The one overriding edict in choosing this year’s consortium of adventure bike players is obvious from the story’s title – spoked-hoops, which essentially demonstrates a manufacturer’s commitment to the off-road worthiness of its bike. The introduction of Honda’s new Africa Twin has the potential of re-racking the pecking order in motorcycling’s hottest category, so we gathered five of its likely competitors that are either top-rated or recently updated. The Honda bridges engine displacements, ranging from Triumph’s 800cc Tiger XCx to Yamaha’s 1199cc Super Ténéré ES, and we also included ADV icons like KTM’s 1190 R Adventure and BMW’s what-will-they-think-of-next R1200GS Adventure, plus Ducati’s radical A-T entrant, the new Multistrada Enduro.
Races to Places World traveler and Rally racer Lyndon Poskitt presented his KTM Rally 450 in a new livery for the upcoming Dakar in January.
"The biggest announcement of all is that I will be changing colours for Dakar 2017 and moving away from the Blueprint most of you know me for. 2017 sees MOTOREX oils celebrating their 100th anniversary and the 100% family owned business has come a long way in that time so to mark this celebration I am honoured to be flying their flag in Dakar 2017. Simply being given this opportunity shows their ongoing commitment to the Races to Places project. Competing in the race itself is tough enough but add riding half way around the world just to simply arrive at the start then it really does illustrate the endurance of all the products that I chose to use."
Harrison and Zye pack their bags, a diverse quiver of boards, two bikes and a 50-dollar tent into a 1970s Land Rover on an epic quest from the southern reaches of Bali, connecting with friends on their way through the Indonesian archipelago to Northern Sumatra’s Lagundri Bay. On boards and bikes, by boat and four-wheel drive, their mission: to discover whether, in these days of GPS and WiFi, the dream of a true, pioneering surf adventure is still alive.