These big trail tools have come of age; they’re bitching fun and practical too. Here are 10 of the best big adventure bikes

BMW R1200GS (2004+)
The ubiquitous big GS. It’s everywhere from TV screens to a street corner near you thinks to massive sales success. And it really is that good. Its ace is handling – it’s capable of staying with sports bikes on twisty roads and it’s much less soft and baggy than most adventure bikes, part in thanks to innovative suspension. Adventure version is bigger, butcher and more expensive. Arguably better suited to overland trips but it’s heavier too. Prices are high and they’re not trouble free. Gearbox problems are not unheard off and the CAN bus wiring and immobiliser antenna ring may play up.
Updated for 2008.

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