Buyer's Guide

June 16, 2014

2014 Off Road, Dual Sport, Adventure Touring and Supermoto Buyer's Guide

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Motorcycles that can be ridden off the beaten path span the alphabet from Aprilia to Zero, and for 2014 we have some tasty additions for your consideration. With new bikes from Honda, KTM, BMW, and other manufacturers (yes, including Aprilia and Zero), the timely return of some old favourites, and an on-going list of continuing models, there are plenty to choose from across the model range. Off-road bikes continue to evolve, engines get more powerful and smoother, suspension gets more supple and stronger, electronics get more useful, seats get more comfortable, and accessory lists grow larger every year. And whether your tastes run to pure dirt-only models or continent crossers with a yen for trails, there’s lots to admire here. From 50 cc beginner bikes for tykes to 1200 cc bruisers with room for the kitchen sink (useful, after a day in the dirt), the range and quality of off-road, dual-sport, adventure-touring, and supermoto motorcycles is exhaustive. So sit back, put your feet up on some pegs, and spend some happy time with this year’s alphabet. You’ll develop a whole new way of seeing the great outdoors.

Off Road

Gas Gas TXT World championship competition has a way of improving a breed. Such is the case with Gas Gas’s TXT trials bikes. Offered in displacements of 125, 250, 280 and 300 cc and in Racing and Pro versions, the hand-built TXT machines come in slim, lightweight, competition-proven designs. Refinements introduced for 2014 include lighter triple trees, a new rear shock that allows the oil reservoir to be moved, and a lighter brake rotor. For additional information about Gas Gas in Canada visit www.gasgaspacific.com.
Price $7,595-$8,695
Engine Liq-cooled two-stroke
Displacement 125-294 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 177/164 mm
Weight 66 kg
Fuel capacity 2.4 l
Gas Gas EC The 2-stroke Gas Gas Racing 250 and 300 enduros are in competition-ready trim. The 2014 ECs feature a redesigned frame and aluminum subframe that cuts weight by two kilograms, Marzocchi closed-cartridge 48 mm inverted fork, a new fully adjustable Reiger rear shock that improves traction, a new frame, crankshaft, cylinder, new handlebar, new side number plates, and adjustable footpegs. The EC engines provide an improved power curve, and Electric start is available on either model for an additional $200.
Price $9,395-$9,895
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 249/299 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 305/298 mm
Weight 102 kg
Fuel capacity 9.5 l
Honda CRF50F / 80F The $1,699 CRF50F employs a 49 cc 4-stroke single-cylinder engine and uses a 3-speed transmission with automatic clutch to feed power to the ground. Seat height is a very low 548 mm. The CRF70F is discontinued, and the $2,199 CRF80F is a discounted 2013 model. It uses a 5-speed transmission, manual clutch, and like its smaller stable-mate, drum brakes. Both come in what Honda calls “extreme red” and both have a six-month warranty. The CRF80F, a good step up from mini bikes, is $600 down from last year.
Price $1,699/$2,199
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 49/80 cc
Transmission 3-speed/5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 10/10, 16/14 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 87/70, 123/110 mm
Weight 50/75 kg
Fuel capacity 2.6/5.0 l
Honda CRF110F The 2014 CRF110F retains last year’s price, and if you’re lucky enough to find a 2013 model, you’ll enjoy a $400 discount. With both kick- and electric starting, a 4-speed gearbox with automatic clutch (the same as on the CRF50F), an adjustable throttle limiter, 14-inch front and 12-inch rear tires, a low, 667-mm seat height, and control levers sized for smaller hands, the 110F is a good step up from the CRF50F and offers the performance to keep young riders entertained. Introduced last year, the 110F fills the vacancy left by the 70F’s departure.
Price $2,399
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 110 cc
Transmission 4-speed automatic
Wheel size (F/R) 14/12 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 100/87 mm
Weight 74 kg
Fuel capacity 5.0 l
Honda CRF125F / 125F Big Wheel The CRF125F and 125F Big Wheel are new models. The 125F is the smallest Honda with a manual clutch, and with a 734-mm seat height and 87 kg weight, it’s a good machine for kids who want to move up from the 110F. With 2-inch larger wheels, the 125F Big Wheel is a roomier 125F for larger riders. A low-maintenance 4-stroke single, 4-speed transmission, electric starting, front disc brake, and Pro-Link shock make both CRF125 models a good choice for riders big or small who want to improve their skills and have fun doing it.
Price $2,999/$3,399
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 125 cc
Transmission 4-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/14, 19/16 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 140/114, 150/150 mm
Weight 87/88 kg
Fuel capacity 4.2 l
Honda CRF150F / 230 F The CRF150F and 230F are full-featured off-road bikes with plenty of suspension travel, broad torque spreads, aluminum swingarms, and electric starts. The 150F is lighter, narrower, and lower than the 230F and is more suitable for smaller riders. The 230F is fitted with a 21-inch front tire and has an 878-mm seat height, while the 150’s seat is 832 mm off the ground. Both are reliable, predictable, easy-handling motorcycles that offer balance and manoeuvrability with easy-to-use engine power.
Price $4,249/$4,699
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 149/223 cc
Transmission 5-speed/6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/16, 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 207/227, 216/230 mm
Weight 106/113 kg
Fuel capacity 7.0 l
Honda CRF150RB The CRF150RB has the same engine displacement as the 150F, but don’t be fooled by that—it’s a completely different machine. Liquid cooling, an oversquare bore and stroke, light all-up weight, 886-mm seat height, USD Showa cartridge fork and fully adjustable Showa shock, aluminum swingarm, 19- and 16-inch wheels, and disc brakes slot the CRF150RB firmly in the realm of competition. It’s intended for smaller riders, but gives them the benefit of competitive machinery in a lightweight, powerful design.
