Check Out Big Bore Adventure Bikes

Let’s take a look at all the goodies coming to the segment this year—there’s bound to be something here that will inspire you to tackle your own adventures.

Ducati Multistrada V4

Although v4 in name, Ducati went little further than cramming the Panigale and Street wrestler engine into a multiple chassis. The company modified the engine to better serve the purpose of the model in the range and introduced the V4 Granturismo, which produces less peak power but offers more low to medium range. The new Multi V4 also became the first Ducati to present the new radar system with automatic cruise control and blind spot monitoring. Our colleague Luca’s first impressions of the bike were promising, so it seems that Ducati has done a good job and that it is a bike that we can certainly be delighted with.

Harley-Davidson Pan America

Things have changed dramatically for the company since then, and after more than a year of teasing, announcements and Motorcycle Show features, Pan Am will be officially added to the lineup in 2021. The company is due to debut the bike in February 2021. The first All-American adventurer will run on the larger, 1,250 cc version of the Revolution Max engine(the smaller, 975 cc variant was expected to debut in the Bronx, but the project is currently on ice). Power figures are expected to hover around 145 horsepower and 90 lb-ft of torque. Everything else, including weight, suspension and brake hardware, and prices should be announced in February.

Honda NCX750

When Honda launched the new Forza 750 in October 2020, powered by a new Euro compatible parallel twin, we knew we could expect the updated engine to make its way into the NC. A month after, Team Read introduced the revamped NC750X equipped with the same New 754cc parallel-twin. The updated engine now produces 58 horsepower (up to 54 hp) and 50.89 lb-ft of torque (up to 50 kW). The new NC also lost a few pounds in the process—13 to be specific—and gained a lower seat for easier access. Thanks to a smaller suspension, the saddle now reaches 31.5 inches down from 32.7.

KTM 890 Adventure

KTM has a habit of using its engines with different platforms, so when it introduced the new 890 Duke R at the end of 2019, we doubtful that it would only be a matter of time before an adventurous version followed. The base 890 is tuned for the road and receives features such as a high windshield, a tourist saddle with a separate pillar seat and road-ready tires. The 890 Adventure R and R Rally are slightly more sloping off-road and are equipped with enduro tires, an enduro saddle, high wings, more suspension travel and a larger saddle.

Moto Guzzi V85 TT update

Just two years after the market launch, the Moto Guzzi V85 TT has received some well-deserved upgrades for 2021. Although the manufacturer did not disclose power figures, it confirmed that the 853cc V-twin now produces more torque, versus 80 hp and 60 lb-ft of torque. Thanks to the” optimized lifting of push rod timing cams and rocker arms and consistent tuning of the engine control electronics”, the bike is now said to offer lower and medium torque. Also new for 2021, the V85’s wire-spoke wheel pair is now tubeless tire-friendly. In addition to making the bike more versatile (and simplifying tire changes), the new wheels have helped the bike lose a few pounds.

Gwendolyn B. Baggett

Gwendolyn B. Baggett

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