DESTINATION 1200 The largest adventure bikes define themselves as a class
Some adventures are defined by goals. They’re about climbing a hill, crossing a desert or finishing a race.
Then there are adventures that defy definition. You point
to a spot on a map—or better yet a globe—and set
aside a block of time. Then you go find out what’s there.
The 1200-class adventure bikes are all about that.
In an age when 95 percent of the planet is explored,
documented and accessible, big adventure bikes are
dedicated to what’s left. They provide a means of discovery for the remaining 5 percent and are equipped
to make that discovery as comfortable as possible. In
the world of motorcycling, this is a group of machines
that has only recently clumped together to form its own
category. Large dual-sport bikes have been around for a