Top five big adventure bikes for off-road

The not-so-soft-roaders

THE adventure bike class has developed so rapidly that it's really two classes now, one for road-biased machines and one for the more genuinely off-road capable.

It could even be four, if your start separating 160hp sporty ones like Ducati's Multistrada 1200 and softer touring-focused machines like Kawasaki's Versys 1000.

But we haven't got forever, so we're sticking with two. To that end, having last week brought your our top 10 road-going adventure bikes, here, in no particular order, are our five favourites for off-road.

1. Honda Africa  Twin

This bike had some big boots to fill when it was launched in late 2015, sharing its name as it does with the XRV750 Africa Twin, renowned for having some genuine off-road ability.

And fill them it did. The CRF1000L Africa Twin remains possibly the most natural-feeling off-roader of the big adventure bike class, the one that feels most like an actual off-road bike. The DCT version makes it probably the best prospect for off-road novices too (which, admit it, most adventure bike owners are).  

Read our full review of the Honda Africa Twin.

Price: from £10,849

Engine: 998cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin

Power: 94hp @ 7,500rpm

Torque: 72lbft @ 6,000rpm

Kerb weight: 232kg (non-DCT model)





Come mon, if the Tiger 800 can meet the cut, why not the F800GS? Im sure people will agree its far better off road.

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