It made us think: Adventure motorcycles are so popular and ubiquitous these days that practically everyone from Royal Enfield to Boyle has developed one on one occasion or another, albeit with great success. You may be amazed at the results that come before us – and they are not all terrible. However, perhaps the first adventure bike to date – BMW’s R80G / S since 1980 was unimaginable.
Top Ten Most Unexpected Adventure Bikes – Top Rated
10 – Triumph Tiger 900 [1993-2001]
Triumph was revived in 1991 as a brand new company in Hinckley, producing a variety of modular triple and fours, and its bikes were more conservative than others.
That all changed in 1993. The Tiger 900 new company’s ‘Monster Trail’ was the first attack at sea and was carried out at the request of its French and German importers (where the market for such bikes was plentiful), resulting in the design so far. Gone is the giant, fastest and possibly scariest ‘adventure bike’ ever.
It was like many early Hinckley bikes modular, although at the time, the Triumph was becoming more customizable. So, even though the engine was built on a 100bhp Trident triple, it was returned to 85bhp to provide better torque (although it was still capable of 130mph).
Although the tubular steel spine structure was retained, new longer travel suspensions and a larger 19-inch front tire were added to the imposing seat height of 850 mm.
9 – Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord [2001-2004]
Despite its off-road background, especially in lightweight and trial motorcycles, the Italian firm Aprilia has never been more successful with its big adventure bikes. The first, 2001 Caponward (Italian for Northern Cape), debuted in 2001, based on the brand new RSV Mille V-twin but reached 100bhp, similar to the RST1000 Futura Sports Tour of the same year.
On paper, there was much to it: a fast, agile V-Twin motor; An excellent aluminum twin-spar chassis; And other quality touches.
Negatively, it failed to sell due to its very soft front fork, initially questionable durability, a high price, and a dealer network that could not compete with the likes of BMW and Honda.
8 – Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazonas [2007-2014]
Here’s an unexpected way to create an adventure bike: revive a historical Italian brand. A radical, alien, three-cylinder, 900cc superbike (900 Tornado in 2000) then a naked 1130cc version (2004 TNT), then a ‘Sports Tour’ (2006 Tre-K 1130), one before finally trying Adventure-style version, 2007 Amazonas.
Amazonas is a sporty sports tour with extended travel suspension, off-road type wire wheels, and even semi-noble tires, none of which qualifies it as an authentic off-roader.
However, as an uneven-looking sports adventure with 123bhp and a lot more personality and character, it performed much better than expected if you can find one.
7 – Kawasaki Versys 1000 [2012 – ]
Since its introduction almost a decade ago, Kawasaki’s huge Versys ‘Adventure Tourer’ has blended into the adventure bike’s pineapple so much that it’s easy to forget how strange and insane the original four-cylinder is is duck was actually.
The first Versace was an oddball: an ‘SX on stilts; A kind of four-cylinder adventure bike, but with zero off-road qualifications and only his mother could love. It was based on the hugely popular Z1000SX Sports Tourer but with a detuned, 116bhp version of its mill, with longer travel suspension, different bodywork, and a more upright riding position.
Still, for less than K 10K, it was a steal. That ability was his savior. Although not a real adventure bike, the Versys was a practical, comfortable four-cylinder Tourer at a low price and as a result, it was well received.
Improved aesthetics, specs, and electronics came in 2015, followed in 2019 by a billing up SE variant with semi-active suspension. It is no longer the deal it was before ( perhaps, it is no longer an adventure bike). Versys is a practical, convenient, and comfortable tourer for two at a price that rivals cannot compete.
6 – Moto Morini GranPasso 1200 [2008-2010]
Motto Mourinho’s re-emergence in the Middle Ages was never praised as much as his peers MV Augusta (1998) and Benelli (2000), but his motorcycles were perhaps even more thrilling.
The first was the Corsaro 1200, a high-speed supercar that runs on a fast, 123bhp 1187cc V-twin. The adventure-style Gran Passo debuted in 2008, featuring a slightly softer 118bhp engine, a pair of traditional long suspension/wire wheels, a more upright riding position, adventure-style bodywork, and a stylish scrambler variant in 2009.
