Adventure Bikes have become hugely popular in the UK, with many of the top-selling motorcycles now coming from this category. The ability to handle any rugged terrain you can throw at them is a nice feature but where these motorcycles really shine is in how effective they are on the road.
Adventure Motorcycles offer a high level of comfort, with many of these models coming fully loaded with luxury extras like heated grips and cruise control. Their ability to perform in the changeable British weather makes them superb commuters and tourers, so it’s no surprise they’ve become such a popular choice.
In this blog, we’ll be looking at 10 of the very best Adventure Bikes on sale in 2022!
10. BMW R1250GS Adventure
off-road or just have a lot of fun at the weekends and it can do it all extremely well. The engine is a whopping 1,254cc Boxer with 136 hp and some clever Shift Cam technology that results in smooth power delivery across the range. With these stats, the relatively large 268-kilo weight shifts rapidly without a problem and the enormous 30 litre fuel tank can take care of even the longest journeys.
The GS comes with a wide array of premium features including ride modes, Automatic Stability Control, hill-start control and electronically adjustable suspension to name a few. There is also a full colour 6.5" TFT dash to help navigate it all. An optional TE edition pushes things even further with cruise control, heated grips, dynamic traction control and everything else you can think of.
The base R1250 GS starts at £15,500 so it isn't exactly a budget motorcycle, but you do get a lot of bang for your buck. If you want something a little smaller, BMW also do the F850 GS Adventure for around £11,000.
|Engine||1,254cc, 136 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: Dual disc brake, floating brake discs, diameter 305 mm, 4-piston radial calipers
Rear: Single disc brake, diameter 276 mm, double-piston floating caliper
9. Harley Davidson Pan America 1250
It may be a little different to the rest of their range, but Harley has still managed to infuse their own unmistakable style into the Pan America, there isn't anything that looks quite like this in the adventure bike category.
As you may expect from Harley, there is a huge V-twin engine at its heart with 150 bhp and an impressive 94lb.ft of torque. That means this motorcycle can compete with the best in the category when it comes to performance and 5 additional ride modes ensure it handles both on and off-road riding very well.
As usual, we get a host of tech features here with ride-by-wire, cornering ABS and traction control, as well as a large full colour dash with Bluetooth connectivity and some interesting optional extras. One of those options is a pretty revolutionary Adaptive Ride Height system (ARH). In short, it can adjust the ride height of the bike in response to certain riding conditions, including automatically lowering at standstill. This could be a good way of making these typically huge motorcycles a bit more accessible to shorter riders.
The standard Pan America starts at £15,595 with the special edition that features the ARH as standard (as well as electronically adjustable suspension and a bunch of other bonus features) coming in at £17,295.
|Engine||1,252cc, 150 hp|
|Brakes||Front: Dual rotor, floating, tower-mounted, radially mounted, Monoblock, 4-piston caliper
Rear: Solid uniform expansion rotor, floating, single-piston caliper
|Suspension||Front: 47mm inverted fork
Rear: Linkage-mounted monoshock
8. Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin
The Africa Twin name is one of the most well-known and respected in the category. Initially gaining fame with a series of Dakar rally wins in the late 80s, Honda has released several generations over the years with the latest arriving in 2020 as the CRF1100L Africa Twin.
The latest 2022 CRF1100L shows a clear homage to its past with its rally-style visuals, it is unmistakeably an Africa Twin but now with all the modern features, we have come to expect from the class leaders. The engine is a 1,100cc V-twin with 100 hp maximum output and 105Nm torque peaking at 6250rpm. It doesn't have quite the firepower of the GS, but it is substantially lighter at 226kg and a couple of grand cheaper too with the 2022 model starting at £13,049.
The new Africa Twin comes with a bunch of fancy tech including 7-level traction control, cornering ABS, cruise control and a 6.5" touch screen TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity. It performs excellently both on and off the road with great touring capability. The relatively lightweight, combined with a low seat option, could help make this a bit more manageable than some of its bulkier counterparts too.
|Engine||1,110cc, 100 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 310mm dual wave floating hydraulic disc
Rear: 256mm wave hydraulic disc
|Suspension||Front: Showa 45mm cartridge-type inverted telescopic fork
7. KTM 1290 Super Adventure R
When it comes to performance, the KTM 1290 Super Adventure R is one of the most impressive on the list. Powered by their proven LC8 V-twin engine, this beast puts out 160 hp with 138Nm of torque. Those are some formidable numbers, especially with its comparatively light (for the class) 220-kilo dry weight.
