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2012 650 Adventure-Tourer Shootout

BMW G650GS vs. Kawasaki Versys vs. Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS

By Pete Brissette, Apr. 19, 2012, Photography by Alfonse Palaima, Video by Alfonse Palaima & Mike Maez

If you’re on the hunt for an all-in-one, Swiss Army Knife-type of motorcycle but don’t need the physical size or all the engine (or pricing!) of something like aBMW R1200GS or Ducati Multistrada, then consider the BMW G650GS,Kawasaki Versys and Suzuki V-Strom 650 ABS.

Each contender in this trio of middleweight adventure-ish motorcycles offers the qualities of a comfortable daily commuter, capable canyon carver, light-duty tourer and a willingness to wander when the pavement ends, all wrapped up in one machine. Their 650cc-class displacement should provide the majority of riders with adequate power, yet this engine size – along with a lack of high-end electronic gadgetry – also helps keep base MSRPs well below the $10K mark.

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