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7 Adventure Bike Concepts We Can’t Wait To Get Here

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Idea bikes are an countless tease, a glimpse right into a future that most likely gained’t arrive precisely as hoped. It’s as if producers say “dare us to construct it,” then we do, they usually typically don’t.

In fact there’s a maze of guidelines and laws between an idea bike and a manufacturing mannequin, which suggests extra weight, extra complexity, extra mass attraction. Typically the mission will get misplaced, different occasions the ultimate model stays true to type.

Listed below are seven ideas (and a bonus!) that we hope to see on showroom flooring quickly in one thing near idea type.

1. Yamaha Tenere 700 Rally Racer

Adventure Bike Concept Tenere 700 Rally Racer

Should you bought excited that Yamaha is providing a Rally Version of its tremendous standard Tenere 700, however had been crushed by the information that it wouldn’t be coming to the U.S. as an entire bike, right here’s one thing to rejoice: a Tenere 700 Rally Racer from Italian duo designer Oberdan Bezzi and builder Mauro Gessi set for manufacturing.



Not like the factory rally special, which is essentially beauty outdoors some beefed-up protecting bits, the Rally Racer has the products: elevated suspension journey, larger brakes and stronger wheels, a brand new swingarm and rear gas tanks. To assist offset the load of the additional aluminum tanks, the duo is changing bodywork and  different elements with carbon fiber or kevlar bits, indicating that this bike is for going, not simply exhibiting.

It exhibits nicely too, nevertheless, as a result of Bezzi doesn’t do ugly. The fashion is pure rally stylish, flowing and muscular. Bezzi managed to take care of the Tenere’s strains, together with your complete entrance fairing, whereas nonetheless developing with a singular look. Illustrations present it in beautiful shades of yellow, blue, silver and black-ivory, plus a shocking one-off that reportedly gained’t be obtainable to the general public.

There’s no phrase but on availability or pricing but. Good issues take time. 

READ MORE: Bezzi’s Yamaha Tenere 700 Rally Racer Concept Coming To Reality


2. Ducati Desert X

Adventure Bike concept Ducati Desert X

Right here’s an idea that takes gas capability significantly. 4 tanks, 4 gasoline caps, unfold between entrance and rear to equalize the load of practically eight gallons of gasoline. Gas stops could get a bit of complicated, however all these miles between them ought to be enjoyable, significantly if the ultimate specs are something near what we noticed on the EICMA present.

Powered by Ducati’s tried-and-true 1079cc, air-cooled, two-valve, Desmodromic L-twin that produces 86 hp at 7,500 rpm, the Desert X is the fashionable incarnation of the Cagiva Elefant —rally race bike which gained the Paris-Dakar rally in 1990. The twin headlights (now LEDs), excessive windscreen and muscular attractiveness of the idea all level again to the Elefant. The 21” entrance/18” rear wheel combo, together with 8.3 inches of suspension journey, level to the very fact this bike is designed for use off-road, not simply look the half. Trendy touches like a TFT display screen and carbon fiber skid plate abound. The idea bike deleted the passenger seat for a rack and had no passenger pegs, however that can possible change if this bike ever goes on sale.

READ MORE: New Ducati Desert X Moves From Concept Sketch to Full-Size Bike


3. Husqvarna Norden 901

Adventure Bike Concept Husqvarna Norden 901

The Husqvarna Norden 901 went from a present idea to a deliberate manufacturing mannequin in a few month, an eye fixed blink in moto launch phrases. The corporate mentioned all of the optimistic suggestions the idea bike obtained ultimately 12 months’s EICMA helped push it towards making it a actuality. The truth that it’s extensively based mostly on the KTM 790 Journey platform additionally smooths the best way to the showroom ground. However nonetheless we wait.

This one ought to be price it. As teased, the Norden will mix the 790 Journey’s chassis with the bigger, parallel-twin engine discovered within the KTM 890 Duke. Styling for this journey tourer is retro-futuristic, if that’s a factor, with a spherical LED headlight, built-in taillight and a extremely cool TFT sprint show we hope makes it into manufacturing. The general emphasis is on slim and lightweight. Might that imply with a dry weight lower than or equal to the 790 Journey’s 417 kilos? That might be fairly a feat with the bigger engine, so fingers crossed. We do know it’ll have a 21/18 entrance/rear wheel combo and WP suspension elements. No phrase but on gas capability, however a tank bigger than the 790 Journey’s would assist differentiate the Norden within the mid-sized journey vary . Search for it as a 2022 mannequin.

READ MORE: Husqvarna Confirms Norden 901 Concept Will Go To Production


4. Honda CB125X

Adventure Bike Concept Honda CB125X

You understand what we don’t have sufficient of? Mini-adventure bikes, as in sub-250cc fashions. That most likely has to do with the truth that small-displacement is taken into account newbie’s territory in lots of markets, and freshmen are inclined to wish to preserve the money outlay low.

However Honda’s CB125X, which debuted on the 2018 EICMA present and hasn’t been seen since, could possibly be a recreation changer. Honda did register the design with the European patent workplace in October 2019, although, so we haven’t given up hope.

It shares an engine and chassis with the “bare” CB125R that by no means made it to North America, a completely fashionable, water-cooled, six-speed design that weighs in at 277 kilos moist. Adventurized, that determine would little question rise, but when it meant further gas capability, wind safety and off-road functionality, we’d be good with that.

Nonetheless, 125cc? Consider it as an alternative choice to a Grom, which adventurous riders have been taking locations its tiny wheels had been by no means meant to journey for years. Or take into account it a extra off-road succesful different to a Trail 125, a motorbike that exhibits that Honda takes small-capacity journey significantly. Possibly a CB125X isn’t far-fetched in spite of everything.

