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RIDING THE BENELLI ADV BIKE: THE WRAP

If you remember the name Benelli, you’ve just dated yourself. Benelli was an Italian company that started before World War One, and was still making motorcycles in Pesaro the ’90s. In the U.S., Benelli was once sold under the Montgomery Ward name. More recently, the company was known for making MiniTrail-like bikes (before Honda) and […]

2021 ADVENTURE BIKE BUYER’S GUIDE

Adventure bikes once were little more that status symbols for the road-riding elite. Now, there’s a growing movement which insists on true off-road capability. The 2021 crop of adventure bikes from off-road oriented makers like Honda, Kawasaki, KTM, Husqvarna, Suzuki and Yamaha have been joined by others who have cracked the code for off-road performance. […]

THE KAWASAKI KLR650 IS BACK!

Kawasaki just announced a number of new models including a 2022 KLR650. The iconic dual-sport/adventure bike was discontinued two years ago, but apparently Kawasaki has been working behind the scenes to bring it up to date with a new EFI system and a long list of upgrades. It will still have its most endearing feature; […]

RIDING THE HUSKY 701 LONG RANGE: THE WRAP

This week we’ve been playing with the Husqvarna 701 Long Range. The line between adventure bike and dual-sport bike is getting very blurry. The Long Range seems to fall on the adventure side of the line, yet most of the machine is identical to the Husky 701 Enduro. That’s a dual-sport bike in almost everyone’s […]

RIDING QUINN CODY’S KTM 890 ADVENTURE: THE WRAP

The KTM 790 Adventure has been replaced by the KTM 890 Adventure for 2021. Don’t panic; it’s essentially the same bike with more of everything. KTM has been testing the new bike right under our noses for months now with Quinn Cody in the National Hare & Hound series. That either means that the 890 […]

2021 KTM 890 ADVENTURE R ANNOUNCED

KTM has announced the 2021 890 Adventure R as well as a limited edition KTM 890 Adventure R Rally. These are upsized versions of the 790 introduced two years ago. Here’s what KTM has to say: Two stunning new KTM ADVENTURE machines are here to let riders #AdventureHarder and faster than ever before thanks to […]

KTM 790 ADVENTURE R: FULL TEST

When it comes to taking gigantic, twin-cylinder motorcycles off-road, the KTM 790 Adventure R has been king since it was introduced a little over one year ago. It’s almost as if KTM looked at the rules of the game and decided how best to cheat. Yes, it’s still big enough to qualify as a full-blooded […]

YAMAHA TENERE 700: FULL TEST

Sometimes you just know it. Sometimes you can look at the pictures, check the direction and temperature of the wind, and predict when a bike is going to be a big hit. The Yamaha Tenere 700 is like that. This is a bike that we’ve been waiting for and wanting to ride for a very […]

RIDING THE YAMAHA T7 AND KTM 790 ADVENTURE R: THE WRAP

We’ve been serving our quarantine on adventure bikes for the last month or so. It gave us a chance to ride the new Yamaha Tenere 700 back to back with the 790 Adventure R. Up front, we’ll tell you that these have become our two favorite ADV bikes, but they are much more different than […]

2020 KTM 390 ADVENTURE, FULL TEST

KTM knocked it out of the park with the 790 Adventure last year. It’s a stunning motorcycle that broke new ground in off-road performance and accessibility for a full-sized ADV machine. Even though the performance-to-price ratio was better than anything that came before it, the 790 was still out of reach of many would-be off-road […]

YAMAHA TENERE 700 ADVENTURE BIKE: FIRST RIDE

The Yamaha Tenere 700 has finally arrived and we got to spend a day on it in the San Bernardino mountains this week. This is a bike that we’ve been waiting for and wanting to ride for a very long time–even before the bike was officially announced at the EICMA show. Yamaha has been quiet […]

YAMAHA’S 2021 TENERE 700 ARRIVES

Yamaha has just lifted the veil on its first 2021 model. The Tenere 700 has arrived in the U.S. and will be in dealers within a month. The official press release follows.   MARIETTA, Ga. – May 22, 2020 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS) today announced the 2021 Ténéré 700 arrival for the U.S. market beginning the first week […]

KTM 390 ADVENTURE: FIRST RIDE

The 2020 KTM 390 Adventure was originally scheduled to be released to the press at a mass introduction last month, but KTM officials had to rethink that. We don’t do “mass” anything these days. Instead, we drove to KTM’s office in Murrieta  and quietly loaded up a 390. We’ve been riding it all week. This […]

SWM 600 DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

You know this bike. You just might not recognize it. SWM is a new Italian company built on the ruins of Husqvarna AG. To understand the bike and why it exists, you have to know your Husky history. Before the brand became a KTM stepchild, Husqvarna had a long history of foster parents, including Electrolux, Cagiva and BMW.

BMW R1250GS ADVENTURE: FULL TEST

This year, BMW’s adventure flagship gets a new name and new technology. The BMW R1200GS has morphed into the BMW R1250GS, just as it had previously changed from an R100 to an R1100, and then to an R1150 and so forth. Each step brings a slight increase in displacement and a significant design change. The […]