The large displacement adventure bike category has been a bright spot for the motorcycle industry over the past few years. The segment has seen sales growth that bucks the trend across the rest of the motorcycle landscape. This has resulted in a plethora of choices for the buyer. But which bike is best? We’ve ranked what we think are the top five 1,000cc plus adventure bikes on the market for 2014. Continue reading
KTM’s Adventure goes mainstream and joins the luxury travel brigade, with more displacement, power and features.
Tenerife, Canary Islands—KTM has a problem: It’s called the 1190 Adventure. As the Austrian company forges ahead to become a complete player with a comprehensive model range, it continues diving into the streetbike pool with Adventures, Dukes, SM-Ts and RC8s. And now, with its brand-new 2014 (in the U.S.) 1190 Adventure, KTM is making a huge, cannonball-style splash in the pool of high-performance streetbikes. Never before has the company had a bike so mainstream, so capable of going head-to-head with all of the players in the adventure-touring market. But since it’s not competing strictly for the hardcore off-road buyer, the 1190 Adventure represents a bit of a problem in that, as KTM continues to grow, some of its motocross- and off-road oriented dealers will have to step it up and come to grips with the company’s increasingly complex (albeit more balanced) model range. Continue reading
March 25th 2012
The morning started off heading out to Chilliwack at 0700. About 1 degree Celsius but look at what I see all the way out to the staging area for the Annual Dual Sport BC Newbie Ride. SUN!!!!!!!!!!!!! It has been so wet and miserable here when I saw the sunrise it was meant to be a good day. Cheryl did not come with me because she has not been sleeping well and I am glad she did not come. This ride was not for sleepy riders. There are a few short videos in this post…hope you watch them to get a flavor of the day and all pics are click-able!
Heading East through Mission, BC to get to Highway 1 for the fast way out to Chilliwack. About an hour from where we live.
Make sure you watch the video…nice review…I am sure many more to come…I like this one! They mention 10,000 service intervals and 20,000 in between the major ones…same as BMW basically so not so new to the ADV bikes nowadays. Most new engines are requiring less time being “serviced”. Change your oil and all is good. Just kidding there is more to it. I like the shaft idea…no lubing chains…while in Alaska it was almost impossible to keep lube on our chains…this is a sweet bike no doubt. How do you turn the ABS on and off on this bike? Can’t seem to find my answer anywhere unless I am totally over looking it.
Hilde is holding down the fort at MotoUSA’s Southern Oregon HQ. With world-class dirt bike and ATV trails just minutes away, the hardest part is getting him to focus on the keyboard. Two wheels or four, it doesn’t matter to our Off-Road Editor so long as it goes like hell in the dirt.
Words of Wisdom can go a long way…listen and learn..you can never know too much! I love hearing from the experts. I always pick something up that I either forgot or did not know.
A few pointers from an expert for piloting that big adventure bike off-road.
KTM has cut the prices on three of its 2012 models. The Austrian firm has reduced the price of the new 690 Duke and 2012 versions of its 990 Super Duke R and 990 Supermoto R.
The Supermoto R is down by a hefty £950 compared to this year’s OTR price and the naked 990 Super Duke R is reduced by £700 leaving them both on £9295.
The new 690 Duke, which MCN will be testing imminently and goes on sale in February, has undergone a price revision and is £650 cheaper than originally stated.
Full savings are as follows:
|990 Supermoto R
990 Super Duke R
Epic. It’s the way every ride is supposed to be, so MotoUSA decided to make our big-bore ADV test as epic as possible. We gathered five of the newest premier AT bikes and rode them across the western states. The loop started in Southern California and wound its way up to Big Sky, Montana where we took a rest day to watch the Big Sky XC hare scramble. From there we went back across the smoky interior of Idaho and plowed down to company headquarters in Medford, OR. For more details on the trip, check out the daily updates (sidebar), but let’s meet the contenders in the 2011 Adventure Touring Shootout.
Very thorough article with videos and more!