Adventure motorcycle, a model that gradually enters the soul of motorcycle enthusiasts

Adventure motorcycle, a model that gradually enters the soul of motorcycle enthusiasts
This kind of motorcycle is gradually becoming popular, and that is the Adventure Motorcycle (ADV) because they are very suitable for motorcycle tours and going further afield. About what kind of motorcycle to ride, what kind of motorcycle to buy, and what kind of motorcycle is suitable, most people rarely pay attention to these details. In fact, there are still many uses for adventure motorcycles. ADVs mean that we don’t have to stay on the track and brush laps. For example, when motorcycle enthusiasts go out for leisure riding in groups, adventure motorcycles are very suitable. Let’s see the history and story behind Adventure Motorcycles.

The first person to travel around the world on a motorcycle was Carl Stearns Clancy, back in the early 20th century.

Above is Carl Stearns Clancy with his "adventure motorcycle". His ride is a 934cc Henderson motorcycle with only 7 horsepower, which is far from the ideal adventure motorcycle. In fact, in the First World War before that, there were at least 80,000 motorcycles in the United States, which were transported across the Atlantic to the Western Front in Europe, and were widely used in Europe.

During World War II, motorcycles were required to traverse various complex terrains. The hardtail Harley pictured above was used as an "adventure motorcycle" to travel through Asia, Europe and North Africa. Motorcycles in the war were not very comfortable, but after that, motorcycles quickly developed into a convenient, fast and fun means of transportation over time. Most of the time, the motorcycles are used for commuting in small areas, running on paved roads, and they no longer need to traverse entire continents.

The characters in the picture are familiar to everyone. This is a still from the film "Motorcycle Diary" about Che Guevara traveling around South America. It turns out that riding a motorcycle to explore the world is an ideal way. Throughout the 20th century, many people just did it.

In 1952, Ernesto Guevara rode a worn-out Norton motorcycle and traveled throughout South America. This 9-month journey also changed his fate, and he later became a revolutionary. 20 years later, Ted Simon embarks on his motorcycle journey around the world.

This is Ted Simon with his Triumph Tiger 100. He drove this 500cc Triumph Tiger 100 for more than 4 years, went to 45 countries and traveled more than 125,000 kilometers. Later the "Jupiter's Travels" he wrote is recognized as the best book on motorcycle tours, and the story in the book encourages explorers around the world.

Encouraged by Ted Simon's story, in 1985, a drug salesman named Emilio Scotto quit his job, straddled his Honda Gold Wing, and embarked on a tour of his hometown of South America. After he finished his journey on one continent, he went to the next continent.

Above is Emilio Scotto with his "Black Princess" Honda Gold Wing in Egypt. In ten years, he traveled to 279 countries and traveled a total of 800,000 kilometers. This amazing achievement was documented in his book "The Longest Ride" and earned Emilio a Guinness World Record.

However, every reader might find the problem until now. These stories all have one thing in common. They did not ride an "adventure motorcycle" to travel. A big reason is that this kind of motorcycle did not exist at the time, and the manufacturers did not make a motorcycle suitable for long-distance travel. The owners can only make some simple modifications by themselves in order to travel. Until 1980, the first adventure motorcycle in the world was finally born, and that is R80 GS of BMW.

Inspired by rally motocross bikes, this motorcycle is designed to tackle long-distance tours and adapt to paved surfaces and complex terrain. While the bike was unremarkable at the time, the GS created a whole new motorcycle segment—the adventure motorcycle. In the 1980s and 1990s, the idea of long-distance riding and off-roading across the continent was not very popular. Only a few people, influenced by the book "Jupiter's Travels", began to try motorcycles for long-distance travel.

One of the travelers, Chris Scott, even wrote an adventure motorcycle handbook to guide those riders, which was published in 1997.

Until 2004, the fuse of the adventure motorcycle boom was ignited. British actors Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boorman produced and starred in "Long Way Round," a film about cycling around the world that brought adventure motorcycles to the screen.

Audiences are exposed for the first time to those never-before-seen motorcycle tours. "Long Way Round" not only shows people's expectations for world motorcycle travel, but also shows the excellent performance of adventure motorcycles. The whole world saw Ewan and Charlie ride the BMW R1150 GS through Mongolian mud, wading across Siberia, and leisurely traversing American roads.

This is also the most successful advertisement of BMW, because if you want to go on a motorcycle tour, the BMW GS must be the first motorcycle that comes to your mind. After "Long Way Round" aired, BMW GS models became very popular, and the idea of off-road riding spread widely. Sales of BMW GS models have been increasing year after year. In 2007, the R1200 GS, the largest displacement model in the GS lineup, became the best-selling model of BMW. With the great success of BMW GS, KTM, Yamaha, Triumph, and Honda have successively launched many excellent middleweight and heavyweight adventure models.

Not only has the adventure motorcycle enabled a new market and riding culture, the adventurous spirit it represents is no longer limited to a specific model. While the BMW R1200 GS, KTM 1190 Adventure and Honda Africa Twin will make the journey more comfortable, there are also people who have taken off around the world riding Harleys and even Ducati Panigales.

