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April 16, 2018

Old Dog, New Tricks - Honda XR650L Project Bike

This old Honda XR650L didn’t just need a windscreen, lowered seat and suspension, vibration-damped everything, and multiple luggage racks… this bike needed a trip to the gym, a facelift and a diet! The end goal was a trail-focused, middleweight dual-sport with motor improvements, serious lighting upgrades and weight reduction, to create a machine that wouldn’t shy away from fun trails…
April 09, 2018

KTM Adventure: 1090R vs 1190R

KTM hit the adventure bike market hard in 2013 with the release of the 1190 Adventure, their crosshairs aimed directly at the large-displacement ADV bikes such as the BMW R1200GS. Now, after just a few years in production, KTM has decided to go a different route. The 1190 is not being offered for the 2017 model year; instead, it’s been replaced…
March 12, 2018

First Ride: Royal Enfield Himalayan - You've Come a Long Way Baby!

My first experience on a Royal Enfield was riding around Mumbai on the back of a Bullet in 2007. Fast forward more than a decade and it's clear Royal Enfield has undergone major changes since then. In the past 20 years they’ve grown from selling 30,000 to over 800,000 units a year, which puts them firmly in the category of the…
March 05, 2018

Bike Review: 2018 KTM 1290 Super Adventure S

If you have $18,000 hanging out of your pocket, and/or find yourself sitting at the dealership ready to sign for a new “adventure” motorcycle, you may wish you’d first read this review of KTM’s 2018 1290 Super Adventure S. Why? Because it could save you the trauma of buying the wrong motorcycle. You’ll have to wait a few months, but…
February 22, 2018

First Ride: 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 Review

Since its inception in 2010, the Tiger 800 has continually been changing the face of the middle-weight class. ADVMoto spent a few months on the 2011 gen-one models. There was a lot to like about the Tiger even in its first go-round. With more than 68,000 units sold to date, it’s gathered quite a following in the seven years it’s…
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…

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