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ADV Bikes5 Custom Adventure Bikes Built By “Real People”

5 Custom Adventure Bikes Built By “Real People”

 These impressive bike builds will inspire you to start your next project.

Published on 02.12.2014

2. Yamaha WR250X Girlfriend Bike

Yamaha’s WR250X is the Supermoto version of the WR250R that rides on 17″ wheels and less suspension travel. This improves the bike for pavement riding and gives it a 1.5 inch (40 mm) lower seat height than the R version. The lightweight WR250X can be a blast on twistie backroads, while still retaining enough dirt DNA to make it a capable off-road bike.

A gentleman from Mount Airy, Maryland no doubt won over his sweetheart after giving her this fully equipped Adventure Touring machine. The biggest challenge for this bike build was getting the seat height low enough for his 5’1″ (1.55 meters) girlfriend. The forks were dropped in the triple clamps 3/4″ and a lowering link was added to the rear shock to make it a manageable ride for her.


WR250X Adventure Bike

Some of the modifications include a touring windscreen, luggage rack, skid plate, panniers, steering damper and long range Safari tank.

WR250X for Girlfriend

A tall windscreen and oversized tank will keep this little bike going for miles. Surely, his GF appreciates how the beautiful black panniers match the powder coated frame.

You can check out more details about this bike on the ADVRider Forum.


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Author: Rob Dabney
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8 thoughts on “5 Custom Adventure Bikes Built By “Real People”

  1. I did something similar with my Husky TE630–Safari Tank, hard bags, small windshield, rack, guards–some say I took a perfectly good dirt bike and turned it into a KLR…..Tom in Salem

  2. The SV650 is a nice custom but about as unsuited for adventure riding as a Goldwing. It would be a short race to see if the oil cooler or the radiator got destroyed first. Luckily the lack of luggage capability would not leave you far to push it home.

    • Or the exhaust…
      Suzuki made the V-strom for this purpose, so modding an SV650 into an adventure bike is a waste of time, effort, and money. Kudos to that guy for the fabrication skills though.

  3. Suzuki DR650 is the best platform to start with. You can build a really cool bike that is bullet-proof and nearly 100 lbs lighter then the FS800 or similar bikes. Capable of going anywhere a motorcycle can travel, narrower, very dirt capable with upgraded suspension, tons of after-market parts available. Much more maneuverable then an Africa Twin, GS or even KTM due to the lighter weight and smaller profile.

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