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Top 10 Adventure Bikes for New Adventure Riders

Practical, affordable and fun Adventure Bikes for new adventure riders.

Published on 03.26.2014

10. Suzuki DR-Z400S

Suzuki DR-Z400S

Powerplant: 398cc Carbureted Single-Cylinder, 5-speed trans.
Horsepower: 40 hp @ 7,600 rpm
Torque: 28.7 lb.-ft. @ 6,600 rpm
Fuel Capacity: 2.6 gallons (9.8 l)
Front Suspension Travel: 11.3 inches (287 mm)
Rear Suspension Travel: 11.6 inches (295 mm)
Seat Height: 36.8 inches (935 mm)
Wet Weight: 317 lbs (144 kg)
Years Produced: 2001 – Present
2014 Base MSRP: $6,599 US

The Suzuki DR-Z400S is a true Dual Sport bike with an aggressive off-road focus. It’s small and light with good power in the higher rpm range. It has no windscreen, a small tank and no luggage rack, but its light-weight feel and off-road capabilities make it a great starting platform for building an Adventure Bike.


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The DR-Z400S has a true dirt bike feel, nimble off-road handling and a high-revving engine. The bike rides on a 21 inch front wheel, 18 inch rear, long-travel suspension and wire spoked rims. A small skid-plate is also included. The bike is capable of tackling the most difficult trails at anything short of race pace. However, you pay the price with a tall seat height and significant vibration at highway speed.

The bike can maintain the speed of traffic on the highway, but lacks the power to pass other vehicles confidently. Without an aftermarket windscreen, the rider will become worn out from the wind and the small stock gas tank will require you to fill up after roughly 130 miles. The DR-Z400S’ performance-tuned engine may require more frequent oil changes and maintenance, but is known to be a reliable bike that you can put a lot of miles on.

Why would a new adventure rider buy the DR-Z400S? Smaller male or female riders will appreciate the lighter weight of the DR-Z. It’s not a great option if you are short, but a petite woman with longer legs will feel comfortable controlling the bike and may be able to pick it up without assistance. The DR-Z can be made accessible to shorter riders by adding a lowering link to the suspension.

Riders with technical off-road riding aspirations will appreciate the DR-Z400S for its primary dirt focus. However, the DR-Z400S has a milder performance tune than a KTM 500EXC or Enduro R so it’s less intimidating to ride and more capable of reliable long-distance travel. With a few aftermarket modifications like a windscreen, larger tank and luggage rack, the DR-Z400S can handle medium-distances on the highway or longer distances if you take a break now and then. Your friends on bigger Adventure Bikes might leave you behind on the highway, but you’ll be way ahead once you hit the dirt.

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Author: Rob Dabney
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GB
GB
March 26, 2014 6:47 pm

Wht KTM chose to not to continue to develop this bike remains an absolute Mystery. Claiming the 690E is a sutable replacement couldnt be further from the truth.
I live in hope that they will release a Proper single cylinder adventure bike in the not too distant future.

A KTM 690 Engine in a 640 adventure chassis wityh suspension Tank and fairing to suit. I wish.

Bob35
Bob35
April 12, 2014 1:20 pm

What a great list! I usually don’t agree when I see these types of lists but this is very well thought out.

Pat
Pat
June 27, 2014 7:56 am

How do you feel about the Honda NC700x for some possible dirt road riding? I’m not talking about hardcore off-loading, but just taking the bike into the woods, gravel, etc.?

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
July 3, 2014 11:54 pm
Reply to  Pat

Hi Pat.

If your aspirations are not high in the dirt, the NC700X may work for you. But it is a heavy bike for the middle-weight class with not a lot of suspension travel and a 17″ front wheel. It’s not the best choice if you want to learn how to ride off-road. If you are just sticking to gravel and smooth dirt roads, it will be fine. The main complaint about these bikes is that they don’t have much character. But that docile, nonthreatening power delivery also makes the NC700X a good street bike for newbies.

Andrew
Andrew
September 16, 2015 1:43 am
Reply to  Rob Dabney

Interesring fact – the Honda NC700 engine is simply the Honda Jazz (Honda Fit in USA) engine chopped in half – that’s why it only revs to 7000.