Price $5,649
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 149 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/16 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 275/283 mm
Weight 85 kg
Fuel capacity 4.3 l
Honda CRF250R / 250X / 450R / 450X The CRF250R ($8,699) received a new engine, transmission, and chassis for 2014 and benefits from a lower centre of gravity and improved low- and mid-range power. The 250X ($7,999) enduro model is a 2013 model and gets a big price cut. The 450R ($9,499), new last year, gets new intake and exhaust ports, new fuel injection, a redesigned muffler, and revised fork guts in 2014. The 450X enduro ($9,199) keeps its centre of mass low for easier control and has titanium valves, a 40 mm Keihin carb, and a 47 mm Showa fork.
Price $7,999-$9,499
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 249/449 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/19, 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 310/312-315/313 mm
Weight 105-122 kg
Fuel capacity 6.3/7.2 l
Husaberg FE Husaberg makes 2- and 4-stroke enduros only. The FEs use 4-stroke singles developed with KTM, which owns them and Husky. The 2014 FE250 gets a new engine with more torque and a revised gearbox with shorter 4th, 5th, and 6th gear ratios. All three FEs get revamped forks and a new speedo, 25th anniversary graphics, and new handguards, and the 501 gets a thinner-wall frame to reduce weight. Improvements brought in last year include the PDS shock, lighter subframes and swingarms, and the 4CS WP closed-cartridge fork.
Price $9,549-$10,549
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 250/350/510 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/335 mm
Weight 105-111 kg
Fuel capacity 8.5 l
Husaberg TE The 2-stroke TE250 and TE300 were upgraded last year with new bodywork, chassis, suspension, and airboxes. For 2014 the TE250 receives further suspension improvements, a revised chainguide for more reliability and lower weight, 25th anniversary graphics, a more powerful battery, upgraded electric starter, redesigned reed valve housing, and refined DDS clutch. The TE300 also gets the new reed valve housing and a refined cylinder head, refinements to its brakes, and revamped suspension. All Husabergs use Brembo brakes.
Price $9,149/$9,349
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 249/293 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/335 mm
Weight 102/103 kg
Fuel capacity 10.7 l
Husqvarna FE The FE Husky enduro models use Keihin EFI, closed-cartridge WP forks with on-the-go adjustability, WP shocks, polyamide rear subframe, and Neken tapered aluminum handlebars. The 250 is suitable for riders of all levels and uses a DOHC head with 12.8:1 compression and a wide bore for high revving and good power. The 350 gets a larger bore and stroke, and uses a heavier crankshaft than the motocross model for improved traction. The FE501 uses a single cam and a counterbalance for smoothness. All have electric starters.
Price $9,549-$10,449
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 250/350/510 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/330 mm
Weight 107.5-113.5 kg
Fuel capacity 9.5/9.0 l
Husqvarna TE Husqvarna’s 2-stroke enduro engines use Boyesen reed valves and new-generation reed blocks, and their power characteristics can be tailored by varying the exhaust valve spring stiffness. Both have electric- and kick-starters, and use Brembo hydraulics in their clutch systems. Fully adjustable, closed-cartridge 48 mm WP forks and link-mounted fully adjustable WP shocks, 4-position adjustable handlebars, and CDI with two ignition curves are standard features. An integrated airbox allows quick filter changes.
Price $9,099/$9,299
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 249/293 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/330 mm
Weight 104/105 kg
Fuel capacity 11.0 l
Husqvarna TC The TC 2-stroke motocrossers are fitted with WP forks and PDS rear suspension, and tapered aluminum handlebars. The TC 85 is sized for kids, with 17- and 14-inch wheels and an 855 mm seat height. The TC 125 and 250 get 21- and 19-inch wheels and have higher seats (992 mm). The TC 85 and 125 are fitted with 6-speed gearboxes, while the 250 has a 5-speed box. The WP suspension is completely adjustable on all three models. All three use hydraulic clutches, and the TC 250 features a DDS clutch unit with Brembo hydraulics.
Price $5,999-$8,349
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 85/125/249
Transmission 6-speed/5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/14, 21/19 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 270/300, 300/317 mm
Weight 68/92/98 kg
Fuel capacity 5/7.5 l
Husqvarna FC Husky’s 4-stroke motocrossers are available in two engine sizes, and come with all the usual suspects: Keihin EFI, DDS (damped diaphragm steel) clutches with Brembo hydraulics, Brembo brakes with wave discs, closed-cartridge 48 mm WP forks and WP monoshocks, all fully adjustable, and electric starters. The FC 250 has an impressive 14,000 rpm rev limit, while the FC 450 revs to 11,500 and claims 60 horsepower. The EFI’s injector is on the bottom of the throttle body for better power compared to enduro models.
Price $9,049/$10,049
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 250/449 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/19 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/317 mm
Weight 104/108 kg
Fuel capacity 7.5 l
Kawasaki KLX110 / KLX110L The KLX110 is an economical 4-stroke play bike for novice riders. Its air-cooled engine received a massive one cc displacement boost (to 112) in 2010, and the 4-speed gearbox works through a centrifugal clutch. The rear suspension was also upgraded, and roomier ergonomics accommodate a wider range of young riders. The $2,799 KLX110L has a traditional manual clutch and longer suspension travel. Both models only come in green, but what other colour would you want for a kid-friendly Kawasaki off roader?
Price $2,649/$2,799
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 112 cc
Transmission 4-speed
semi-auto
Wheel size (F/R) 14/12 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 110/107; 140/132 mm
Weight 76 kg
Fuel capacity 3.8 l
Kawasaki KLX140 / KLX140L The KLX140 uses an air-cooled 144 cc 4-stroke single with electric start and a close-ratio 5-speed gearbox. The clutch features a spring damper that provides 2-stage engagement to facilitate learning. The bike also features a steel perimeter frame, KX-inspired bodywork and disc brakes. The L version has larger wheels, a higher seat and stiffer suspension with a fully adjustable rear shock. Bigger than kids’ bikes but smaller than full-size, these bikes are ideal go-betweens for young riders.
