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20 Best Motorcycles for Dirt Roads You Can Buy Today

Michael Parrotte

Michael Parrotte

If you are a motorcycle enthusiast, you must have ridden a motorcycle that immediately inspired you from the minute you twisted the throttle. And whether you are going for a road trip or carving a single on an off-road track, the fact is, you will always get the best out of an adventure bike.

Manufacturers specially design most of these bikes to ensure you get the required quality, ground clearance, soft-suspension capabilities, and speed.

But, with so many amazing adventure motorcycles on the market today, how do you choose an option that suits you best?

Well, this was not an easy review to put together, but we got there. We will explore the best small, mid-size, and big adventure bikes we think are worth your attention.

Small Adventure Motorcycles

As you might have guessed, small-displacement motorcycles are relatively lighter and easier to operate. And for a majority of riders, they make adventures more fun.

Below are our favorite picks from the sub-500cc class.

20 Best Motorcycles for Dirt Roads You Can Buy Today

1. Kawasaki KLX230S 

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Specifications:

MSRP: $4,799 Engine: 233cc Air-Cooled Single-Cylinder Four-Stroke
Valvetrain: SOHC; 2 Valves Bore x Stroke: 67.0 x 66.0mm
Fuel System: DFI W/32mm Throttle Body Compression Ratio: 9.4:1
Frame: High-Tensile Steel Perimeter Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: 37mm Telescopic Fork Rear Suspension: New Uni-Trak with Adjustable Preload
Front Brake: 240mm (HNFNN)/265 (GNFNN) Petal Disc Rear Brake: 220mm Petal Disc
Tires – Front & Rear: 2.75-21/4.10-18 Rake/Trail: 27.5 Degrees/4.6 Inches
Wheelbase: 53.5 Inches Ground Clearance: 8.3 Inches
Seat Height: 32.7 Inches Wet Weight: 296 Pounds

With the KLX230S off-road and dual-sport motorcycle, Kawasaki expands its KLX portfolio for 2022. It comes in as an advanced version of the popular KLX230.

Of course, this isn’t the bike for all of us, but for short-inseam riders, new riders, or individuals who want to downsize or just ride in the dirt.

Some of the most notable changes include reduced suspension travel at both ends. Lowering the suspension makes it quite accessible, especially if you’re planning to use it as a dirt bike.

You also notice that the front fork is shorter, and works with shorter dual-stage springs and a firmer spring (than KLX®230 ABS and KLX®230 models) for the linkage-assisted shock.

The manufacturer shortened it by 2.4 inches to bring the seat down to 32.7 inches, the same height as the KTM 390 Duke.

Apart from that, the motor remains unchanged, but the ABS version of the S gets a larger front disc for dual-sport riding and a 2.0-gallon fuel tank.

2. Honda CRF300L 

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Specifications:

MSRP: $5,249 Engine: 286cc Liquid-Cooled Single-Cylinder Four-Stroke
Valve Train: DOHC; Four Valves Bore x Stroke: 76.0 x 63.0mm
Fuel System: EFI W/38mm Throttle Body Compression Ratio: 10.7:1
Frame: Steel Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: 43mm Inverted Showa Fork, Non-Adjustable; 10.2-Inch Travel Rear Suspension: Showa Shock, Spring Preload Adjustable; 10.2-Inch Travel
Front Brake: Nissin two-piston Caliper, 256mm Disc Rear Brake: Nissin One-Piston Caliper, 220mm Disc
Tires – Front & Rear: IRC Trail GP; 80/100-21 & 120/80-18 Rake/Trail: 27.5 Degrees/4.3 Inches
Wheelbase: 57.2 Inches Ground Clearance: 11.2 Inches
Seat Height: 34.7 Inches Wet Weight: 309 Pounds

The upgraded 2021 dual-purpose ready-for-anything Honda CRF300L does it all better. But what we like most about this machine is its sticker price and its suitability for beginners.

Now, a bigger displacement (an increase of 15 percent (36cc) to a new 286cc) with an engine’s peak power of 27 hp (20.1 kW) at 8,500 rpm and torque of 26.6 Nm (19.6 lb-ft) at 6,500 rpm should have just the right output if you’re getting the hang of riding and enough if you’ve more seat time to have fun. And remember, it starts right up, too, even in cold weather.

Other improvements include revised camshaft fitting and timing, a different slipper assist clutch, a shorter 1st to 5th gearbox ratio (6th gear is taller for better long-distance rides), an updated air filter, and a new exhaust system, which Honda claims is lighter and reduces sound.

Besides, the sharp new bodywork marks the 2021 upgrades with a slimmer 2.06-gallon fuel tank, a narrower forward seat, an improved riding position, and a new, clear, crisp white positive LCD screen display.

Honda CRF300L is 8.8 pounds lighter than the previous model.

