Adventure Tourer Bike

Adventure Tourer: Most Suitable Bike For Adventure Rides

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What is an Adventure Tourer Bike?

An Adventure Tourer bike is a type of touring bike which falls under the luxury tourer segment. Normally, most of the Adventure Bikes around the world cost almost similar to the conventional Sports Bikes. Traditionally, the Adventure Tourers have high ground clearance and low seat height. In these bikes, the riding position allows the feet to rest in the middle and the hands straight up. Thus, it places the spine in the upright position or leans it back slightly.

BMW 1200GS (Courtesy: BMW) Adventure Tourer
BMW 1200GS (Courtesy: BMW) Adventure Tourer


Just like the touring bikes, the Adventure bikes also feature high and wide handlebars, which provide superior riding posture. This also provides a better view and more comfort to the rider. Similarly, the footpegs are placed in the middle, close to the engine and near the rider’s body. It offers a better sitting position. So, the Adventure bikes are more comfortable and offer a fatigue-free riding experience on long journeys. With a great sitting position, there is no stress on the rider’s body and muscles.

The Adventure Tourers are even more comfortable than the sports bikes at low-moderate speeds even though slightly weighing more than the sports bikes. At times, the bike's additional weight causes some issues while balancing the bike at slow speeds. Besides, cornering the Adventure Bike is a little tricky because of the extra weight.

KTM 1290 Duke (Courtesy: KTM)
KTM 1290 Duke (Courtesy: KTM)

Characteristics of an Adventure Tourer Bike:

The Adventure Tourer bikes are those that most people use for long-distance, adventure travel of more than 400 km or so in a day. So, the manufacturers offer higher capacity engines for Adventure Tourers. However, some entry-level Adventure Tourers come with engine capacities of sub-400cc and power output around 35 bhp. The BMW 310GS is a 300cc, entry-level tourer, while the BMW 1200 GS is one of the world's best adventure tourers.

The Adventure bikes are designed for the dual-sports purpose. They offer long-distance touring and both on-road and off-road capabilities. Adventure Tourers have the high ground clearance for off-roading, large fuel tank, and bigger-sized engines for better reliability. These bikes may also get GPS navigation systems, wire-spoked wheels with knobbed tires. They also have skid plates to protect the engine and transmission during off-road use and metal panniers. Sometimes, the participants use modified Adventure Tourers to participate in challenging rally events such as the Dakar Rally.

Dakar Rally 2018 (Courtesy: Dakar)
Dakar Rally 2018 (Courtesy: Dakar)

Engine, Power & Efficiency:

The mid-level Adventure Tourer motorcycles feature engine sizes between 400-800cc, which offer more power. Some high-end Adventure Tourers offer engine capacities above 800cc up to 1400cc. These Adventure Tourers deliver an ample power output that exceeds 100bhp. Often, the Adventure Tourer bikes have an aerodynamic shape, swanky design, and complex manufacturing process. So, technically, they are more expensive to manufacture than the other bikes. However, the Adventure Tourer bikes are more comfortable. They offer low-moderate mileage, and generally, their maintenance cost is a little higher. Primarily, their focus is on the rider’s well-being and comfort.

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