I currently own a KTM 640 Adventure bike but have owned a KTM 450EXC and street legal Yamaha WR400. It seems there is still no serious, lightweight yet powerful adventure bike available in north america. I reject the BMW GS 800, KTM 790, Triumph Tiger because they are too heavy and laugh at the larger so called adventure bikes Like KTM 1290 or BMW GS1200 that are worse than bad on anything more than a decent dirt road. If you want to say these are serious adventure bikes then start another thread because what I'm looking for here is something that could feasably be raced in the Dakar by someone who isn't a superstar racer.
Some people will talk about how they can modify their KTM 690 or Husqvarna 701 to be the ultimate adventure bike but I'm tired of making my own adventure bike. No, what I want is an out of the crate serious adventure bike that is rideable on a sandwash, can handle the whoops of the California desert, can take some doubles at the local motocross track and won't wear you out because there's no windscreen. In my mind there is no bike that fits that bill and is available in North America. BMW G650 is not serious enough for my liking and would be destroyed trying to take jumps on or race through the desert in stock form.
Honda CRF450L Rally concept bike looks promising
KTM 390 Adventure bike could fit the bill
Honda 250l adventure is too underpowered and under suspended
KTM, Husqvarna and Honda 450's and 500's have no windscreen or large tank
CCM isn't available in North America and was discontinued :(
Nothing. Nadda. Nill. Not since 2006 has there been a lightweight and powerful adventure bike that's been available for sale in North America. I'd say Honda's 250 Adventure is the closest anyone can come but it's just not serious enough for me and I'm tired of having to make a bike that would work. I'm also tired of the horrible vibrations on my KTM 640 Adventure. What's a guy to do?? Wait, wait, wait...