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April 29, 2017

First Ride: 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 Review

$5,400 and 300cc's of power can get you more than ever with Kawasaki's new Versys-X 300.  With two days and several hundred miles of the finest Utah roads and landscapes, we found the highs and lows of Kawasaki's latest addition to the Versys family of bikes.  • POWER and PERFORMANCE Power wise the Versys-X 300 is very similar to the…
April 11, 2017

Backtrack Tuesdays: 2002 BMW R1150 GS Adventure

Un-adorned of touring gear, one might think the lines of the new 1150 Adventure resemble some form of wasp-like cyborg from a Sci-fi thriller. Trimmed down and armored up, the 1150 Adventure's features are intended to make it more of an off road warrior than its kin, the GS1150 R. While more capable of smoothing miles, its han­dling may not…
April 06, 2017

First Ride: 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R Review

Riding motorcycles is all about staying in balance. So is designing and buying them. When you decide to buy a new KTM 1090 Adventure R it will be mainly because it was designed for the purist adventure rider who rides mostly off road.For this bike, there’s two ways to write a review: 1. The “technical-engineer nerd method” which scrutinizes the…
March 27, 2017

Best Used 900cc+ Dual-Sport & Adventure Bikes

Putting out triple-digit horsepower and weighing over a quarter of a ton, these are the behemoths of the adventure motorcycling world. Some hint to their racing heritage, others have been on well documented world tours—but all foster communities that are great resources for their owners. A few are more street-oriented and will eat up highway miles, while others are more…
March 21, 2017

Backtrack Tuesdays: Yamaha TDM 850

Since I was the editor for TDM Newsletter for a year, I was asked me to do a review of the the bike. I've never met such a versatile machine in my life, racking up 25,000 truly fun filled miles on my own TDM. This "140mph dirt bike" has taken me 7200 miles to Alaska, six times around the White Rim Trail,…
February 21, 2017

Best Used 650-900cc Dual-Sport Adventure Bikes

With all sorts of adventure bike options ranging from simple, air cooled dual sports to race proven, liquid cooled powerhouses, the adventure bikes in this class can do almost everything. Best of all, many of these can be resold at nearly their purchase price, making them a worthy investment. This list encompasses adventure bikes from 650cc thumpers up to 900cc…
February 20, 2017

Backtrack Tuesdays: Buell Ulysses vs Ducati Multistrada

A Harley-powered dual sport bike? The Buell Ulysses may stretch the definition of adventure touring designed, as Milwaukee says, for "90 percent road, 10 percent off­road" use. But nonetheless, it is the first Buell effort to court at least a portion of the backroad riders who include some dirt in their travel diet. First, a caveat: The Ulysses owner's manual…
February 13, 2017

Best Used 400cc Dual-Sport Adventure Bikes

With more power than the smaller bikes and less weight than the bigger adventure bikes midweight 400cc dual-sport motorcycles can be exciting performers off road. Add some luggage and you’ve got the recipe for serious backcountry adventure potential on these versatile machines. There are budget-friendly used options as well as more expensive, higher performing enduros and even a midweight adventure…
February 09, 2017

How to Build a 2016 KTM 690 Duke Adventure

Having the best of both worlds—that was the goal for building the 2016 KTM 690 Adventure and it started with a new KTM 690 Duke. It’s much lighter and has a lot more power than the other 650s in its class. Of course you could buy a 2016 KTM 690 Enduro, but the Enduro is just not as friendly at…