The story goes all the way back to 2012, when a software salesman, Dennis Matson, riding his Ducati Panigale on his round-the-world trip. So, what people need is not a real adventure motorcycle, but a real adventure spirit. After knowing the history of adventure motorcycles, let's see some popular ADVs below.


The fans of KTM believe that this orange storm should watch the world and suppress Ducati's limelight. But the fans of sports bike are always in a challenging attitude, aggressive, waiting for an opportunity to compete with those who deny the Ducati is the top superbike in the world. The results are in: the KTM is on a par with the Ducati, with minimal differences.

Just look at their unique personalities: Multistrada is a sport bike with an little abnormal styling, and KTM 1190 ADVENTURE is by no means an ADV motorcycle in the traditional sense with street bike elements. In terms of power-wise, the KTM is extremely expressive and affordable, starting at $16,499.

"It's the best value. Such an all-around motorcycle costs thousands of dollars, less than a BMW and less than a Ducati. That's probably what you can get for around $17,000. The best all-road motorcycle." The above is the evaluation of the 1190 ADVENTURE of the American motorcycle media.


Many people say that it only takes twenty seconds and you can know the performance of Multistrada. Jumping out of the chunky seat, turning the Testastretta 11° DS V-crank, all these parts sang a mechanical song: enabling the first gear to climb over the first wave of gravel. After all these experiences, you know there's still 1,500 miles to ride: Ducati is fast, precise, sharp, and indomitable.

Motorcyclists are fed up with the congestion of the city, the flat roads riding straight, and only the more challenging twisty roads can satisfy their tastes. Ducati has several key features of the ADV. The heavy saddlebag has a lot of storage space, and the well-designed, adjustable windshield provides you with a good experience, a spacious stretch for the legs, and the riding position is also comfortable at all times (in addition to providing a hard seat before processing). It all gives you an experience as if you are one with the Multi. This isn't quite the best-performing long-distance bike, but the Multi exhibits enough character that we can ignore its shortcomings in this regard.


This water-cooled R1200GS is fully armed and unrivaled. It's not cheap, but that's not just value for the spec sheet's underwhelming numbers. The  tested GS, with all the high-end gear (including advanced trip computer, tire pressure monitor, advanced riding modes, TC, and more), starts at $19,020. There are also options for spoked wheels ($500) and GPS ($799). The Vario saddlebag plus lock cylinder costs $1,080. You can attach a saddlebag to the GS just like the Multistrada, if only need the wheels but not GPS.

What makes us so obsessed? Because the GS has the most comfortable seat, the most flexible riding position, and the most complete weather protection (effectively avoiding airflow interference). This big guy has 111 horsepower while it's net weight 582 lbs, far exceeding our expectations. Speeding down the downtown boulevard, the GS is like an 8-inch lancet, slicing through the bright boulevard with lightning speed and still maintaining a steady physique. Choose GS, and do whatever you want; no matter what you do, it is the right choice to have him with you.


Created by stylist Miguel Galluzzi, the shell is reminiscent of the RSV4's tough, classic styling. It qualifies for the ADV ranks just from its looks. As the motorcycle looks like, ADD (Apulia Dynamic Traction Control) guarantees a flat and boundless ride, and the V-twin engine next to the dial makes acceleration easy and handy.

Aprilia's dynamic suspension does not adjust the preload springs. The rear seat height has four levels, which can be adjusted manually or automatically to a preset mode, which is not affected by the load. We don't care whether the seats are adjustable or whether they're fast; It's just that when the damping rate is changed, the violent vibration of the brake on the accelerator and the windshield really makes people shudder.

However, the $15,499 price gets you one motorcycle with a high-end throttle valve, three riding modes in one, standard tracking control, ABS, sturdy saddlebags, center foot enlarger, adjustable windshield and cruise control, which is a great value for money.

Suzuki V-STROM 1000 ABS

"Smooth, elegant, and dare to fight, and this is a typical Japanese motorcycle, easy to use." This is Suzuki's new heavy-duty motorcycle in the post-economic crisis era. Compared to the most affordable Capo, it only costs $1,175 more, which is added to its own saddlebag. In terms of the modification of the new motorcycle, Suzuki completely replaced the long-term 90-degree V-twin engine, aiming to create more torque, higher fuel efficiency and smoother riding performance.

Suzuki has always adhered to the characteristics of easy-to-use adventure long-distance motorcycles. Low-frequency engine chatter, convenient suspension, ergonomic-based design (as long as you don't stare at the overly obvious plastic cheap handlebars), and reliable weather protection make the Strom easy to hit the road. There are a lot of Strom series overweight motorcycles in the world. Seeing their speeding attitude, you can understand that weight has not become an obstacle to progress.

Based on its status as an alternate locomotive and a product of adventure motorcycles, it is enough to win applause to be able to follow other large adventure motorcycles to run the entire distance.


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