Top 10 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 higher seat height, larger fuel tank, wire spoked wheels, small screen 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.

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.

The Best Off Road Adventure Motorbikes:

★ Off-Road Adventure Bike of the Year 2019 ★

BMW R1250GS Adventure

BMW R1250GS Adventure For Sale

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 electric 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.

  • Engine: Boxer
  • Capacity: 1,254 cc
  • Power: 134 bhp
  • Licence: A
  • Seat Height: 890 mm
  • Wet Weight: 268 kg

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro

Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro For Sale

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.

  • Engine: V-Twin
  • Capacity: 1,262 cc
  • Power: 156 bhp
  • Licence: A
  • Seat Height: 860 mm
  • Wet Weight: 254 kg

Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA

Triumph Tiger 1200 XCA For Sale

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.

  • Engine: Triple
  • Capacity: 1,215 cc
  • Power: 140 bhp
  • Licence: A
  • Seat Height: 835 mm
  • Dry Weight: 248 kg

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R For Sale

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.

  • Engine: V-Twin
  • Capacity: 1,301 cc
  • Power: 158 bhp
  • Licence: A
  • Seat Height: 890 mm
  • Wet Weight: 240 kg

Yamaha XT1200ZE Super Ténéré Raid Edition

Yamaha Super Ténéré Raid Edition For Sale

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.

  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 1,199 cc
  • Power: 111 bhp
  • Licence: A
  • Seat Height: 845 mm
  • Wet Weight: 265 kg

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports For Sale

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! Read the Review.

  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 998 cc
  • Power: 94 bhp
  • Licence: A
  • Seat Height: 900 mm
  • Wet Weight: 243 kg

KTM 790 Adventure R

KTM 790 Adventure R For Sale

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.

  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 799 cc
  • Power: 94 bhp
  • Licence: A2 (Restricted)
  • Seat Height: 880 mm
  • Dry Weight: 189 kg

BMW Enduro F850GSA

BMW Enduro F850GSA For Sale

Alongside Triumph's Tiger 800 XCA the 2019 BMW F850GSA 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, full LED lighting, SOS system and dynamic electric suspension. However with only 94bhp on tap it's probably best suited to one up riding.

  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 853 cc
  • Power: 94 bhp
  • Licence: A
  • Seat Height: 875 mm
  • Wet Weight: 244 kg

Yamaha Ténéré 700

Yamaha Ténéré 700 For Sale

The much anticipated off-road version of the uber popular MT-07 features a staked 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's expected to be a big seller!

  • Engine: Parallel Twin
  • Capacity: 689 cc
  • Power: 72 bhp
  • Licence: A
  • Seat Height: 880 mm
  • Wet Weight: 205 kg

Honda CRF250 Rally

Honda CRF250 Rally For Sale

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. Read the Review.

  • Engine: Single Cylinder
  • Capacity: 249 cc
  • Power: 24 bhp
  • Licence: A2
  • Seat Height: 960 mm
  • Wet Weight: 157 kg

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 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 R1200GS Adventure (GSA).

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