There are many motorcycles on the market, from dirt bikes to luxury long-distance cruiser motorcycles. Each type has a distinct purpose and a defined rider base. However, a category can do anything and do it well; adventure motorbike.
ADVs can easily traverse the Kalahari while carrying the pilot and one passenger. They offer plenty of storage options, allowing riders to carry their gear while keeping it clean and dry. Adventure bikes can do it all and offer more practicality than other motorcycles. In short, these are the SUVs of the motorcycle world. Prepare your wallet as we show you some of the most incredible adventure bikes on the market today.
10/10 KTM 390 Adventure
KTM offers several flavors of adventure bikes. They have their top of the line 1290 and the beginner friendly 390 Adventure. Offering this variety helps riders choose their favorite motorcycle and easily enjoy the wilderness.
The 390 Adventure delivers smooth, linear torque from its 42-hp single-cylinder engine. It matches the same accessible, light and captivating recipe as the 390 Duke while offering unparalleled off-road expertise.
9/10 Yamaha Tenere 700
The T7 is one of the most economical motorcycles on the market. Instead of trying to emulate its rivals with bigger motors and more electronics, Yamaha took a different approach. The Ténéré 700 is a reliable and simple motorcycle built to last.
In short, the T7 is an off-road fat bike with a torquey motor, great power-to-weight ratio and smooth suspension. It’s pretty quick on the highway and doesn’t sacrifice much off-road. The T7 uses a 692cc 6-speed parallel twin engine producing 72bhp from a stock 46/15 gear ratio.
8/10 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT
The V-Strom 1050XT is currently in its third generation. Although it hasn’t changed much in its nearly two-decade history, it’s a user-friendly and reliable adventure bike. The 1050XT is Suzuki’s largest ADV bike and offers plenty of power, great luggage carrying capacity and the ability to carry two people over any terrain.
Most of the V-Strom updates have been in performance and technology. The latest variant gets a new throttle-by-wire system, updated traction control and three drive modes. It uses the 1037 cc engine from the predecessor producing 106 hp and 74 lb-ft of torque.
7/10 Ducati DesertX
Ducati is synonymous with building sport bikes and superbikes. The brand has won 14 Superbike World Championships and is in the top three of MotoGP every year. Much of the brand’s racing pedigree carries over to street bikes, even the Multistrada handles more like a sports bike.
The DesertX is Ducati’s latest offering with a strong penchant for unpaved roads. It features Dakar Rally-inspired styling, off-road-friendly wheel sizes and long-travel suspension. The DesertX uses the Monster’s liquid-cooled 937cc engine producing 110 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque.
6/10 Triumph Tiger 1200
The Tiger is an adventure bike that ticks all the boxes. This is thanks to the brand offering many versions. At the top sits the Tiger 1200, offering a larger fuel tank for more range and better suspension travel for off-road riding.
The new Tiger 1200 is also 37 lbs lighter than its competition, the BMW R1250 GS. It offers Triumph’s signature ultra-free-revving 148bhp triple with a suite of on-road and off-road modes. These elements help make the Tiger 1200 fun and versatile in its segment.
5/10 Harley Davidson Pan America 1250
The Pan America marks Harley-Davidson’s entry into the modern era. The Pan America uses a liquid-cooled V-twin engine producing 150 hp. It is available in two versions: the basic model weighing 534 lbs and the special model weighing 559 lbs.
The Pan America is equipped with a new Revolution Max engine which functions as a stressing element of the chassis. It also offers five riding modes, with varying levels of system intervention that allow riders to push the Pan America.
4/10 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
The 1290 is the largest KTM motorcycle offered. It’s a monster bike that easily takes on the mighty BMW R1250 GS Adventure. The new 1290 Super Adventure R is a serious machine that can handle anything you throw at it.
It offers a wealth of electronics, a comfortable driving position and a suite of driving modes, including semi-active suspension and cornering ABS. The 1290 uses a 1301 cc V-twin engine developing 158 bhp. Compared to the R1250 GS, the KTM is lighter, more torquey, more powerful and less expensive.
3/10 Honda Africa Twin
Currently in its third generation, Honda’s Africa Twin is one of the lightest adventure bikes on the market. This is thanks to the constant adjustments of the Honda team. The third-generation Africa Twin has finally become a motorcycle that many off-road enthusiasts can follow.
It offers enough advanced technology and a little more power in its oversized 1100cc engine. The Africa Twin lets riders dig into the sandbox in custom mode, offering cornering ABS, wheel control, DCT corner detection and rear lift control.
2/10 BMW R1250 GS Adventure
The mighty GS is the bike that invented the adventure bike market. BMW has been tweaking the GS since the 1150 in 2002. The R1250 GS offers a bigger engine, more power and a higher torque boost than the previous R1200 GS.
BMW uses its state-of-the-art ShiftCam technology to get all the upgrades. The suspension, driving aids, chassis and layout remain the same as the predecessor. However, the engine changes make a huge difference in the driving experience. The changes allow the GS to provide excellent low-speed handling and cornering on pavement.
1/10 Ducati Multistrada V4
The Multistrada V4 is one of the most accomplished adventure bikes money can buy. It offers the perfect blend of supreme comfort, extreme performance, unparalleled levels of technology and market-leading functionality. The Multistrada uses the powerful Panigale V4 engine, making it a big all-rounder.
The Multistrada is a motorcycle that will thrive in all conditions. From hammering around town, to track days, touring and off-roading. In addition to the new V4 engine, the Multistrada uses an aluminum monocoque offering a comfortable and refined driving position.