Despite the impressive performance stats, it still somehow meets Euro 5 standards and offers improved fuel economy to boot. The 23-litre fuel tank ensures the bike excels while touring on the tarmac as well as the dirt.
When it comes to tech spec, KTM has included a host of luxury features including a 7" TFT with Bluetooth connectivity, multiple ride modes, traction control, stability control, a slipper clutch and plenty more.
The starting price of the 1290 Super Adventure R is £16,649 so it is one of the more expensive models, but it looks fantastic and has class-leading performance. If you like the KTM style but are looking for something a little more accessible, an 890cc version is available for £12,499 as well.
|Engine||1,301cc, 160 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 320mm disc
Rear: 267mm disc
|Suspension||Front: WP XPLOR-USD, Ø 48 mm
Rear: WP XPLOR PDS shock absorber
6. Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT
The Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT offers competitive performance for a smaller budget and marks itself out as one of the best value options on the list.
The engine is a Euro 5 compliant 1037cc V-twin with 106 hp and 74ftlb peak torque. On paper, it won't quite keep up with the top contenders but there is still plenty of power on offer here and a top-notch electronics package to go with it.
The V-Strom 1050 XT comes with cruise control, traction control, multiple ride modes, ride-by-wire throttle, slip and assist clutch and more. Starting at £11,899 it's quite a bit cheaper than many of the similarly-sized adventure bikes with this kind of tech on offer. Definitely, one to consider!
|Engine||1,037cc, 106 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front and rear disc|
|Suspension||Front: Inverted telescopic,
Rear: Link type
5. Triumph Tiger 1200 GT Pro
Triumph's freshly updated 2022 Tiger 1200 GT is aiming to topple BMW's GS as the premiere Adventure Motorcycle in the UK, and it just might do it. The new Tiger offers top-of-the-range performance as well as a suite of high-quality components and features.
There are three different options on offer, but they all share the same chassis setup and the same 1,160cc DOHC, inline 3-cylinder engine with its impressive 148 bhp and 130Nm of torque. The base model starts at £14,600 and already comes with a premium package of traction control, semi-active suspension, cornering ABS and a TFT dash with Bluetooth connectivity.
If you want to push things even further, the Tiger 1200 GT Pro comes in at £16,700 and adds an additional 2 ride modes, cruise control, quickshifter, heated grips and more. Finally, there is the touring-focused option, the Tiger 1200 GT Explorer which comes with all the features of the Pro while increasing the fuel tank from 20-litres up to 30 at the cost of £18,100.
Triumph seemingly wants to cover every area possible with all these options and if you want to start out with something a little bit easier to manage, the new Tiger 660 Sport has you covered as a road-focused middleweight option.
|Engine||1,160cc, 148 bhp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: Brembo M4.30 Stylema monoblock radial calipers
Rear: Brembo single piston caliper
|Suspension||Front: Showa 49mm, semi-active damping USD forks
Rear: Showa semi-active damping monoshock
4. Aprilia Tuareg 660
Most of the Adventure Bikes we've looked at so far have been the largest and most powerful available, although many of them do have smaller options, I thought I would include a few more accessible models, starting with this retro-styled offering from Aprilia.
The Tuareg first appeared back in the 80s and the 2022 model definitely gives a nod of the head to its retro rally styling. The 2022 Tuareg comes with the same 660cc parallel-twin engine featured in the recent Tuono and RS660. This time retuned for more low-end torque to help with off-road performance, it is capable of a healthy 80 hp and 70Nm at 6,500rpm and Aprilia says that 70% of peak torque is available from as low down as 3000rpm.
As with most Adventure Motorcycles, it really shines on the road and despite being a smaller machine compared to the others on the list, it still has an impressive array of high-tech features. Switchable traction control and ABS, customisable ride modes, and even cruise control, along with a 5" TFT dash are all included as well as an optional quickshifter.
The Tuareg comes in at £10,600 and offers a more accessible premium middleweight package.
If you like what you see and want to know more about the Aprilia Tuareg 660, check out our Aprilia Tuareg 660 – 7 things to know article.
|Engine||660cc, 80 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 300 mm diameter floating double disc
Rear: 260 mm diameter disc
|Suspension||Front: Fully adjustable Ø43 mm upside-down Kayaba fork
3. Yamaha Ténéré 700
Yamaha has gone in the opposite direction from most of the manufacturers when it comes to their Adventure Bike. Where the others are fully loaded with gadgets and as large as possible, the Ténéré is a stripped-down middleweight that keeps things simple.
