On-Off Road Motorcycle Reviews
There are a variety of bikes in this category, often termed Dual-Sport or Dual-Purpose. They look similar in many ways to dirt or MX motorcycles but are built for use on streets and highways in addition to off-road. As public land becomes scarcer and riding areas are less accessible, the street-licensed dual-sport opens up more opportunity for riding locations. As with any machine that is built for disparate purposes, Dual-Sports are always a compromise between light-weight dirt performance and comfortable street abilities. There are also two sub-categories: Adventure-Tourers, which are large dual-sports that can be taken on long trips for riders who don’t want to stop riding when the pavement ends; and there are also Supermoto bikes that are hybrids built from a dirt bike platform for racing or riding on pavement. These hooligan machines make excellent city-goers and can dismantle a tight and twisty canyon quicker than pretty much anything out there.
The Honda CRF250L looks just like a real MXer but it gets 60-plus mpg and you don’t need a ladder to climb on.
Indian manufacturer Royal Enfield revealed its much-awaited adventure bike, the Himalayan.
The 2016 Husqvarna 701 Enduro delivers the perfect combination of power, handling and suspension on or off the trail
When we tested the Zero SR, we wondered when its hot-rod motor and controller would appear on the DS.
The Adventure-Touring segment faces new challengers from Ducati, Honda and Triumph
The Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin proved to be a very capable off-roader whether aboard the standard or DCT model.
The Africa Twin is one of the most beloved Hondas
Benelli revealed a new scrambler called the Leoncino, or “lion cub” powered by a new 500cc parallel-Twin engine.
Honda is dipping its toe in the suddenly trendy scrambler waters, introducing the CB Six50 concept model.
Moto Guzzi reached into its past, reviving the name Stornello for its new scrambler.
Triumph has diversified its 1215cc Tiger Explorer lineup,
The VFR1200X receives important updates for 2016 and will now be available to American customers
Yamaha announced several new or updated 2016 models including the new YZF-R1S.
Every time I get on the phone with my brother in Ohio we talk until the time difference forces him to go to bed, one of our cellphones dies, or one of us runs out of beer. Running out of beer usually isn’t the culprit, and after enough of them my brother will oftentimes start bemoaning his responsibilities of fatherhood, being a husband and business owner. “I just want to go back to when I was 22 and all I had to worry about was how much money I’d have left over after paying rent and bills to buy beer with,” he’ll slur, and I swear I can almost hear the tear rolling down his cheek. Needless to say, he doesn’t get to go on many adventures without an age-appropriate destination (his kid turns three in October).
So, if you’re already in a similar situation, you know how important it is to take advantage of time when you have it to get out and enjoy life – especially on motorcycles with some good riding buddies. For those with time on their hands, take it from my brother, don’t sit around wasting it.
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