Top 10 new-for-2019 Adventure bikes

Now the dust has settled from the winter’s bike shows, we take a look at the adventure bikes we can’t wait to ride in 2019


5: Moto Guzzi V85TT

Guzzi’s most appealing new bike in years, the V85TT is an intriguing prospect. Positioned firmly in the middleweight adventure bike class, rivalling bikes like the F850GS and Triumph Tiger 800, it’s unique in that company thanks to its air-cooled engine and shaft drive transmission. Those are key features that made BMW’s original R-series GS so popular, so they could be good for the Guzzi’s appeal, too. Its Dakar-inspired styling certainly helps, too, and indications are that the price, yet to be officially announced, will be attractively low as well.

4: Yamaha Tenere 700

The subject of a years-long publicity campaign that’s seen two generations of prototypes revealed before the final production model was unveiled, there wasn’t much left to surprise anyone about the Tenere 700’s spec or style. But that takes nothing away from the fact that this is a tempting-looking middleweight adventure bike package, using the engine from the MT-07 in a chassis with some real off-road capabilities. While many of the bikes on this list are more about the adventure bike look than really crossing the world’s more remote terrains, the Tenere 700 seems ready to put its money where its mouth is.

3: KTM 790 Adventure

Going head-to-head with the new Tenere and BMW’s F850 GS Adventure, the KTM 790 Adventure is another bike with some real off-road ability to back up its style. You’d expect nothing less from KTM, after all. Based heavily on the much-vaunted 790 Duke, it combines KTM’s LC8c parallel twin with the usual mix of WP suspension and a lightweight tubular steel frame, drawing on KTM’s enduro bike expertise. Starting at £11,099, it’s not cheap, though.

2: Triumph Scrambler 1200

If this list was the top 10 best-looking 2019 adventure bikes, the Brits would come out on top. Both Norton’s Atlas and Triumph’s new Scrambler 1200 hit a perfect mix of retro styling appeal and high-spec running gear modernity. Where the old air-cooled Scrambler was more style than substance, and the 900cc Street Scrambler is really a pure road-going machine, the Scrambler 1200 has real intentions to be capable away from the asphalt as well.

1: BMW R1250 GS/R1250 GS Adventure

Yeah, it’s the obvious choice, but could we really put anything else in the number one spot? After all, BMW’s R1200GS dominated the UK sales charts ever since its introduction, and its 1254cc successor is sure to do the same. Most of the bike is familiar, in both normal and ‘Adventure’ versions, but the engine is completely new, with more capacity and – significantly – BMW’s ShiftCam variable valve timing and lift system. Can anything topple BMW’s R-series GS from its sales top spot in 2019? With the new model on sale, we very much doubt it.

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