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Go on an adventure; There's plenty of choice when it comes to bikes to take touring.

THE king is on the ropes as far as adventure bikes go right now.

And the choices available to riders just gets better and better.

A few years ago, the BMW GS range was king for those who wanted a machine that was capable of distance, able to cross varying terrains and carry pillion passenger and luggage - and do the daily commute.

As adventure bikes have taken off, manufacturers have responded with new models and fantastic technology.

Enter the Ducati Multistrada. It's a tourer, sports bike and commuter in one - take it to the Andes or work.

The secret is the unique "riding mode" system which means at the flick of a switch the rider can change the power delivery, suspension settings, and traction control.

Meanwhile Triumph's new Tiger models are proving popular with riders looking for multiple-purpose machines on a budget.

The 800XC is just a tad less than pounds 8000 and for that you get the full adventure bike experience. The XC's little brother, the 800, is not quite as macho looking but just as capable on anything less than tough terrain.

Another newcomer that, despite it's lack of off-road ability, could be construed as adventure bike is the Honda Crossrunner.

Sharp styling, a powerful V4 motor, 21-litre tank and an impressive 70 litres of storage with the "add-on" panniers and top box make the Crossrunner a serious starter bike for adventurers.

BMW are still the benchmark for most. Tough, tried and tested, the GS range is supported by a mammoth aftermarket industry supplying everything from luggage to touring kit for the world traveller.

Right now, there's a new GS in the showroom designed for adventure bikers on a budget - the entry-level G650GS at just pounds 5000.

One bike that has been round the globe and is the choice of many is the Yamaha Super Tenere.

The latest version of the Tenere is a sturdy stalwart, with a 23-litre tank, high stance and lots of luggage room.

And Suzuki have not ignored adventure bike riders. The V-Strom Xpedition is the newest in the range.

Complete with ABS and a host of accessories, it's something of a bargain right now, coming as it does with pounds 1250 worth of bits and baggage for just pounds 7300.

Adventure biking isn't all about what you ride or where you ride. It's about the journey, the satisfaction of getting on a bike and setting off somewhere.

With luggage, sat-nav, warm kit and even camping gear, the world truly is your oyster.
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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Daily Record (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:May 28, 2011
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