Another great-looking motorcycle in the rally-style, the Ténéré has no real rider aids to speak of, which may be a plus to those who aren't a fan of that kind of thing. What it does have is the tried and tested MT-07 parallel-twin engine with its 72 hp and 68Nm. Just because it's low on rider aids, doesn't mean it lacks in quality components however, there are Brembo brakes, Kayaba forks and a Sachs rear shock. The Ténéré has been well designed and well-built with the demands of the adventure class in mind.
The main thing on offer here is accessibility; this middleweight is the lightest bike on the list at 204 kilos with a full tank and its stripped-back nature results in a very appealing £9,900 price tag.
New for 2022 Yamaha is now offering the Ténéré 700 World Raid as well, which takes the base motorcycle and adds in switchable ABS, a 5" colour TFT dash with mobile connectivity and a huge 23 litre fuel tank (the same size as the much larger KTM 1290 to put things in perspective). The World Raid goes up to £11,800 in exchange for the additional features, which is still a competitive price for a pretty unique middleweight motorcycle.
|Engine||689cc, 72 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: Hydraulic dual disc, Ø 282 mm
Rear: Hydraulic single disc, Ø 245mm
|Suspension||Front: Upside-down telescopic fork
2. Moto Guzzi V85 TT
With the V85 TT, Moto Guzzi has done what they do best and produced an Adventure Bike that drips with vintage Italian style. There is nothing else in the category quite like this.
The focus here is definitely more on its road touring capabilities, which is where the Guzzi excels but realistically, most people who buy an adventure bike in the UK are doing it for their amazing road riding performance anyway.
The traditional Moto Guzzi bulging engine is present in middleweight 853cc V-twin format, producing 76 hp and 82Nm torque peaking low at 5000rpm. The huge 23 litre fuel tank further improves its touring credentials and Guzzi reckon the bike should cover around 250 miles on a single tank.
The V85 TT is a great option for shorter riders too as the standard seat height comes in at 830mm with an additional 10mm adjustment possible in either direction. There is also the option for it to come restricted for A2 riders which make for another very accessible and trendy option.
The base model starts from £11,200 but there are a host of optional extras that can be added like heated grips and Piaggio MIA multimedia connectivity to bump things up a bit. Piaggio is offering a £750 discount when you trade in your old motorcycle currently too which could make for a sweet deal for some.
|Engine||853cc, 76hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: Double stainless steel floating disk Ø 320 mm
Rear: Stainless steel disk Ø 260 mm
|Suspension||Front: Upside-down hydraulic telescopic fork
Rear: Swingarm Twin-sided with lateral mono-shock absorber
1. Ducati Multistrada V4 S
Our final entry isn't just a great adventure bike, it might just be the ultimate motorcycle full stop. The freshly updated 2022 Ducati Multistrada V4 S is a technological marvel.
The name Multistrada literally means 'many roads' and Ducati have taken that seriously, somehow producing a motorcycle that can perform at the highest level in any environment you can think of.
The key to Ducati's success here is the new 170 hp V4 Granturismo engine which offers greater torque through the low to mid ranges and despite offering more horsepower, is actually smaller in size than the outgoing model. The more compact engine allows for an optimal centre of gravity, which combined with revised ergonomics and a new lightweight frame, improves performance in every area. This bike is fast enough for the track, smooth enough for comfortable touring and can off-road with the best of them.
The Multistrada V4 comes in 3 versions but all of them share the same core engine, frame and electronics, including traction control, cornering ABS and ride modes. It is also the first motorcycle to utilise radar-assisted cruise control and blind-spot detection. The V4 S adds a quickshifter, semi-active suspension and a larger TFT dash and finally, the Sport comes with a unique livery, carbon detailing and an Akrapovic exhaust. A plethora of accessories are available for all three.
Obviously, this motorcycle is one for those with serious budgets only, costing upwards of £20,000 depending on the spec you go for. What you get in return is one of the most advanced motorcycles ever produced, excelling in every situation.
|Engine||1,158cc, 170 hp, liquid-cooled|
|Brakes||Front: 320mm semi-floating disc
Rear: 265mm disc
|Suspension||Front: USD fork
So there you have it!
That is our rundown on our Top 10 Adventure bikes for 2022, what do you think? - Let us know in the comments.
If you prefer something a little smaller and A2 compliant check out our Top 10 A2 Adventure Bikes article!
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