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Small Adventure Bikes in 2018: An Overview of the Top 5 Lightweight & Affordable ADV Motorcycles

This week we discuss the top 5 small ADV motorcycles currently available!

So ways i don’t think it’s that far and i saw your video on it i don’t know maybe like 30 what’s going on everybody welcome back to the each adventure channel my name is josh and today we’re out riding to margareta peak this is one of our weekly humpty rides and uh riding with a bunch of adventure bikes today nicely adventure bikes we got a couple 650 use kor

650s got a couple xr 650 s got my brz here i think i saw an africa twin a ktm 690 and some other bigger ktm anyways this is a pretty good adventure bike route and they’ve actually written this route before and the last time i rode this route i made a little video about small adventure bikes you know this was around this time last year and it was right around the

Launch of the crf 250r rally i don’t think w i don’t think the vs. had come out yet the bmw is still a ways off and so i spent a little bit of time talking about you know what what my ideal you know adventure bike would be if you follow this channel you know that i’m a fan of small displacement bikes and when i recorded that video actually riding my crf 250 yellow

And it turns out i didn’t end up winning any of those bikes yeah i got rid of my senior f250 yellow and i’m riding the busy 400 and that was not planned you know i was just kind of me taking advantage of a good opportunity no kind of downsizing my bike stuff right now i try to reach my financial goals my goal of being debt-free so i wanted to kind of revisit that

Topic you know that all of those bikes are out you know just kind of want to see where we’re at today and what the future may hold so first of all let’s talk about the 250 l rally to do rally is essentially a crf 250r with fares in a windscreen and a little bit better suspension bigger throttle body so out of all the bikes i was least excited about the bitching 15

Yell rally back off a little bit here getting very dusty dusty bastard a kind of sweeping back here with some of the slower guys i’m slowing myself so i was excited about that bike and to my surprise you didn’t up being one of the probably one of the most popular of the three no why i think it was because of the small adventure bike craze that everybody was eating

Up to rally because out of all them that is the most off-road worthy but like i said before you know coming from a crf 250 l owner you know it kind of felt like a bit of a softball if they would have made it like a 300 or 350 and still being able to keep that kind of 250 l platform that would have been pretty amazing i’ve been probably you know probably one of the

Best small adventure bikes out there i’m hoping it did well enough to spark honda to do something about the 250 because if you know anything about the crf 250 l it’s based on the cbr 250 ars engine and similar 250r has since been replaced by a 300 and so what i’m hoping is that we’ll see like a sierra 300 or something i would ideal for now you know what’s that oh

Look at you fidel rally now the vs. is probably my favorite out of all of them it’s the one i had been considering since i first heard about all these new small bikes and it’s it’s one of those i don’t know i can see some here it’s it’s a weird bike it’s a parallel twin it’s got a over 4 down gas tank it’s got the spoked wheels you know mixed 39 horsepower that’s

Pretty impressive i know most of that power is up top in the top end but if you write as much highway and street as i do having some of that extra top in power might not be such a bad thing so a teeny pulse which is one of my favorite our motorcycle publications they did a review between the versus x 300 and the bmw g3 ten gs out of the two they picked the versus

Says their favorite due to some of the reasons i just listed the larger gas tank the extra top-end they said even even for the suspension being you know about five inches of travel on each side they said the way it was spoon actually felt better than the gs which has about an inch more suspension on both sides so and i’ve heard this from not only a db pulse but uh

The review that forty nine did on it as well i can’t you see man can see oh watch out fill with branches show you chug chug chug chug oh so all them all in that’s my favorite and if i had to choose a small adventure bike today that’d probably be the one that i chose from everything that i’ve seen i mean they don’t eat this stuff up no problem and then still still

Have you know the full range to do some serious serious note adventures serious off-road adventures out into nowhere so that’s pretty cool that’s pretty cool so since we mentioned that yes let’s talk a little bit about the gs because i thought that gs was probably one of the most unique bikes you know the fact that that has that that weird flips around engine with

The header coming out the back that’s pretty cool i don’t understand why more engines aren’t designed no way but it probably has something to do with maintenance don’t know how hard it is to get inside that engine and valve clearance checks and stuff well the initial reviews of the gs it may be really good as well there’s a there’s a guy in this group that actually

Has one and he seems like a he says it’s you know definitely not an off-road bike but it’s really fun on the road and it’s capable enough in the dirt for this kind of stuff it does have a decently sized tank you know two point nine gallons two pointer to point nine gallon so that’s not bad but you know that’s also what my tt 250 had and it cost half as much we

Know some of my concerns about that g yes we’re you know kind of it’s it’s straight bike number one number two was those cast wheels the initial kind of reports from you know when the bike was first launched was that bmw was gonna have the smoked meal options and i would see those but what i did see is no rally rated kit for it and that’s that’s pretty cool

Like i wanted to go buy one that name when i heard that that rally raid was making a kit for it if you’re not familiar with rally raid you know they make you know customization parts and all that kind of stuff for adventure motorcycles but one of the ones that most well known for is their rally raid kit for the honda cd 500 x and that basically turns it into a

Full-fledged adventure bike with both wheels and better suspension and armour and all kinds of stuff you know that’s pretty cool that’s one of the things that i’m hoping to see you for the vs. you know maybe not from rally raid but you know is maybe some type of better suspension components or something along those lines but yeah i’m excited that it’s out there

You know it hasn’t been very long it’s only been a couple months since it’s been out so what i like to do is you know be able to write each one of these bikes and kind of formulate my own opinion but don’t quite have that ability yet but we’ll see so the first bike on my list last year it was the csc or x3 and you know you can argue that that bike was kind of the

Bike that started the small adventure bike craze which i mean really it is but the reality of it is that you know all the bikes the rx-3 the versus the honda and the bmw they’re all world bikes they’re all designed so that every single one of those manufacturers can sell them around the world because if you know anything about the global motorcycle markets 250s

And below domine like they just they dominate because people use motorcycles you know as transportation and they don’t have high-speed highways and that kind of stuff like we do here in the us so but there are three i mean i’m i’m very really impressed by it i mean it’s been out since late 2015 not to check my date on that but you know most most owners really

Really love it most owners do own multiple bikes but you know most owners really really like it my buddy matt owns one and he’s actually gonna let me borrow it and do some reviews and stuff on it so i’m very very excited for that actually i can’t wait can’t wait to do that and back to my my chinese bike routes but the others three-man it’s you know for being a

Chinese bike it has really proven to be good now you know i didn’t see the ever ever view on our x3 and for the most part i disagree with tyler just because you know if you’re living it as a bull sport then yeah i could definitely see us pointing but if you’re reviewing it as a small adventure bike what it comes with and for how reliable it’s been i’ve had some

People leave comments saying that there’s when for you know 40 50 thousand miles before they have really any issue with it and that’s pretty impressive so with some of my complaints on the rx-3 from last year was that it didn’t come with the 19-inch front wheel and cse actually addressed that this year comes standard with that ones that’s pretty cool also comes

With abs this year but they did raise the price which is kind of a bummer we are here you wanna read our peak i don’t think it’s that far and i saw your video on it i don’t know maybe felt like 30 all right we’re trying this attempt up to margarita peak oh god well i didn’t make it very far next time i’m making it to the top i was overheating in my jacket

I dropped the bike off to the left side of the trail and then i realized that the camera had flown off and so i took that as an omen that i probably should stop and save that for another day so we’re heading back down the mountain now you know there’s one bike that i wanted to talk about that i didn’t talk about last year and that is royal enfield himalayan that

Wasn’t just launched here in the united states you know what’s been out in india for a while and probably some other countries and so far the reviews have been pretty good so i was actually excited about today’s ride because jesse actually got a himalayan for himself and i thought he had me riding it today but he’s writing me a large so i didn’t get to see the

Himalayan today but he seems to really like it he’s put quite a bit of miles on it already giving it some off-road treatment so we’re good to see how that one kind of holds up here on the channel as we ride with jesse on these flying monkey adventure rides but the himalayas kind of its kind of unique you know it’s a 400cc but it’s not a kind of a dirt bike like the

Drz is you know it’s more of a kind like an off-road cruiser i guess it looks it’s have got a very lucky engine it’s just like it’s pretty cool doesn’t got that high of a top speed down i know it’ll top out probably somewhere between 70 and 80 miles an hour because it’s only got you know somewhere in the mid 20s for horsepower i think 25 or 26 horsepower you know

About for an adventure bike that’s all you really need you know i mean yeah it definitely helps to be able to hit 80 85 miles an hour on the highway but it’s you know it’s not something that you need so you know even though it’s a 400 it’s top speed is right around those of ya high-revving 302 50s so it’s all kind of telephone and fields not known for having the

Best quality but then again you know chinese bikes and we’ve kind of seen how reliable the cac bikes have come to be so it’s kind of a cool time for for small small displacement bikes and you know what i’m hoping for is that uh maybe they do well and we’ll continue to see other manufacturers push the market with smaller displacement bikes you know but hopefully they

Were improve on the designs as the years go on and you kind of address some of the shortcomings that some of these bikes have you know you really can’t go wrong with you know bikes that are you know right around $5,500 and below you know people target them as being you know beginner bikes but they’re not you know they’re they’re more practical motorcycles and you

Know like a 1200 gs you know which which is awesome don’t get me wrong but uh add a third of the costs more than that you know it’s definitely more practical for you know not only long adventures but for everyday adventures like we do here on this channel so those are my thoughts what what do you guys think have any of you guys i know the audience is a lot bigger

Than last year so how many of you guys had a chance to ride any of these bikes and what do you think of them so far what i’d like to do you know hopefully by the end of the year is you get a chance to ride each one i had signed up to do a test ride for the bmw but the dealer never called me back so kind of a memory what do you mean guys that’s all i have for today

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Your own and i will see you guys next time

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Small Adventure Bikes in 2018: An Overview of the Top 5 Lightweight & Affordable ADV Motorcycles By Each Adventure