Price $3,599/$3,999
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 144 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/14; 19/16 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 180/180 mm
Weight 93/95 kg
Fuel capacity 5.8 l
Kawasaki KX65 / KX85 The small yet sophisticated KX65 has a steel frame, aluminum rims, adjustable rear suspension and disc brakes, making it ideal for motocross beginners. The KX85 is the logical step up from its smaller sibling and has been revamped for 2014, boasting boosted engine performance, updated suspension and a 6-position adjustable handlebar. Brakes utilize single-piston calipers with a 220 mm front and 184 mm rear disc. Lower seat heights on these little KXs (760 mm for the 65, 830 mm for the 85) can accommodate smaller riders.
Price $4,099/$4,799
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 64/84 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 14/12; 17/14 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 210/240; 275/275 mm
Weight 60/75 kg
Fuel capacity 3.8/5 l
Kawasaki KX100 As with the KX85, the KX100 features updates for 2014. Kawasaki claims increased power and torque at all rpms, with updated suspension to boot. The 99 cc single is the same as the KX85’s, but bored out for increased displacement. Disc brakes provide adequate stopping power, while a 36 mm inverted cartridge fork features 20-way compression damping and the Uni-Trak single shock is fully adjustable. The KX100 is ideal for adolescent motocrossers who need to step up from mini bikes but aren’t yet ready for a full-sized racer.
Price $5,099
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 99 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/16 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 275/275 mm
Weight 77 kg
Fuel capacity 5 l
Kawasaki KX250F / KX450F The KX250F has had some updates for 2014, including transmission adjustments for smoother shifting, a competition-inspired launch control system and styling tweaks. It features dual injectors in its digital fuel injection system. The bigger KX450F comes with launch control, has a 4-position adjustable handlebar, 2-position adjustable footpegs, and features a pneumatic spring fork (PSF) that uses compressed air instead of main springs, which Kawasaki claims reduces weight, improves bottoming resistance and provides easier tuning.
Price $8,699/$9,499
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 249/449 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/19 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 315/310; 314/315 mm
Weight 106/112.5 kg
Fuel capacity 6.1/6.2 l
KTM 50 SX Mini / 50 SX / 65 SX / 85 SX KTM’s small motocrossers are powered by liquid-cooled, 2-stroke singles. The Mini ($3,699) has 10-inch wheels, while the 50 SX ($3,899) has 12-and 10-inchers, and both use a single gear transmission and automatic clutch. The 65 SX ($4,899) is a fully fledged motocrosser with a six-speed gearbox and 14- and 12-inch wheels, and the 85 SX ($5,999) is aimed at serious amateur racers and has 17- and 14-inch wheels. The 50, 65, and 85 SX are available in SX-S versions with factory race parts for $5,099, $5,699, and $6,149.
Price $3,699-$5,999
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 49-85 cc
Transmission Auto/six-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 10/10-17/14 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 100/171-270/300 mm
Weight 39-68 kg
Fuel capacity 2.0-5.0 l
KTM SX Liquid-cooled 2-stroke singles power these serious motocrossers. With 21-inch front wheel and 19-inch rear, WP 48 mm USD fork and WP monoshock, Brembo brakes and wave discs, CNC-machined hubs and Excel rims, the SX 125, 150, and 250 motocrossers are ready for intense track riding. Quick-change air filters, redesigned engines with Boyesen performance reeds and, on the 250, a new cylinder head and new CDI box, ensure strong engine performance. The 125 and 150 are 6-speed models; the 250 is a 5-speed.
Price $7,599/$7,799/$8,299
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 125/144/249 cc
Transmission 6-speed/5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/19 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/317 mm
Weight 90.8/96.3 kg
Fuel capacity 7.5 l
KTM SX-F The F in SX-F stands for 4-stroke. These motocrossers are powered by liquid-cooled, fuel-injected singles that can be tuned with selectable power maps. The 450 has a 4-speed gearbox, while the others are 5-speed models, and the 250 gearbox has been lightened. All feature electric starters and lightweight titanium valves. The 250 and 350 feature DOHC heads, while the 450 uses a single lightened cam with auto decompression. A 450 SX-F Factory Edition with very particular racing components is available for $10,899.
Price $8,999/$9,749/$9,999
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 250/350/449 cc
Transmission 5-speed/4-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/19 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/330, 300/317, 300/330 mm
Weight 103/105/106 kg
Fuel capacity 7.5 l
KTM XC / XC-W The XC and XC-W two-stroke models are available in 150, 250, and 300 cc engine sizes. The 150 does not have electric start, but its low weight, high quality WP suspension, and easy manoeuvrability make it a good starting point for cross-country riding. The 250 and 300 have electric and kick starters and make plenty of power for all kinds of off-road work. The XC models are designated as cross-country machines, while the W models have wider gear ratios for enduro riding.
Price $8,149-$9,249
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 144-293 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/317, 300/335 mm
Weight 94-104 kg
Fuel capacity 10 l
KTM XC-F / XC-F-W Powered by 4-stroke singles, the XC-F and XC-F-W line of enduros has earned high marks in cross-country, supercross, and X-Games competitions. All have EFI, the 250 and 350 XC-F and the 350 XC-F-W models have titanium valves, the 450 XC-F has a 5-speed transmission, the 250 XC-F-W has a new DOHC engine, and the 450 and 500 XC-W models have titanium intake valves, SOHC engines, and gobs of torque. All XC models receive a new WP 48 mm closed-cartridge fork in 2014 with adjusters on top of the fork.
Price $9,499-$10,399
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 250-510 cc
Transmission 6-speed/5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/317 mm, 300/335 mm
Weight 105.5-111 kg
Fuel capacity 9/8.5 l
Suzuki DR-Z70 With its low seat height (560 mm) and light weight, the DR-Z70 is an ideal beginner bike for your budding off-road enthusiast. Its 67 cc single can be kicked into life or started with the push of a button. Once underway that engine delivers strong low-end torque with a smooth, controllable powerband. The front brake lever is adjustable and the 3-speed transmission works through a centrifugal clutch, perfect for young riders just starting out. The DR-Z70 even looks the part, with competition-inspired styling for your little James Stewart.
