With bikes like the BMW S1000XR and Ducati Multistrada 1200 bridging the gap between full-on adventure bikes and sport tourers, the adventure sport market perhaps offers the best of both worlds.
Butthe adventure sport maket isn't entirely new. Here's our pick of some of the best adventure sports bikes currently for sale at mcnbikesforsale.com.
Ducati were arguably ahead of the curve when they introduced the - some would say -aesthetically-challenged Multistrada 1000 in 2004. Using an air-cooled V-twin producing 85bhp, it's a long way off the power figures of today's adventure sports bikes, but it handles exceptionally well and is more than comfortableenough for long distance.
This 2009 1100S model is the pick of the air-cooled Multistradas, with a larger engine producing more torque, Ohlins suspension front and rear and Brembo brakes. It looks particularly good in black.
Using the well-proven engine and frame from the popular ER-6 series, the Versys was never going to be a bad bike. The Versys is exceptionaly capable; it's comfortable, handles well enough to show sports bikes up in the corners, and has a fun and willing engine which is great fun between the bends.
The second generation sharpened up the looks and got rid of some of the vibes from the first generation. For a bike so adept at covering miles, this example's barely covered any and comes with extras including heated grips, hand guards and crash bungs.
KTM arguably created the adventure sport class as we know it today when they used the punchy, aggressive 999cc V-twin from the hooligan Superduke and 990 Supermoto to power the more touring-focused SMT. The result was a bike that combined the all-day comfort, ease of use and practicality of an adventure bike, with the mental fun of a supermoto.
This 2011 model has only covered 8000 miles and comes complete with rear bag, heated grips and sat nav mount.
In 2007 Triumph put the proper, off-road adventure bike pretentions of their Tiger 955i to one side and gave us a very capable road bike in the form of the Tiger 1050. With a narrow seat and relatively low weight of 198kg, the 1050 is easy to handle and eats bumpy British roads with ease.
This 2009 example is in good condition after 12,000 miles and comes with lots of extras including adjustable screen, tank bag, heated grips, and more.