Top 10 Adventure Bikes for New Adventure Riders
Practical, affordable and fun Adventure Bikes for new adventure riders.
New Adventure Bike Riders are a diverse group. Some may be completely new to riding, while others have many years of experience on other types of motorcycles. These days, there are a lot of different Adventure Bikes on the market to choose from and choosing the right bike for your individual needs can be a challenge.
In creating this list of Adventure Bikes for new adventure riders, we considered bikes that have an emphasis on long-range comfort. This is not a list of Top Dual Sport bikes with an off-road focus. The bikes on this list have enough comfort, range and reliability to be ridden for long distances on pavement (some may require upgrades).
This list excludes any 250cc machines that lack the ability to cruise comfortably at higher speeds (especially carrying luggage) and can have reduced engine life if ridden frequently on the highway. A 250cc bike should only be considered if you are too small to ride any of the bikes on this list or if you expect to ride in an area that does not have many high-speed roads.
We also restricted the list to reasonably priced Adventure Bikes, so you won’t find any Ténéré 660’s, Transalps’, F800GS’ or Tiger 800’s that cost $10,000 or more. Even if you have money burning a hole in your pocket, it’s still better to buy a lower priced Adventure Bike. The expensive bikes tend to be heavier and more specialized, and their performance and weight are often intimidating for new adventure riders. Discovering the sport of adventure riding will be much more fun on a simple bike you don’t mind putting a few scratches on.
For your first Adventure Bike, you should look for something practical, affordable and fun to ride. An Adventure Bike that is versatile enough to allow you to explore different types of riding, so you can discover what kind of Adventure Riding you enjoy the most. You can always buy your dream Adventure Bike in a year or so after you have a better idea of what that really is.
This list begins with more street oriented bikes for riders that intend to ride primarily on pavement. The list progresses to more dirt oriented bikes for riders that expect to travel off-road more often. There is no “Best Adventure Bike” on this list. Selecting the best Adventure Bike always depends on each individual’s riding experience, budget and the intended usage of the bike.