Boy, this hits it. I had an R1200GS...I got because it was a demo that was marked down, and the previous year's. And because at the time I bought the BMW myth...of bulletproof durability.What bugs the heck out of me....is all these folks that buy "so-called" Adventure Bikes......like the R12GS, the KTM1190 A, the new Honda Africa twin, the Yamaha S10....etc, etc, etc, and they NEVER take it off-road or Adventure riding.
Okay, Rule # 1......it is THEIR bike, and they can ride it wherever they want to, and call it whatever they want to.
So, if buying a $ 15,000.00 to $ 25,000.00 motorcycle, and calling it an Adventure Bike, makes you feel better about yourself, as if....having that parked in your garage is going to assist you in living vicariously through the written words of riders that really do travel the world........then go for it, and have fun in your dreams.
But......(and I have voiced this opinion before on this forum).....it makes no sense to "me" to pay that much for a bike, that the magazines label as being an Adventure Bike, and then you never take it off-road, or travel the world.
Secondly, having owned a LOT of these Adventure Bikes, the biggest lesson I learned from owning 1200cc dual-sport bikes, is that a 1000 cc to 1200 cc bike should NOT be used when riding off-road, or 8 to 12 hours a day on gravel roads, or dirt roads, when the relative speeds on those roads dictate the bike should be ridden at 40 to 60 mph. The larger displacement is wasted, and the engine is either lugged down, or the bike is ridden in a lower gear, to find that sweet-spot in the engine, for all day work on those roads.
I am adamant that a true Adventure Bike should have no more than 800 cc, and preferably in the 400 cc to 700 cc range, so that it can much easily be ridden off-road, and for those 20 days that you ride through South America, or that 2 weeks you spend in Alaska and the Yukon, you can ride the bike at the correct speeds on those roads, and not be lugging the engine down, or....having to drop a gear or two just to find the sweet-spot of the engine.
Having owned a 2002 Honda Varadero 1000...and a 2003 Honda Africa twin 750...and a 2005 BMW R12GS...and a 2012 Yamaha Super Tenere', and...having ridden on all 7 continents on this planet, the only bike in todays market that "I" would even consider buying as a true Adventure Bike, is:
2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT-ABS Adventure.
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I'm with SkiPro on this...and there is only one answer for me.At the very least, the definition of an adventure motorcycle is one you can do repairs away from civilization, not just get away from civilization. Reading all those 'doo-dads', I'd have a hard time admitting those are true adventure rides. You classified them better with a description of 'big mile tourer'. Even the author of the article refers to them as touring and that the lack of cruise control on the Honda eliminates them from the Adventure class. I think he's confusing the two riding genres; touring and adventure.
You obviously don't watch CSPAN.That has to be the STUPIDEST idea that anyone has ever come up with...in the last 5 years.