Capable off-roaders with the balance and handling of a sport-standards

For some people, adventure is about finding your way through the unknown to see things no one has and doing things most haven’t. But unless you plan on walking, you need the right tool to get there. This is where these adventure touring machines comes in and sweeps you off your feet in the most humble and matured way.

Here are our top five all-new adventure tourers coming in 2020 with some excellent versatility to trout the lands across the globe. With the looks and utility of a capable off-roader and the balance and handling of a sport-standard, adventure motorcycles are a bipartisan look at how to tackle paved roads and dirt. Powerful engines, long travel suspensions, and a higher riding position with multiple rider aids adorn these machines.

2020 KTM 390 Adventure

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2020 KTM 390 ADVENTURE
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Built on the success of its bigger adventure bothers, the 390 Adventure kicks off the game for riders new to this segment. KTM will make use of the same 373cc, liquid-cooled, single-cylinder engine on both the models, which is capable of producing about 44 hp and 27 lb-ft of torque that is also making the runs on the Duke and RC models.

It gets off-road and cornering ABS, Motorcycle Traction Control, an adjustable windscreen, LED lighting, a TFT display, and KTM My Ride Bluetooth connectivity. It has a WP Apex 43mm USD fork rebound-adjustable WP Apex shock handling the undulations, and Bybre brakes take care of hauling it down. Cast 19 /17-inch wheels are fitted with tubeless Continental TKC 70 tires. MSRP is $6,199

2021 Yamaha Tenere 700

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2021 YAMAHA TENERE 700

With the middleweight ADV segment getting hotter by the day, Yamaha’s Ténéré 700 takes on the Brit’s Tiger 800 at its own game. Yes, the 698cc parallel-twin “Crossplane Concept” engine might punch 20 fewer horses or lesser grunt than its competition, but it makes it all up with its rugged rally-inspired character that oozes out of this Dakar inspired looks. This is the same engine that runs on the MT-07 naked, which, of course, will be tuned to suit the harshness on the tarmac and dirt, while its mass-centralized layout and low weight contribute to the bike’s agile handling characteristics.

The Ténéré 700 starts off with the front cowl equipped with a Dakar-esque 4-projector headlight assembly, state-of-the-art instrumentation with a mounting bracket to hold your GPS and/or smartphone, laced wheels and street-knobbies, and a low 34.6” upswept bench seat. USD 43mm forks and rear monoshocks will be handling the undulations while dual, twin-piston Brembo calipers provide the needed stopping power. The 700 will be available in the Ceramic Ice, Matte Black, and Intensity White color schemes, with all three models carrying an MSRP of $9,999.

2020 Harley-Davidson Pan-America

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2020 HARLEY-DAVIDSON PAN-AMERICA

Paving the way for Harley into the ADV touring category, the Pan-America will be powered by the company’s new 60-degree V-twin Revolution Max engine that will displace 1250cc to produce over 145 hp and 90 lb-ft of peak torque. The functional fairing houses the LED headlights with signature daytime running lights (DRL) and will get a big adjustable touring screen. A new TFT instrument cluster can be controlled using the ergonomically positioned switch cubes on the handlebar. Engine protection bars and radiator guards will probably come as standard fitment.

Harley has developed a chassis with a Tubular steel Trellis frame with electronically adjustable USD forks and mono shocks that will be handling the suspension while dual Brembo Monobloc radial calipers up front with massive 320 mm disks will halt the machine. Harley has collaborated with Michelin and Brembo to work on bespoke designs and setup for the Bronx that “combines sharp edges and softer curves.”

2020 Zero DSR Black Forest

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2020 ZERO DSR BLACK FOREST

After touring around Europe, Zero has finally launched the Black Forest on our soil. To take on terrains in all silence, this DSR gets a 14.4 kWh battery pack, touring windshield, lockable Givi panniers and top trunk, crash bars fitted with LED auxiliary lights, hand guards and a protective headlight cover. A Power Tank 18 kWh pack would give a total city mileage of 196 miles with the full 116 pound-feet of torque.

With all Zero motorcycles for 2020, the DSR Black Forest also gets the Cypher II/III operating system and a Next-Gen App for charging status, updates, and for customizing ride modes. Aluminum twin-spar frame bolts on the 41 mm inverted Showa forks and 40 mm Showa monoshock. J-Juan brake calipers grab a 320 mm disc up front and a 240 mm disc out back to slow things down, and there’s a stock Bosch Gen 9 ABS. MSRP is $18,995.

2020 Suzuki V-Strom 1050 XT / Adventure

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2020 SUZUKI V-STROM 1050 XT / ADVENTURE

Apart from the name going from V-Strom 1000 to V-Strom 1050, this Japanese ADV machine sees a host of changes to the familiar 1037cc V-twin giving it a mild power boost taking it to 105.9bhp from 99bhp. The standard kit includes LED square light housed in the new faring, three-mode traction control with three riding maps. You also get Suzuki’s easy-start system, and low RPM assist anti-stall.

The SIRS (Suzuki Intelligent Ride System) package on the XT includes lean angle-sensitive ABS, linked brakes, hill-hold, and cruise control. Furthermore, you get spoked wheels, bash plate, lower accessory bar, LED indicators, knuckle covers, adjustable seat, center stand, and 12-volt DC socket. 1050 XT Adventure gets you detachable, lockable aluminum panniers, plus heated grips. MSRP: $14,799 for XT and $16,999 for XT Adventure.

Bonus

2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin / Adventure Sports ES

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2020 HONDA CRF1100L AFRICA TWIN / ADVENTURE SPORTS ES

The CRF1000L Africa Twin now becomes the CRF 1100L Africa Twin, courtesy a larger 1,084cc engine for more power at 101 horsepower – up six percent or seven ponies — and 77 pound-feet of torque. It gets a lighter, redesigned frame, subframe and swingarm, an IMU with new electronics including for wheelie control, cornering ABS, rear-lift control, DCT cornering detection, cruise control, and a new 6.5-inch TFT color touchscreen display with Apple CarPlay.

The Adventure ES additionally gets Showa Electronically Equipped Adjustment Suspension (EERA), cornering lights, tubeless spoked wheels/tires, heated grips, lower seat, a larger adjustable windscreen, a larger skid plate, a rear rack, and a 12V charging outlet. MSRP for the CRF1100L Africa Twin is $14,399 (6-speed manual transmission), and $15,199 (DCT). The Adventure Sports ES will be available in Pearl Glare White/Blue, MSRP is $17,199 (6-speed manual transmission), and $17,999 (DCT).

Sagar Patil
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