These bikes will make the adventure market skyrocket as they will appeal to less-skilled off-road riders, women and shorter people who are currently disenfranchised by most tall, heavy and powerful adventure bikes.
So what’s the best adventure bike?
The bad news is the answer is not easy, but the good news is there is a bike available that will fit your exact needs.
However, you should first seriously examine your off-road skills and your needs before walking into a dealer and thumping down the hard-earned simply because Charley rode one or you’ve always wanted that brand.
Interestingly, BMW admits that about 90% of R 1200 GS owners never put knobby tyres on the bike and never even venture on to a dirt road, except for roadworks.
Many of the bigger-capacity adventure bikes that come from Europe are really designed for riders to tackle cobblestone streets, rather than off-road conditions.
In fact, when London recently established a quick-response anti-terrorism group, they mounted them on BMW F 800 GS bikes to plough through the gridlock, over kerbs and down cobbled streets!
Adventure bikes are a mixture of road and off-road with varying degrees of ability in each situation.
If you want to go hard-core dirt riding, get a ute and an enduro bike.
But that’s not adventure riding. The essence of adventure riding is that you can tour to interesting places on the road less travelled.
Adventure bike riding was created for riders who didn’t want the hassle of servicing their bike every few hours and transporting it on a ute.
Adventurers want to be able to walk out to their garage, hop on a bike and ride hundreds of kilometres on a highway in comfort and style, then hit the forestry roads and outback tracks before turning around and riding back down the highway, or maybe camping out overnight thanks to the generous luggage capacity of the bike.