Adventure motorcycles are the most diverse of all the motorcycle types out there. They have the ability to handle long-distance road trips, they are efficient in the mountains, they can round windy turns and corners like a boss, and they can tackle any type of terrain.
Adventure motorcycles have risen in popularity over the last decade and it’s easy to see why. As the swiss army knife of bikes, they are the perfect option for anyone who doesn’t quite yet know what they plan to do with their bike, while at the same time wanting the option to do anything. Think of them like a dual sport bike, but elevated.
BMW is credited with creating this new segment of motorcycles in the 80s with the launch of the BMW R 80 G/S. The R 80 G/S could go anywhere, and it was comfortable doing it. The bike was equipped with a 21-inch front wheel, which made it possible to tackle any terrain. It also had a single-sided swingarm, which made it easier to change tires. It is also the first bike to be equipped with ABS.
The BMW wasn’t as well received at first as it should have been, but it opened the door for other manufacturers to start messing around with the idea of creating a similar style of adventure motorcycle, and is the reason we have so many versatile bikes today.
Adventure bikes are usually equipped with large engines and have a rugged and distinct appearance, many of them include a windscreen and fairing to protect the rider from the elements. Some popular adventure motorcycles include the BMW R1200GS, KTM 1190 Adventure, and Yamaha Super Ténéré.
Below we've compiled a list of more of the best adventure motorcycles for you to discover today!