3. KTM 390 Adventure

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Specifications:

MSRP: $6,119 Engine: 373cc Liquid-Cooled Single Cylinder
Valve Train: DOHC Bore x Stroke: 89.0 x 60.0mm
Fuel System: Bosch EFI, 46mm Throttle Body Compression Ratio: 12.6:1
Frame: Steel Trellis Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: WP Apex USD Fork, Adjustable; 6.7 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: WP Apex Monoshock, Spring Preload Adjustable; 7.0-Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Bybre Radial Four-Piston Caliper, 320mm Disc W/ABS Rear Brake: Byre Two-Piston Caliper, 230mm Disc W/ABS
Tires – Front & Rear: Continental TKC 70; 100/90-19 & 130/80-17 Rake/Trail: 26.5 Degrees
Wheelbase: 56.3 Inches Fuel Capacity: 3.8 Gallons
Seat Height: 33.7 Inches Wet Weight: 387 Pounds

Affordable, approachable, giving you everything without sacrificing an ounce of quality… the 2021 KTM 390 Adventure inspires you to go on off-road adventures. In actual fact, this is not your average entry-level ride.

Its state-of-the-art engine is incredibly powerful even after upgrading to BS-VI compliance. It’s paired with a 6-speed gearbox, a slipper clutch, and a standard quick shifter. According to the manufacturer, the motor makes 43.4 PS of maximum power and 37 Nm of peak torque.

In addition, the new 390 ADV features the WP APEX 43 suspension in the front wheel. The suspension feels firm, and its performance is beyond what you expect on a small adventure bike.

The rear WP APEX–Monoshock has more travel as well as adjustable preload and rebound to help you tackle those steep slopes. This provides a better and more precise damping, which results in improved handling and stability.

4. Honda CRF450RL 2021

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Specifications:

MSRP: $9,999 Engine: 449cc Liquid-Cooled Single-Cylinder Four Stroke
Valve Train: Unicam OHC; Four-Value Bore x Stroke: 96.0mm x 62.1mm
Engine Ignition: DC-CDI Compression Ratio: 12.0:1
Frame: Twin-Spar Aluminum Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain; 13T/51T
Front Suspension: 49mm Inverted Showa Telescopic Fork, Adjustable; 12-Inch Travel Rare Suspension: Pro-Link Fork, Spring Reload Adjustable; 18.8-Inch Travel
Front Brake: Two-Piston Caliper, 260mm Disc Rear Brake: One-Piston Caliper, 240mm Disc
Tires – Front & Rear: IRC GP; 80/100-21 & 120/80-18 Rake/Trail: 28.5 Degrees/4.8 Inches
Wheelbase: 58.9 Inches Ground Clearance: 12.6 Inches
Seat Height: 37.2 Inches Wet Weight: 291 Pounds

More experienced, or professional riders, like Ricky Carmichael, a man regarded as “The Goat” for his unrivaled success on two wheels, will find the Honda CRF450RL (previously referred to as the CRF450L) incredible because of its durability and refined thoughtful details.

That starts with a powerful (38.7 hp @ 7,600 rpm) and smoother low-end performance (27.8 lb-ft @ 6,600 rpm) engine. A closer ratio transmission and easier to modulate cable clutch allow you to stay within the ideal rpm range.

The bike also features a stiffer and lighter aluminum twin-spar frame, longer lower control arms in the front, and lower links in the rear. The slicker handguards keep your hands and levers in good shape.

A $400 price decrease (man what a buy at $9,990!) is always welcome as well.

5. KTM 500 EXC-F 

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Specifications:

MSRP: $11,399 Engine: 511cc Liquid-Cooled Single Cylinder
Valve Train: SOHC; 4 Valves Bore x Stroke: 95.0 x 72.0mm
Fuel System: EFI, 42mm Throttle Body Compression Ratio: 12.75:1
Frame: Chrome-Molybdenum Steel Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: 48mm WP USD Forks; 11.8 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: WP Xplor PDS Link-Less Shock Absorber; 12.2 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Disc Brake Rear Brake: Disc Brake
Tires – Front & Rear: 90/90-21 & 120/90-18 Rake/Trail: 26.5 Degrees/TBD
Wheelbase: 58.3 Inches Fuel Capacity: 2.34 Gallons
Seat Height: 37.8 Inches Wet Weight: 387 Pounds

This is possibly the best KTM dual-sport enduro dirt bike you can buy in America today. Perhaps it’s because of the large and upright seat. Or it’s the capacity to sit at three-digit speeds and not complain.

But the KTM 500 EXC-F’s 510cc fuel-injected SOHC motor takes a fair share of its glory. It is the most powerful and refined, according to the Austrian motorcycle maker. And riders who have experienced this power machine will agree with me that it constantly yearns to expand its legs.

