Browsing tag

Adventure

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 […]

HONDA AFRICA TWIN CRF1100L: FULL TEST

If you’re waiting for technology to slow down in the adventure bike world, good luck. Bikes are advancing like smartphones, so virtually any bike can be obsolete before the loan book arrives. The 2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin is probably the safest investment on the market right now, because it’s hard to imagine how anything […]

RIDING THE 2020 KTM 790 ADVENTURE R: THE WRAP

We’ve had the opportunity to spend some time on adventure bikes this summer, and loved every minute of it. The highlight was the return of the KTM 790 Adventure to the garage, which has reconfirmed its status as the pick of the litter.  Paul Krause has joined us on several rides in the Southern California […]

DUCATI MULTISTRADA 1290 ENDURO: FULL TEST

If adventure bikes have taught us anything, it’s that quantity demands quality. Nothing demonstrates that as clearly as the 2020 Ducati Multistrada 1260. This is an extreme in a genre where excess is ordinary; where being the fastest, most powerful or most expensive must be qualified by the word “currently.” It certainly is big, fast […]

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 […]

KTM’S NEW 790 RALLY & 390 ADVENTURE ANNOUNCED

The EICMA show in Milan, Italy is underway and KTM has taken the opportunity to expand its adventure bike offerings in the U.S. A new 390 Adventure has been added to the line, based on the motor from the 390 Duke. And the 790 Adventure R has been focused a little more tightly on off-road […]

KTM 790 ADVENTURE R: FULL TEST

The KTM 790 Adventure R is one of those rare motorcycles that will will have a lasting effect on the the sport, the riders and the other bikes in its category. It’s a twin-cylinder, off-road capable bike that produces almost 100 horsepower and weighs 50 pounds less than anything else in its class. That’s all […]

KTM 690 ENDURO R DUAL-SPORT: FULL TEST

The KTM 690 Enduro R is back, and it’s mostly new for 2019. The 690 has been around for some time as kind of a transition bike between hard-core dual-sport bikes and massive adventure bikes. In truth, there’s nothing quite like it. On one hand, it makes far more power than traditional dual-sport bikes such […]

RIDING THE SWM 600 DUAL-SPORT: THE WRAP

SWM SUPERDUAL X We finally got to ride an SWM Superdual X on U.S. soil this week. This as been a work in progress for two years now, but the U.S. importer has already received a container of them and they are arriving in dealers now. The story of how this bike came to life […]

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 […]

NEW FROM GUZZI, URAL, TRIUMPH & MORE: ADVENTURE BIKE SPOTLIGHT

The Progressive International Motorcycle Show in Long Beach this weekend presented the perfect opportunity to go adventure-bike spotting. All of the motocross bikes for 2019 have long since been announced, but this is right in the middle of street-bike introduction season, and that means that companies that only dabble in the dirt are showing their […]

HONDA CRF450L RALLY CONCEPT BIKE: ADVENTURE BIKE SPOTLIGHT

  Among the bikes that were displayed at the 2018 EICMA motorcycle show in Milan, Italy this week was a Honda CRF450L Rally  concept bike. Milan is often where a manufacturer will float ideas for future production bikes to gauge public reaction. The European press was very excited over the idea of a bigger version […]

NEW ADVENTURE BIKES FROM KTM, HONDA & KAWASAKI REVEALED

The EICMA show in Milan, Italy is the biggest motorcycle show in the world, and it’s in full swing this week. KTM, Honda and Kawasaki have revealed changes in their adventure bike offerings already. The following press releases are directly from those manufacturers. KTM 790 ADVENTURE AND KTM 790 ADVENTURE R REVEALED AS 2019 MODEL […]