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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 […]

FIRST LOOK–2019 DUCATI 1260 ENDURO: ADVENTURE BIKE SPOTLIGHT

Ducati recently held an introduction in Italy for the 2019 Multistrada 1260 Enduro. This is the latest model in the Multistrada line and marks the company’s most serious effort as far as off-road capabilities. The 1262cc Testastretta L-Twin motor was released in the standard Multistrada mid-year in 2018, and it features Ducati Variable Valve Timing. […]

ADVENTURE BIKE SPOTLIGHT| DUCATI SCRAMBLER DESERT SLED

The Ducati Scrambler Desert Sled is a throwback machine. They call it the Desert Sled, but this baby would be a handful on a hard-packed dirt road. The basic machine is a stripped-down, 803cc V-twin with a higher seat, a reinforced frame, adjustable suspension, engine armor and Pirelli Scorpion Rally STR tires. The design team […]

HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO DUAL SPORT SPOTLIGHT

The Husky 701 is very dirt-oriented and features a single overhead cam with a two-spark-plug ignition and a slipper clutch. The 701 puts out 74 horsepower and uses a WP 4CS fork with just under 11 inches of travel and a WP linkage rear shock. The stripped chassis is rather naked compared to the heavily […]

THE TIMELESS HONDA XR650L DUAL SPORT BIKE

This machine still has a solid footprint in the ADV world. It’s virtually unchanged since the early ’90s, and the suspension is still surprisingly good on the trail. The ergonomics are dated, but the bike works well and has electric start. It struggles at higher speeds without wind protection but works in the dirt. Fitting […]

ADVENTURE BIKE SPOTLIGHT| 2018 V-STROM 650

Even Suzuki probably didn’t see this coming. Today, the V-Strom 650 is officially an adventure bike icon and one of the best-selling bikes in that genre. When it came out in 2004, though, it was probably seen as a risky gamble. In the U.S., Americans had never been particularly drawn to the whole Dakar bike […]

ADVENTURE BIKE SPOTLIGHT| TRIUMPH TIGER EXPLORER 1200 XC/XCA

The Triumph 1200 XC line has received big changes for 2018. The XCX is 5-percent lighter, has an upgraded inline 1215cc triple, a new lightweight rear silencer and five traction-control modes. The XC line also has adaptive cornering lighting, full-color TFT instruments and keyless ignition.

A NEW KTM 390 ADVENTURE BIKE?

Sources in India report that KTM is getting ready to launch their 390 Adventure machine in Europe, sometime in 2019. It is based around the very popular Duke 390 platform, which is made in India and priced competitively.


BMW R1200 GS: ADVENTURE BIKE SPOTLIGHT

This is the Queen Mary of the adventure world and BMW’s ADV line. The powerplant of the 1200GSA is a twin-cam, liquid-cooled boxer motor. Its electronics are advanced, including ABS at the base level and two standard ride modes—Rain and Road—that offer two completely focused riding experiences.