MIKe
MIKe
July 11, 2016 12:45 am
Reply to  Pat

IT is not a dirt bike and has no off road capability.The engine is half a car engine and not well suited to ANY bike road or other wise.Good for very heavy dudes who want to save on gas but dont like to reallylike riding bikes at all.Does not rev out like all normal bikes.

francis Harvey
francis Harvey
July 19, 2019 8:01 pm
Reply to  MIKe

Everyone has thoughts on this bike… I own one and its a great bike revs great plenty of speed, sure its not a total offroad bike but gravel roads light trails etc its fine.. simple to ride and maintain.. most people that talk bad about it can’t ride a motorcycle at all.. I’ve been in all types of back country trails with it, just depends if you can ride….

Andrew Acosta
Andrew Acosta
December 12, 2020 1:34 pm
Reply to  francis Harvey

I agree with francis. Just got my 05 Dakar and plan to ride all types of forest roads and even single track with it, going to take it to my local OHV areas and shoot some video of what it can do as well as twisty canyon roads. And I’ve owned roughly 20 bikes to compare it to

Peter MacFarlane
Peter MacFarlane
July 7, 2014 7:08 am

No Honda cb500x ???

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
July 9, 2014 12:57 pm

Hey Peter.

The CB500x is a decent choice for new adventure riders that plan to stick to the pavement most of the time. It has a low seat height that makes it a good option for those that have short legs. Anyone that thinks they may want to delve into off-road riding would be better off with the other bikes on this list. Here’s more information about the CB500X…

https://www.advpulse.com/adv-bikes/top-10-adventure-motorcycles-for-short-riders/9/

gifters
gifters
August 1, 2014 5:43 am

Just curious why a WR250R didn’t make the list as a bike aimed at new adventure riders, specifically less experienced riders.

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
August 1, 2014 8:25 pm
Reply to  gifters

Hello Gifters.

As we mention in the intro, we excluded 250cc machines from the story because of their limitations for longer range travel and carrying luggage. If you are a smaller rider, then a 250cc may be your only option or if you are primarily looking for a lightweight dual sport bike to link up trails. But for any serious travel that includes some highway sections, you are better off with at least a 400cc. However, the WR250 is a great bike and would be a top pick for the 250cc class.

Eric
Eric
October 4, 2014 2:15 pm
Reply to  Rob Dabney

Stephanie Jeavons is currently riding around the world on her Honda CRF250L and doing great.

Tom p
Tom p
July 18, 2015 6:00 am
Reply to  Rob Dabney

I would disagree vehemently with that statement. The wr250r may be a 250, but it’s head and shoulders above the other 250s in terms of power, and is definitely a viable adventure bike. There are plenty of drag races on YouTube where they are shown to only lose a few metres to a drz400 in stock form. Add some altitude and the fi on the wr will have it passing the bigger, carb’d competition.
AsTo for me – I have a KTM 690 and a wr250r. I am 5’11 and 95kg. I have ridden my wr250r across Australia, cruising at 150kmh in the Northern Territory, 110kmh everywhere else when on the freeway. I have friends on drz’s, the wr is better off road and with 6th gear cruises on the highway with less vibes and using a lot less fuel. I love the 690 but if I had to choose one for another trip across Australia id take my wr. I have done 12,000km on the KTM, and 75,000 on the wr, 8,000 of those in 2 weeks across the outback solo, unsupported. The wr has been a lot less hassle… Only one valve clearance check so far, never a single let down! It seems to crash a lot better than the 690 or my friends drz’s and old xl600. Little things occasionally break on the other bikes, the 690 rest indicators are always dangling and covered in masking tape and epoxy. Time and time again we pick up the wr and it just send to shrug the spills off. It is lighter and easier to ride off road than the 690 when you’re fatigued and not trying to ride fast…. And basically I think if you neglect to include the wr250r in your list, you are leaving out one of the best options available. I’d choose it over half the list without a second thought.

Steve Hall
Steve Hall
July 18, 2015 4:44 pm
Reply to  Tom p

People need to stop claiming a bike is great as a general recommendation based on anecdotal experiences. Ed March is traveling on a scooter so what? Great for him but that doesn’t mean scooters are ideal bikes for that kind of travel. And sorry but a drag race has nothing to do with whether a bike is good for New Adventure Riders or not.

david dew
david dew
February 4, 2017 12:35 pm
Reply to  Tom p

AMEN!

