Not long ago I asked Scott Brady what he thought was the most ubiquitous adventure motorcycle for extended travel around the world. I felt he was the right guy to answer that question having just completed two laps around the globe with Expeditions 7. Without so much as a moments hesitation, he said, “The KLR, definitely the KLR.” It is virtually impossible to imaging the adventure riding landscape without the venerable Kawi KLR. Affordable, capable, and as reliable as hammer, they’re excellent platforms. They do benefit from a few key modifications like AltRider’s new KLR Skid Plate.
Designed to fit KLR models prior to 2008, this robust plate is made of 1/8” anodized aluminum, and mounts to the bike via four stainless steel brackets. Providing the engine with maximum protection, it also covers vulnerable oil lines and the water pump. Hand TIG-welded for quality assurance, it’s available in silver or black. At 4.4 pounds, the nominal additional weight is easily offset by piece of mind.