These big trail tools are bitching fun and practical too. Visordown lists the best used big capacity adventure style motorcycles
Buying an adventure bike
Off road useDespite 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.OverlandersA few bikes actually have been on huge trips and may be loaded with the specialist kit – and scars – to prove it.
ExtrasUnlike 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 salesCan 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 milesThey 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
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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.
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