Being the jack-of-all-trades bike, the clue really is in the name, adventure bikes are made for exploring and discovering new environments and terrains at speed.
They’re adaptable so you really can let loose and delve into new experiences.
In this list, we’ve included a variety of different options ranging in price, size, power, and weight which will suit all your budding adventurer needs. So, let’s twist the throttle and away we go!
Royal Enfield Himalayan
Appearing on our list for yet another year, we have the Royal Enfield Himalayan. Evolving from mountain expeditions and built for all road types, this is the perfect little dual-purpose motorcycle. The minimal, yet stylish, aesthetics – especially the front lamp and dual-colour design – give this bike a slightly retro and unique look.
The only A2 friendly bike on the list, with an 800mm seat height and 411cc engine, this is an easy-to-handle bike with a comfortable and stable riding position. Weighing in at 199kg, it’s lightweight enough to turn its hand at everything thrown at it and if you aren’t fussed by precious spec or high speeds than this will do the job nicely.
The Himalayan is not only the smallest capacity bike featured but it’s also the cheapest. Yes, the price is reflected in the power but if you’re someone not looking for a top of the range adventure bike it won’t disappoint!
|Engine Type||4-stroke, single-cylinder, air-cooled|
|Engine Size||411cc, 24.3 bhp, 32 Nm @ 4000-4500 rpm|
Moto Guzzi V85 TT
Next up we’ve got a middleweight contender perfect for going anywhere and doing anything. The Moto Guzzi V85 TT is a modern and tough off-road option. A plexiglass windshield, handguards and steel tubular frame make this a very stable, agile, and true all-season bike. The combination of ABS and 17” front and 19” rear tyres make riding and handling the V85 TT effortless.
Using materials commonly associated with race bikes, along with the 853cc engine, give the V85 TT a sportier feel. Average spec for its size makes this a good choice for those looking for a bike that’s not too powerful but still ready for an adventure.
|Engine Size||853cc, 79 bhp, 80 Nm @ 5,000 rpm|
KTM 890 Adventure R Rally
KTM are really bringing out the big guns with their NEW 890 Adventure R Rally. As this is new for 2021, information is limited, but what we do know is only 500 units of this model are available worldwide and you can pre-order yours now and be placed on a waiting list - with KTM's insane following, if you're thinking about purchasing one of these, you may want to do this sooner rather than later!
The 889cc engine is Euro 5 compliant and churns out 105hp and 100Nm of torque. With WP XPLOR Pro suspension, a total weight of 196kg and race-spec you’ll be able to navigate backroads and off beaten paths with ease. By mixing off-road capability with sporty looks and feel you’ll really feel like you can do anything, and as KTM’s marketing campaign suggests you’ll be able to ‘go anywhere’ on this rally-derived machine.
As I have already said, this is new for 2021 so not all the details have been released yet (including the price) but we’re hoping to see a lot more of this bike soon, and as always, we’ll make sure to update you as soon as we know more.
|Engine Size||889cc, 105 bhp @ 8,000 rpm|
|Price||2021 price to be confirmed|
Kawasaki Versys 1000
The Kawasaki Versys 1000 is a big character on the roads. Styled in the iconic Kawasaki green, with other colour options available, this bike demands total confidence, respect, and attention. Key to its fun factor is the In-line Four engine which offers a strong throttle response and seductive howl – this bike really is made to make exploring the tracks exhilarating.
For a more premium price you’ll receive a bike jam packed with spec and gadgets – electronic cruise control, liquid-cooled engine, power modes, dual throttle valves and SO much more – which only add to the joy and convenience you’ll feel whilst riding.
With not much difference in price, power, weight, or tank size the Versys 1000 is a pretty fair match for the equally respectable Suzuki Vstrom (featured further down our list). But with added model specific tech, KECS (Kawasaki Electronic Control Suspension), make this model more of a dual-sport adventure bike compared to the everyday Vstorm rider.
|Engine Type||4-stroke, liquid-cooled|
|Engine Size||1,043cc, 118 bhp, 102 Nm @ 7,500 rpm|
|Price||£11,300 (2021 SE version £14,699)|
Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro
In a complete league of its own, we have the beast that is the Ducati Multistrada 1260 Enduro. Teaming a Testastretta DVT 1262 engine full of torque with a refreshed chassis provides a greater feeling of ease when riding at low speeds or manoeuvring. The use of the DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) system brings an intensity to your ride - it doesn’t hold back on energy or performance.
Full of impressive features and spec – a liquid-cooled engine, a variety of riding modes, intuitive interface, ABS, traction control and a massive 30 litre fuel tank – make this is a seriously impressive adventure tourer not for the faint hearted (just with a higher price tag compared to others on the list).
|Engine Size||1,262cc, 158 bhp, 128Nm|
BMW R1250 GS Adventure
Considered as one of the ‘big boys’, we have the BMW R1250 GS Adventure. With a futuristic look, bold, and sporty bodywork BMW have really created an impressive head turner. A tall seat height paired with great power and capacity ensures you’re ready to cover any terrain in comfort and style. With a decent sized 30 litre fuel tank you’ll have the perfect amount of endurance to really get the most out of it.
