Adventure trick bikes
The on-off road adventure motorcycle market offers a wide variety of super-nice toys. The mid-size faithfuls have been around for 30-odd years and are still going strong: Kawasaki KLR650, Suzuki DR650 and Honda XR650L. Add the BMW G650GS Sertao, Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré and Husqvarna TR650 Terra and you’ll be spoilt for choice.
They’re all nice bikes but if you suddenly hit a sandy twisty or rocky hill any of them suddenly weighs a ton-and-a-half. Drop it a few times and even the BMW G650 X-Challenge, KTM 690 Enduro R and Honda XR650R become back-breakers.
If you need more power and have the necessary adventure riding skills, the BMW F800GS and Triumph 800XC will handle rough roads decently, of course. As would the latest big adventure bikes: the Yamaha Super Ténéré 1200, Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200, the BMW R1200GS and the KTM 1190 Adventure R. But try picking up any of those – especially on a steep hill.
Wouldn’t it be nice to have an adventure trick bike? Something that is not as demanding as adventurized Enduro/MX bikes (KTM 500 XC-W, Beta 450RS, Sherco SE510IR or Husaberg FE570).
Remember the GasGas Pampera? That was a trick bike that had potential as a short distance adventure bike.
Yamaha is still producing their Tricker XG250 models but only for their local market.
Now, if only the trick bikes were fitted with sturdy pannier racks and have bigger gas tanks. No? So it’s back to the old faithfuls then? Or the new all-wheel-drive Christini 450DS in camouflage!