Price $2,099
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 67 cc
Transmission 3-speed semi-automatic
Wheel size (F/R) 10/10 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) NA
Weight 55 kg
Fuel capacity 3 l
Suzuki RM85 The RM85 returned to Suzuki’s lineup last year and offers young motocross racers a serious but beginner-friendly bike on which to hone their skills before stepping up to the brand’s 250 or 450 machines. Its liquid-cooled 2-stroke single has aluminum exhaust valves that are designed to match the expansion rate of the cylinder for optimum sealing, and it breathes through a single Keihin carburetor. It has disc brakes and suspension is race-spec, with fully adjustable Showa shock and 37 mm inverted fork.
Price $4,299
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 84.7 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/14 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 275/277 mm
Weight 73 kg
Fuel capacity 5 l
Suzuki DR-Z125 / DR-Z125L Suzuki’s DR-Z125 playbikes come in two versions. The base model has a 17-inch front and 14-inch rear wheel with drum brakes, while the slightly larger L version has a 19-inch front and 16-inch rear wheel, disc front brake and longer wheelbase. Each of these entry-level off-road machines is powered by an air-cooled single-cylinder engine, has a steel frame and swingarm, and features a 5-speed transmission. RM-Z-inspired bodywork, graphics and number plate make these 125s look like big-boy bikes.
Price $3,099/$3,499
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 124 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/14; 19/16 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 180/160; 180/170 mm
Weight 88/89 kg
Fuel capacity 6.2 l
Suzuki RM-Z250 / RM-Z450 Suzuki’s RM-Z250 and RM-Z450 were both thoroughly updated last year and remain the same for 2014. Improvements included a new Showa Separate Function Fork (SFF) with spring in the left leg and damping cartridge assembly in the right, and, to provide more consistent performance, redesigned transmission for smoother operation, new radiator with increased cooling efficiency and an exhaust system that Suzuki claims is quieter and enhances mid- and high-rpm power delivery.
Price $8,099/$9,099
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 249/449 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/19 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) NA
Weight 106.5/113 kg
Fuel capacity 6.5/6.2 l
TM EN / MX The TM enduro range consists of 85, 100, 125, 144, 250, and 300 cc 2-strokes and 250, 450, and 530 cc 4-strokes, all with 21-inch front and 18-in rear hoops, 50 mm upside-down Marzocchi forks, and Sachs rear shocks. TM motorcycles are hand-made in Italy and are built to order. The same 2- and 4-strokes power the MX line. The MX85 and MX100 Junior get smaller wheels; the others get 21- and 19-inchers. Improvements are made every year. Barker Bros. Cycle in B.C. imports TM.
Price $6,749-$10,199
Engine Liq-cooled 2-/4-stroke
Displacement 85-528 cc
Transmission 5-speed/6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18, 21/19 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) N/A
Weight N/A
Fuel capacity 7.0-8.7 l
Yamaha PW50 The PW50 is a kid’s bike with a 49 cc 2-stroke single featuring oil injection and a single-speed fully automatic transmission, so your youngster can just twist and go. Shaft drive reduces maintenance. Speed is governed by a handlebar-mounted throttle screw or exhaust restrictor. A super-low seat height (485 mm) and drum brakes make this bike an easy introduction to motorcycling. Why buy used when $1,299 gets you a brand-new PW50?
Price $1,299
Engine Air-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 49 cc
Transmission 1-speed automatic
Wheel size (F/R) 10/10 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 60/50 mm
Weight 39 kg
Fuel capacity 2.0 l
Yamaha TT-R50E The TT-R50E is the smallest model in Yamaha’s TT-R lineup, but boasts big bike YZ styling. It’s designed for young riders who prefer 4-stroke power and would rather shift gears themselves. Its 49 cc air-cooled single has a 3-speed transmission that works through a semi-automatic centrifugal clutch. The TT-R50E also features electric start. A key-operated, handlebar-mounted ignition switch prevents a youth-in-revolt joyride when children are not under adult supervision. A single shock and inverted fork should impress knowledgeable parents.
Price $1,599
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 50 cc
Transmission 3-speed semi-automatic
Wheel size (F/R) 10/10 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 96/71 mm
Weight 57 kg
Fuel capacity 3.0 l
Yamaha YZ85 The smallest YZ was last redesigned in 2002, receiving a displacement boost to adhere to the larger class limit for what was formerly the 80 cc motocross division. The YZ85’s engine uses crankcase reed valve induction, a flat-slide Keihin carburetor and a close-ratio 6-speed transmission. The semi-double cradle steel frame comes with a detachable subframe for easy maintenance. The 36 mm inverted fork can be tuned for compression and rebound damping, while Monocross rear suspension is fully adjustable.
Price $3,999
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 85 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/14 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 275/282 mm
Weight 71 kg
Fuel capacity 5 l
Yamaha TT-R110E The TT-R110E was introduced in 2008 and has remained largely unchanged through 2014. It features a 110 cc carburetted, air-cooled, 4-stroke single that’s reliable, smooth and economical. Electric start, 4-speed gearbox with automatic clutch, modest 670 mm seat height (due in part to its 14-inch front and 12-inch rear wheels), and light 72 kg weight make the 110E an excellent bike for beginners. YZ-inspired graphics and number plates should please the kids, while a key-operated ignition switch provides piece of mind for parents.
Price $2,499
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 110 cc
Transmission 4-speed semi-auto
Wheel size (F/R) 14/12 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 115/110 mm
Weight 72 kg
Fuel capacity 3.8 l
Yamaha TT-R125LE The TT-R125LE is a recreational off-roader powered by an air-cooled, 124 cc, 2-valve single-cylinder engine. Fueling comes via a Mikuni VM20 carburetor, and the 5-speed gearbox uses a heavy-duty clutch. The bike features electric start (with manual kick start as well). The TT-R125LE’s Monocross shock is fully adjustable, while its Showa fork is 4-position preload adjustable. YZ-F-inspired bodywork makes this look like a real racer, though the engine’s broad, torquey powerband makes it a novice-friendly off-road machine.