Joe Crennan
Joe Crennan
September 26, 2020 12:05 am
Reply to  Tom p

Excellent report. My type of thinking. An excuse to buy & visit Australia, thanks Tom

bhanu
bhanu
September 23, 2014 8:08 am

have waited for ages to get some insights on how to buy a big adventure bike , without worrying about what electronics will fail in a desert, or thru deep wading.. non of the manufacturers replied ….

MIKe
MIKe
July 11, 2016 12:54 am
Reply to  bhanu

Tip -dont but a bmw they are just not reliable in remote areas.For riding in 3rd world nations select a simple aircooled bike that locals can fix like a Suzuki DR650.If u go BMW prepare to be stranded for weaks while the freight out suspensions and electrons black boxes that quit. MOst over 800cc advneture bikes are just too haevy -if you toppleover thats it -too heavy to lift up unless there are 2 or 3 strong men.The over 800cc are best suited to smooth or rough tarmac or smooth dirt roads -not sand ,where they handle terribly and can break your legs

S Walter
S Walter
August 5, 2021 8:22 am
Reply to  MIKe

I have a GSA. Regularly have it loaded with 100 lbs of gear. I am 6’3 190# and 64 years old. I pick it up often and fine. All technique. Watch videos of 5 ft Jocelin Snow lift a 600# bike!

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Eric
Eric
October 4, 2014 1:59 pm

Seriously, Rob? The ten best adventure bikes for new riders? You make a huge leap in assuming a new adventure rider cannot afford or even should not spend more than $10,000 on a bike. I think is’s great advice had the title included “for under $10,000” or “for those on a budget.” I find it patronizing.

Patt75
Patt75
October 4, 2014 3:35 pm
Reply to  Eric

I for one am very glad I didn’t get an expensive bike until I knew what I was doing! And a lot of people I know that were new to the sport feel the same. It is not a matter of whether you can afford it or not (they explain this well in the article IMO). It just makes more sense when you are first getting into a sport. Of course, there are always exceptions to anything…like in general it doesn’t make a lot of sense to take a sport bike off-road but hey! a few people still do it.

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
October 4, 2014 4:19 pm
Reply to  Eric

Hi Eric. The recommendations have nothing to do with whether or not someone can afford a $10k adventure bike. The fact is, adventure bikes that cost $10k or more tend to be bigger and heavier, and that makes it harder to learn how to ride off-road. Most new adventure riders, without a significant off-road riding background, will find a smaller displacement adventure bike less intimidating and more fun to learn on. For those that do decide to go straight to a big bike, it’s best to take an off-road training course that specializes in adventure bikes. It will help you get up to speed a lot quicker and improve your safety.

John Claiborne
John Claiborne
May 9, 2016 11:41 am
Reply to  Eric

I am sick to death of heavy,brutish, expensive bikes that are sold to fat wallets with low iq. More kool aid for you. Bigger is not better especially off road.

Eastoe
Eastoe
October 4, 2014 5:19 pm

Thinking of riding from west coast of Australia to east coast through deserts next year with an organised but seemingly hard core group. I’ve got 30 years road and road racing experience but not much off road. Was thinking KLR650 and good to see it on your list. Pity it’s only got 37hp though. Otherwise it sounds pretty good.

Tony
Tony
November 25, 2014 8:32 am
Reply to  Eastoe

Been wanting to do the same for years. Is this a tour mob or just a group of mates.
30 years experience on dirt tracks and all terrains on Stations in WA and found the only problem is overheating and radiator problems on the newer bikes. Used a range of DR’s and XR’s over the years. Good Luck with the trip, sounds awesome.

sean
sean
October 5, 2015 11:05 pm
Reply to  Eastoe

mate the tank size may be the only concern, just did over 2000km on my tenere, 4.5l per 100km and the thing just chewed up the kms

MIKe
MIKe
July 11, 2016 12:59 am
Reply to  Eastoe

Better ride on a DR650 -much lighter and more Hp with no body work to smack around.Much better in sand. Take lots of water or have a back up vehicle full of water (ok beer since you’re an Aussie) .

tari mugo
tari mugo
January 2, 2015 7:04 pm

the BMW G650GS actually has a 5 speed transmission and 3.7 gl fuel tank, I own a 2013 model.

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
January 3, 2015 7:14 am
Reply to  tari mugo

Thanks Tari.

Christopher Cable
Christopher Cable
January 15, 2015 8:38 am

No Honda CB500X?

