Adventure bikes are as popular as ever. With so many options on the market, it can be difficult to choose just one. That’s why we put together our 5 favorite adventure motorcycles for 2021. Though, more specifically, we chose the 5 bikes WE would adventure on. Not every bike on this list is actually considered an ADV, but all of them have that same potential.
#5: Cheap and Reliable
Adventure motorcycles come in all shapes and sizes, each with their own pros and cons. That’s why we picked 5 motorcycles which satisfy entirely different riding styles. Number 5 on the list is Kawasaki’s legendary KLR 650. The KLR is technically a dual sport, but it offers a lot of the features necessary for adventure riding.
First you have a bulletproof 651cc engine which traces its roots back to 1987. Besides the recent addition of fuel-injection, the KLR has kept its design mostly unchanged. Not only does the tried and true keep the KLR reliable, it makes it cheap too. With a low price of only $6,699 to start, its easy to get past the lack of modern tech.
#4: Modern Middleweight
The Yamaha Ténéré 700 introduces more tech to the ADV bike, but not too much. Yamaha’s 689cc, liquid-cooled CP2 engine produces a healthy 72 horsepower and 50 lb-ft of torque. The front forks are fully adjustable with 8.3 inches of travel. The rear shock offers preload and rebound adjustment as well, with 7.9 inches of travel.
The Ténéré even offers selectable ABS for better braking both on and off the beaten (or paved) path. Starting at a reasonable $9,999, the Yamaha Ténéré 700 also manages not to break the bank. At least compared to some other motorcycles on this list.
#3 Beginner Offroad Bike
Like the KLR, Yamaha’s TW200 came out in 1987. However, the TW200 has changed even less than the KLR over the decades. Don’t believe me? Take a look at the red 1988 TW200 next to the grey 2021 pictured above.
If you plan to ride your adventure bike long distances on the highway, this is not for you. With only 196cc’s of carbureted power, the TW200 is considerably less road worthy than the other bikes on this list. However, the little Yamaha only weighs 278lbs, making it far more approachable for new riders. And with a low price of $4,699 brand new, you won’t be so bothered when you drop it while riding off-road.
#2 Technical Masterpiece
Sitting at the opposite end of the spectrum, we have the 2021 Ducati Multistrada V4. The Multistrada is one of the most high tech motorcycles on the market today. With new features such as adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring, the Multistrada is in a class of its own.
The Ducati’s 1158cc V4 produces 170 horsepower and 92 lb-ft of torque. Throw in load leveling suspension, and every rider aid you can think of, and you get a true apex predator. Then again, the Ducati carries a price tag to match, starting at $19,995. The Multistrada is impressive, but at that price it could be a liability on difficult trails.
#1 Race Ready ADV
The KTM 890 Adventure R Rally is a limited edition adventure bike with some serious credibility. The Rally spec adds WP XPLOR PRO suspension with 30mm more travel than the standard 890 Adventure R. The Rally 890 also features a lightweight Akrapovič exhaust, standard Quickshifter+ and Rally mode, and unique bodywork.
Sadly, if you want one you’ll have to browse the used market. All 700 Rally models are sold out, but the regular 890 Adventure R is still a great ADV option. Especially since the Adventure R costs $14,199, a much easier price than the Rally model at $19,999. For more information on the adventure motorcycles listed above, check out the video linked below.