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February 07, 2018

Bike Build: BMW R1200GS Extended Test

The cannons are silent and the dust has settled on last year’s “Battle Ready” 2015 BMW R1200GS build. We learned a lot over the past 18,000 miles about the bike, its armor, and other paraphernalia originally selected to enhance the machine’s already formidable capabilities. We began dismantling the old cyborg, analyzing each piece to determine what withstood the test and what failed. Our next…
January 17, 2018

Project Bike: Honda CRF 250L Rally Replica

ADVMoto’s CRF 250L has come a long way since we rode it off the showroom in 2015. Initially, the bike was supposed to be our “B bike”—a commuter we could hand over to friends or special guests visiting from out of town. We trucked it from event to event riding the heck out of it, abusing it, and never quite…
December 12, 2017

First Ride: 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 Review

Having shed the Explorer moniker, Triumph ushers in a new era for their flagship adventure bike with the 2018 Tiger 1200. Changing a name, like simply updating graphics or colors, can mean anything. Visual updates aside, does this big Tiger have more bite or just new stripes? ADVMoto travels to beautiful Almeria, Spain to find out. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ou-4dkxDn0 • POWER and…
August 21, 2017

Project: Honda XR400R Desert Rally Build

The last time we met Tom Nolan, he was given a perfect specimen from which to build a one-of-a-kind XR650 Rally convertible —The Big Rally Pig (ADVMoto Sept. 2015, No. 88)—that doubles as a racer and dual-sport overlander. It’s been raced well, built 1,500 kilometers of BAJA RALLY stages, and was used as an off-season explorer worthy of an “end…
May 31, 2017

Impressions of the CSC RX-3 Cyclone vs. the BMW R1200GS

Many thought it was odd that I would buy an RX-3 when I had an R1200GS in the stable. But when this bike was announced, I was immediately hooked. The RX-3 is a 250cc liquid-cooled, fuel-injected adventure bike imported by CSC Motorcycles in Azusa, CA. It comes fully loaded with crash bars, luggage, and almost everything needed for adventuring. All…
April 29, 2017

First Ride: 2017 Kawasaki Versys-X 300 Review

$5,400 and 300cc's of power can get you more than ever with Kawasaki's new Versys-X 300.  With two days and several hundred miles of the finest Utah roads and landscapes, we found the highs and lows of Kawasaki's latest addition to the Versys family of bikes.  • Power and Performance Power wise the Versys-X 300 is very similar to the…
April 11, 2017

Backtrack Tuesdays: 2002 BMW R1150 GS Adventure

Un-adorned of touring gear, one might think the lines of the new 1150 Adventure resemble some form of wasp-like cyborg from a Sci-fi thriller. Trimmed down and armored up, the 1150 Adventure's features are intended to make it more of an off road warrior than its kin, the GS1150 R. While more capable of smoothing miles, its han­dling may not…
April 06, 2017

First Ride: 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R Review

Riding motorcycles is all about staying in balance. So is designing and buying them. When you decide to buy a new KTM 1090 Adventure R it will be mainly because it was designed for the purist adventure rider who rides mostly off road.For this bike, there’s two ways to write a review: 1. The “technical-engineer nerd method” which scrutinizes the…
March 27, 2017

Best Used 900cc+ Dual-Sport Adventure Bike Guide

Putting out triple-digit horsepower and weighing over a quarter of a ton, these are the behemoths of the adventure motorcycling world. Some hint to their racing heritage, others have been on well documented world tours—but all foster communities that are great resources for their owners. A few are more street-oriented and will eat up highway miles, while others are more…