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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

1. Honda XR650R Round the World Bike

Honda won the Baja 1000 with the XR650R six consecutive years before replacing it with the CRF450X. XR650R’s are powerful bikes that can produce over 60 hp with a few modifications. The bike’s lightweight aluminum frame and high-performance suspension give it the ability to conquer any trail you dare travel on. But they are also known for their bulletproof reliability, so why not go long distance touring with one?

A couple of German students felt this would be the perfect choice for a Round the World Trip. Being students, they had to do their bike build on a budget and performed most of the work by hand. A full engine rebuild was performed and long-range touring equipment was added in an effort to produce the ultimate lightweight, go anywhere Adventure Motorcycle. It’s not the prettiest XR650R, but we like that it’s a purpose built machine designed solely with functionality in mind.

Honda XR650R (RWT)

Some of the custom modifications included a heavy duty subframe, custom fabricated pannier rack, stiffer suspension springs, oversized fuel tank, Scottoiler lubrication system, rear fender mounted lithium battery, LED lighting, and a touring windscreen. (photo couretsy Juri Klusak/

Honda XR650R RWT

There was even enough room onboard to bring along his guitar! (photo couretsy Juri Klusak/

You can check out the details of the bike build on the Horizons Unlimited Forum.


Author: Rob Dabney

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9 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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