January 17, 2017

Backtrack Tuesdays: 2006 Kawasaki KLX250 Review

Dual sporters used to looking at the tried and true Kawasaki KLR650, recalling the dowdy KLR250 and the docile 250 Sherpa, the new KLX250 looks strikingly aggressive. Unlike its quiet quarter-liter ancestors, it is tall, lean, and painted in Kawasaki’s lime-green racing livery. It shouts its intentions from enormous radiator scoops facing forward like twin megaphones. From the upside-down forks,…
January 03, 2017

Backtrack Tuesdays - 2005 Honda XR650L - Long Run Test

Part 1: The First 500 Miles It stared at me from the trailer, one eye, never blinking, in the rear-view mirror. The brilliant red statuesque bike sparkled in the sunlight as it was transported from Honda North America back to DSN HQ. Its bright red shiny plastic reflected the sun. It was calling to me. “Let’s go riding” it said.…
December 26, 2016

Project Bike: 2014.5 KLR “Sick Fiddy”

The ubiquitous Kawasaki KLR is as popular as it is polarizing. Comparing it to other machines in the ADV category can be a bit of a challenge. This relic from a bygone era is uniquely simple and pleasantly unrefined. If the KTM 1190 Adventure is a scalpel the KLR would be a bludgeon. What’s that old saying about walk softly…
December 13, 2016

First Impressions: Ducati Multistrada 950

In approaching the 950 Multistrada I was optimistic; this was slated to be Ducati’s easier to ride, yet off-road capable Multistrada. I wanted this bike to be the high-quality smaller version of the 1200—showing me the premium details I had experienced from riding the bigger Multistradas—but many brands fall short when they attempt a “little sister” model of their flagship…
December 05, 2016

Backtrack Tuesdays: 2006 Kawasaki KLR 650

The KLR 650 is a dichotomy. It is midpoint among other dual sport machines in the dual-sport spectrum. For a road-riding enthusiast the KLR may be considerably lighter and less powerful than other rides. For a dirt enthusiast, it's really too big, but it might offer wondrous street or touring capabilities. Given the above it is essential for a rider…
November 04, 2016

A True Adventure - 2016 Honda Africa Twin

News of the Honda CRF 1000L Africa Twin had been circulating for months, thanks to the early European release. Meanwhile, we’d been gathering information and lusting for its arrival. Finally, the day came—the bikes started rolling into U.S. dealers late May, shortly after American Honda’s press junket in Moab, Utah, where ADVMoto had the opportunity to put the bike through…
October 20, 2016

Bike Review: 2004 Suzuki DL650 V-Strom

If all you want is a comfortable bike that will motor happily along just about any excuse for a road, and doesn’t cost much, Suzuki’s DL650 V-Strom will fill that bill with pleasure. Of course, if you want to go serious off-roading, or require 150+ streetable horsepower, you are better off looking at Suzuki’s DR-Z400 or the GSX-R1000. What we…
October 11, 2016

Backtrack Tuesdays: 2000 Moto Guzzi Quota Review

Upon arrival at Moto Guzzi Classics, I crawled out of the car and lazily walked toward the front of the building. I entered the huge hangar size front doorway and was stopped in my tracks. "Hooooooo Sheeeeeeee... is that IT?" I inquired. Before me stood the Quota: shiny, black, muscular, looking for the entire world like a subtropical lethal feline. This was no little kitty!Mark Etheridge, owner of…
September 27, 2016

Backtrack Tuesdays: 1999 Suzuki DR350SE Adventure Sport Project

I don't know about anyone else, but when I see a dual sport machine tagged with the Adventure Tourer moniker, all I can think of are the terms big, heavy, and cumbersome. I'm not just talking off the top of my head here either. I'm speaking from my experience with my own personal KLR650 which has evolved into an accessorized,…

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