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Adventure-style bikes for sale

Published: 18 June 2018

Updated: 19 June 2018

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Equally suited to your daily commute, a thrash around some green lanes or a tour of Africa, we've gathered a selection of Adventure Sportsbikes and straight-up Adventure bike to browse.

The versatility of some of these bikes makes them the perfect choice if you want to ride both on and off-road but haven’t got the space or the budget for more than one bike. As an added bonus, unlike dedicated crossers (which are not road legal) and enduro bikes (which you wouldn’t want to ride for long spells at national speed limit speeds) you can ride your dual sportsbike to the off-road destination of your choice, get it filthy, and then ride it home again afterwards.

If all this sounds right up your street, here is our list of four great options to consider.

Kawasaki Versys

Available in 650cc parallel twin and 1000cc inline four variants, Kawasaki’s Versys is a real contender in an area generally dominated by more expensive BMW and (more recently) Triumph models.

The 650cc version is the one to go for if you’re likely to venture onto the dirt regularly, it is lighter and easier to handle than the 1000cc bike. For the same reason, smaller or less experienced riders would get on better with the 650.

If you are more interested in cruising comfortably, the 1000cc version is the bike for you. The riding position also allows plenty of room for taller riders and exceptional wind protection.

MCN’s pick:

This 2-year-old example of the smaller and more flickable Versys 650 is available on MCN Bikes for Sale now.

Ducati Multistrada

One of the most important aspects of a dual sport bike, especially if you are considering touring on one, is reliability. Once upon a time that would have pretty much ruled out Ducati, but they’ve come on leaps and bounds and their Multistrada really proves that point.

You can ride a Multistrada off-road, but if that’s where you want to do most of your riding one of the other bikes would make more sense. The Ducati is more about having a brilliant time on the road and munching the miles in style.

There’s been plenty of engine options over the years, but the current version comes in 950cc and 1200cc options. As you’ll see in this video, the 950 is very nearly as good but costs considerably less.

MCN’s pick:

In the secondhand market, Multistrada 1200 models like this are now going for the same sort of price as the 950 was brand new.

Triumph Tiger

Taking the reins from the popular Triumph Tiger 900 from the ‘90s, the Tiger 800 and 1200 models are split into road-going (XR) and off-road (XC) variants.

The Tiger has always been considered as a road bike first and foremost, but that is purely because it is so very good on the tarmac rather than any inadequacy on the dirt.

Depending on the model and year you get, there’s all sorts of equipment available including riding modes and variable traction control.

MCN’s pick:

This is Triumph Tiger 800XCX is the top of the range model complete with extras such as engine bars, heated grips and sump guard.

BMW GS

Considered by many to be the benchmark when it comes to adventure touring motorbikes, the BMW GS has collectively clocked up miles all over the world. There's many variants of GS, but the daddy is the R1200GS.

Supremely comfortable on the tarmac but also able to tackle just about anything else you might throw at it; the GS is surprisingly nimble despite its hefty mass.

There’s perhaps a slight image problem, especially amongst younger riders, but there’s a reason they’re so ubiquitous.

Worth considering the seat height if you’re a smaller or less experienced rider, may be worth plumping for one of the slightly smaller variants of the GS.

MCN's pick:

This low-mileage R1200GS Adventure is full to the brim with extras including luggage, crash bars and auxilliary lights is available for less than £10k.

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