Top 10 Enduro Motorcycles of 2019

With autumn just around the corner and trackdays becoming less appealing, Visordown looks at the best bikes to go hitting the green lanes and trails this winter

5. Kawasaki KMX125 (used)

Don’t be fooled by the capacity of this one, in derestricted form and with a little tweaking you can squeeze over 25hp from this diminutive machine. Add to that 110 kerb weight relatively low seat height – for this genre anyway – of 860mm and you have a properly pokey learner legal (if it’s restricted) green lane bike.

With its spacious seat and 9.5l tank capacity, trips of nearly 100 miles are on the cards, meaning the diminutive Kwak would be an ideal choice for a short winter commute too.

Scruffy examples can be had for well under the £1000 mark, our advice is to spend a little more and get one with some service history and spares chucked in.

4. Beta Alp (new)

Like a cross between a competitive trial (not trail) bike and an enduro machine, the Beta Alp mixes extremely light and flickable handling with punchy but not overpowering 200cc four-stroke engine.

The Beta is less of a bike for riding between byways and more about sticking to them or riding a novice to intermediate section of a club trials event should the mood take you!

Featuring the lowest seat of any bike featured so far, the Beta is also the best bet for the shorter off-road inclined rider out there.

3. Husqvarna TE250i TPI (new)

Having just spent a day blatting around the byways of Northamptonshire on this very bike, I can completely vouch for just how capable a machine it is. Even the most deeply rutted and mud-strewn routes where passed without complaint from the mammoth 300mm (f and r) fully adjustable WP suspension.

It’s the motor in the Husky that’s the real revelation though. Shared with the KTM a little further up the page, the TE250i’s unit is super-smooth, with a wide spread of torque and power that takes all the guesswork out of completing a climb.

Honda CRF450L Review 2019

2. Honda CRF450L

Sharing many of the components of the CRF450R with the addition of road-legal tyres, lights, indicators and number plate holder this bike will appeal to riders who want ride to the woods and dirt roads, ride them and then ride home. 

Of key importance for the hobby trail rider's perspective is the engine’s reliability and the gap between service intervals. And this is where the CRF450L’s build quality and design really stands out; it will go 32,000km between major strip downs, with an air filter oil and oil filter change every 1000km.

1. Kawasaki KLX450R

Kawasaki’s KLX450R is a proper out and out competition enduro machine. With an uncompromising 41hp engine and DNA that is so closely linked to the world of motocross, it’s hard to tell the two models apart – the KLX is the true, do it all king of the trails.

At just 126kg ready to ride, the power-to-weight ratio of the machine is what makes it such a formidable weapon on the dirt, with the 935mm seat height being the only thing that might put off potential buyers. Definitely not a machine for the new off-road rider!

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