KTM designed the bike for interstate travel and long days in the saddle. But it’s not always about catching every butterfly, counting every tree, and interpreting every cloud.

It’s more about getting to distant places in the shortest amount of time possible. And if that’s the case, you can bet the 2022 KTM 500 EXC-F’s Six Days is loaded with a ton of exceptional features, from a robust 6-speed transmission, a liquid cooling system, a 2.38-gallon gas tank to adjustable tapered handlebars.

6. Suzuki DR-Z400S

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Specifications:

MSRP: $7,599 Engine: 398cc Liquid-Cooled, Dry-Sump
Valvetrain: DOHC; 4 valves Bore x Stroke: 90.0 x 62.6 mm
Fuel System: 36mm Mikuni BSR Carburetor Compression Ratio: 11.3:1
Frame: Chromoly Backbone Design W/Bolt-on Aluminum Subframe Transmission/Final Drive: 5-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: 49mm Cartridge-Style Fork; 11.3 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Link- Assisted Adjustable Shock; 11.6 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: 250mm Disc W/Two-Piston Caliper Rear Brake: 220mm Disc W/One-Piston Caliper
Tires – Front & Rear: 80/100 x 21 & 120/90 x 18 Rake/Trail: 27.1 Degrees/4.2 Inches
Wheelbase: 58.5 Inches Fuel Capacity: 2.6 Gallons
Seat Height: 36.8 Inches Curb Weight: 317 Pounds

The DR-Z400S is a nimble handling and excellent dual sport with a wide range of features, which makes it a capable travel companion on your favorite off-road trail.

You will be awe-struck with its crisp handling from the adjustable suspension and the amount of torque generated from the 398cc liquid-cooled engine. Also, the SK-chassis is lightweight and narrow, making it quite easy to maneuver on different terrains.

But the best thing about the 2021 Suzuki DR-Z400S is that the manufacturer prioritized comfort and stability to make it the perfect choice for both on- and off-road riding. It now includes a pouch on the rear fender, an easy-to-read instrument cluster, and on-road legal lighting.

The PAIR system injects air into the exhaust, helping the motorcycle achieve emissions compliance without compromising on performance.

There are several other motorcycles in this class, from the 198.5cc Suzuki DR200S for $4,649, the 411cc Royal Enfield Himalayan for just $4,999, the 292cc Kawasaki KLX300 at $5,599, or the 250cc Yamaha WR250R starting at $6,699.

Mid-Size Adventure Motorcycles

These bikes are also a fantastic option, as they offer a compromise with less engine displacement than their 1,000cc (+) counterparts, which, at least for me, provide the benefits of compact design, opening up trail rides, and single-track.

We’ll highlight our best picks.

7. Kawasaki Versys 650 LT 2021

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Specifications:

MSRP: $9,299 Engine: 649cc Liquid-Cooled Two-Cylinder Four-Stroke
Valvetrain: DOHC; 4 valves Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 60.6 mm
Fuel System: DFI W/38mm Keihin Throttle Bodies (2) Compression Ratio: 10.8:1
Frame: Double Pipe Diamond Frame Made From High-Tensile Steel Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Sealed Chain
Front Suspension: 49mm Hydraulic Telescopic Fork, Rebound & Preload Adjustable; 5.9 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Single Shock, Preload Adjustable; 5.7 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Nissin two-piston Caliper W/ Dual 300mm Petal Disc W/ABS Rear Brake: Nissin One-Piston Caliper W/ One 250mm Petal Disc W/ABS
Tires – Front & Rear: 120/70 ZR-17 & 160/60 ZR-17 Rake/Trail: 25.0 Degrees/4.3 Inches
Wheelbase: 55.7 Inches Fuel Capacity: 5.5 Gallons
Seat Height: 33.1 Inches Curb Weight: 476.3 Pounds

The Kawasaki Versys 650 LT adventure bike is famous for its rider-friendly nature, incredible trail prowess, and dependability. These attributes make it a must-have for every daring rider.

At the heart of this power, the machine is an excellent parallel-twin engine with its 180-degree crank. The handguards will protect your hands from the overgrown brush that makes thin country roads even narrower.

The adjustable windscreen will deflect the hot summer wind, and the 41mm telescopic fork and offset shock will absorb any patchwork pavement. The same parallel-twin powerplant as seen in Kawasaki’s Ninja 650 and Z650 models power this amazing machine.

These features help create an adventure bike that is controllable, versatile, and financially accessible. It’s a comfortable ride!