READ MORE: Honda’s CB125X Concept Bike One Step Closer to Production?


5. Husqvarna Norden 501

Husqvarna Norden 501 Adventure Bike concept

Right here once more, Husqvarna is profiting from mother or father firm Pierer Mobility Group’s steady of present and in-development {hardware} to carve out its personal market area of interest. The Norden 501, which CEO Stefan Pierer confirmed as in growth, will use KTM’s yet-to-be-revealed 490cc parallel-twin as the premise of an journey bike one step down, and presumably fashionable distinct, from the KTM 790 Adventures.

What little we all know of this bike exhibits it borrows the saddle-type gas tank of the 790 that retains gas weight low and centralized. It additionally sports activities an journey “appropriate” 21”/18” entrance/rear wheelset. Since KTM’s 390 Journey already has the finances finish of the lineup sewn up, we count on the 501 (and possibly the KTM model of the identical) to be a premium, middleweight providing. Search for this one as a 2022 mannequin, together with its larger stablemate the 901.

READ MORE: Pierer Confirms 500cc Adventure Bikes for KTM & Husqvarna Coming


6. Honda CRF450L Rally

Honda CRF450L Rally Concept Bike

Honda isn’t identified for speeding concepts to manufacturing, which maybe explains why nearly two years after teasing a rally version of its standard CRF450L there’s no proof it’ll see daylight. Too unhealthy, as a result of what we did see was attractive.

If idea bikes are to be believed, and sometimes they don’t seem to be, this could be a street-legal model of Honda’s Dakar-winning 450 rally bike. It sported a transparent windscreen, nav tower, twin gas tanks that prolonged low down the edges of the bike and bump gas capability to twenty liters, a stunning low-slung exhaust system by Termignoni and a carbon-fiber skid plate, all wrapped up in factory-level match and end and HRC racing colours.

However it was the street-oriented bits that fooled us into pondering this bike was imminent: the TFT show the place a roadbook would have been, a software equipment the place rear gas tanks would reside on a rally machine, a normal CRF450L headlight, using plastic in locations had been the rally model used carbon fiber, and so forth. Possibly it was a tease, or perhaps Honda has an enormous shock in retailer for us. Christmas is coming.

READ MORE: Meet the Honda CRF450L Rally Concept


7. Aprilia Tuareg 660

Aprilia Tuareg 660 Adventure Bike Concept
Picture courtesy of Insella

Aprilia was sly with its “introduction” of the a brand new Tuareg on the EICMA present in 2018, hiding what was most certainly an in-development Tuareg behind a sheet of glass that mentioned merely, “coming quickly” adopted by an enormous “T.”

The “show” was in shut proximity to a different new Aprilia, the RS 660 sportbike. Logically, this meant that the Italian model was going to energy its Tuareg reboot with the brand new 660cc parallel twin designed for the RS.

However after two years no information has been heard, till now. We not too long ago revealed leaked pictures of the Tuareg 660 pre-production bike out testing within the wild, however it’s darkish and tough to see particulars aside from spoke wheels (most likely a 21” entrance and 18”  mixture), an upswept exhaust and a fairing that appears rather a lot like a Yamaha Tenere 700 in profile.

Aprilia Tuareg 660 spy shot
Picture by ApriliaCup

So it appears this one is coming, presumably quickly, and it could be a major addition to the adventure-bike market. Aprilia launched its Tuareg line in 1984 to seize a chunk of the rally-replica bike market, and ultimately expanded the road to incorporate fashions from 50cc two-strokes to 600cc 4 strokes. This time round, the Italian builder needs a slice of the adventure-bike market, and we’re anxiously ready to see what they give you. 

READ MORE: New Aprilia Tuareg 660 Adventure Bike Spotted Outside Its Box


Bonus: Africa Twin Enduro Sports activities

Honda Africa Twin Enduro Sports Concept Bike

Arduous to consider it’s been 4 years since Honda taunted us with this street-legal “enduro” monster, a throwback to KTM’s anti-social 950 Tremendous Enduro. The Africa Twin Enduro Sports idea, just like the KTM earlier than it, was a hefty journey bike stripped to the necessities. Preserve the massive engine, lose the load and bodywork and let the hooliganism start.

At present, the KTM Tremendous Enduro is a cult bike and Honda has but to provide something just like the Enduro Sports activities. There have been rumors of a smaller Africa Twin, one thing within the 850cc range, however the actuality is that Honda gave its latest Africa Twin a bigger motor and made it extra complicated, not stripped down and snorty.

The Enduro Sports activities idea mixed minimalist bodywork, light-weight elements from the single-cylinder racing CRF catalog and the 1,000cc parallel twin engine, and the consequence regarded like it could ingest boulders and spit out sand. The tiny fairing would have been ineffective on the freeway, the excessive dirt-bike fender would have caught the wind like a sail, the ample floor clearance would have put the seat out of attain of shorter riders, however none of that mattered to those that understood.

Eh, there most likely isn’t a lot of a marketplace for large filth bikes anyway; KTM killed the Tremendous Enduro after a pair years. However maybe the market is prepared now.  

READ MORE: Honda Shows Off New Africa Twin Enduro Sports Concept

Writer: Bob Whitby

Bob has been driving bikes since age 19 and dealing as a journalist since he was 24, which was a very long time in the past, let’s put it that method. He give up for the higher a part of a decade to lift a household, then rediscovered journey, twin sport and enduro driving within the early 2000s. He lives in Arkansas, America’s best-kept secret relating to driving locations, and travels far and vast searching for filth roads and trails.

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