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February 21, 2017

Best Used 650-900cc Dual-Sport Adventure Bikes

With all sorts of adventure bike options ranging from simple, air cooled dual sports to race proven, liquid cooled powerhouses, the adventure bikes in this class can do almost everything. Best of all, many of these can be resold at nearly their purchase price, making them a worthy investment. This list encompasses adventure bikes from 650cc thumpers up to 900cc…
February 20, 2017

Backtrack Tuesdays: Buell Ulysses vs Ducati Multistrada

A Harley-powered dual sport bike? The Buell Ulysses may stretch the definition of adventure touring designed, as Milwaukee says, for "90 percent road, 10 percent off­road" use. But nonetheless, it is the first Buell effort to court at least a portion of the backroad riders who include some dirt in their travel diet. First, a caveat: The Ulysses owner's manual…
February 13, 2017

Best Used 400cc Dual-Sport Adventure Bikes

With more power than the smaller bikes and less weight than the bigger adventure bikes midweight 400cc dual-sport motorcycles can be exciting performers off road. Add some luggage and you’ve got the recipe for serious backcountry adventure potential on these versatile machines. There are budget-friendly used options as well as more expensive, higher performing enduros and even a midweight adventure…
February 09, 2017

How to Build a 2016 KTM 690 Duke Adventure

Having the best of both worlds—that was the goal for building the 2016 KTM 690 Adventure and it started with a new KTM 690 Duke. It’s much lighter and has a lot more power than the other 650s in its class. Of course you could buy a 2016 KTM 690 Enduro, but the Enduro is just not as friendly at…
February 03, 2017

Best Used 250cc Adventure Dual-Sport Bikes

Don’t be discouraged by small displacement motorcycles. Many of these adventure/dual-sport models are beginner friendly, fun for experienced riders and won’t let you down. These bikes were chosen because they span the versatile middle of the dirt-to street-friendly spectrum and we feel they have exemplary characteristics like ease of ownership, reliability and performance while used examples still fit within a…
January 31, 2017

Backtrack Tuesday: BMW R1100GS vs KTM LC8 950 Adventure Review and Comparison

Pack'em up, hop on and take off. No pavement? No problem. Both these bikes have "Adventure" in their souls. Can you imagine camping in some killer back country spot along the way in your next long distance motorcycling adventure? Can you imagine cutting the corner off your next highway trip on a brief adventure through the forest to avoid twice…
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 KLR650 “Sick Fiddy”

The ubiquitous Kawasaki KLR650 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…

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