8. Yamaha Ténéré 700

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Specifications:

MSRP: $9,999 Engine: 649cc Liquid-Cooled Four-Stroke Twin-Cylinder
Valvetrain: DOHC; 8 valves Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 60.6 mm
Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection With a 48mm Throttle Body Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Frame: Lightweight, High-Strength Double-Cradle Steel Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: 43mm Kayaba USD Fork, Adjustable; 8.3 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Kayaba Shock, Preload and Rebound Adjustable; 7.9 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Dual 282mm Hydraulic Disc W/ABS Rear Brake: 245mm Hydraulic Disc W/ABS
Tires – Front & Rear: 90/90R21 & 150/70R18 Rake/Trail: 27.0 Degrees/4.1 Inches
Wheelbase: 62.8 Inches Fuel Capacity: 4.6 Gallons
Seat Height: 34.4 Inches Wet Weight: 452 Pounds

The Yamaha Ténéré 700 is a no compromise midsize adventure ride. It was first introduced to the European market in 2020 and now makes its US debut as a 2021 model.

The 2021 Ténéré 700 adventure touring motorcycle uses the legendary MT-07 engine, the 689cc CP2 parallel twin (dubbed the CP2), which produces roughly 73 horsepower.

It broadens the 50 pound-feet of torque for dirt emphasis with a Ténéré-specific airbox, altered EFI mapping, and a new muffler.

Even with the stock exhaust can, the 270-degree crank has a sweet sound that soothes your soul. But there is no touchscreen, traction control, inertial measurement unit sensor, rider modes, or any of that advanced technology that you fear will fail on you out riding in the wilds. Although the absence of such features is a sticking point for some.

Its best feature may be the price ($9,999). Combining that with its general accessibility and on- and off-road adaptability, the 2021 Yamaha Ténéré 700 appeals even to seasoned riders.

9. Suzuki V-Strom 650XT Adventure

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Specifications:

MSRP: $10,499 Engine: 645cc Liquid-Cooled Four-Stroke, DOHC, 90° V-Twin
Ignition Electronic Spark Plugs – NGK MR8E-9 Bore x Stroke: 81.0 x 62.6 mm
Fuel System: Fuel Injection, SDTV Equipped Compression Ratio: 11.2:1
Frame: Lightweight, High-Strength Double-Cradle Steel Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: Telescopic Coil Spring Rear Suspension: Link Type Single Shock, Coil Spring
Front Brake: Tokico two-piston Twin Disc W/ABS Rear Brake: Nissin One-Piston Disc W/ABS
Tires – Front & Rear: 110/80R19 & 150/70R17 Rake/Trail: 27.0 Degrees/4.1 Inches
Wheelbase: 61.4 Inches Fuel Capacity: 5.3 Gallons
Seat Height: 32.9 Inches Curb Weight: 476 Pounds

Famous for value, versatility, and reliability, Suzuki’s V-Strom 650 models continue to fascinate thousands of riders who use their bikes for commuting or touring.

The first thing you will notice about the 2022 V-Strom 650XT Adventure is that it looks the same as the iconic Suzuki DR-BIG with tubeless-spoke wheels to ensure you get the best adventure function.

Its pearl vigor blue and metallic matte sword silver paint (with graphics) blend in perfectly with the spoke-style wheels and the blue-anodized rims.

The exceptional 650XT also integrates other incredible features that make it a logical and fun machine to ride. Among them is the powerful 90˚ V-twin engine, which is not only capable of delivering stellar performance but also great in fuel economy.

Other new versions’ accomplishments include a trim chassis and low weight.

10. BMW F 850 GS Adventure

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Specifications:

MSRP: $14,445 Engine: Liquid-Cooled DOHC Parallel Twin
Displacement: 853cc Bore x Stroke: 84.0 x 77.0 mm
Final Drive: Chain Compression Ratio: 12.7:1
Frame: Bridge-Type Steel Transmission: 6-Speed
Front Suspension: 43mm Inverted Fork; 9.1 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Preload and Rebound Adjustable; 8.5 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Two-Piston Caliper Floating Disc W/ABS Rear Brake: One-Piston Caliper Floating Disc W/ABS
Tires – Front & Rear: 90/90-21 &
150/70-17
Rake/Trail: 26.0 Degrees/4.9 Inches
Wheelbase: 62.7 Inches Fuel Capacity: 6.1 Gallons
Seat Height: 34.4 Inches Wet Weight: 538 Pounds

BMW designed the F 850 GS Adventure for long journeys and difficult terrain: it’s clear that this machine belongs in the world.

With improved standard equipment, such as the BMW Motorrad Connected and TFT display, as well as the comfort seat, USB charge port, adjustable windshield, and ABS Pro and DTC, the 2022 F 850 GS Adventure is even better prepared for long tours around the world.

This dual-sport motorcycle is ready to tackle any terrain you throw at it. The standard engine protection bar and engine bar will add strength without limiting your riding freedom.

According to the manufacturer, the powerplant makes 90 hp of maximum power at 8,000 RPM and 63 lb-ft of peak torque at 6,250 rpm.

