The adventurous touring motorcycles maneuvers better, accelerates faster, and are easy to handle on long rides. These motorcycles are capable of giving excellent performance on paved surfaces as well as on sand, mud, rock, hard-pack trails, and loose dirt.
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This article discusses the top 5 ADV motorcycles suited for touring.
1. BMW G310 GS
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The BMW G310 GS is a small touring motorcycle with a superior design and functionality. This motorbike retains all the criteria that have made BMW a household name in the motorcycling community while also keeping costs down.
The BMW G310 GS is considered an entry-level adventure motorbike with incredible handling and features that satisfies novice and expert riders.
The BMW G310 GS is a reliable urban adventure motorcycle and the smallest motorcycle in the BMW Adventure lineup. The BMW G310 GS’s engine can produce a horsepower of 34 hp which makes it easier to navigate urban environments.
The BMW G310 GS comes with an upright riding stance, comfortable ergonomics, a sleek luggage rack, LED lighting, and ABS.
|Single-Cylinder, Four-Stroke, Four-Valve, Water-Cooled
|32. 8 in
|169.5 kg (373 lbs)
|Adjustable Clutch and Brake
BMW Motorrad ABS
Stainless Steel Exhaust System
2. Kawasaki Versys-X 300
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The Kawasaki Versys motorcycle has been in production since 2007. If you are looking for a lightweight touring motorcycle, this is the best choice for you.
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is the smallest Kawasaki adventure motorbike, intended for city streets, dirt trails, and gravel roads. The Versys-X 300’s low seat height, windscreen, and high front cowling help reduce air drag, block most incoming wind, and keep the rider centered.
The Kawasaki Versys-X 300’s tapered seat design and low seat height make it easier to reach the ground. The seats ensure the rider and the passenger remain comfortable when on the road.
|Liquid-Cooled, F-Stroke DOHC Eight-Valve Parallel Twin
|175 kg (386 lbs.)
|Anti-Lock Braking System
Assist and Slipper Clutch
Long Travel Suspension
Economical Riding Indicator
3. Yamaha Tracer 7 GT
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The Yamaha Tracer 7GT was introduced in 2016 as a touring motorcycle. In 2021, the Yamaha Tracer 7GT was upgraded with 20-liter panniers, a wide touring screen, and an improved touring seat.
The Yamaha Tracer 7GT has adjustable front and rear suspensions and an adjustable seat to better accommodate shorter riders.
The Yamaha Tracer 7GT distinguishes itself from other motorcycles with its aggressive appearance, including its LED headlamps and unique frame. The Tracer 7GT is ideal for traveling on paved or off-road trails due to its versatility. It is fitted with a 4.5-gallon fuel tank that offers enough mileage for daily commutes and highway cruising.
The Tracer 7GT has superior performance and power output, being available at a reasonable price.
|Two-Cylinder, Liquid-Cooled, Four-Stroke, Four-Valve, DOHC
|196 kg (432 lbs.)
|Wider Touring Screen
Adjustable Front and Rear Suspension
Long Range Autonomy
Best Power to Weight Ratio
Torque-Rich CP2 EU5-Compliant Engine
4. Honda CB500X
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After its introduction in 2013, the Honda CB 500X has undergone several modifications in 2016 and 2019.
Its latest upgrade since 2019 is its 10 mm increase in the suspension’s wheel travel and its front wheel increasing in size from 17 to 19 in. Its rear suspension includes a nine-stage adjustable spring preload suited for different kinds of terrain.
The Honda CB500X has comfy ergonomics that ensure better comfort when riding, especially on longer trips.
The Honda CB500X has a broad, low seat and adequate suspensions. Despite having a 471 cc engine, it only produces a horsepower of 24 hp. However, it makes up for that by producing a torque of 25 lb-ft.
|199 kg (439 lbs.)
|Anti-Lock Braking System
Programmed Fuel Injection (PGM-FI)
Dual Front Disc Brakes
Pro-Link Rear Suspension
5. KTM 390 Adventure
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The KTM 390 Adventure is another lightweight touring motorcycle that can travel at 70 mph. This motorcycle retains its swiftness and maneuverability when traveling on off-road trails.
The 2022 KTM 390 Adventure has better traction control that makes it suited for off-roading and city travel. Its 3.8-gallon fuel tank allows this vehicle to travel a little under 250 kilometers. The KTM 390 Adventure performs well on paved and bumpy roads due to its WP APEX adjustable suspensions and durable wheels.
The KTM 390 Adventure has a slightly high seat height of 33.6 in but has a comfortable riding position and. a balanced frame.
|One-Cylinder, Four-Stroke Engine
|172 kg (379 lbs)
|WP APEX Adjustable Suspension
Lean Angle Sensitive ABS & Traction Control
Brakes With Dual Channel ABS
6. Last Words
Adventurous touring motorcycles have become quite popular in recent years. These motorcycles are designed to do everything, you can traverse difficult terrain and take you across the country comfortably. They are easy to balance, maintain and have a good fuel economy.