Adventure motorcycles are incredibly versatile and are perfect for cruising down long stretches of highways and trekking through the dusty Australian landscape. Although touring and adventure motorcycles are both designed for riding on and off-road, the main difference is that adventure (dual sport) motorcycles lean more towards the off-road, motocross side. Whereas touring motorcycles lean more towards comfort for long trips when riding on pavement.
Are adventure motorcycles good for beginners?
Yes! There are many types of adventure motorcycles that are designed to be more practical and are suited for beginner riders. If you are an entry-level rider and are considering getting an adventure bike, look into the smaller, lightweight range of bikes such as the KTM 500 EXC-F.
What are adventure bikes good for?
Two words: road trips. Adventure bikes are designed to ride over long periods of time before needing to be refuelled. They are also made with a strong emphasis on comfort and safety. If the thought of exploring new places and setting up a tent as the sun goes down intrigues you, then you should definitely consider getting an adventure motorcycle.
Why are adventure bikes so heavy?
Adventure bikes can be pretty heavy, such as the Honda Africa Twin DCT which weighs a whopping 242kgs. If you’ve watched the Long Way Round in 2004 where Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman rode across the world on their BMW R 1150 GS Adventure bikes, you’ve seen just how difficult larger adventure bikes can be.
The main factors that contribute to a heavier weight are having a larger fuel tank, a bigger front wheel and having a decent ground clearance. These are crucial factors that make adventure motorcycles excel at having off-road capabilities and long-distance touring.
Now that we have the basics out of the way, here are the best adventure motorcycles available in 2021: