Just finished reading a review of the new KTM Adventurer, sounds like a blast but 150hp? Really? Is this adventure or terror? All that weight, all that power, all that money on dirt roads?! Yes I know it’s not just about dirt road usage. Its a total package that can get you across a state or even a country comfortably and as fast as you choose.
What if you don’t want to blast point to point? What if the terrain doesn’t allow it or you just don’t want to do it like that? What if you cant drop that sort of coin?
To me, this new adventure bike thing is cashing in a bit…you don’t have to drop over $20K to have an “adventure”. Look at these clowns riding from Adelaide to Darwin or Melbourne/Sydney to Perth on Postie bikes! And I might add an AG200 is way more capable than a CT110!
We have this thing sometimes in motorcycling where if you don’t have the latest and greatest you are looked down on. Another fad comes along that either excludes most of the motorcycling public or gets them in so much debt that they can’t enjoy the ride or the capabilities of their machine anyway.
If you think you need one of these new monsters to “Adventure” then you need to get yourself off to some of the forums in the ‘States that support the smaller bikes and see where they take them – some of the trips are amazing! I follow the cousin bikes to the AG200 – the TW, TTR, XT etc and they all do some amazing trips on these reliable little bikes. There are some amazing technical articles and mods to them as well!
Check out this TW200 forum, or this XT225 forum or even the Chinariders forum. Some of these Chinese bikes have copies of the older generation Honda and Yamaha engines and some guys put some serious distance on them.
So if you want to get out there and poke around the Great Dividing Range, explore the Adelaide Hills, maybe the Dandenong ranges? Or maybe even some more adventurous trips a bit further from civilisation, don’t despair. If you cant spring for an “Adventure Bike”, be like these folks from other places around the world and do it on the cheap…it will still be an adventure!