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Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« on: October 21, 2019, 02:44:56 pm »
I was thinking while riding to work, a route which covers about 30km of dirt roads, what is the most famous.most iconic adventure bike ever?

Contenders in my opinion:
Yamaha XT500: The pioneer
Yamaha XT 600 Tenere
KTM 640
KLR 650
DR 650
BMW 1150 Adventure
KTM 950/990
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2019, 02:46:16 pm »
There can only EVER be one.... the KTM 950/990Adv...... :thumleft:
« Last Edit: October 21, 2019, 02:46:45 pm by Roxtar »
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2019, 03:01:14 pm »
BMW R80G/S?

I have the XT500 because I couldnt afford the GS.......
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2019, 03:07:53 pm »
BMW R80G/S?

I have the XT500 because I couldnt afford the GS.......

Of course, how could I forget the R80G/S?
And the Africa Twin 650's and 750's.
« Last Edit: October 21, 2019, 03:14:37 pm by Rossdog »
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2019, 03:09:54 pm »
I think the XT500 was the first dual sport as we know it, it won the first Dakar and was the default bike to ride. However I have never been a big fan maybe because mine was a bit neglected. All others that followed wanted to get in on the action.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2019, 03:15:38 pm »
I think the XT500 was the first dual sport as we know it, it won the first Dakar and was the default bike to ride. However I have never been a big fan maybe because mine was a bit neglected. All others that followed wanted to get in on the action.

Agree. I've always preferred the XR's, but they were more race orientated.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #6 on: October 21, 2019, 04:18:33 pm »
My vote is for the Africa Twin.

Maybe it;s not the grand-daddy of adventure bikes, but my goodness, there is just something about a loaded AT that stirs my soul like nothing else.

An iconic bike? Yes, I think so.

With some mods, it would be my ideal RTW bike.


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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2019, 04:35:48 pm »
XT.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2019, 04:48:34 pm »
BMW GS 1150 Adventure, it's the Daddy of all DS bikes.
Sure, the R80GS came before it but was never a hit, however the GS150Adv was!
It also helped BMW to start selling more bikes than they did before, and they're still on the same roll.
It wasn't a particularly good bike but it set off the worldwide hype for DS bikes, probably helped by Boorman's Long Way Down effort - and it all started with this bike!

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2019, 05:13:01 pm »
BMW GS 1150 Adventure, it's the Daddy of all DS bikes.


Depends on what you define as DS.

The 1150GSA was BY FAR the best dirt road tourer I have ever ridden. You can load it like a government expense claim, and it would just eat the miles without any effort at all.

But in rough stuff it was a POS.

I agree on the dangerous ABS though. It almost killed me a few times.

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2019, 05:25:39 pm »
So, a bike has to be a 4stroke, and bigger than 125cc to qualify?  ???
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2019, 05:40:21 pm »
So, a bike has to be a 4stroke, and bigger than 125cc to qualify?  ???

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #12 on: October 21, 2019, 05:42:55 pm »
For me the Tenere although I had a XT 500 and XL 500 and XL 600 before it. Neither of them had the "soul" the Tenere had.
Second would be a 1150 GSA.
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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #13 on: October 21, 2019, 06:21:31 pm »
I would say that Triumph that Ted did his Jupiter trip on. That started it all.
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #14 on: October 21, 2019, 06:39:09 pm »
YAMAHA XT500.

Just the French alone covered more D/S kilos on these than the whole world on BMW's together.

Without ASSIST and Hilux with trailer.

 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #15 on: October 21, 2019, 07:56:59 pm »
YAMAHA XT500.

Just the French alone covered more D/S kilos on these than the whole world on BMW's together.

Without ASSIST and Hilux with trailer.

The French also makes Renaults. And Peugeots. I wouldn't trust their opinion when it comes to anything mechanical.

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #16 on: October 21, 2019, 08:00:50 pm »
YAMAHA XT500.

Just the French alone covered more D/S kilos on these than the whole world on BMW's together.

Without ASSIST and Hilux with trailer.

The French also makes Renaults. And Peugeots. I wouldn't trust their opinion when it comes to anything mechanical.

Not asking you to trust their opinions, just check their experiences. :pot:
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #17 on: October 21, 2019, 08:38:47 pm »


This is my choice for most iconic as it’s where my addiction to dirt bikes began.





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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #18 on: October 21, 2019, 08:59:16 pm »
It all depends on which criteria you use, but to me the XR650L stands alone at the top as the only bike still in production and unchanged for more than 25yrs...  :deal:
 

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Re: Most Iconic Adventure Bike Ever?
« Reply #19 on: October 21, 2019, 09:14:08 pm »
BMW 1150GSA.

Maybe biased because I am on my second one but awesome bike. For me in any case.

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