Top 10 Off-Road Adventure Motorbikes

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Off road adventure bikes are usually closely related to their road focused siblings but with a longer name, longer travel suspension, higher seat, larger fuel tank, spoked wheels and lots of crash protection. What is an off-road adventure bike?

For road focused equivalents check out our top ten adventure bikes.

The Best Off Road Adventure Motorbikes:

BMW R1250GS Adventure

What Is It?

The GSA has been steadily evolving since 2006, hot on the heels of its road focused sibling the R1250GS. It sets the standard that the competition are aiming for and has a huge following both in the UK and around the world.

For 2019 it gets a slightly larger engine with Variable Valve Timing and with the BMW options catalogue you can add almost anything you can think of including dynamic electronic suspension, keyless start, cornering ABS and even an SOS button on the handlebar.

Just don't expect the end result to cost the £14k RRP. It's likely to be nearer £20,000 and well over a quarter of a ton.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £14,415
  • Engine: Boxer VVT
  • Capacity: 1,254 cc
  • Power: 134 bhp / 100 kW
  • Top Speed: 125 mph / 201 km/h
  • Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km
  • Range: 300 miles / 483 km
  • Seat Height: 890 mm / 35.0 inches
  • Wet Weight: 268 kg / 591 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.500 bhp/kg
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Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro

What Is It?

The 2019 1260 Enduro replaces the previous 1200 Enduro with the new Variable Valve Timing engine from the 1260 S, a 5" colour TFT dash, quickshifter and cornering lights.

It's looking like a fully kitted out and capable machine, with years of Multistrada evolution behind it.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £17,755
  • Engine: V-Twin VVT
  • Capacity: 1,262 cc
  • Power: 156 bhp / 116 kW
  • Top Speed: 160 mph / 257 km/h
  • Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km
  • Range: 300 miles / 483 km
  • Seat Height: 860 mm / 33.9 inches
  • Wet Weight: 254 kg / 560 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.614 bhp/kg

Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA

What Is It?

The wheel hasn't been re-invented with the 2018 Tiger 1200 but bells and whistles have been 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 but it's lacking the semi-active suspension of the competition.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £16,950
  • Engine: Triple
  • Capacity: 1,215 cc
  • Power: 140 bhp / 104 kW
  • Top Speed: 140 mph / 225 km/h
  • Economy: 40 mpg / 7.1 L/100km
  • Range: 180 miles / 290 km
  • Seat Height: 835 mm / 32.9 inches
  • Dry Weight: 248 kg / 547 pounds

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

What Is It?

New for 2017 the Super Adventure R should definitely be on 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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £14,500
  • Engine: V-Twin
  • Capacity: 1,301 cc
  • Power: 158 bhp / 118 kW
  • Top Speed: 165 mph / 265 km/h
  • Economy: 40 mpg / 7.1 L/100km
  • Range: 200 miles / 322 km
  • Seat Height: 890 mm / 35.0 inches
  • Wet Weight: 240 kg / 529 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.658 bhp/kg

Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

What Is It?

It's new for 2020 with a larger engine, more power, a new clever dash with Apple Carplay, cruise / wheelie control and a chunk knocked off the weight.

A popular option is Honda's clever DCT automatic gearbox and new this year optional electronically adjustable suspension.

There's also the standard Africa Twin, which it's based on, with a smaller screen, smaller tank, no cornering lights and a few less extras.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £14,650
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 1,084 cc
  • Power: 101 bhp / 75 kW
  • Top Speed: 130 mph / 209 km/h
  • Economy: 45 mpg / 6.3 L/100km
  • Range: 250 miles / 402 km
  • Seat Height: 850 mm / 33.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 238 kg / 525 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.424 bhp/kg

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KTM 790 Adventure R

What Is It?

It's one of the most exciting bikes to be released in 2019 and with KTM's heritage looks to be super capable off-road.

It's based on the praised Duke 790 naked bike with a host of off-road upgrades like long travel suspension, loads of protection, wire-spoked wheels, stronger frame and larger fuel tank.

There's also a cheaper road-focused version in the 790 Adventure with less beefy suspension, lower seat and standard road tyres.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £12,000
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 799 cc
  • Power: 94 bhp / 70 kW
  • Top Speed: 135 mph / 217 km/h
  • Economy: 50 mpg / 5.6 L/100km
  • Range: 220 miles / 354 km
  • Seat Height: 880 mm / 34.6 inches
  • Dry Weight: 189 kg / 417 pounds

Yamaha Ténéré 700

What Is It?

The much anticipated off-road version of the uber popular MT-07 features a stacked LED headlight, bash plate, Brembo brakes, handguards, long travel suspension, a flat seat, custom LCD dash and new tubular frame to hold the engine.

It turned out to be so popular that Yamaha introduced the £10,450 Rally Edition in 2020 with a special paint job and most of the parts catalogue.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £8,700
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 689 cc
  • Power: 72 bhp / 54 kW
  • Top Speed: 100 mph / 161 km/h
  • Economy: 60 mpg / 4.7 L/100km
  • Range: 210 miles / 338 km
  • Seat Height: 880 mm / 34.6 inches
  • Wet Weight: 205 kg / 452 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.351 bhp/kg

BMW Enduro F850GSA

What Is It?

Alongside Triumph's Tiger 800 XCA the 2019 BMW F850GSA is well worth a look, however with only 94bhp on tap it's probably best suited to one up riding.

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, full LED lighting, SOS system and dynamic electric suspension.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £10,600
  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 853 cc
  • Power: 94 bhp / 70 kW
  • Top Speed: 130 mph / 209 km/h
  • Economy: 50 mpg / 5.6 L/100km
  • Range: 250 miles / 402 km
  • Seat Height: 875 mm / 34.4 inches
  • Wet Weight: 244 kg / 538 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.385 bhp/kg

Royal Enfield Himalayan

What Is It?

There are many reasons to love the Himalayan and only a few not to, so let's start with those. It's under powered for the A2 licence in the UK, it's heavy and has a minimal electronics package.

It is however super qualified for proper off-road mile munching with an easy to fix simple design, all metal construction, loads of low down torque, plush long travel suspension and a friendly low seat height. Plus it's incredibly good value!

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £4,400
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 411 cc
  • Power: 25 bhp / 19 kW
  • Top Speed: 85 mph / 137 km/h
  • Economy: 65 mpg / 4.3 L/100km
  • Range: 210 miles / 338 km
  • Seat Height: 800 mm / 31.5 inches
  • Wet Weight: 185 kg / 408 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.135 bhp/kg

Honda CRF250 Rally

What Is It?

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.

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Key Specs

  • RRP: £5,400
  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 249 cc
  • Power: 24 bhp / 18 kW
  • Top Speed: 85 mph / 137 km/h
  • Economy: 70 mpg / 4.0 L/100km
  • Range: 160 miles / 257 km
  • Seat Height: 895 mm / 35.2 inches
  • Wet Weight: 157 kg / 346 pounds
  • Power to Weight: 0.153 bhp/kg

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How Did We Rank Our Top Ten?

We looked at all the best off-road focused adventure bikes you can buy new at a variety of price points and picked the top contenders, taking into account style, power, technology and value for money.

What Is An Off-Road Adventure Bike?

What is an off-road adventure motorbike?

Road Focused

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 Focused

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 and every press shot should feature riders in the standing position.

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 R1250GSA.

Check out the other types of motorbikes.