However, while the Corsaro, despite being unfairly overlooked, remains the most popular model, we believe the GranPasso is even better without sacrificing any of its thrills, more comfort and practicality. It gives a bit of durability to handle.
5 – Moto Guzzi Quota 1000 [1989-2001]
When Moto Guzzi first released the Quota 1000 in 1989, it beat the UK’s Triumph on the title of “biggest adventure bike” – although it was not later available in the UK.
On the apparent, there seems to be a lot going for it: the traditional, temporarily installed Guzzi V-twin, which matches the layout of the adventure bike and the BMW-rival shaft drive. There was also standard long-distance suspension, off-road wire wheels, and modified bodywork. On paper, it had it all: 69 guaranteed horsepower and lots of Italian beauty.
The problem was that on Friday afternoon, the manufacturing quality of Guzzi was much better than that of British Leland. With a seat height of 865 mm, it was even taller and more awkward than the Triumph, and off-roading was an unusual thing.
4 – Yamaha XT660 Ténéré [2008-2016]
With all the hype surrounding Yamaha’s current 700 Tenere, a 689cc Dakar-style twin made from the most refined MT-07 roadster, it’s easy to forget that its instant single-cylinder predecessor was almost as fantastic which was so popular.
The Tenere 660 was originally a large tank, long-suspended, Dakar-style version of the XT660X trail bike before 2004. It was an authentic-looking, affordable, decent road performer (well, at most anyone can be a 48bhp single) and very off-road – everything a mid-weight adventure bike should have.
3 – Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer [2010 – ]
The Cross store is a perfect example of one of those fantastic motorcycles that everyone hopes will be ready but, when that happens, somehow falls short of expectations. It’s a pity.
The Crossstorer, which debuted in 2012 after years of rumors, is essentially an adventure-style version of Honda’s all-new V4 Sports Tour of the time, the much-acclaimed VFR1200F, launched in 2010.
Even though the VFR1200F ultimately failed, with its powerful V4 and unique DCT semi-automatic transmission option, and was discontinued in 2015, the spin-off cross store is alive – and rightly so.
2 – Royal Enfield Himalayan [2018 – ]
Yeah Al, that sounds pretty crap to me, Looks like BT isn’t for me either. Unveiled his custom about.
This opinion did not change much when promotional films were seen that were snatching a foot peg in response to a minor stimulus. However, if you focus on its £ 4399 price tag, its lightweight and new friendly manners and comfortable adventure speeds over 100bhp + the 1200s, you’re in for a treat.
1 – Buell XB12X Ulysses [2006-2009]
Don’t worry if Harley-New Davidson’s Pan America’s most adventurous bike of all adventure stops you, don’t worry – Americans have a ‘history’ here.
Between 2003 and 2009, when Nirala owned the sports subsidiary Buell Harley, his most unexpected product was undoubtedly his Harley-powered adventure bike, the Ulysses.
The XB12X then called ‘Uuselessly,’ was a new generation XB12 Lightning Naked, complete with twin-spar (fuel-in) frame, signature rim disc brakes, and a tuned, 103bhp 1200cc Harley Sportster engine but with extension. Rear bodywork, a new screen and a more upright riding position. None of this qualifies him as an adventure bike.
Top Ten Most Unexpected Adventure Bikes – Top List
|Sr. #||Top Ten Most Unexpected Adventure Bikes|
|1||Buell XB12X Ulysses [2006-2009]|
|2||Royal Enfield Himalayan [2018 – ]|
|3||Honda VFR1200X Crosstourer [2010 – ]|
|4||Yamaha XT660 Ténéré [2008-2016]|
|5||Moto Guzzi Quota 1000 [1989-2001]|
|6||Moto Morini GranPasso 1200 [2008-2010]|
|7||Kawasaki Versys 1000 [2012 – ]|
|8||Benelli Tre-K 1130 Amazonas [2007-2014]|
|9||Aprilia ETV1000 Caponord [2001-2004]|
|10||Triumph Tiger 900 [1993-2001]|