If you’re going on a longer trip, simply use the aluminum case and top case to expand your storage space.

11. KTM 890 Adventure R

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Specifications:

MSRP: $14,199 Engine: 889cc Liquid-Cooled Parallel-Twin (Adapted From the 890 Duke R)
Valve Train: DOHC; Eight Valves Bore x Stroke: 90.7 x 68.8mm
Fuel System: DKK Dell’Orto Fuel-Injection Throttle Body 46mm Compression Ratio: 13.5:1
Frame: Chromoly Tubular Steel Transmission: 6-Speed Sequential Gearbox
Front Suspension: WP 48mm Inverted Fork, Adjustable; 10.6 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: WP Monoshock, Adjustable; 10.6 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Four-Piston Caliper, Dual 320mm Disc W/ABS Rear Brake: Two-Piston Caliper, floating; 260mm Disc
Tires, Front & Rear: Continental TKC 80; 90/90-21 & 150/70-18I Rake/Trail: 26.3 Degrees/26.2 Inches
Wheelbase: 60.2 Inches Ground Clearance: 10.4 Inches
Seat Height: 34.6 Inches Wet Weight: 463 pounds

The most popular mid-range KTM adventure bike lies right in the middle, with the 890 Adventure R.

Even the manufacturer admits the 890 is an impressive ADV dirt bike. Gone are the marketing messages about world travel comfort we see in their previous versions. Here, the machine’s label is, “The Most Travel-Capable Off-Road Bike” and uses “new engine platforms with more horsepower and torque,” according to KTM.

And, sure, apart from a 90cc increase in displacement from 799c to the 889c, added bore and stroke, along with extra compression and 20 percent more mass at the crank, aid in producing a peak of 105 hp at 8,000 rpm and 73.7 pound-feet of torque at 6,500 RPM.

Just under 10bhp more power and just under 10 pound-feet bump in torque compared to the 790 Adventure R. Still, it meets stricter emissions standards.

But the all-new machine isn’t just the 790 with a better engine. Weight saving refinements (like a lighter subframe and a new aluminum instead of steel steering stem), cleated platform footpegs, a one-piece rally-style seat, and the 40% on-road and 60% off-road rated tubeless spoked wheels make the long list of changes.

12. Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro

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Specifications:

MSRP: $17,100 Engine: Liquid-Cooled, 12-Valve, DOHC, In-Line 3-Cylinder
Displacement: 888cc Bore x Stroke: 78.0 x 61.9 mm
Final Drive: O-Ring Chain Compression Ratio: 11.27:1
Frame: Tubular Steel Transmission 6-Speed
Front Suspension: 45mm Showa Forks, Adjustable; 9.44 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Showa Rear Unit, Adjustable; 9.05 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Twin 320mm Floating Disc, Four-Piston Monobloc Calipers W/ABS Rear Brake: Single 255mm Disc, Single-Piston Sliding Caliper W/ABS
Tires – Front & Rear: 90/90-21 & 150/70R17 Rake/Trail: 24.4 Degrees/5.74 Inches
Wheelbase: 61.06 Inches Fuel Capacity: 5.28 Gallons
Seat Height: 34.25 Inches Dry Weight: 443 Pounds

If you are looking for an off-roader, a tourer, and sporty enough to be fun in the twisties, then the Tiger 900 Rally Pro might just be your ideal option. It goes head-to-head with bikes like the KTM 890 Adventure R and BMW F 850 GS.

The Rally Pro boasts of exciting features that guarantee not only comfort while riding but also superior performance. Among some of its top features is the all-new 900cc triple engine capable of delivering a maximum of 93.9 hp at 8750 RPM.

Another amazing thing about this bike is that it uses Showa 45mm USD with 240mm front wheel travel and mono-shock with 230mm rear-wheel travel. This configuration gets manual pre-load, rebound, and compression adjustment.

What’s more, it has six riding modes, optimized cornering ABS, and traction control.

Big Adventure Motorcycles

There remain an extensive selection of big, high-displacement, technologically sophisticated motorcycles, and the options in this range continue to grow. They are the SUVs of the two-wheeled world and range from desert trekkers to urban warriors.

These are our best choice of bigger bikes of 1,000cc or more.

13. Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES

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Specifications:

MSRP: $17,199 Engine: 1084cc Liquid-Cooled Four-Stroke 22.5º Parallel-Twin
Valve Train: SOHC; Four Valves Bore x Stroke: 92.0 x 81.5 mm
Induction: PGM-FI Electronic Fuel Injection Compression Ratio: 10.1:1
Frame: Steel Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed Manual/525 Chain
Front Suspension: 43mm Inverted Telescopic Fork; 9.1 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Pro-Link System W/One Single; 9.4 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: 310mm Two Four-Piston Hydraulic Caliper Disc W/ABS Rear Brake: 256mm Single One-Piston Hydraulic Caliper Disc W/ABS
Tires – Front & Rear: 90/90R21 &
150/70R18
Rake/Trail: 27.0 Degrees/4.4 Inches
Wheelbase: 62.0 Inches Fuel Capacity: 6.5 Gallons
Seat Height: 34.3 Inches Curb Weight: 530 Pounds

For the 2021 model year, the Africa Twin received the new generation Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports ES with a higher engine displacement, now 1,084cc.

