From time to time, we're asking riders we know to chime and offer us a "behind the scenes" look at their motorcycles, products, and riding gear. This particular post comes from Damon Bourne of Madison, Wisconsin, following his first trip on the Trans Wisconsin Adventure Trail this past weekend:
The world of Adventure Motorcycle Riding is exploding these days, but not everyone can find an "adventure motorcycle" that fits their size or riding ability.
The RIDE Adventures blog post pitting the KTM 990 Adventure against the BMW R1200GS has gained such popularity on the web that a South African Powersports Newspaper has asked to copy it for use in one of their issues! In fact, it was just printed and is now on the stands in the Kruger National Park area, Nelspruit (Lowveld Region) of South Africa.
The BMW F800GS vs. KTM 990 Adventure: Which bike is better?
Following the success of our previous blog comparison of the KTM 990 Adventure vs. the BMW R1200GS, it only seems natural that we now share our un-biased opinion on how the reputable KTM stacks up against one of BMW’s more recent designs: The F800GS.
After putting on the "dream farkle package" of skidplates, laser-etched custom levers, carbon fiber protectors, custom wheels from Woody's Wheel Works, and a shopping cart full of other goodies, Dave quickly dove into the subject of "MORE POWER" with the KTM, and has achieved over 12 horsepower gains through some basic steps outlined here:
(Above: The “lowest” of all seats…the kind with ice on it as we start a cold day of riding in Argentina.)
The question often arises about which is the best motorcycle to rent or buy as travelers plan their adventures. Choosing the right size bike can be as important to your overall riding experience as any other factor, so often riders are concerned about the seat height. While intuition tells us “a larger engine means a larger bike,” this is not necessarily true across the board.
As such, we’ve been inspired to list for you below the seat height specifications for some of the most commonly purchased and rented adventure motorcycles around the world:
Having recently tested a prototype electric motorcycle, first impressions and thoughts about the future of electric bikes now need to be shared!
With the release of Yamaha's 1200 Super Tenere some time ago, and now Triumph's new Tiger 800 XC, it's quite clear that manufacturers are noticing the rising trend in dual-sport adventure riding taking place everywhere. Looks like we all have one more horse to adorn our stable with, soon.