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
January 15, 2015 8:51 am

The Honda CB500X didn’t make the cut primarily because of its limited off-road ability. With only 5.5 inches of travel in the front and 4.7 inches in the rear,it’s really more of a street bike with adventure styling. It’s good enough for non-challenging dirt roads though.

Jim
Jim
May 23, 2015 4:53 am
Reply to  Rob Dabney

Ah, but see the new Rally Raid off-road upgrade kit that they’ve just developed for the X. A rider can start on a good all-rounder and, if they want more dirt capability, move later in that direction.

John Claiborne
John Claiborne
May 9, 2016 11:47 am
Reply to  Jim

I was leaning towards this bike, but then I saw it is made in Thailand and has very early valve check. Machining in Thailand has me concerned about throwing an additonal $3500 at this bike.

MIKe
MIKe
July 11, 2016 1:05 am
Reply to  John Claiborne

There are no valve probs with the 500X.Just a media beat up. It is a smooth road bike with adventure styling .The problem is it is too heavy ,not the right sort of power.Good for general touring on road and will handle rough roads, dry packed dirt but not sand or mud or grass.

Greg
Greg
April 13, 2016 7:29 am
Reply to  Rob Dabney

The CB500X may not be the best off-road, but it sure beats the Versys and V-Strom in off-road capability, and seems to be on part with the G650GS. Leaving it off this list does not seem to make sense.

MIKe
MIKe
July 11, 2016 1:25 am
Reply to  Greg

THe Vstrom 650 or wee strom as its often called is a very well proven design. Never judge a bike by it s looks but how it performs. A smooth powerful motor.The bike is set up for taller riders over 5ft 10″ (hint get thicker soles on your boots if you cant flat foot on one side). THe wee strom is the best sorted all round adventure bike-popular world wide and a lot cheaper than a BMw. Adventure bikes are made for smooth and rough tarmac and hard packed dry dirt.If you put on more knobby tyres u can handle more mud grass and sand but the road touring suffers. If you want to do sigle track dirt paths get a DR400 or DR650. The 400 is no good for touring being geared low and no 6th gear. Also v tall seat like a true dirt bike not an adv bike. Travel light as u can if touring esp on dirt of rough roads.

Igor
Igor
March 19, 2015 4:29 pm

Thank you for the article Rob, very useful. I think now I know that KLR650 is the best choice for me

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
March 19, 2015 7:06 pm
Reply to  Igor

I’m sure you won’t regret the choice. I still love riding KLR’s even after riding adventure bikes for many years.

Igor
Igor
March 21, 2015 2:04 pm
Reply to  Rob Dabney

By the way, what would you tell about Suzuki DR650SE? First appeared approximately at the same time as Kawasaki KLR650, it seems to has simular characteristics, but weight only 160kg (or so). It would be interesting to know what do you think about these two bikes, in comparison with each other.

MIKe
MIKe
July 11, 2016 1:16 am
Reply to  Igor

The DR is a superb bullet proof bike with a fantastic, reliable engine. THere are hundreds of parts you can add on to improve stuff. THe std seat is way too hard for any touring but $200 will fix that.(more and softer padding and narrow/round the front 8″ of the seat.)The std height is ok for 5’10” and over but if you are shorter get the shop to lower the suspension.It drop it by 1 1/2″ (40mm) and is great. Taller riders(say over 6ft 1”) will need taller bars if they ride standing up.The DR650 has awesome midrange grunt .Lower the front cog 1 tooth if u do mainly dirt.If you road tour in a flat are you can raise the front cog 1 tooth.THis works if you are a smaller or lighter dude without much of a load.

Igor
Igor
March 21, 2015 2:08 pm
Reply to  Rob Dabney

Oh, sorry, I see it’s already in the list under #8 ))

GBChris
GBChris
July 11, 2015 11:08 pm

I am surprised the list doesn’t include the venerable Yamaha XT660Z Tenere.

Steve Hall
Steve Hall
July 11, 2015 11:31 pm
Reply to  GBChris

They explain that in the article. People that comment without reading (sigh)

brezman76
brezman76
July 26, 2015 9:19 am

The list is missing the BMW G650 Xchallenge. With the Touratech accessories it’s probably the winner in this list 🙂

garnaro
garnaro
August 3, 2015 9:40 am

Great list! A few key attributes of the DR650 that bear mentioning for aspiring adventure riders –

Very long production of current model – 20 years now – this means tons of aftermarket mods available, cheap replacement parts all over ebay, and a wealth of knowledge online for how to fix stuff.

