Updated: Jan 15
When it comes to finding the right adventure motorcycle for you, there are a few different options to consider. Three popular categories of adventure motorcycles are dualsport, lightweight adventure, and heavy weight adventure motorcycles. Each has its own unique set of pros and cons, and the one that's right for you will depend on your specific needs and preferences. Dualsport motorcycles are designed to be versatile and are well suited for both on and off-road riding. They typically have a high ground clearance and long-travel suspension, making them capable of handling rugged terrain. They also often have a comfortable riding position, making them suitable for long distance rides. Some examples of popular dualsport motorcycles include the KTM 690 Enduro R and KTM 500exc, the Yamaha WR250R, or in my case, the Honda CRF250L...now replaced by the Honda CRF 300L and 300 Rally. Lightweight adventure motorcycles, also called "dual-sport" or "adventure enduro" are designed to be nimble, easy to handle and can handle rough off-road conditions, but also efficient for long distance riding. They are smaller in size and generally have lower seat heights, making them more accessible to shorter riders and more manageable for beginners. They are also more economic on fuel and easy to handle when compared to the heavy weight adventure motorcycles. Some examples of popular lightweight adventure motorcycles include the Honda CRF450L, the KTM 390 Adventure, and the larger sized Yamaha T7 and the Aprillua Tuareg 660. Heavy weight adventure motorcycles, also called "Adventure Touring" motorcycles, are built for long-distance, off-road touring. They are typically larger and heavier, but also offer more amenities such as larger fuel tanks, comfortable seating and luggage capacity. They are also well suited for two-up riding and can handle fully loaded touring. Some examples of popular heavy weight adventure motorcycles include the BMW R1250GS, the Triumph Tiger 1200, the Honda Africa Twin 1000 and 1100, plus the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R. Ultimately, the right adventure motorcycle for you will depend on your riding style and goals. If you're looking for a versatile bike that can handle both on and off-road riding, a dualsport motorcycle may be a good fit. If you're looking for a nimble, easy-to-handle bike that's well-suited for off-road riding, a lightweight adventure motorcycle may be a better choice. And if you're planning on doing some long-distance touring and need a bike that's built for the task, a heavy weight adventure motorcycle might be the way to go. Be sure to research the options available and take a test ride before making a decision.