By Ryan Adams
What does adventure mean to you? Wait, let me narrow that down: What does adventure motorcycling mean to you? Maybe your idea of adventure on a motorcycle is setting out, destination unknown with nothing but a paper map and the Blue Highways to guide you. Or maybe, to you, adventure means setting out across the American southwest with a few friends in tow, using trails and highways to connect yourself to our vast array of spectacular national parks. Perhaps your sense of adventure riding involves knobby tires, an ever-changing trail system of sand washes and fish tacos as you make your way down the Baja peninsula.
That’s just the point to touch on first and foremost – adventure riding means different things to different people. Marketing in the motorcycle industry would have you think you need to be jumping a 1200cc-plus, 550-lb, $18,000 “Adventure bike” over a mountain, through the woods, and to grandmother’s house (in Siberia) we go.
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For those who want to get their feet wet having an adventure on a motorcycle, or maybe just want to add a more versatile type bike to their garage, we put together a shootout of small-displacement motorcycles that point in three different directions to help you decide which bike would fit your definition of adventure best.
2017 CSC RXR
Let us start with a motorcycle that has been around for some time now yet may still need an introduction to some. The CSC RXR is a 250cc, single-cylinder motorcycle built in China by Zongshen that is small in stature yet, from afar, resembles many adventure motorcycles currently on the market. From its pronounced beak to its wire wheels, it certainly looks the part and is in line with today’s current interpretation of what an adventure bike …read more
Source:: 2017 Lightweight ADV Shootout