Price $3,149
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 124 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/16 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 180/168 mm
Weight 84/90 kg
Fuel capacity 6 l
Yamaha YZ125 / YZ250 With just a handful of exceptions, 2-stroke motocrossers have faded from the lineups of the Big Four to the point of near extinction, but Yamaha’s mid-sized 2-stroke YZs are back again for 2014. Subtle changes to the seat cover and chain were some of the updates implemented several years ago, along with a new 48 mm inverted fork, revised Monocross linkage lever ratio, new shock valving, lightweight wave-style brake rotors and shorter front brake lever. Great go-between bikes for racers too big for 85s but too small for bigger 4-stroke machines.
Price $6,599/$7,399
Engine Liq-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 124/249 cc
Transmission 6-speed/5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/19 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/315 mm
Weight 94/103 kg
Fuel capacity 8 l
Yamaha TT-R230 The TT-R230 is an inexpensive, lightweight playbike designed for the casual trail rider, and it’s the biggest model in Yamaha’s TT-R lineup. It features a 223 cc single with electric start, 6-speed gearbox and a steel frame. A non-adjustable 36 mm fork and Monocross rear suspension with preload-adjustable shock provide adequate wheel travel for off-road shenanigans, while a front 220 mm disc brake enhances stopping power. Rims are aluminum and styling mimics YZ motocross models.
Price $3,999
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 223 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 240/220 mm
Weight 114 kg
Fuel capacity 8 l
Yamaha YZ250F / YZ450F Both the YZ250F and YZ450F have received extensive upgrades for 2014, and increased prices have followed suit. Both engines have been revised and are now fuel injected, featuring broad powerbands and improved high-rpm performance. A new and more compact aluminum frame centralizes mass, and both bikes receive completely redesigned exhaust units. Suspension systems have also been revised to complement the new frame. Bodywork is more compact and features graphics impregnated directly into the plastic—no more peeling stickers!
Price $8,299/$9,299
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 250/450 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/19 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 310/315 mm
Weight 105/111 kg
Fuel capacity 7.5 l
Yamaha WR450F The smaller WR250F has been dropped for 2014, leaving the WR450F as the only enduro model in Yamaha’s lineup. It was last updated in 2012 and features a lightweight aluminum “Bilateral Beam” frame, Keihin fuel injection and YZ-based suspension (48 mm fork tunable for compression and rebound, fully adjustable rear shock). Its 449 cc DOHC powerplant uses lightweight titanium valves, and camshafts, exhaust and ECU settings are specially designed for enduro riding. It’s a solid bike, reliable and versatile.
Price $8,999
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 449 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 300/294 mm
Weight 124 kg
Fuel capacity 7.5 l

Dual Sport

BMW G650GS / G650GS Sertão The single-cylinder 650GS and Sertão are differentiated by their preferences: with a 780 mm seat height,19-inch front wheel, and the option of reducing its claimed 48 hp output, the G650GS is more street than dirt; with a 21-inch front hoop, 860 mm seat height, and about 40 more mm of suspension travel, the Sertão likes getting dirty. Both have switchable ABS and are chain driven. A 900 mm seat on the Sertão and 770 and 820 mm seats on the GS are options. A nice, light and nimble bike with dual-purpose capabilities.
Price $9,300/$10,250
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 652 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/17, 21/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 170/165, 210/210 mm
Weight 192/193 kg
Fuel capacity 14 l
Honda CRF250L Honda’s 250 cc dual purpose model is powered by a retuned version of the CBR250 single, but is given wider gearing, a narrower throttle body, and a longer and narrower header pipe for better low-end power delivery. A 43 mm Showa inverted fork and Pro-Link rear shock handle suspension duties and give plenty of travel. Seat height is 875 mm and the bike has 255 mm of ground clearance. Honda claims this one has an ideal mix of on-road and off-road qualities so that compromises are minimal in both environments.
Price $4,999
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 249 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 250/240 mm
Weight 145 kg
Fuel capacity 7.7 l
Honda XR650L Honda’s 650 dual sport retains the best characteristics of the Baja-winning XR600 but was bumped 50 cc in size and given a steel gas tank in place of plastic. The air-cooled, carburetor-fed single may appear dated, but comes up with plenty of torque in the low-rpm range where it’s most likely to be needed, starts with a push-button, and can easily handle expressway duties. The 940 mm seat height is not to be sneered at, but the XR650L is light, nimble, comfortable, and more capable than some other so-called “dual sports.”
Price $8,199
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 644 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 260/280 mm
Weight 158 kg
Fuel capacity 10.5 l
Kawasaki KLX250S The only change for this year’s KLX250S is a considerable price cut—$700 to be exact. Conceived as a road-going version of the KLX300R, the pavement-friendly 250S keeps plenty of the character, performance and off-road ability of its cousin. Suspension is fully adjustable and that DOHC engine produces a wide torque band. CC editor Neil Graham likes the 250S because it keeps his ass in the saddle and out of the shrubbery. That reduced price tag is also appealing, and may cause more riders to go green (though it comes in black too).
Price $5,199
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 249 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 290/280 mm
Weight 135 kg
Fuel capacity 7.7 l
Kawasaki KLR650 Kawasaki’s staple dual-sport KLR650 is powered by a liquid-cooled 651 cc single that should provide steady service for a very long time. Updates for 2014 include a redesigned seat and stiffer suspension (both front and rear) to make the bike more comfortable and better suited for on-road riding. But don’t worry; you can still get dirty. This do-it-all bike is a favourite of long-distance travellers for its comfort, reliability and ease of maintenance. A great bike for running errands or reaching the ends of the earth.
Price $6,999
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 651 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 200/185 mm
Weight 196 kg
Fuel capacity 22 l
KTM 350 EXC-F / 500 EXC The street-legal 350 EXC-F and 500 EXC are both powered by 4-stroke singles and were given extensive updates in 2012, including engine upgrades, new frame, PDS shock, electric start, and airbox and bodywork improvements. For 2014, the 350 gets an “optimized” DDS clutch with Brembo hydraulics. It has a heavier crankshaft than the 350 SX-F for more uniform power and better traction, and this year, thinner frame tubes for less weight, as does the 500, which has a lightened cylinder head and titanium intake valves.
