street style is all style with minimal substance. But that’s not how the D-Tracker 125 works.
This sports bike is all kinds of business; it comes with a big-bike style FI system with a separate injector and throttle body. With this type of system, the D-Tracker 125 is able to lessen the chance of air ingestion to make it perfect for the sports riding.
On top of that, the bike has chassis components that has been specifically prepared for the 125 cm³ class. The D-Tracker 125 also has advanced proportions that adds a positive value to its sharp appearance.
Suffice to say, due to the chassis components that were specifically designed for the 125 cm3 class, the D-TRACKER 125 brings a lightweight and compact package with a ride experience that befits the Kawasaki name. Enjoy your riding with this interactive and impressive style D-Tracker 125.
Find out more about the Kawasaki D-Tracker 125 after the jump.
Every once in awhile, it’s good to push all worries out of your head and do something you enjoy just for the sake of enjoying it. Too many times, many of us get wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of everyday life and we just forget to sit back and take in all of the good things around us.
That being said, we could learn a lot from the gentleman in this video. This guy loves his motorcycle and decided that he wanted to explore the world around him. Thankfully, he brought his video camera along with him to capture his journey through the beaches and mountains of Panama, even catching a glimpse of the bridge of the Americas which crosses the Panama Canal.
This unknown man says, "I love riding motorcycles, any kind of motorcycle. It just so happens that right now I have a KLR650, and in my mind that means it must be the best motorcycle in the world. In time I will get a different motorcycle, and it will become the best motorcycle in the world. This film is about loving, and riding what you have now. Stop worrying about not being able to afford your dream bike, and just enjoy this moment with whatever motorcycle you may have."
Now it’s time to take his advice, sit back, and enjoy his journey. After that, go out and enjoy your won journey.
There’s nothing like relying on a motorcycle that offers a variety of riding possibilities and the Kawasaki KLR 650 sure fits that description as it is by now a consecrated performer on and off the road, managing to meet different riding demands as an every day bike as well as a weekend adventure one. So let’s see what the fuss behind this model is all about.
Kawasaki adapts to times of crisis and brings the popular Super Sherpa back as a 2009 model year. The bike stands among the most affordable means of transportation (if we exclude the public one, of course) so it addresses to those who need to commute, but only dispose of a small budged in order to become the proud owners of something that’s economic, light, versatile, easy to handle and offers the possibility to go off-road; in less words, the 2009 Kawasaki Super Sherpa.