Top 10 Used Adventure Motorcycles

These big trail tools are bitching fun and practical too. Visordown lists the best used big capacity adventure style motorcycles

Posted: 15 April 2010
by Visordown

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Buying an adventure bike

Off road use
Despite these bikes’ weight, some owners do take them off road both here and overseas, especially BMWs. It shouldn’t do any major harm but check for dings and bearings damaged from too much jet washing.

A few bikes actually have been on huge trips and may be loaded with the specialist kit – and scars – to prove it.

Buying Tips

Unlike other market sectors, the right extras can add value. Quality luggage is the most desirable but decent, functional parts from good suppliers do to, especially on BMWs. Be aware of factory options on BMWs.

Private sales
Can be a good option as these machines tend to get thrashed, crashed and nicked less than sports bikes. A warranty can be handy on BMWs which have a few issues that can be costly.

High miles
They can handle it. Engines should be fine, check suspension and chassis bushes.

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I seriously question the choices here. The BMW's are there due to Charlie and Ewan doing their thing and they are good bikes, the KTM to me is a better bike. If the title of this article was Used adventure bikes, wtf was the TDM, the Buell and the Ducati doing there? Mere nods to off road capability and the Cagiva not much better.

Where was the Africa Twin, The Guzzi Quota, the Transalp the Tenere and Super Tenere? What about the lads who went rtw on small capacity aircooled singles (without the back up ewan and charlie had?) Mondo Enduro and Terra Circa?

Posted: 16/04/2010 at 19:54

KTM, Ducati, Cagiva, TDM, BUELL???

Like said before no mention of the Tenere or the Africa Twin.

Who ever compiled this didn't have a clue -  It's total bollocks!!!

Posted: 17/04/2010 at 20:15

And Trimph Tigers - not the latest streetbike but the original traily. You can even split the models RD03, RD04, RD07 and I am sure XTZ750's had more than one model, DR750 anyone?

Posted: 17/04/2010 at 21:24

Who is/are MCIA? Never heard of 'em.

Posted: 19/04/2010 at 18:14

I think more credit is due for the Honda Varadero. Its quality, reliabilty, comfort,value and all round bomb proof and is underestimated in most reviews.
This category of bike is not a beauty paegant, so forget the looks. Agreed, its not the greatest on the loose stuff, but there's a whole lot of adventure out there without that.
Rock on Honda, you did well, but most of them just did'nt get it.

Posted: 13/11/2011 at 11:49

If your talking top used in terms of actual sales and use world wide both military and civilian, sorry I know its not near the cc's but the KLR 650 blows all of these out of the water. All nice bikes though!

Posted: 19/12/2011 at 04:08

What about the Honda Transalp? Are they any good as Adventure bikes?

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 12:08

No Transalp and no Africa Twin? Even if you dont like these bikes they are classics and standard machines for bike travel.

Posted: 03/01/2013 at 20:49

The only 'adventure' in some of the bikes in this list is the trip back from the dealer. Real adventure bikes are either; a. any bike you happen to be riding, b. small modified DR400's or the like, or c. a Honda C90 Postie variant. These are big bore dual sport bikes (DS - odd day off roading, not actual distance mileage) or motorbiking mutton dressed as thrill seeking lamb.

Posted: 22/03/2013 at 09:07

A while back I took a 2008 KLR 650 to South America, for a 2 year, 42.000 mile motorcycle trip. If anyone cares to read my in-depth, long-term review of the KLR, it can be found at . (As well as a book of the journey for iPad)

Even after such an experience, I find myself wondering what would be the ideal ride for my next trip, this time to Asia and Australia. Pluses always seem to come with minuses. What I do know is that I've had enough of a KLR for a lifetime! ;)

Posted: 27/08/2013 at 22:33

Well I was surprised at the blinkered (politely saying uninformed) look at the bikes mentioned in the article. My question was did he actually ride any? I've had a 2000 BMW R850GS an 2000 Africa Twin and a 94 Transalp (600cc)side by side for 3 years...done long trips two up with camping gear on all three. The AT comes out top no question for long trips. For ease of maintenance both Hondas are top. I sold my Transalp and regretted it within a few weeks...easiest most forgiving bike bike of the lot and if you are only one up I'd plum for the Transalp...its lighter...more than enough power with one person and gear...its lighter to lift up if you're unfortunate...its a smooth twin...old Honda spares...easy to modify and you can fix it without computers and dealers special tools. I'm selling my BMW at the moment and just looking at a twin front disc Transalp to replace it. I miss its ease of use around town. Well hope that helps.

Posted: 31/08/2013 at 18:59

Ha ha ha ha

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