Price $10,599/$10,999
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 350/510 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) N/A
Weight 110/114 kg
Fuel capacity 8.5 l
KTM 690 Enduro R The Enduro R received a new electronics package last year, with ride-by-wire and three settings for power delivery. It’s fitted with an electric starter with automatic decompressor, and an anti-hopping clutch, and for 2014 the LC4 engine was given a twin-plug ignition with differently sized spark plugs. The 48 mm upside-down WP fork is now a split fork with compression damping in the left tube and rebound in the right. The rear shock has high- and low-speed compression adjustment. Brakes and Brembos, with wave discs.
Price $11,399
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 690 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 250/250 mm
Weight 139 kg
Fuel capacity 12 l
Suzuki DR200SE A mild-mannered 4-stroke single powers the smallest member of Suzuki’s DR series. Modest seat height, low weight, nimble steering and electric start make it a great bike for beginners. With a 5-speed transmission, dual-sport tires and moderate suspension travel, the 200SE is also an ideal machine for casual trail riding. A front disc and rear drum brake provide adequate stopping power, whether you’re on pavement or in the dirt.
Price $4,999
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 199 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 205/205 mm
Weight 126 kg
Fuel capacity 13 l
Suzuki DR-Z400S Suzuki’s liquid-cooled DR-Z400S started life as a dirt bike, but has been substantially outfitted for street use. It’s one of the lightest street-legal thumpers available, yet its off-road lineage has left it with competent handling on the trails. Power from its carbureted, overhead-cam, 398 cc single-cylinder engine is adequate for both off-roading and everyday street riding. Sure stopping power is supplied by disc brakes, 250 mm up front and 220 mm at the rear.
Price $7,299
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 398 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 290/295 mm
Weight 144 kg
Fuel capacity 10 l
Suzuki DR650SE The DR650SE has been a steady seller for Suzuki for almost a quarter of a century, and, by big thumper standards, this venerable electric-start model is light, nimble and compact, with a reliable air-cooled 4-valve mill. In stock form the seat height is an inseam-stretching 885 mm, but suspension can be adjusted to reduce the rider’s perch by 40 mm. It’s a semi-permanent change done by the dealer and requires the installation of a shorter sidestand. Other options include a skid plate, gel seat and rear rack.
Price $6,299
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 644 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 260/260 mm
Weight 166 kg
Fuel capacity 13 l
Yamaha TW200 The TW200’s balloon tires are not just distinctive; they allow a rider to float over the setbacks and miseries of a well-lived life. A low seat height suits beginners, as does the smooth power delivered by its 196 cc carbureted single. The electric-start TW was last updated over a decade ago with a more powerful front disc brake and an improved charging system and headlight. Features such as standard bungee cord hooks, skid plate and passenger pegs make this a practical all-rounder, whether on the farm or in the city.
Price $4,999
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 196 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 18/14 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 160/150 mm
Weight 126 kg
Fuel capacity 7 l
Yamaha XT250 A long-time staple of Yamaha’s dual sport lineup, the XT250 has an air-cooled, 2-valve single designed for strong, predictable low-end and mid-range power and counterbalanced to minimize vibration. Last year the XT received some upgrades, including a Mikuni fuel injection system, higher output magneto and an updated piston design to improve throttle response, increase durability and reduce vibration. A wide-ratio 5-speed gearbox, light clutch and electric start make the XT250 a novice-friendly machine.
Price $5,099
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 249 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 225/180 mm
Weight 132 kg
Fuel capacity 9.6 l
Yamaha WR250R The WR250R benefits from the 4-valve cylinder head, titanium valves, ceramic composite cylinder and EXUP valve technology of Yamaha’s full-blown racing machines. Fuel injection adds zip and electric start adds convenience. Lightweight aluminum frame and adjustable suspension (fork adjustable for compression and rebound, fully adjustable rear shock) ensure capable off-road handling, while compact multi-function digital instrumentation, wave-style brake rotors and dual-sport tires deliver respectable street behaviour.
Price $6,999
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 250 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 270/270 mm
Weight 134 kg
Fuel capacity 7.6 l
Zero FX The Zero FX is a street-legal dirt bike with lower weight and more torque than other models, but at the price of reduced range. You can have your Zero with one power pack, or two, which accounts for the two prices, weights, and ranges at left. The frame is aluminum, and the 43 mm fork and rear shock are adjustable. Three drive modes are available, Sport, Eco, and Custom, by handlebar switch. The dash features a blue LCD display. The Zero can be charged at a normal outlet, or quick-charged with an accessory part.
Price $9,955/$12,595
Weight 108/127 kg
Seat height 881 mm
Range 56/113 km (city)
Top speed 137 km/h
Transmission Direct drive
Final drive Belt
Zero DS Zero’s line of electrically powered motorcycles includes a dual-sport bike available in two engine specs: ZF8.5 and ZF11.4, and the difference is range, not peak power, as all make a claimed 54 hp and 68 lb-ft of torque. An optional Power Pack adds 2.8 kWh of storage and can be added to any 2014 Zero, for a price. Zeros use an aluminum twin-spar frame and 43 mm inverted forks, and Nissin front disc brakes. Also, there’s an app for that—yup, you can do stuff to your Zero with an iPhone that no gas-hog would understand.
Price $13,645-$15,745
Weight 169-183 kg
Seat height 843 mm
Range 152-203 km (city)
Top speed 158 km/h
Transmission Direct drive
Final drive Belt

Adventure Touring

Aprilia Caponord 1200 The Caponord is a brand new model from Aprilia and uses a 125 hp V-twin engine with EFI and ride-by-wire with Sport, Touring, and Rain maps. Disengageable ABS and 3-level traction control, adjustable windscreen, and handguards are standard equipment. Brakes are Brembos. The Canadian model comes with a Travel Pack that includes dynamic damping control, cruise control, electrically adjustable shock, colour-matched panniers, and a centrestand. The LCD instrument panel has map indicator, shock preload info, gear position, and more.
