The Top 10 Adventure Motorcycles of 2021: Can the Tenere be toppled?

We've had a few new entries in the adventure motorcycle class recently... but can they unseat our erstwhile favourite, the Yamaha Tenere 700

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We love a good adventure motorcycle here in the UK and across Europe, with sales of off-roaders continuing to rise as manufacturers scramble to offer models that will catch your attention... and custom.

It’s certainly a competitive marketplace right now with a bevy of models pitching to offer the best combination of off-road abilities, comfort on the road and durability without breaking the bank.

It’s a sector that has seen a handful of fresh new entries looking to upset the order and challenge for top in class, a position we most recently bestowed upon the Yamaha Tenere 700, which despite its modest size punches above its weight with honest likeability at a bargain price. 


Whether you’re looking for the toughest rock crunchers, the best all-terrain cruiser or something for the weekend, we have the 10 BEST adventure motorcycles from 700cc up and skewed towards getting their tyres a little muddy more often than not.

We have included the recently launched Harley-Davidson Pan America - the storied American firm's first foray into the ADV sector - and KTM 1290 Super Adventure and new 890 Adventure, but are the newcomers good enough to slot in at the top? And what about the big-selling BMW R 1250 GS Adventure... with the new BMW R 1300 on its way, check out what it will need to beat...

Do you agree with our results? We love a good debate so drop a few words in the comments section and tell us what you think… the order may surprise you!