The last couple of years have seen interesting developments in the “adventure riding” motorcycle segment. It's the fastest-growing niche and seems to be attracting increasing numbers of older riders.
But both beginners and older riders may have issues with the size, weight and power of the class-leading adventure bikes, which often have 1000cc or 1200cc engines, weigh more than 500 pounds, and sit very high. They include BMW’s R1200GS, KTM’s 1090 and 1290 Adventure and Superadventure, and Honda’s Africa Twin.
To attract those riders, manufacturers have been busy building smaller-bore adventure bikes, and dual-purpose bikes, that can perform adequately on-road and off.