long time, but only in the last decade have we seen big,
multi-cylinder street bikes that had any real dirt capability. History is filled with DINOs (Dirt In Name Only)
that had no business venturing beyond the “Road Ends
Here” sign, but today’s adventure bikes are capable of
making dreams become reality.
We’ve gathered the four most significant bikes in this
new class. In truth, they are so different that it’s hard
to call this a comparison test; they don’t have the same
features, equipment or even displacement. That’s typi-
cal of a sport in its infancy—the motocross bikes of
1960 had very little in common too. But by riding these
four machines together, we can get a good notion of the
direction in which the future of the sport is heading.
These are the four most significant big
bikes in the adventure world. All have
extreme levels of power and technology.