Maybe the lightest one on your list? – easier to pick up when dropped, chuck in a canoe to cross a river, or hoist into a train car.

Super simple. Less things to fail than just about any other bike. It’s a scaled up version of the 125cc bikes ridden everywhere around the world, so if you can’t fix it, someone else probably can.

also note – rear wheel is 17” rather than the 18” as mentioned

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
August 3, 2015 6:47 pm
Reply to  garnaro

Hi Garnaro. Yes, so many reasons to get a DR650. Thanks for catching that!

zwarte piet
zwarte piet
August 5, 2015 11:05 am

eeh “The reliability of the LC4 motor” ? are we talking about the same engine? 🙂

Andreas Stefanou
Andreas Stefanou
August 6, 2015 8:04 am

Honda XR650L looks like the perfect bike for me.
Simple, durable, reliable.
really fun and capable off road, plus I like the retro style.

Kurt G Andersen
Kurt G Andersen
August 7, 2015 10:57 am

A Versys is approx the same price as a Tenere and Transalp and its much heavier than the two mentioned bikes and less suited for adventure biking as coming to rim sizes, suspension and ground clearance. Very strange choice….

Peter M.
Peter M.
December 11, 2015 12:42 pm

You must be talking about the 660 Tenere because the big bore one is not cheap at all. And unfortunately the middle weight Tenere is only available in Europe.

Tim
Tim
August 19, 2015 12:38 am

I own a 2007 Kaw. KLR. I’m 6’4”, over 300 pounds and quickly discovered the bike is more suited for commuting than dirt. However, I once ventured a trail in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. This particular trail was disfigured by a severe record setting rain storm in 1995, and is known as the stovepipe. I would have turned around had that been possible. I should have mentioned shortly after purchase I swapped the original tires for Michelin Anakke 2 all weather type which are great on normal surfaces….this trek wasn’t normal. But I’ll remember this trip across the mountain, ladened with boulders and rocks that were strewn about in a way that formed no path. Mud puddles well in excess of one foot, maybe as much as 2, tree branches slapping the fairing as well as myself, and ditches…lots of ditches, scary, deep, no way to figure out a way to best maneuver this virgin lose pebble terrain, untraveled by any vehicle since the flood. I was also pushed for time as darkness was approaching. What seemed hours on this unforsaken journey came to an end when it merged with a more tolerable fire trail. After cleaning the KLR I discovered it came through unscathed, no damage due to rocks, and I don’t think any bike of any kind could have faired much better. Maybe it was providence.

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
August 19, 2015 7:24 am
Reply to  Tim

Hey Tim. The 2007 is the last year of the 1st gen KLRs which are better off-road than the 2nd gen.They are lighter, have more suspension travel, better ground clearance and less breakable plastic. The perfect bike for the situation you found yourself in. But all the KLRs are great bikes and will get you home one way or another. Thanks for the story!

sean
sean
October 5, 2015 10:59 pm

ummmm, what about the tenere?

sean
sean
October 5, 2015 11:03 pm
Reply to  sean

righto read through at saw their reason for leaving it out, not that much of a price difference between the tenere and the bmw’s though………..

Peter
Peter
October 31, 2015 3:38 am
Reply to  sean

I’ve spent heaps on my tenere to make it a good of roader. Hence mainly dirt riding. I wish somebody could make a reliable 450 with all the bells and whistles of the new gen 450 enduro bikes. Then it would be easy to lift when ya drop it. There are total limitations for a big bike in the desert and real adventure riding than 70 percent spent on bitumen.

James Valpuesta
James Valpuesta
December 31, 2015 3:22 pm
Reply to  Peter

If money is no problem the new British CCM 450 Adventure is perfect. Just needs a cush drive
As chain needs adjusting every 3 days or so of heavy use.

Steve Doel
Steve Doel
December 9, 2015 4:53 pm

If you include mostly 2014 models it seems to me you did a dis-service to KTM by comparing all 2014’s to a 2008 KTM 640 and not a 2014 KTM 690. Inho.

