- BMW F 800 GS/Adventure
- BMW R 1200 GS/Adventure
- KTM 990 SM-T Supermoto
- KTM 990 Adventure Baja
- KTM 1190 Adventure
- Moto Guzzi’s Stelvio 1200 NTX
- Suzuki DL V-Strom 650 Adventure
- Suzuki DL V-Strom 1000 Adventure
- Triumph Tiger 800
- Triumph Tiger 800 XC
- Triumph Tiger Explorer
- Yamaha’s XTZ12 Super Tenere
I'm fine with the "adventure touring" genre. Just as SUV is another word for "station wagon," adventure touring means "standard motorcycle with tough looking bags, a plain paint job, and a buttload of farkles." But if the above list is dual purpose, what is the second purpose? Obviously, the main purpose is highway touring with some off-pavement roads. That's only one purpose. Just being able to ride the same roads everyone else can take on their family sedan is not a second purpose. I’m here to tell you that the V-Strom is not a capable single-track motorcycle and it is all but worthless in a hill climb. It is at least as capable as the rest of this list, though.
These guys discovered that four of these hippos were less than nimble off-road:
So, if these bikes are dual sport, what is a Yamaha XT250, WR250R, the Honda CRF250L or XL650L, anything Husky makes, Kawasaki's KLR and KLX bikes, KTM's 690 Enduro, or Suzuki's DRs? Seriously, I'm confused (as usual). I think we may have lost something important in the chase for marketing bullshit.