The new parallel twin is still not a horsepower monster when compared to the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special (Honda claims a 6% boost of horsepower), but the torque has increased significantly. The bike feels much livelier and quicker.

The Unicam churns out around 101 horsepower at the crank and has a rear-wheel torque of around 77 pound-feet, according to Honda. That torque is distributed across a large peak that begins at 3,000 RPM and extends to just 6,250 rpm at top speed.

The engineers mated the powerplant to a 6-speed transmission available in DCT or manual with a 525-chain drive.

It’s also loaded with a ton of other features such as two-user and four-factory ride modes, lean-sensitive ABS, throttle by wire, 12-volt and USB accessory outlets, paddle shifters, heated grips, and cruise control.

Others include a 6.5″ TFT display (shows the power), engine braking, and traction control settings along with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth Connectivity, and Showa Electronic Suspension.

14. Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Tour

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Specifications:

MSRP: $17,294 Engine: 1037cc 90-Degree V-Twin
Valvetrain: DOHC; 4 valves Bore x Stroke: 100.0 x 66.0 mm
Fuel System: EFI W/49mm Throttle Body Compression Ratio: 11.5:1
Frame: Steel Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: 43mm KYB Fork, Adjustable; 6.3 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Linkage-Assisted Preload & Rebound Adjustable Shock; 6.3 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: 310mm Disc W/Radially Mounted Four-Piston Tokico Calipers Rear Brake: Disc W/Two-Piston Nissin Caliper
Tires – Front & Rear: 110/80 x 19 & 150/70 x 17 Rake/Trail: 25.3 Degrees/4.3 Inches
Wheelbase: 61.2 Inches Fuel Capacity: 5.3 Gallons
Seat Height: 33.5 Inches Curb Weight: 545 Pounds

Like the other Suzuki models in the V-Strom 1050 class, the 2021 Suzuki V-Strom 1050XT Tour boasts an impressive V-twin engine capable of producing up to 74 pound-feet of torque and 106 horsepower.

Other incredible features include a myriad of practical riding aids such as selectable power modes, IMU governed ABS, low RPM assist, traction control, an Easy Start System, and cruise control.

However, the unique thing about the 1050XT Tour is the wide range of adventure-focused accessories incorporated into the bike. Some of these include an adjustable windshield, a mounting bar, a center stand, USB charging ports, and 9.8-gallon aluminum panniers.

The big V-Strom 1050XT Tour also comes in several color options. But that will depend on the country you’re in. For those in Canada, it’s being sold with a different name: the 2021 V-Strom 1050XA Adventure.

15. Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 ES Adventure

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Specifications:

MSRP: $16,299 Engine: 1199cc Liquid-Cooled Incline Two-Cylinder
Valvetrain: DOHC; 8 valves Bore x Stroke: 98.0 x 79.5 mm
Fuel System: Fuel Injection With YCC-T Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Frame: Robust Steel Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Shaft
Front Suspension: 43mm Inverted Fork, Electronically Adjustable; 7.5 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Monoshock; Electronically Adjustable Preload & Rebound Damping; 7.5 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Dual 310mm Hydraulic Disc W/ABS Rear Brake: 282mm Single Disc W/ABS
Tires – Front & Rear: 110/80R19 & 150/70R17 Rake: 28.0 Degrees
Wheelbase: 60.6 Inches Fuel Capacity: 6.1 Gallons
Seat Height: 34.3 Inches Wet Weight: 584 Pounds

The forward-inclined parallel engine produces exceptional, smooth-running power and torque for unmatched muscular acceleration over the rpm range. With the Super Ténéré ES, sophistication is the name of the game.

Top features include electronic suspension, wide-ratio six-speed transmission, advanced fuel injection, traction control, and assured braking.

And does the idea of being able to modify your suspension without ever getting off your bike seem appealing? Well, Yamaha’s 2021 Super Tenere 1200 ES Adventure ensures it is the least of your concern.

It allows riders to change the preload and damping settings at the touch of a button. When you add heated grips and a cruise control system to the mix, you have a machine that truly deserves to be named the Ultimate Transcontinental Adventurer.

16. Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special

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Specifications:

MSRP: $19,999 Engine: Liquid-Cooled, 60-Degree V-Twin; 4 Valves/Cyl.
Displacement: 1,252cc Bore x Stroke: 105.0 x 72.0 mm
Fuel System: Electronic Sequential Port Fuel Injection (ESPFI) Compression Ratio: 13.0:1
Frame: Stressed-Member Alloy Steel Trellis; Forged Aluminum Mid Structure Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: 47mm Inverted Fork, Electronically Adjustable; 7.5 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Piggyback Monoshock, Preload, and Rebound Electronically Adjustable; 7.5 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Radially Mounted, Monoblock, Four-Piston Caliper Rear Brake: Floating, One-Piston  Caliper
Tires – Front & Rear: 120/70R19 & 170/60R17 Rake/Trail: 25.0 Degrees/4.13Inches
Wheelbase: 62.2 Inches Fuel Capacity: 5.6 Gallons
Seat Height: 32.1 Inches Wet Weight: 559 Pounds

The latest Pan America 1250 Special is everything you would ever need in an adventure motorcycle.

Typically, it’s ideal for enthusiasts who require top-of-the-line comfort and performance. The ride is also the best option for riders who see touring as detouring (on-road and off), and those looking for power, tech, and capability—that can be used every day with comfort and control.

This incredible powertrain comes in premium features: the all-new Revolution Max 1250 V-twin motor, Bluetooth connectivity, six-axis IMU, upright riding position, tall, a passenger seat, frame-mounted fairing, and mid-mount foot controls.

According to Harley-Davidson, the Revolution Max engine makes roughly 150 horsepower and plenty of torque (94 lb-ft) to take you almost anywhere. One word to describe it: Wow!

But the Harley-Davidson Pan America 1250 Special’s design is probably the unique and most notable feature. The engineers crafted it to match the iconic spirit of the American off-road vehicles.

17. BMW R 1250 GS Adventure

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Specifications:

MSRP: $20,195 Engine: Liquid-/Air-Cooled DOHC Flat Twin
Displacement: 1,254cc Bore x Stroke: 102.5 x 76.0 mm
Fuel System: Electronic Intake Pipe Injection Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Frame: Two-Section Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Shaft
Front Suspension: 37mm Inverted Fork; 8.3 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Preload and Rebound Adjustable; 8.7 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Double Disc W/ABS. Floating Discs. 4-Piston Calipers Rear Brake: Single Disc W/ABS. Floating Disc. 2-Piston Calipers
Tires – Front & Rear: 120/70R19 & 170/60R17 Rake/Trail: 25.5 Degrees/3.9 Inches
Wheelbase: 60.0 Inches Fuel Capacity: 7.9 Gallons
Seat Height: 35.0 Inches Wet Weight: 591 Pounds

When we talk about touring, you will never miss a spot for the amazing R 1250 GS Adventure. According to the manufacturer, it’s the queen of the touring enduro. It provides you with everything you would ever need to explore almost any remote place.

BMW designed the bike to conquer impassable, the most remote destinations, in routes with the most adverse conditions.

The comfortable ergonomics and seating position offers an outstanding vision to help you control the motorcycle easily. And the seat heating system ensures that you and your passenger enjoy every tour even more.

The powerful boxer engine with a ShiftCam also helps you move around with ease. Other incredible features are the driver assistance systems, advanced riding modes to a USB socket, and LED lighting technology.

18. KTM 1290 Super Adventure R 2022

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Specifications: 

MSRP: TBA Engine: Liquid-Cooled, DOHC, LC8 V-Twin
Displacement: 1,301cc Bore x Stroke: 108.0 x 71.6 mm
Fuel System: Electronic Fuel Injection W/52mm Throttle Body Compression Ratio: 13.1:1
Frame: Chromium-Molybdenum-Steel Trellis Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: 48mm WP Xplor Inverted Fork, Adjustable; 8.7 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: WP Xplor PDS Monoshock, Adjustable; 8.7 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: 320mm Dual Disc, Four-Piston radial-mount Brembo Calipers W/ABS Rear Brake: 287 Disc, Two-Piston Brembo Caliper W/ABS
Tires – Front & Rear: 90/90-21 & 150/70-18 Rake/Trail: 25.3 Degrees/4.4 Inches
Wheelbase: 62.1 Inches Fuel Capacity: 6.1 Gallons
Seat Height: 34.6 Inches Wet Weight: 551 Pounds

 Wait, the title says 2022, not 2021? Well, that is because while the other parts of the world got the new 1290 Super Adventure R in March as a 2021 model, North America will not see it until later in the fall as a 2022 model.

The beastly 2022 KTM 1290 Super Adventure R runs on a 75° V-twin engine that now meets Euro 5 emissions standards. It has a reworked exhaust system and improved heat dissipation.