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
December 11, 2015 10:32 am
Reply to  Steve Doel

Hey Steve. A major focus for this story is affordability. Most people that are entering a new sport don’t want to spend big money until they really know they enjoy it and understand the type of riding they like. A new KTM 690 Enduro R is $10,000+, then to get it adventure ready with larger tanks, luggage, windscreen you could spend thousands more. A used 640 Adventure gives a newbie everything they need to start adventure riding for less than half the price of a new 690 Enduro R.

M.Hussain
M.Hussain
March 25, 2016 10:06 pm
Reply to  Rob Dabney

You’re right, man..bcoz Im in this state wondering,..it’s not wise to buy new bike with that amount then after shirt you realize that she is not for you what you lie to your self;she is not fit to your category at all..then if the resale is down then you are in big loss,..ride save go for the gold

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
March 26, 2016 2:06 am
Reply to  M.Hussain

That’s right. Make sure you are really die hard about Adventure Riding before you go buy the top bike. Starting with a smaller bike will help you build up even more appreciation for the big-bore adventure bike of your dreams. And you’ll always have nostalgia for the smaller bike that started it all.

John Claiborne
John Claiborne
May 9, 2016 12:01 pm
Reply to  Rob Dabney

Well said, i see you tube videos of 55 year old women buying 1200gs’s . Bmw salespeople are lovin it i guess.

John
John
June 30, 2016 8:34 pm

I guess adventure riding now consists of back roads and the occasional smooth Forrest roads. A visit to Starbucks and no loss of cell service. These bikes except the single cylinder bikes mentioned here will never be seen on a proper adventure. I would consider it “adventure light”

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
June 30, 2016 8:55 pm
Reply to  John

Hey John. Everyone’s got their own definition of adventure and there are a range of bikes listed here to meet different off-road appetites. Adventure isn’t all about how hard you ride off-road. Who’s to say riding a V-Strom on a smooth dirt road in the jungles of Guatemala is less adventurous than riding a DRZ in your hometown OHV park. The further you travel from home, the more likely you are to want a bike that’s more comfortable.

margaret wouters
margaret wouters
January 15, 2017 12:01 pm
Reply to  John

that is so true…..1 cylinder rocks

MIKe
MIKe
July 11, 2016 12:41 am

Spend about $150-$200 on a DR Suzuki 650 and you have a great bike.IT goes off road it commutes and is good for light touring which will imvlove road and dirt.It has very LOW vibs for a single and will cruise all day with std gearing at 75mph without any strain.Very reliable.The high seat can be factory lowered in 20mts or do it yourself -no special tools or partsneeded. There are at least 10 diff screens on the mkt -Aussie “screens for bikes” is a good one. Std suzuki carrier is ok for light loads or strap a bg to the rear seat.

simon
simon
September 30, 2016 12:36 pm

Why did you leave out the honda transalp 600 650 700. all very good adventure bikes.

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Pigeonherd
Pigeonherd
January 12, 2017 5:22 pm

Any chance this list will be updated in the future?

palaiaepidavros
palaiaepidavros
January 14, 2017 1:10 am

Giannis Antetokounmpo #nbavote

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Stephane
Stephane
June 23, 2017 2:44 am

Travelled lots on klr 650 around australia, first bike 50 000ks of fun without any break downs.
Only issue is the water cooled. I dropped the bike on rough ground and damage the radiator…
Maybe ok in iceland but in central aistralia ots not.
Still might considere getting a new one. Or a DR650.
I found heavy bike are harder to ride or really rough places. If they on the edge of falling you better jump away.
Pro and cons for each

Tiago Jorge
Tiago Jorge
June 23, 2017 2:50 pm

I’m find for an Yamaha XT600Z Tenere or XT600E…

Siima MotoWear
Siima MotoWear
July 5, 2017 5:58 am

Even though dual sport bikes are different from adventure bikes and should not be included in the adventure category, there are some nice motorcycles for new adventurers.

But what about the Honda CB500X. Isn’t that an adventure for the newbies?

From the selection you guys are giving i see the Vstrom as a nice rider friendly adventure bike that will not scare new riders.

Cheers!

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
July 5, 2017 10:50 pm
Reply to  Siima MotoWear

The CB500X is not a bad choice if you keep the speeds low on dirt. It’s fairly light, has 17″ wheels which help give it a lower seat height and make it easier to change direction. It also has a short wheelbase making it feel more maneuverable. But the cast wheels won’t hold up if you start going faster in rough terrain and the suspension travel is very limited (4.7 inches in the rear) so it will bottom easily. If you just want to get out in the dirt and get started, the CB500X definitely gets the job done. But if you want to get serious with off-road riding, add the Rally Raid kit to the CB500X and it completely transforms the bike into something much more capable in the dirt.

