Insurance bargains: Adventure bikes

Published: 05 April 2012

Five of the best adventure bikes on the market, with the lowest insurance groups.

Ducati Multistrada 620
Insurance group:
11
The looks are an acquired taste and it’s not got a whole lot up top in the power department but the Ducati Mulitstrada 620 is a good, practical first big bike. A bit more oomph and a bigger tank would make it even better. But be aware that Ducati parts and servicing veers towards the pricey side of reasonable.
Suzuki 650 V-Strom, 2004 onwards
Insurance group:
10
As a fun, realistic alternative to a licence-bashing sports middleweight, the Suzuki V-Strom's on to a winner. The engine is sublime, with mountains of really useable power where you want it. Cost-effective and versatile, the Suzuki DL650 V-Strom is well worth a second glance. Excellent tank range, low insurance group, slow tyre wear and an easily-serviced engine make for good, real world savings.
BMW R1150GS, 1999-2005
Insurance group:
13
The R1150GS is heavier and slower than the 1200. But it feels more durable, handles brilliantly, will run forever and will cheerfully see over 200 miles from the tank. The wide bars give you total control over the motorcycle in bends, the tyres grip like a drowning man and the brakes are phenomenally good. In the wet there’s probably no better bike than the BMW R1150GS to be on, such is the motorcycle's balance.
Honda Transalp, 1987-2007
Insurance group:
11
The Transalp has been providing honest transport seemingly since the dawn of time. Revitalised with a bigger motor and a face-lift in 2000, its softly-chuffing charm and easy-going manners have won a devoted audience. The Honda XL650V Transalp's motor is very reliable.
KTM 990 Adventure, 2003 onwards
Insurance group:
13
If you thought giant trailies were all about sloshy handling, monster fork dive and woeful brakes then the KTM 950/990 Adventure will turn your world upside-down. Despite the colossal 21-inch front wheel the road-holding is excellent and utterly confidence-inspiring, with perfect balance. Prices are slow to sink on the KTM 950/990 Adventure, and the quality plastics, though slow to age and damage, are cheap to replace.

 

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