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A few models are described as "adventure bikes".... these models can be described as dual-sports, which are street-legal motorcycles that can be operated on pavement, dirt roads and trails.
Terms such as dual-sport, enduro and adventure bike are marketing descriptions, not strict definitions of weight, power, and intended usage.
Heavyweight dual-sports weigh over 350 lb (160 kg). They are designed primarily for riders who want to travel long distances on pavement with occasional forays onto dirt roads. They usually come with smoother tires that perform better on pavement. These motorcycles are also called adventure bikes by some manufacturers.
When dual-sports are fitted for long distance travel with accessories such as oversized gas tanks, luggage, and other distance-oriented gear, they are often referred to as "adventure bikes"
Really ! My GSA always wanted to run wide on twisties that the Blackbird tracks through with ease.......thinking about it maybe it was a confidence thing, you get a lot less 'feel' from the front of a GSA, perhaps I just didn't trust it enough :idunno: Awesome bike non the less, loved the road presence.I've left many a blackbird or superbike trailing behind on a twisty road, that's with topbox and panniers
For sure its got many capabilities....but i won't bet that on a tight mountain path with plenty of rocks...too much weight and mass..there are test pics and unverified rumours of a GS using an upcoming liquid cooled engine...the ultimate adventure bike - BMW R1200GS
Big, slow, pig ugly but boy, what a machine. You will be amazed what this thing can do - on and off road. I've left many a blackbird or superbike trailing behind on a twisty road, that's with topbox and panniers
True, but that's not it's purpose.For sure its got many capabilities....but i won't bet that on a tight mountain path with plenty of rocks...too much weight and mass..there are test pics and unverified rumours of a GS using an upcoming liquid cooled engine...
I would beg to differ. I ride my GS pretty much every day to work and back. Been on the road, off road, on track and this bike continually amazes me. Sure, she's not pretty and is slow (216 km/h max speed on the GPS when she hits rev limiter in sixth) but must be the best all round bike IMHO. In December I rode over 1000km (600 miles +) in one day through blinding rain with no hassles. Arrived pretty relaxed. On the same trip we did 9 passes in one day with a big group of bikes - poor superbikes (except for one well ridden R1) got left way behind in the twisty bits (toasted me on the straights though).the problem I always had with those "dual-mode" bikes is that yes, they are adventurous enough that you can drive anywhere with them (street/off-road), but don't do either one really good... I guess that's the price we have to pay for commodity.