Price $15,995
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 1,197 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 167/150 mm
Weight 228 kg
Fuel capacity 24 l
BMW F700GS / F800GS / F800GS Adventure All three GS models use the 798 cc parallel twin engine, but power has been reduced on the $10,750 F700GS from a claimed 85 hp to 75. Seat height (also variable) is 820, 880, and 890 mm respectively. The 700 has cast aluminum wheels, the $13,600 F800GS and $14,950 Adventure have spoked wheels. The Adventure has a 24-litre tank. ABS is standard on all, and electronic suspension adjustment (ESA) and automatic stability control (ASC) are optional features. The two F800s are BMW’s most off-road-capable motorcycles.
Price $10,750-$14,950
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 798 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/17, 21/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 170/170, 230/215 mm
Weight 209-229 kg
Fuel capacity 16/24 l
BMW R1200GS / R1200GS Adventure The boxer engine powering these big GS models got partial liquid cooling last year and is free-revving and powerful, with a claimed 125 hp. The R1200GS can be had with a number of packages and options that include such features as Dynamic ESA, Enduro ASC, an onboard computer, engine guards, and rally seat. The Adventure gets a higher seat, more gas, “rain” and “road” riding modes, an onboard computer, a small-item compartment, improved seating and more weather protection. Both have switchable ABS.
Price $19,200/$21,600
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 1,170 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 190/200, 210/220 mm
Weight 238/260 kg
Fuel capacity 20/30 l
Ducati Multistrada 1200 / Touring / Pikes Peak / Gran Turismo With 150 claimed hp and 92 lb-ft of torque, the Multistrada is one of the most powerful adventure touring bikes on the market. All that grunt comes with a competent frame, suspension, and brakes, and it’s comfortable, too. You get what you pay for, and the $20,995 Touring, the $23,495 Pikes Peak, and the $23,295 Gran Turismo come with sophisticated electronic packages that include Sky Hook, which intelligently and automatically adjusts suspension to changing road conditions. The less expensive 1200 has fully adjustable suspension.
Price $18,495-$23,495
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 1,198 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) N/A
Weight 222-245 kg
Fuel capacity 20 l
Honda CB500X The CB500X is the third member of Honda’s 500 cc twin family, introduced in 2013, and is adapted for adventure touring with longer-travel suspension, 12 mm more wheelbase, more ground clearance, more fuel capacity, a narrower fairing and an adjustable windscreen. The upright seating position is comfy, seat height is only 810 mm, and it’s fitted with ABS. Not meant for serious trailing or a coast-to-coast excursion, but a good, reliable, and easy-handling bike for beginners or travellers with modest dreams.
Price $6,799
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 471 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 125/118 mm
Weight 197 kg
Fuel capacity 17 l
Honda NC750X Like the 500X, the NC750X is an adventure-touring variant of a common platform, but this year’s bike is 75 cc more potent, thanks to a 4 mm bore increase, and produces better low-end power than the 2013 model, even though gearing has been raised slightly for relaxed cruising. The 2014 750X gets taller gearing, a second balance shaft, and a new muffler. Dual-sport tires adorn the 17-inch rims in 120 and 160 widths, and it has long-travel suspension, plenty of ground clearance, and linked ABS. In metallic silver.
Price $9,199
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 745 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) N/A
Weight 219 kg
Fuel capacity 14.1 l
Kawasaki Versys 650 / 1000 The Versys 650 is motivated by a fuel-injected parallel twin tuned for low-end power. It offers good sport-touring potential with adjustable windscreen and reinforced subframe suitable for aftermarket luggage. The Versys 1000 has an inline four derived from the old Z1000. It features two riding modes and 3-level traction control. Kawasaki makes no bones about these bikes being designed for street use, though with such ample suspension they really could handle any street. ABS is standard on both.
Price $8,999/$13,999
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 649/1,043 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 150/145; 150/150 mm
Weight 206/239 kg
Fuel capacity 19/21 l
KTM 1190 Adventure / Adventure R With about the same power and weight (150 hp and 230 kg with gas) as Ducati’s Multistrada, the KTM 1190 Adventure brings a lot of muscle to the game, but the KTM has an unexpected bonus: lean-angle-sensitive ABS. Both Adventure models have ride-by-wire, slipper clutch, selectable riding modes, stability and traction control, and ABS can be switched off or put in off-road mode. The R has larger wheels, more suspension travel and more ground clearance, but does without the Adventure’s electronic suspension adjustment.
Price $17,999/$18,399
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 1,195 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/17, 21/18 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 190/190, 220/220 mm
Weight 212/217 kg
Fuel capacity 23 l
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX The Stelvio is an adventure-touring platform that’s suitable for a trip to the other coast. The transverse V-twin is smooth, torquey, and fun to play with, and produces a claimed 105 hp and 83 lb-ft of torque that’s delivered via shaft drive. It’s comfortable, handles well, and comes with big aluminum panniers. A 45 mm fully adjustable fork sits out front. The 32 litre tank will get you there, and ABS, traction control, hand guards, and adjustable screen, seat, handlebar, levers, and pegs will ease your travellin’.
Price $16,290
Engine Air-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 1,151 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 170/155 mm
Weight 272 kg
Fuel capacity 32 l
Suzuki V-Strom 650 The V-Strom 650 (lovingly dubbed the “Wee-Strom,” as it’s the smaller of the Stroms) was redesigned in 2012 and the result is a friendlier, lighter-looking and more comfortable machine. The bodywork was restyled and the saddle improved, while ratios from first through fifth gears in the revised transmission were tightened up. A high-mounted stainless steel exhaust is tuned to enhance low- and mid-range performance, and the windscreen is 3-way height-adjustable to improve weather protection. ABS comes standard.
