The Middleweight Adventure Triad

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By Ryan Adams

It’s been said dozens of times, many different ways. The definition of adventure is unique to the person defining it. Like fingerprints, no two answers will be identical. Case in point: the KTM Adventure 790 R, BMW F 850 GS Adventure, and Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro. These bikes make up three-quarters of the burgeoning middleweight adventure category. These motorcycles comprise a niche within a popular category, yet within a few miles of riding each bike, it’s remarkable just how differently each brand approaches the task. The core philosophy of each marque shines through in these machines and plainly portrays how its part of the world, and the people riding there, define adventure.

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This aspect alone actually makes the comparison more enjoyable. You don’t have to split hairs. There won’t be a winner and a loser, simply different bikes for different riders. There are pretty well-defined lines for each motorcycle and the customers they were built for. Even the Tenere 700, which is absent from this test because… Yamaha, is geared toward a fourth type of customer who may have different requirements than the other three.

When we asked each manufacturer for its “Adventure” or “R” model, I didn’t anticipate that that request would so clearly highlight the defining characteristics of what adventure meant to each bike’s respective makers.

BMW F 850 GS Adventure

BMW has long had a stranglehold on the large displacement adventure bike category with bikes like the venerable R 80/100/1100/1200/1250 GS’s. Heck, some would argue BMW started the whole thing. And although the big Boxers generate more sales for the company, BMW (and KTM, for that matter) has been a player in the middleweight adventure game since …read more

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