Classic Car news

Top five big capacity adventure bikes for 2021


Big capacity adventure bikes are not only comfortable and capable in almost every situation, but they’re also incredibly popular too. Here are five of the best on the market today.

BMW R 1250 GS Adventure

It wouldn’t be right to talk about adventure bikes without mentioning the R 1250 GS Adventure from BMW. With 136hp, 143Nm torque and a whopping 30 litre tank size the GS adventure is incredible impressive, especially as it comes equipped with TFT connectivity, a USB socket, adjustable windscreen, riding modes and a whole host of other bits as standard. Starting from £14,905, the GS Adventure can be spec’d with just about anything you’d like from BMW’s hefty accessories. It’s the UK’s best selling big bike for a reason, while the standard R 1250 GS is also available and more manageable thanks to its lower suspension and smaller fuel tank.


Harley-Davidson Pan America

The newest addition to the adventure market was a surprising one, coming from Harley-Davidson in the form of their Pan America. Powered by a 1252cc V-twin engine, the new Harley produces a whopping a 150bhp, alongside 94 ft/lb torque, which has been stuck in a new, purpose-built steel-trellis frame for tackling not just long road rides, but some light off-roading too. It comes equipped with a whole host of electronic wizardry and gadgets (although it isn’t keyless and doesn’t have a quickshifter) and starts at £14,000 for the base model.

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

Starting at £15,999, the Super Adventure R isn’t cheap, but it’s also packing a serious punch: 160bhp and 138Nm torque, to be exact. They’ve then chucked this hefty V-twin motor into a lightweight steel-trellis frame, gifted it some WP XPLOR suspension and made it into a serious off-roading weapon, that’s more than happy to tackle some road work too. Although a quickshifter is an optional extra, it has every electronic gizmo under the sun from keyless ignition to tyre pressure control and comes equipped with a chunky 7” TFT dash as well. KTM also offers the cheaper 1290 Super Adventure S, which delivers a more road orientated set-up.

Ducati Multistrada V4

Ducati really did decide to break the mould with their Multistrada V4, offering up a comfortable, touring machine with off-road capabilities that housed an impressively powerful yet usable 170bhp engine in its MotoGP-derived lightweight monocoque frame. Starting at £15,665 for the base model the Ducati is by no means a budget option, but with a host of gadgets and gizmos that include the innovative adaptive cruise control, it’s always going to be an impressive machine, and a strong contender for the crown.

Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports

It may have got a few minor updates for 2021 but since the latest generation was released in 2016, Honda’s CRF1100F Africa Twin has been a seriously heavy hitter in the adventure bike market. Unlike all its rivals here, it pumps out a modest 100bhp and 78 ft/lb torque which almost brings it closer to the likes of the upper-middleweight adventure models, but nevertheless it’s still an impressive machine in terms of its capabilities and handling, both on and off-road. Although a quickshifter doesn’t come as standard on the Adventure Sports model it does get a whole host of rider aids and modes, cruise control, and electronically damped suspension too. The Adventure Sports will set you back £15,849 and it’s available with their DCT gearbox too for an additional cost.

Biking Tips, Inside Bikes

You also may be
interested in...

Classic Car News

Can you drive a motorhome on a car licence?

Before you take the plunge and buy a motorhome, it’s probably worth checking if you’re actually eligible to drive one on your current driving licence.  For the most part, the year you passed your driving test determines whether or not you’re legally...

Read more Classic Car News, Inside Classics

Keep up to date with our news & blogs

Bike News

Kawasaki commits to electric future

Kawasaki has become the first mainstream motorcycle manufacturer to fully commit to an electric future, announcing that they will introduce 10 hybrid or fully-electric vehicles by 2025.

Read more Bike News
Bike News

Meet Triumph’s middleweight adventure machine: the Tiger Sport 660

Triumph’s new Tiger Sport 660 looks set to be a serious contender in the middleweight adventure segment.

Read more Bike News
Bike News

Multistrada V2 gives Ducati more spec in the middleweight adventure battle

Ducati has updated its popular Multistrada 950 for 2022, with more spec, less weight and a new name – the Multistrada V2.

Read more Bike News

Have some questions? Check out our tips & guides pages for some great information

Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Honda MSX 125 Grom

Not only has Honda’s MSX 125 been given some performance updates for 2022, but it’s also officially adopted the Grom name too. So why are these bikes so popular, and just how good is the new model?

Read more Bike Reviews
Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Harley-Davidson Street Bob

See a bright orange Harley-Davidson and you instantly think of XR750s flying sideways round a dirt track oval.

Read more Bike Reviews
Motorbike Reviews

Reviewed: Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin Adventure Sports

Honda’s Africa Twin range has seen quite a few updates over the years. But are they enough to keep it at the top of the adventure segment?

Read more Bike Reviews