Price $9,099
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 645 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) NA
Weight 214 kg
Fuel capacity 20 l
Suzuki V-Strom 1000 ABS / 1000 SE After a brief hiatus the V-Strom 1000 returns for 2014 as an all-new machine. The list of redesigns and improvements is lengthy, including work done on its 90-degree V-twin engine, fuel injection system, radiator, clutch, transmission and suspension. The exhaust system has been completely redesigned and features a new single-muffler layout. ABS is standard, as is Suzuki’s new 3-mode traction control system. The 9-way adjustable windscreen is also new. The SE version adds side cases, hand guards and a centrestand.
Price $11,999/$12,999
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 1,037 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) NA
Weight 228/NA kg
Fuel capacity 20 l
Triumph Tiger 800 / 800 XC The inline triple that powers both Tiger 800s is willing, powerful, and smooth. The $12,299 Tiger 800 has a 43 mm inverted fork, and the Explorer gets a 45 mm Showa unit and is more geared to off-road work with larger wheels and more suspension travel. Both feature adjustable seat height and handlebar position, dual headlights, a high output alternator, an immobilizer, comprehensive instrumentation, and switchable ABS., The accessories catalog is full of goodness: luggage, fog lights, adjustable screens and more.
Price $12,299/$13,399
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 799 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/17, 21/17
Susp. travel (F/R) 180/170, 220/215 mm
Weight 210/215 kg
Fuel capacity 19 l
Triumph Tiger Explorer / Explorer XC The bigger Tiger’s 1,215 cc triple makes a claimed 135 hp, develops impressive torque at low revs, and builds speed effortlessly. It’s heavy, but it’s balanced, easy to ride, smooth, and very comfortable. Traction control, switchable ABS, and cruise control are standard, the alternator makes 950 W, and the seat and screen are adjustable. A power socket is located close to the ignition switch. The XC gets spoked wheels, fog lights, an aluminum sump guard, engine guards, and hand guards. Groovy accessories in the catalog.
Price $17,499/$18,999
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 1,215 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 190/194 mm
Weight 259/267 kg
Fuel capacity 20 l
Yamaha Super Ténéré / Super Ténéré ES The Super Ténéré made its Canadian debut in 2011, and revisions to its liquid-cooled, fuel-injected, 4-valve parallel twin mean this year’s model has more horsepower and torque than ever before. It’s also got cruise control and a new 4-position adjustable windshield. Traction control, ABS and Yamaha D-Mode variable throttle control all come standard. This year Yamaha has added an ES version, which costs $1,000 more, but adds heated grips and an electronically adjustable KYB suspension system to the package.
Price $16,499/$17,499
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 1,199 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 19/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 190/190 mm
Weight 261/265 kg
Fuel capacity 23 l

Supermoto

Aprilia Dorsoduro This year’s supermoto Dorsoduro is powered by a 750 cc V-twin with EFI with ride-by-wire and three performance modes: sport, touring, and rain. Aprilia claims 92 hp. Suspension is handled by a 43 mm upside-down fork and offset monoshock, both adjustable for spring preload and rebound damping. Four-piston radial calipers and wave discs handle braking up front, and two-channel ABS keeps it under control. The instrument cluster is a mix of analog and digital, the handlebar is aluminum, and the clutch is hydraulically operated.
Price $10,895
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 750 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 160/160 mm
Weight N/A
Fuel capacity 12 l
Ducati Hypermotard / Hypermotard SP / Hyperstrada The Hyper trio was new last year and comes with a 110 hp Testastretta engine. Bosch ABS integrates with riding modes (race, sport, and wet for the SP; sport, urban, Ttouring for the others), and can be switched off. The Ducati Safety Pack includes Brembos and 8-level traction control. The SP gets Marchesini rims, Öhlins shock, Marzocchi fully adjustable fork, and Corse paint. The Hyperstrada has a windscreen, side bags, centrestand, and cushy seat. You know what they say: If it’s too good to be true, it’s probably a Ducati.
Price $12,995-$15,995
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 821 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 170/150, 150/150 mm
Weight 194-204 kg
Fuel capacity 16 l
MV Agusta Rivale MV Agusta’s Rivale is a new model with the F3 inline triple retuned for 125 hp. A ride-by-wire throttle allows electronic control including four engine maps: sports, normal road, and wet conditions, plus custom; and eight levels of traction control. Standard equipment includes Marzocchi upside-down fork and Sachs single shock, Brembo brakes with four-piston radial mount caliper in front, aluminum rims, and aluminum single-sided swingarm, which is lengthened and works with an increased rake angle to boost traction.
Price $16,995 (OK)
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 798 cc
Transmission 6-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) 150/130 mm
Weight 178 kg
Fuel capacity 12.9 l
Suzuki DR-Z400SM The DR-Z400SM gets its engine, electric start and 5-speed transmission from the DR-Z400S dual sport, and its long-travel inverted Showa fork from the RM250. It has a fully adjustable shock with a high- and low-speed compression damping adjuster. Adapted for supermoto use, the 400SM has 17-inch rims wearing sport tires.Braking was improved in 2006 with a 300 mm floating disc up front and a 240 mm disc at the rear. Seat height was also reduced to 890 mm for a more accommodating supermoto.
Price $7,699
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 398 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) NA
Weight 146 kg
Fuel capacity 10 l
TM SMX TM supermotos are fitted with 17-inch wheels, Marzocchi 50 mm inverted forks, and Sachs rear shocks, and are available with 300, 450, and 530 cc 4-stroke engines. The 530 is carbureted while the smaller engines are fuel injected. All three come with aluminum CNC-machined triple trees and can be fitted with a “silent block” that reduces handlebar vibrations. Frames are aluminum and brakes are wave discs with Brembo calipers. The two bigger-engine bikes are both priced at $10,199, while the 300 is $8,959.
Price $8,959/$10,199
Engine Liq-cooled 4-stroke
Displacement 300/449/528 cc
Transmission 5-speed
Wheel size (F/R) 17/17 in.
Susp. travel (F/R) N/A
Weight N/A
Fuel capacity 8.2 l