Despite Euro 5 compliance, the LC8 still produces a peak of 160 hp at 9,000 rpm (the same as the 2020 model), but the torque drops to 101.8 from 103.2 pound-feet. Different ride modes help release/tame the potential of the powerplant both on- and off-road.

Its chassis delivers the required on-road connection to the Bridgestone A41 tires, even though it’s a tall bike. And the cornering ABS is excellent and the stopping power is strong.

The 6.1-gallon gas tank should provide a decent range (around 200 miles).

19. Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE

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Specifications:

MSRP: $15,400 Engine: Liquid-Cooled, SOHC, Parallel Twin, Four Valves/Cyl.
Displacement: 1,200cc Bore x Stroke: 97.6 x 80.0 mm
Fuel System: Multipoint Sequential Electronic Fuel Injection Compression Ratio: 11.0:1
Frame: Tubular Mild Steel, Aluminum Double Cable Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: 47mm Showa Inverted Fork, Adjustable; 9.1 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Coilover Twin Öhlins Shocks, Compression, Preload and Rebound Adjustable; 9.1 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: Brembo M50 Four-Piston Calipers, Dual 320mm Disc W/ABS Rear Brake: Two-Piston Floating Caliper, 255mm Disc W/ABS
Tires – Front & Rear: 90/90-21 &150/70-17 Rake/Trail: 26.9 Degrees/5.1 Inches
Wheelbase: 61.8 Inches Fuel Capacity: 4.2 Gallons
Seat Height: 34.2 Inches Wet Weight: 507 Pounds

Whether you’re tackling the everyday commute or once-in-a-lifetime adventure, the Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE is the ultimate scrambler. It comes with outstanding performance, all-road prowess, as well as class-defining aesthetics.

For 2022, the Scrambler 1200 XE hosts Euro 5 related tweaks that, according to the manufacturer, leave the maximum (90 hp @ 7,250 rpm) and torque (81.1 lb.-ft. @ 4,500 rpm) unchanged.

The updates also result in lower emissions and an addition of 13 pounds because of the revised exhaust system that now distributes the heat better.

Triumph designed this power machine with modern connectivity features, a myriad of electronics, innovative traction, rider modes, ABS systems, and a lifted suspension.

Although the Scrambler 1200 XE might sound like your regular ADV bike, its top-of-the-range specs make it stand out from the rest.

20. Ducati Multistrada V4

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Specifications:

MSRP: $19,995 Engine: V4 Granturismo, V4 90° Twin, Liquid Cooled
Valvetrain: DOHC; 16 valves Bore x Stroke: 83.0 x 53.5 mm
Fuel System: Fuel Injection With a 46mm Throttle Body Compression Ratio: 14.0:1
Frame: Aluminum Monocoque Transmission/Final Drive: 6-Speed/Chain
Front Suspension: 50mm USD Fork, Adjustable; 6.7 Inches of Travel Rear Suspension: Marzocchi Monoshock, Adjustable; 7.1 Inches of Travel
Front Brake: 330mm Disc W/ Cornering ABS, Radial-Mount Four-Piston Caliper Rear Brake: 265mm Disc W/ Cornering ABS, Two-Piston Caliper
Tires – Front & Rear: 120/70-19 & 170/60-17 Rake/Trail: 24.5 Degrees/4.0 Inches
Wheelbase: 61.7 Inches Fuel Capacity: 5.8 Gallons
Seat Height: 33.1-33.9 Inches Curb Weight: 529 Pounds

Did you know that the Ducati Multistrada V4 is the world’s first bike with front and rear radar tech?

As the fourth Multistrada generation, the V4 is everything you would ever need in an off-road bike. Unlike the previous versions, it is sportier and designed for more touring, urban action, and off-road riding.

It’s also quite light, compact, and integrates the new 170 HP V4 Granturismo engine to provide you with an exceptional riding experience- both on and off-road. The ride makes use of a 5-inch TFT display.

And thanks to the innovative rider assistance radar, the Multistrada V4 provides you with a navigation system that ensures you are always ready for long journeys.

Apart from that, when the asphalt ends, you can continue with your fun thanks to the high ground clearance, perfect ergonomics for stand-up riding, the electronic suspension, and fantastic fluid power delivery.

There is no doubt that you will always rule the roads with the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4. It’s an incredible option for off-road riding.

Wrapping Up

Whether you are looking for a small-displacement motorcycle or a larger one, the fact is, you will enjoy the full benefits of these 19 options. The manufacturers designed them with the latest technology to ensure that you get the best out of your riding experience. Besides, some of them come with a price decrease, which adds to your savings.

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About the author:  Michael Parrotte was the Vice President of AGV Helmets America, and a consultant for KBC Helmets, Vemar Helmets, Suomy Helmets, Marushin Helmets, KYT Helmets, Sparx Helmets. In addition, he is the founder and owner of AGV Sports Group.

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