Russ McCoy
Russ McCoy
July 5, 2017 10:24 pm

I like going on long-distance ride like 20 30 day rides from the west coast to the east coast and back stuff like that would I be better off with the bigger bike or would this 650 be sufficient

Rob Dabney
Rob Dabney
July 5, 2017 10:34 pm
Reply to  Russ McCoy

Longer distances are not a problem on a 650. If you plan on riding much highway, you should consider the V-Strom 650. It has a very smooth-running v-twin engine and it can also handle some basic dirt roads. The V-Strom 650XT with wire spoked wheels is even more durable off-road. Get a decent set of hand guards and skid plate and it will take you to some interesting places.

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July 8, 2017 9:49 am

[…] of Harleys and of course some sport bikes, but we also waved to a group of about eight ADV riders (adventure bikes, a sort of toughened upright riding style street bike that can also go off-road to varying […]

Gaurav Sharma
Gaurav Sharma
August 11, 2017 5:49 am

I recently bought KTM Duke latest 2017 that is very awesome. i totally in love with KTM Duke :*

Joseph Colebe
Joseph Colebe
December 8, 2017 5:31 am

DRZ 400 is reliable, affordable and has tons of aftermarket support you can also customize it as per your liking.

Thomas
Thomas
September 28, 2018 6:52 am

How much does it cost to have one?

Kate
Kate
October 14, 2018 10:30 pm

How much does it cost? I want to buy it.

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Haseeb
Haseeb
October 16, 2018 6:46 pm

It looks cool. I want to get one. What is the price of this bike?

Alexandra
Alexandra
October 16, 2018 6:57 pm

Awesome! The more suitable the bike the more enjoyable adventure riding will be. Thanks for great post.

James
James
October 16, 2018 10:02 pm
Reply to  Alexandra

Well, you are right Alexandra. These 10 adventure bikes are good to know.

Huk
Huk
October 31, 2018 6:28 pm
Reply to  James

Well, it is right. Every biker should know this since they can enjoy when participate in those suggestion.

Amol Patel
Amol Patel
December 26, 2018 8:47 am

I agree with “Bob35” that why Honda cb500x is not on the list? I think it is pretty Adventure “Styled” Bike which offers great comfort and thrill at the same time. Admin can you please update the list?

Thanks

Naveen
Naveen
December 26, 2018 9:02 am
Reply to  Amol Patel

I know Amol that Honda cb500x is a good bike. I think the author has carefully crafted this post with some of the best bikes.

Ethan Hays
Ethan Hays
March 2, 2019 7:17 am

I don’t care enough about anyone’s opinion to click through 10 pages of ads to see a list.

Let me know when your website quits doing this and I will come back.

Victor
Victor
March 9, 2019 9:57 pm

You are discrybing the mighty dr650

Motorrad Weltreise
Motorrad Weltreise
October 17, 2020 1:48 am

For us the G650GS Sertao is the perfect dual sport and adventure riding bike. Light enough for offroad, but strong and comfortable enough to travel long distances.

Hugh Jardon
Hugh Jardon
January 21, 2022 10:10 pm

No Honda NC as a perfect beginner ADV bike, seriously?

Rodney Lewis
Rodney Lewis
February 17, 2022 12:35 am

I recently bought the latest 2022 KTM Duke and I can’t stop grinning every time I get to ride anywhere on it! This is one of the best bikes I’ve ever ridden; especially built for off-roading.

Rodney Lewis
Rodney Lewis
February 17, 2022 12:38 am
Reply to  Rodney Lewis

Personally, I love this bike. It’s not as expensive as a lot of the competition but it looks better and rides smoother than many bikes that cost twice as much.

Nanita
Nanita
April 29, 2022 11:45 am

It’s a trade-off of less comfort in exchange for style and performance and one that many riders are willing to make. But when it comes to a long day in the saddle or a multi-day trek across different states and terrains, it’s hard to beat an adventure motorcycle.

david
david
April 29, 2022 11:55 am

The G650GS is a reliable bike and ABS is also included as standard equipment. A large number of aftermarket accessories are available, allowing you to customize it to your Adventure Biking needs.

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