Model Engine Horsepower Wet Weight Fuel Capacity Price
Adventure Bikes
BMW R1250 GS 1254cc Boxer 117 615 5.3 $18,645
BMW R1250 GS Adventure 1254cc Boxer 117 625 7.9 $19,945
BMW 850 GS 853cc, Twin 90 531 6.1 $13,195
Suzuki V Strom 1000 XT 996 cc, V Twin 91 520 5.2 $14,599
Suzuki V Strom 650 XT 645cc, V Twin 68 476 5.2 $9,299
Triumph Tiger 800 XCa 799cc, Triple 94 505 5 $15,850
Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa 1215cc, Triple 141 570 5.3 $21,750
Honda Africa Twin 998cc, Twin 82 515 5 $12,999
KTM 1290 Super Adventure S 1301cc, V Twin 160 535 6.1 $17,999
KTM 1090 Adventure R 1050cc, V Twin 125 535 6.1 $14,899
KTM 790 Adventure R 799cc, Twin 95 460 5.3 $13,499
Yamaha 1200 Super Tenere 1199cc, Twin 108 575 6.1 $15,099
Yamaha Tenere 700 689cc, Twin 72 450 4.2 TBD
Kawasaki KLR 650 651cc, Single 36 442 6.1 Discontinued

 

Weight should one of the more important factors when comparing adventure bikes if you will actually be riding your bike on something more challenging than an easy dirt road. The heavier a bike it the less capable it is on off-pavement riding.

Unfortunately, the motorcycling manufacturers don’t like to tell us the true weight of the motorcycles they want to sell us. Instead, the publish much lighter numbers, calling them “dry weight” or some other such non-defined term. That being the case, this is my attempt to publish the true weight of the above motorcycles in a ready-to-ride state with full gas tanks. Figure 6 lbs per gallon for gasoline in order to adjust for difference in fuel tank capacity. I have gathered this info from various sources that claim to have weighed the bikes with full gas tanks as part of their test/review of these bikes.