Top 10 cheapest adventure motorcycles of 2024

Think you need bags of cash for a do-it-all ADV that can do both the muddy stuff and road riding? These 10 bikes prove otherwise

Royal Enfield Himalayan - riding

It's not hard to see why adventure bikes are so popular.

They do it all: If you want a machine that can tour, take a pillion, has a classy, high spec, enough performance to satisfy most and even go off-road, no machine does it better. No wonder they’re often referred to as ‘two-wheeled Range Rovers’…

But there’s a downside to all that, too. A Range Rover, after all, is anything but cheap and the same is true of its two-wheeled counterpart. The new BMW R1300 GS starts at almost £15990 and, when you start ticking BMW’s famous options list, that can quickly rise to nearly £20k. Triumph’s Tiger 1200 often costs over £15k, too, while, if you go for Ducati’s Multistrada V4 S, you’ll need well over £20,000 after some configurator fiddling. 

Granted, these are pinnacle machines showcasing the latest in tech but if your budget doesn’t stretch so far it doesn’t mean you won’t be getting a quality motorcycle that will tick most - if not all - of your own boxes.

The good news is the market is so vast that there are loads of budget-orientated, usually lower capacity, options available, as well – some from as little as just over £4k. So what’s out there and which are the best? Here’s our current pick of the budget adventure bikes on the UK market, in price ascending order…

1. Sinnis Terrain T380


PriceEngineBHPTorqueWeightSeat H'tFuel
£4,495380cc36.5bhp26lb ft @ 6500rpm200kg820mm18 L

Sinnis has been steadily gaining traction in the UK as one of the many British-conceived, Chinese-built value-for-money options available at the cheaper end of the market, with this, the Sinnis Terrain T380, standing out by being one of the few capable of crossing the muddy plains

Breaking the mould when it had the audacity to come up with its first ‘Terrain’ model in 125 guise, Sinnis followed it up with a more capable, more powerful 380cc version. 

Powered by an eight-valve, liquid-cooled, SOHC, parallel twin, the new Terrain 380 produces a respectable 36.5bhp at the crank, which is well within the A2 licence categorisation yet also has modern looks, LED lights that remind of the R1250GS, crash protection, full-size proportions, a slick LCD dash and yet costs just under £4,500. 

Between this and the Royal Enfield, is there a whole new line of proper budget ADVs just waiting in the wings from some of the more established manufacturers

Visordown Review | Sinnis Terrain T380 [2021]

2. Zontes ZT350-T


PriceEngineBHPTorqueWeightSeat H'tFuel
£4,799348cc29bhp33Nm @ 7500rpm196kg830mm19 L

One of the longer-serving Chinese manufacturers to have set up shop in the UK, Zontes is also now one of the biggest with a broad range of low-to-mid capacity offerings across the segments.

When it comes to ADV choices, we have a mouthful of the Zontes ZT350-T, a fairly no-nonsense all-terrain motorcycle that does precisely what it says on the well-priced tin.

While the styling is a touch 'cut-copy' from various other Chinese-built offerings, prick your attention up at the £4,799 price tag, which gets you 19-inch wheels, TFT dashboard, LED headlights, keyless ignition and even a modicum of off-roading ability.

Under the skin is a 348cc engine pumping out a modest 29bhp, which huffs and puffs pulling along the hefty ZT350-T... what you see is what you get, but that's not necessarily a bad thing in this price bracket.

3. Voge 500 DSX


PriceEngineBHPTorqueWeightSeat H'tFuel
£5,499471cc34.5bhp33lb ft @ 700rpm206kg830mm16.5 L

When it comes to getting more motorcycle for your money, there are few models on the market right now with a more impressive dimension-to-price ratio than the Voge 500 DSX.

Targeted at the Honda CB500X - and borrowing a few design traits along the way... - the 500 DSX swoops in at £1,200 less than its esteemed Japanese rival.

Despite its value-for-money brief, the 500 DSX does a good job of hiding its bargain price tag. It won't stir your soul but if you're on a budget and you need to get those boots muddy once in a while, then it might just do the trick.

4. Royal Enfield Himalayan

PriceEngineBHPTorqueWeightSeat H'tFuel
£5,750452cc40bhp29lb ft @ 4250rpm199kg825mm15 L

The Royal Enfield Himalayan was getting pretty long in the tooth until about November 2023, when it was totally overhauled.

At the heart of the 2024 Himalayan revolution lies a new Sherpa engine. Displacing 452cc, the new motor produces 40bhp - a healthy increase over the previous generation’s 18bhp 411cc engine - as well as 29lb ft of torque. 

Aside from the obvious step in performance compared to its predecessor, the new Himalayan also excels in terms of ergonomics and comfort, with a well-designed rider triangle and a seat that actually keeps feeling in your backside. It even now has a TFT display.

Capable not only on the trail itself, but also travelling there and back, the new Himalayan offers a good all-round package, and for a pretty agreeable £5,750 in its base spec. 

5. BMW G 310 GS


PriceEngineBHPTorqueWeightSeat H'tFuel
£5,890313cc34bhp21lb ft @ 7500rpm170kg835mm11.5 L

​In a bid to attract newcomers into the BMW fold, the German marque began introducing its new, Indian-built (via a tie-up with giant TVS, who now also own Norton) G310, small capacity, A2-compliant, single cylinder family in 2016. 

The smartly-styled G310R roadster came first with the adventure-styled GS variant the following year – and it does a decent enough job, too. The novel, reverse-cylinder, single produces a reasonable, easy 33.5bhp. It’s light, low and manageable, all good for novices. 

