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Top 10 Heaviest Adventure Bikes

What do you get (besides weight) when you cross the 500-pound threshold?

Published on 05.31.2016

5. Yamaha Super Ténéré ES

Yamaha Super Tenere ES heavy adventure bikes

Wet Weight: 584 pounds – Source: Yamaha USA
Fuel capacity: 6.1 gallons
Engine: 1,199cc inline two, 112 hp, 86 lb-ft torque

Yamaha’s entry into the big adventure bike class was last updated in 2014. The S10 is often praised for its reliability in the field. The electronics aren’t as tunable as some of the other European bikes on this list, but it still has traction control, electronically-adjustable suspension, fuel map settings and cruise control. It also comes with tubeless spoke wheels that offer strength and convenience. One minus is that it is not easy to disable the bike’s ABS system for off-road work.

4. Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX


Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX heavy adventure bikes

Wet Weight: 598 pounds – Source: Moto Guzzi USA
Fuel capacity: 8.5 gallons
Engine: 1,15cc V-twin, 105 hp, 83 lb-ft torque

Named after one of the greatest motorcycling roads, the Moto Guzzi Stelvio is a different take on adventure bikes. The main attraction is the torquey V-twin that makes its power inches from your kneecaps. There is nothing else quite like the feel of a Moto Guzzi. While not as high tech (or high priced) as some of the others on this list, it is a comfortable, stable and a surprisingly capable off-road mount. Plus it has the biggest tank in the class.

3. Triumph Tiger Explorer XCa

Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200 heavy adventure bikes

Wet Weight: 602 pounds * – Source: Triumph USA
Fuel capacity: 5.3 gallons
Engine: 1215cc inline three, 139 hp, 90.7 lb-ft torque

The Triumph is another bike that has been substantially updated for 2016. In this case, the updates are in the form of electronic controls and settings aimed at making it more usable on a wide variety of surfaces. Riders can now manipulate suspension settings, engine output, traction control, ABS and throttle response. Also notable is the segmentation of the Explorer line into 5 separate models that group varying degrees of equipment options. The XCa is the bells-and-whistles model in the Explorer line, sporting a 19-inch spoke front wheel and built to tackle all terrain. If you want to shed some pounds, the other models in the range offer up to a 31-pound weight savings.

*Estimate based on official dry weight.

2. Aprilia Caponord 1200 Rally

Aprilia Caponord Rally heavy adventure bikes

Wet Weight: 606 pounds – Source: Aprilia Denmark
Fuel capacity: 6.3 gallons
Engine: 1197cc V-twin, 125 hp, 84.8 lb-ft torque

Although the Caponord has been around since the early 2000s, it was only last year that Aprilia got serious about giving its big touring bike some off-road chops. The Rally sports a 19-inch front wheel, revised frame geometry, dirt-oriented traction control and ABS modes, and semi-active suspension that adjusts things for you on the fly. It also comes standard with crash guards, auxiliary LED lights and a skidplate, the true mark of any bike that isn’t confined to the pavement.

1. Honda CrossTourer VFR 1200X DCT

Honda CrossTourer VFR 1200X heavy adventure bikes

Wet Weight: 633 pounds – – Source: Honda Canada
Fuel capacity: 5.7 gallons
Engine: 1,237cc V-four, 127 hp, 93 lb-ft torque

We round out the list with a bike that just reached American roads but has been available in Europe for several years now. The CrossTourer is built around Honda’s silky smooth V-4, and features wire-spoked wheels with a 19-inch front. That doesn’t mean it would be wise to take it on aggressive dirt trails, but you can comfortably explore the occasional fire road. With Honda’s super slick-shifting dual-clutch transmission, its a great two-up tourer as well. If you want to shed some weight, you can opt for the standard transmission model that weighs 611 pounds.

Author: Bob Whitby

Bob has been riding motorcycles since age 19 and working as a journalist since he was 24, which was a long time ago, let’s put it that way. He quit for the better part of a decade to raise a family, then rediscovered adventure, dual sport and enduro riding in the early 2000s. He lives in Arkansas, America’s best-kept secret when it comes to riding destinations, and travels far and wide in search of dirt roads and trails.

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  1. There are a lot of nice bike but my Honda NC700 is a great bike I wouldn’t trade it for anything g. I can’t believe the NC700 didn’t make the list. I love the storage it has. Putting the gas tank under the seat to even out the weight is nice and having the so called gas take as storage for a helmet or other thing is a big bonus. I love the design of the NC 700 couldn’t be a better bike

    • Replace the Stelvio 18 pound exhaust with an after market pipe & there will be 15 pounds shaved off for starters.

  2. To be fair, these numbers can vary based on fuel tank size and extras, luggage, crash bars, engine guards. Even ABS adds weight. For example: The Africa Twin doesn’t have crash bars or bag mounts. Take away the DCT and the exact same bike doesn’t make the list. To be fair I think the weight should be bike minus the fuel load and minus add on features. Level the field. I also don’t always believe what the Manuf. Claim. You reviewers should put the bike on scales and give us the True Weight….

    • @nose2wind – “take away the dct and the same exact bike doesnt make the list”. come on, that is a different model with manual transmission!!! and the article already mentions the manual model is lighter and doesnt make the list. and no fair because some have abs?? so you want a comparison with made up bikes manufacturers dont offer lol.

    • Agree %100, not a good assessment at all…. the problems in the way the did this is so obvious I can’t believe they published this dreck

  3. Not a very fair assessment, if the bike comes with panniers as stock they were included in the weight. If an option, they didn’t… so I.e. the Caponord RALLY which comes w/ PANNIERS, crash bars, skid plate, led driving lights in the weight and these are options on other bikes so they weren’t included.

    The GSA W panniers weighs more than listed… etc.

  4. There’s so much marketing about the electronics on these bikes, I’d even go so far as to say this article (and many others) kind of smear together the concept of weight and sophisticated electronics as though traction control modes etc are in ANY way a consolation for the shear heft of these things in sand, for instance, or when they’re laying on their side in a ditch and you need three people to pick it up, or a truck to pull it out…when it comes to riding monster weight bikes off-road, weight is 99% of the problem, traction control etc is like 1%. Heavy bikes are pigs off-road, electronic packages are lipstick at best.

  5. Great article! Some people just like to complain about everything. Even complain about ABS on some bikes?? Show me a GSA or a KTM 1290 without ABS, because I don’t know where you can buy one. That is a meaningless scenario since those bikes don’t exist without it. What I care about are stats of actual bikes manufacturers offer. Not stripped down make-believe bikes manufacturers don’t make.

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  7. Pretty useless and wrong data.. I own an Aprilia caponord and the weight with bags is 580 lbs. you. Panniers and rack or mounting hardware adds at least 30 lbs… BMW listed the 1200 GS with 510 lbs but when put on the weighing scale it was more like 540 lbs without panniers. Guys get a weighing scale and describe better details i. e. a center stang weighs about 10 lbs, crash bars, engine protection etc.

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