Adventure Motorcycle Reviews by Motorcycle Travellers

Welcome to the Adventure Motorcycle Reviews. These detailed bike reviews are from real motorcycle travellers who cover serious miles and know their bikes inside out. If you’re looking for a new adventure bike, check out these comprehensive reviews first.

A 50,000-mile review of the BMW F800GS by RTW travellers Anabela and Jorge Valente.
A 30,000-mile review of the Suzuki V-Strom 1000 by RTW motorcycle traveller Daniel Cabrera.

Adventure Bike Reviews FAQ

Here’s a bunch of the most frequently asked questions we get on adventure bike reviews.

The term adventure bike in itself is subjective. But for argument’s sake, let’s assume you’re interested in a mixture of on and off-road riding and travelling through distant and foreign lands.

In that case, these considerations make for a good all-rounder:

  • It should be easy to repair yourself and get spares while abroad.
  • 21-inch front wheels that are tough and can take a battering are important for off-road use.
  • Upgrade to a bigger tank or opt for an auxiliary unit.
  • It should be comfortable, with good ground clearance yet easy to ride, and easy to protect in case of a crash.
  • Lightweight is also important so you can pick it up and move it about with ease.
  • You’ve got to love riding it.

For more detailed info on choosing the right adventure bike for you, check out our dedicated guide below.

READ MORE: How to Choose an Adventure Motorcycle For Travelling

No. Of course not. You can travel on whatever motorcycle you like. That’s not to say the BMW R1200GS isn’t a phenomenal bike, because it definitely is. Although, I’ve always preferred the Ducati Multistrada Enduro – but that’s another story. The GS is a very popular bike and actually quite capable off-road despite its size (you’ll know what I mean if you visit the BMW Off-Road Skills School in Wales – check out our Adventure Bike Training Schools Finder for more info).

Problems with the BMW GS for travellers

However, the three main issues with the BMW GS for motorcycle travellers are that while it’s popular in developed countries, it’s not in underdeveloped countries and because it’s a modern machine laden with electronics, it’s going to be much, much harder to find garages in the middle of nowhere who can work on it let alone source specialist parts.

The other hitch is that because of its size, it’s harder to take it on serious off-road routes. It’s a very heavy machine and will be harder to continuously pick up on your own.

Price is also a consideration. Once you’re out of your home country it’s nearly impossible to find vehicle insurance for motorcycle travellers. So, if your bike gets nicked or is written off then that’s that.

However, many people do travel on BMWs, it just takes a little more forward planning on how you will repair and get spares in the countries you’re visiting, take the risk on damage and not go on as difficult terrain as a single-cylinder lightweight bike will go down (or at least not as easily).

Travel on what you like

You really can take whatever you like, and that ranges from a Honda Cub to a BMW R1200GS. To prove that, take a look at our Stories page and you’ll see inspirational tales from well-seasoned travellers traversing the world on a huge range of bikes.

Take a look specifically at Sjaak Lucassen who has ridden round the world on a Yamaha R1, and Franck Lafontaine on his Royale Enfield 500 Bullet.

READ MORE: Sjaak Lucassen, His R1 and the North Pole

READ MORE: Round the World on a Bullet

As much as you like, but only what you can afford. Once you are out of your home country your vehicle insurance is unlikely to be valid (with obvious exceptions for UK riders travelling to Europe etc). But once you’re travelling in foreign lands there is no cover for your bike if it gets stolen or written off in a crash. So only spend what you’re prepared to lose, and certainly don’t take finance out on a bike and then take it abroad without first paying it all off.

Bear in mind that you don’t need an expensive machine to travel the world.

We have a dedicated guide for answering this exact question. Here are some links that will help you decide:

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