It undoubtedly looks the part, sharing design cues from its R1250GS big brother and, considering the badge, it’s good value, as well. On the slight downside, the ride is a little on the soft side, its spec is a little basic and its build quality isn’t quite as high as the firm’s Berlin-built big bikes. 

As an entry into BMW ownership, with all the quality dealer experience and brand kudos that goes with it, you can’t get any better. 

Now in its second generation, the G 310 GS is priced at £5,890, making it a good value entry into BMW ownership, but not the best value for a sub 350cc motorcycle

6. Benelli TRK 502 X


PriceEngineBHPTorqueWeightSeat H'tFuel
£5,999499cc47bhp33lb ft @ 5000rpm219kg800mm20 L

Another machine created with Chinese cash but remains drenched in Italian heritage, the Benelli TRK 502 offers a full-size adventure riding experience (albeit without the 100bhp+ performance) for commuter bike money. 

Introduced in 2017, the TRK 502 comes in two guises – standard and better-equipped, more off-road orientated ‘X’ trim, with wire wheels, more crash protection etc, for £300 more. But neither is lacking. 

Both are powered by a modern, 47bhp, A2-compliant parallel twin not dissimilar to Honda’s CB500X, if a little harsher in delivery. The chassis is full-sized, the bodywork reminds of Ducati’s Multistrada, the handling and braking are both decent and if the clocks and some detailing are a little basic and crude that’s all forgiven due to its bargain basement price. 

As a decent performing middleweight that does it all we doubt there’s anything that is better value. It’s no coincidence this recently became the best-selling motorcycle in Italy...

7. KTM 390 Adventure


PriceEngineBHPTorqueWeightSeat H'tFuel
£6,299373cc43bhp27lb ft @ 7000rpm161kg855mm14.5 L

Austrian off-road specialists KTM has built its reputation on world-beating adventure bikes, particularly with larger capacity, genuinely dirt-capable machinery... big or small.

Distilling all of its off-roading know-how into a genuinely very capable and versatile package, the single-cylinder KTM 390 Adventure an acclaimed mud-slinger thanks to its punchy 44bhp and hard-wearing suspension from KTM's suspension partners, WP. 

Though it leans more towards the Touring end of the segment than the larger rough and ready 890 Adventure, it’ll still handle a gentle green lane, has more dynamic road performance and manners than most in this category and plenty of quality touches, too. 

It's a touch more expensive than other models in this engine bracket, but if your weekends are spent getting a little bit filthy, nothing will go as far for less than £6,500.

Visordown Review | KTM 390 Adventure [2021]

8. CFMoto 700MT

PriceEngineBHPTorqueWeightSeat H'tFuel
£6,699700cc66bhp44lb ft @ 7000rpm218kg840mm18 L

The CFMoto 650MT transitioned into the 700MT in 2023, making use of the same twin-cylinder engine as the Chinese brand’s 700CL range. That means 66bhp and 44lb ft of torque, and all wrapped up in what amounts to more or less the same tubular steel frame as used on the 650MT.

Like its predecessor, the 650, the 700MT is not an earth-shattering entry in the adventure touring market, but at £6,699 it makes for good value - it is more than £2,000 cheaper than a Yamaha Tracer 7.

Certainly, this edges more towards the ‘tourer’ side of the ‘adventure touring’ class, but it is not entirely devoid of off-road capabilities, even if its road-biassed Pirelli tyres are fitted on two 17-inch wheels.

9. Honda NX500

PriceEngineBHPTorqueWeightSeat H'tFuel
£6,799471cc47bhp32lb ft @ 6500rpm199kg830mm17.5 L

We’re big fans of Honda’s rather anomalous ‘500’ range of models, of which there are now five following the recent addition of the CL500 scrambler, but for us the best of the quintet was the Honda CB500X soft-roading compact tourer. The ‘was’ is important there, because the CB500X is now replaced by the Honda NX500.

The NX500 is, essentially, what the CB500X was, but with new styling and a new name. 

Priced at £6,799, the Honda NX500 features Showa forks, full LED lighting, a 19-inch front wheel for light ventures off-road, and the old LCD of the CB500X is now replaced by the same TFT dash you get on an XL750 Transalp.

On the road, the 199kg NX500 feels light and nimble, and while the 47bhp from its 471cc twin-cylinder is indeed underpowered compared with a Tracer 7 or Tiger Sport 660, for example, its modest output keeps it A2-compatible.

Visordown Review | Honda CB500X [2022]

10. Moto Morini X-Cape 650


PriceEngineBHPTorqueWeightSeat H'tFuel
£6,999649cc59bhp56Nm @ 7000rpm227kg820mm18 L

Similar to the V-Strom 650 by pitching both to the Sports Tourer and ADV classes, the Moto Morini X-Cape 650 may not present itself as an obvious choice here but with a price tag of just £6,999, it represents an excellent value option.

Under the skin, the X-Cape 650 impresses with the inclusion Marzocchi front forks, Brembo brakes, Bosch ABS and Pirelli tyres, while a seven-inch TFT dashboard, LED headlights, adjustable windscreen and USB chargers belie that competitive price further.

While Moto Morini might consider the X-Cape 650 to have the Yamaha Tenere 700 in its sights, in reality it is better suited to asphalt, being comfortable and composed for long distance riding, even if the 649cc engine needs to be worked hard to get the most from its 59bhp.

Throw in decent fit and finish and the Moto Morini X-Cape 650 is worth the consideration.