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.
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The only true Super Motard remaining from any of the major manufacturers, Suzuki’s DR-Z400SM is the default choice for a street-legal dirtbike.
The 2014 Yamaha Super Tenere ES has do-it-all competence that impresses but stops short of being class-leading.
Off-road riders seeking a hybrid machine have a decent selection of machinery from which to choose.
Optional electronic suspension and a modest power increase highlight Yamaha’s Super Tenere Adventure-Tourer.
The new Suzuki V-Strom boasts increased displacement, better handling and an electronics package with ABS and Traction Control.
KTM’s new 1190 Adventure R is set to shove the BMW R1200GS off its the Adventure-Touring throne.
KTM has replaced the venerable 990 Adventure with the new 1190 Adventure and we had a chance to test it out.
The original adventure-touring motorcycle, the BMW R1200GS, was completely redesigned for 2013 and the clear king of its class.
BMW’s F800GS has been a tidier-sized adventure-touring rig since its introduction in 2008, offering most of what its iconic big brother, the R1200GS,