When looking to explore uncharted waters, an adventure bike is your ideal vehicle. Equipped with everything needed for long days in the saddle – including hard cases to protect your gear – an adventure bike is ideal.
KTM’s latest 890 Adventure is an amped up middleweight packed with power and featuring premium extras. Available as both an R and R Rally model for road or off-road riding experiences.
Smaller Displacement Motorcycles
Who needs torque-monster bikes anyway? Luckily, smaller bikes offer plenty of fun without breaking the bank – these wee rolling rippers tend to be cheaper in both terms of purchase price and insurance costs than their larger counterparts, plus are easier to work on and ride, making them ideal for beginners or those without enough leg room for larger bikes.
Honda and KTM both produce small-bore adventure bikes, such as their single-cylinder CRF range (300L and Rally). Kawasaki’s Versys X300 offers another great off-road option that features an assist and slipper clutch to reduce left hand fatigue as well as plenty of power and torque for off-road riding. Plus it has an accommodating seat height for most riders!
If the adventure bike craze has you dreaming of owning an all-in-one machine, it is important to consider your riding goals when making this choice. An adventure bike may not be suitable for heavy commuting on city streets due to their larger dimensions and tall ride height, making them less maneuverable than sportbikes.
If you want to tackle serious off-road terrain, an adventure bike will not provide the same level of performance that a dirt riding bike would. Adventure bikes may be suitable for most surfaces but won’t excel as effectively when traversing treacherous trails; smaller motorcycles would likely provide greater enjoyment and easier handling.
Adventure bikes are designed for both road and off-road use, featuring long travel suspension to absorb bumps off-road, as well as upright seating positions that make long days in the saddle comfortable and upright seating positions that facilitate long days in the saddle. Furthermore, adventure bikes usually feature ample storage space that makes bringing along passengers or equipment easy; snap-on hard cases are simple to mount quickly while their high ground clearance helps riders navigate over larger boulders more effortlessly.
The Himalayan is an example of a lightweight and lean adventure bike at an attractive price point. While other bikes might veer towards being cumbersome and full of electronics, the Himalayan provides confidence-inducing handling over rough roads while being great fun to ride.
Large capacity, heavy, and powerful adventure bikes of today come equipped with numerous rider aids to assist riders and allow them to focus more on riding than on managing their bike – but even these bikes require knowledge and technique in order to get the most out of them.
Smaller, lightweight and agile dual sport and dirt bikes make learning the basics of riding easier for beginners, giving confidence and skills that will easily transfer over to larger ADV bikes.
An effective strategy for building confidence on challenging trails is planning your routes around obstacles while using your bike’s strengths to their fullest. Focus on where you want to go and the bike will follow; staring directly at an obstacle may make it appear too quickly, rattle your confidence or hit you! To be safe, focus your gaze beyond it instead – that way it will easily slip over them!