All of the top lists about the best adventure tourers usually feature only 1 Liter models, and, honestly, we are also guilty of creating such a rating. However, the overwhelming majority of our viewers have spoken and demanded a video about much more affordable middle weight tourers, that retain absolute dominance on the highways, while at the same time don’t ride like fat cows off-road.
So today, our major focus is on the so called “travel endure” bikes with 500 to 800 cc displacement, we will talk about their major specifications, latest upgrades and of course prices!
Other bike-related content that appeared previously on #AutomotiveTerritory:
Some of the best supermoto bikes you can own today: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sJN4qi_qeU
Upcoming superbikes you’ll see in dealerships in 2020: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FcRE9LLp6bY
All of the models shown in this #ATmotorcycles episode:
BMW F 750 GS and F850 GS: bmwmotorcycles.com/en/models/adventure/f750gs.html
The current lineup of travel enduros from BMW is truly gorgeous and complete, with affordable models like G310 GS and class leading tourers like R 1250 GS Adventure. Right in the middle, are positioned today’s showpieces: the on-road biased F750 GS and fully capable off-roader F850.
Triumph Tiger 800: triumphmotorcycles.com/motorcycles/adventure/tiger-800
Triumph claims that the bloodline of the Tiger starts all the way back in 1936 from the first gold medals at the International Six Days Trial, but the story of this particular model began in 2010, with the latest redesign as recently as 2018.
Yamaha Tenere 700: yamahamotorsports.com/adventure-touring/models/tenere-700
The production version of the Ténéré 700 World Raid concept was unveiled back in 2018, going on sale in Europe in September 2019. Now, 2021 Yamaha Tenere 700 has finally been announced to arrive to the US shores in the middle of 2020, with all US-bound units being built at company’s factory in Japan.
Benelli TRK 502: www.presskit.benelli.com/presskit/trk502_eng.html
Those looking of a decent adventure tourer that is on the more affordable side of the price spectrum should definitely consider the Benelli TRK 502 that is developed by one of the oldest Italian motorcycle manufacturers, that currently belongs to the brand umbrella of the Chinese Qianjiang Group.
Kawasaki Versys 650: kawasaki.com/products/2020-Versys-650-ABS?cm_re=MPP-_-PRODUCTTRIMLIST-_-VEHICLEDETAILS
On the market since 2015, the Kawasaki Versys 650 dual-purpose bike continues to carry over from year to year without major updates, offering two new color options in 2020. In addition, you can opt for the Versys 650 LT, which comes standard with a set of color-matched waterproof saddlebags and handguards, tipping the scales at 496 lbs.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 Lineup: suzukicycles.com/Product%20Lines/Cycles/Products/V-Strom%20650/2020/DL650A.aspx
Already in its third generation, the fan-favorite V-Strom 650 continues into the 2020 model year, in three modifications: base, XT, and XT Adventure, which comes to replace the last year’s Touring model.
KTM 790 Adventure: ktm.com/en/travel/790-adventure
Trying to make the 790 Adventure one of the most capable bikes in its niche, the KTM used a durable lightweight steel frame with a high-quality WP suspension and protected it with large crash bars and skid plate.
MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800: mvagusta.com/en/turismo-veloce-800
While the manufacturer classifies MV Agusta Turismo Veloce 800 as a sports tourer with heavy highway bias and even even hints at its capabilities in the name, which translated from Italian Fast Touring, I should argue that the long suspension travel and a tall stance definitely make it rather capable adventurer.
Honda CB500X: honda.co.uk/motorcycles/range/adventure/cb500x/overview.html
In 2019, the Japanese giant revises the Honda CB500X adventure bike, reintroducing as a more off-road capable model with a longer travel suspension, revised electronics, and a new 19-inch front wheel.
Moto Guzzi V85TT: discoverv85.motoguzzi.com/en/
2019 Moto Guzzi V85TT is inspired by the legendary rally raids of 1980s, aiming to become the first classic enduro bike, dedicated to tourism.
SWM Superdual T & X: swm-motorcycles.it/models/superdual
Located in Italian Lombardia, SWM Motorcycles has been building off-road focused bikes for trial, endurance, and motocross racing since 1970. Currently, the company offers two adventure models, X and T, both of which are sold under the Superdual nameplate.