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New bike

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:41 am
by Stan53
Hi all.
In May next year I plan to buy my first adventure bike.
I’m looking at the mud engine range and would like some opinions on the current models available.
Many thanks and happy riding
Ian

Re: New bike

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 12:47 pm
by mark vb
What on earth is the 'mud engine range'? 🤣

Re: New bike

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 1:40 pm
by Billy Bananahead
I think it's a boat engine.
Perhaps the newbie thought he was on Adventure Boat Rower forum. :?

Re: New bike

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 5:28 pm
by Slowboy
Stan53 wrote:
Wed Oct 21, 2020 11:41 am
Hi all.
In May next year I plan to buy my first adventure bike.
I’m looking at the mud engine range and would like some opinions on the current models available.
Many thanks and happy riding
Ian
Ignore the spelling police😁.
The mid range is massive and there’s loads of choice. For a decent road biased but trail capable budget bike the Honda CB500X is a good one, for something bigger the Yamaha Tenere or KTM790 are both good, the new Triumph 900 is OK and then there’s the left field stuff like the Fantic 500 scrambler, which is brilliant fun but very basic. There are some good singles like the KTM 690’s, the Yamaha 660 tenere and the dear old Honda Transalp 700 if you go secondhand.
That ought to get you started.

Re: New bike

Posted: Wed Oct 21, 2020 6:10 pm
by poldark
Another left field option (love the Fantic option) is the Benelli TRK502, lots of bike for the money and an MCN review placing it above the CB500X created some reactions!!

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Re: New bike

Posted: Fri Oct 23, 2020 11:00 am
by bikenav
As a new starter I would suggest you stay in the centre of the tracks before venturing off piste left and right. Stay in the middle and out of the mud to start with and you will be fine I am sure. Take no notice of the P**s Takers. Help us out, are you dirt orientated, single cyl, 3 pots, 2up, big miles per day etc? Welcome aboard.

Re: New bike

Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:03 am
by Flipflop
Hi
There’s bikes to suit everyone but we need more information about you and the type of riding you’ll be doing, in order to give helpful recommendations.

Are you tall?
Do you want to ride off road?
Will you ride a lot of miles? Abroad? 2-up, camping?
Do you ride fast - previous sports bike rider? Or are you a totally new rider?
Budget?
I’m sure you get my drift 👍

Fair enough if you don’t want to give us that much info - trouble is you’ll just end up with a long list of bikes.

Happy researching 🍻

Re: New bike

Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:44 am
by Jak*
It depends what you mean by mid range and what you mean by adventure and how much money you want to spend. If you are intending to do more off road than on then I would have a look at Nathan Millward’s post comparing the small GS, KTM, CRF and Himalayan. If these bikes interest you then the opportunity to test them back to back is certainly worth taking. I have ridden the CRF and own a Himalayan. For me the Himalayan is the best out of the box adventure bike available at the moment and certainly ideal for someone new the this sort of bike, however if you are in a hurry it is probably not for you.
I think you probably need to give a bit more information about yourself, what sort of riding you are hoping to do etc to get more tailored recommendations.
Cheers

Re: New bike

Posted: Sat Oct 24, 2020 10:54 am
by mark vb
I still like the idea of a mud engine range... made me lol for once. And to the OP, welcome to the site and take out on test as many mud (sorry, mid) engined bikes as possible on test and then decide, as one person's delight is another's poison.