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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

There are a lot of custom built motorcycles that get exposure on television and in the magazines. Typically, they are custom cruisers, cafe racers or sport bikes that are designed to please the eye. These types of fantasy bike builds require capabilities and resources that are usually beyond the reach of most riders.

Adventure Bikes are some of the most frequently customized motorcycles, even if they don’t get much notice from the average motorcyclist. Adventure Riders love their Farkles and everyone has their own ideas for improvements they want to make when they purchase a new bike.

Sometimes improvements are aesthetic, but more frequently they are functionality driven. The most common form of customization is when we install aftermarket parts that improve performance or comfort. Some Adventure Riders are more handy though and fabricate their own parts or swap parts from different models.


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In this story we take a look at five custom bikes built by amateurs. There are no professional shops here producing polished show pieces. These bikes were all purpose built by “real people” in a garage, kind of like yours. But they are all impressive bike builds in their own right. Hopefully, these custom build stories will inspire you to start your own ambitious project.

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Author: Rob Dabney
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Tom in Salem
Tom in Salem
February 13, 2014 4:14 pm

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

Ed Flanagan
Ed Flanagan
January 8, 2022 7:56 am
Reply to  Tom in Salem

TE630 is considered by many(and me) the best of the singles .

sam
sam
February 21, 2014 3:28 am

I give to you the ultimate adv bike! (slightly biased as it is mine 🙂 )
http://www.chasinghorizons.co.uk

Philip Barrett
Philip Barrett
September 11, 2014 12:57 pm

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.

Spencer Long
Spencer Long
December 30, 2014 6:22 am
Reply to  Philip Barrett

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.

lunchemily
lunchemily
September 11, 2014 6:03 pm

you missed this one haha http://oztoice.wordpress.com/emily-2/

Vik
Vik
March 28, 2015 3:07 pm

KLR is a great ADV bike. Who needs to reach 100mph with a fully loaded bike on unknown far flung roads with limited medical support?

C K
C K
April 14, 2017 7:33 pm

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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December 19, 2018 5:46 am

[…] travel. For some inspiration google sv650 enduro and hit images. The search SV650 Frankenbike. 5 Custom Adventure Bikes Built By "Real People" The above are all easily do-able, this one would be really cool, but a lot of custom parts […]

Michael Burns
Michael Burns
June 4, 2019 8:35 pm

I’m taking an SV650 down the Adventure build trail too and would sure like to see how Russ fabbed-up the underseat tank. That is just a fabulous idea!!

Ed Flanagan
Ed Flanagan
July 12, 2022 6:26 pm

Where can I find more info ,building slooowly my own!

XR-Rider
XR-Rider
August 1, 2022 12:14 am

Did modify my XR650R to electric start and desert race / adventure bike.
Great bike with so mich power and reliabilty.

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