Top 10: Off Road Adventure Motorbikes

Best Off-Road Adventure Motorbikes

Off road adventure bikes are usually closely related to their road focused siblings, but with a few key differences. Firstly and most importantly they have to have a ridiculously long name! Secondly they usually have longer travel suspension, a resulting higher seat height, larger fuel tank in case you can't find a petrol station in the middle of the desert, wire spoked wheels for better off-road resilience and lots of crash protection. What is an off-road adventure bike?

If you want to see the on road equivalents check out our top ten adventure bikes.

The Best Off Road Adventure Motorbikes:

  1. BMW R1200GSA
  2. Ducati Multistrada Enduro Pro
  3. Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA
  4. KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
  5. Yamaha Super Tenere
  6. Honda AT Adventure Sports
  7. Triumph Tiger 800 XCA
  8. BMW F850GS
  9. Honda CRF450L
  10. Honda CRF250 Rally

1

BMW R1200GS Adventure

BMW R1200GS Adventure

The GSA has been steadily evolving since 2006, hot on the heels of its road focused sibling the R1200GS. It sets the standard that the competition are aiming for and has a huge following both in the UK and around the world. 2017 and 2018 saw a number of updates so while the latest generation was first launched in 2014 don't let that put you off.

With the BMW options catalogue you can add almost anything you can think of, including a 6.5" colour TFT dash, keyless start, cornering ABS, hill start control and even an SOS button on the handlebar. Just don't expect the end result to cost the £13,000 RRP. It's likely to be nearer £20,000 and well over a quarter of a ton.

  • Licence: A
  • Power: 125 bhp
  • Seat Height: 890 mm
  • Wet Weight: 260 kg

2

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro

Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro Pro

The 2018 Enduro Pro follows a similar pattern to the R1200GS/GSA, in that it's based on the previous generation Multistrada 1200 S rather than the latest 2018 1260 S. That's not a bad thing though because you get Italian looks, electrically adjustable Sachs suspension, Brembo brakes, ride modes, LED lighting and keyless start. It's just dressed up with knobbly tyres, way more protection and a huge fuel tank.

  • New: £19,000
  • Used: TBC
  • Engine: V-Twin
  • Capacity: 1,198 cc
  • Licence: A
  • Power: 158 bhp
  • Seat Height: 870 mm
  • Wet Weight: 261 kg

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Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA

Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA

The wheel wasn't re-invented with the 2018 Tiger 1200. Bells and whistles were however added. There's a 5" colour TFT dash as you would expect, backlit controls, keyless start, cornering lights, the Arrow exhaust as standard and 10kg shaved off the weight. There's no semi-active suspension though.

  • Licence: A
  • Power: 140 bhp
  • Seat Height: 835 mm
  • Dry Weight: 248 kg

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4

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

New for 2017 the Super Adventure R should definitely be in your test ride list, especially if you like orange. It has semi-active suspension, the essential colour TFT dash, LED lighting, ride modes and loads more options to boot.

  • Licence: A
  • Power: 158 bhp
  • Seat Height: 890 mm
  • Wet Weight: 240 kg

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5

Yamaha XT1200ZE Super Ténéré Raid Edition

Yamaha XT1200ZE Super Ténéré Raid Edition

The original Super Tenere has been around since 2014 and achieved much. This is Yamaha's fully pimped version with 74 litre panniers, LED fog lights, belly pan, tall screen and a few Carbon bits. It isn't the newest or most advanced machine on this list but in the middle of the desert that could be a good thing.

  • New: £15,550
  • Used: TBC
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 1,199 cc
  • Licence: A
  • Power: 111 bhp
  • Seat Height: 845 mm
  • Wet Weight: 265 kg

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Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

New for 2018 the Adventure Sports builds on the 2016 Africa Twin with a longer name, larger tank, longer travel suspension, heated grips and more protection. Uniquely, for this list, you have the option of Honda's excellent DCT auto gearbox and all the usual ride modes are still there but compared to the range toppers there's no colour TFT dash or semi-active suspension. Doesn't it look good though!

  • New: £13,550
  • Used: TBC
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 998 cc
  • Licence: A
  • Power: 94 bhp
  • Seat Height: 900 mm
  • Wet Weight: 243 kg

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7

Triumph Tiger 800 XCA

Triumph Tiger 800 XCA

The Tiger 800 range has been a best seller for years and for 2018 there's a brand new selection to choose from. The XCA is the top of the three off-road models with the colour TFT dash, LED lighting, ride modes and new backlit handlebar controls. Even better, it can be restricted for the A2 licence now.

  • Licence: A
  • Power: 94 bhp
  • Seat Height: 840 mm
  • Dry Weight: 232 kg

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8

BMW Enduro F850GS

BMW Enduro F850GS

Alongside Triumph's Tiger 800 XCA the 2018 BMW F850GS is well worth a look. Using the options catalogue you can spec it up to have all the features of the big off-road adventure bikes, including a 6.5" TFT dash, LED lighting and dynamic electric suspension but without the massive weight. However with only 94bhp on tap it's probably best suited to one up riding.

  • New: £9,400
  • Used: TBC
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 853 cc
  • Licence: A
  • Power: 94 bhp
  • Seat Height: 860 mm
  • Wet Weight: 229 kg

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Honda CRF450L

Honda CRF450L

New for 2018 is the CRF450L. While it looks a bit like the smaller CRF250 Rally it has one key difference and that's weight. It really is a rally bike for the road so should do whatever you want it to and could be the next green lane champ.

  • New: TBC
  • Used: TBC
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 450 cc
  • Licence: A
  • Power: 55 bhp
  • Seat Height: 960 mm
  • Wet Weight: 112 kg

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Honda CRF250 Rally

Honda CRF250 Rally

Until very recently, if you wanted a small adventure bike, the Honda CRF250 Rally would have been your only option. It's light with genuine on and off-road potential although the field has now opened up with offerings from BMW, Kawasaki and Suzuki to consider as well, not to mention the new CRF450L.

  • New: £5,400
  • Used: £4,850-£3,900
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 249 cc
  • Licence: A2
  • Power: 24 bhp
  • Seat Height: 960 mm
  • Wet Weight: 157 kg

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What Is An Off-Road Adventure Bike?

What is an off-road adventure motorbike?

Standard road focused adventure bikes are designed to be a jack of all trades. They tend to be so good at commuting, touring, some sporty riding and more recently looking good, that they are generally taking over from the other types of bike, particularly sports bikes with their aggressive and uncomfortable geometry.

They tend to feature long travel suspension, a decent sized screen, high seat height, extensive luggage options, optional wire-spoked wheels and decent drop protection. The aim is maximum capability, range and the odd bit of very light off-road adventuring although many never leave the tarmac.

Off road adventure bikes are usually closely related to their road focused siblings, but with a few key differences. Firstly and most importantly they have to have a ridiculously long name. The longer the better really.

Secondly they usually have longer travel suspension, a resulting higher seat height, larger fuel tank in case you can't find a petrol station in the middle of the desert, wire spoked wheels for better off-road resilience and lots of crash protection. The benchmark for off road adventure bikes is arguably set by the BMW R1200GS Adventure (GSA).

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