A BMW Shiftcam variable camshaft control system provides a new engine capacity of 1254cm which creates a smooth ride with a higher torque output. A mixture of BMW Motorrad ABS Pro and ASC ensure it’s a dynamic, controlled, and safe cruiser.
Similar in price the R1250 features a larger tank size compared to its heavy weight competitor, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R, but with less power and an air-cooled engine.
Moreover, the BMW R1250 features a similar engine capacity to the beastly Ducati, so is a pretty good, and significantly cheaper, match. Thus, if you haven’t got as high a budget for the £17k+ Ducati but want something similar in power and output then this is a great option to consider.
|Engine Size||1,254cc, 134 bhp, 143 Nm @ 6,250 U/min|
Honda CRF 1100L Africa Twin
Designed to push limits, an all-new lightweight main frame and CRF450R-style aluminium swingarm, the Honda CRF 1100L Africa Twin ensures agile handling and off-road control with a crisp response. A slimmer seat width and pretty average adventure bike seat height creates a comfortable riding position perfect for tearing through the trails.
Approaching the top of the category for power, the liquid-cooled 1,084cc engine, six customisable riding modes, IMU-controlled ABS and seven level HSTC – Honda Selectable Torque Control – make this a tough bike full of spec that’s intoxicating to ride.
|Engine Type||4-stroke, liquid-cooled|
|Engine Size||1,084cc, 100 bhp, 105 Nm|
Yamaha Ténéré 700
Yamaha are a brand known for keeping things simple and creating uncomplicated yet exciting bikes, so up next we have the Ténéré 700.
The distinctive and forceful look and features – compact instrument panel, switchable ABS, and slim, long fuel tank – really underline the bike’s rally-bred nature. A double-cradle, tubular steel frame, short wheelbase and slender body provides a minimalist style which is agile, lightweight, and comfortable enough to challenge off-road landscapes easily.
With the 4-valve liquid-cooled 689cc motor, you’ll feel the instant power from the Ténéré 700. Though not the biggest fuel tank on this list, coming in at 16L, with the Ténéré’s impressive fuel economy you should still be good to cover 350kms on a full tank. It’s a great option to consider if you’re looking for two-wheel transport that will cover huge distances comfortably and effortlessly.
|Engine Type||4-stroke, 4-valve, liquid-cooled|
|Engine Size||689cc, 72.4 bhp, 68 Nm @ 6,500 rpm|
Suzuki Vstrom 1050XT
Known for creating reliable modes of transport, which excel in all aspects, Suzuki are a big player in the two-wheeler manufacturing world. And they have not disappointed us with the Vstorm 1050XT.
A supportive, nimble, and lightweight chassis make this a comfortable and fun to ride adventurer that soaks up most scenarios, from long motorway journeys to serious off-roading. The adventurous spirit of this bike really spurs you on to not only discover it’s potentials but also test its boundaries.
Coming with an array of electronic rider aids, aluminium under cowling, adjustable seat and screen and spoked wheels make this a well-equipped bike ready for whatever the roads throws at you.
Cheapest in the larger capacity category, price does not reflect the power behind this bike. With a big ol’ liquid-cooled 1,037cc engine at the heart makes this a legendary machine full of character, acceleration, and energy.
|Engine Type||4-stroke, liquid-cooled|
|Engine Size||1,037cc, 106 hp, 100 Nm @ 6,000 rpm|
Triumph Tiger 850 Sport
Seeing as 2020 hasn’t gone exactly the way anyone planned, it seems Triumph are trying to claw it back and turn it around at the last minute with their latest release the Tiger 850 Sport.
Part of the best-loved motorcycle’s bloodline, enhanced ergonomics and an 85 PS engine power the Tiger 850 Sport and achieve a more off-road focused set up. The bold and classic design – sleek finishing, silver mechanics and red highlights– achieve a strong and contemporary look which will always be in season.
A 20L fuel tank allows you to cover plenty of miles before having to refill again. Switchable traction control, ABS, TFT colour display, Marzocchi suspension, Brembo Stylema calipers and two riding modes (road and rain) pump this bike is full of character. And with an 888cc, liquid cooled engine and 82Nm of torque you’ll really hear this tiger roar!
If you’re looking for a more powerful model, then this isn’t going to satisfy your needs. However, as this middle-sized option isn’t as big as some of the top dogs occupying the heavy weight category, but is NEW for 2021, it would be perfect for anyone looking for a relatively lightweight, easy to move mid-range option with top spec.
|Engine Size||888cc, 83 bhp, 82 Nm @ 6,500 rpm|
There's our current list of 10 adventure bikes to look out for in 2021. If you have any recommendations for the list, let us know in the comments below or on social media.