The Utah Backcountry Discovery Route, or UTBDR, is a scenic driving route across the state of Utah, from Arizona to Idaho, for dual-sport adventure motorcycles and 4×4 vehicles. This 1000 mile long south-north route uses mostly un-paved backroads and will pass through a number of iconic locations including Moab, Valley of the Gods, the Abajo and La Sal Mountain Ranges, Nine Mile Canyon, and the northern Wasatch Mountains.
Yesterday I posted a poll asking what bike you would buy. It was quickly brought to my attention I over looked 3 other contenders, maybe 4. I mean there are more models out there than Triumph, BMW, Yamaha and Honda in the ADV market right? I feel a bit embarrassed that I did not include the Ducati Multistrada, Moto Guzzi Stelvio, and at least one of the KTM ADV bikes so I am including the 990R.
I have seen all these bikes but never really thought about buying one. Not sure why but one thing that stands out at least for the KTM bikes is the seat height. I think my legs would be flopping in the wind the seat seems so high. As for the other two models, not really sure why I have not looked into them more. I like the looks of the Stelvio but not so much the Multistrada. Is it all about looks or how reliable and functional a bike is?
What do you think?
In this market as someone commented probably the most reliable, bullet proof and most bang for your buck is the Suzuki 650 V Strom with ABS. What makes us buy the bike we do when some of the “experts” say something like the V Strom has it all for the money?
I think it is human nature to want to explore and find things out for ourselves. Researching is good but in the end it is about how a bike makes us feel regardless of what others might say.
I do like how they have redesigned the V Strom. Looks less bulky andmore streamlined.
So, here are 4 more ADV contenders to spice things up. Some of us all ready have an allegiance towards one make, brand or model while others are researching their hearts out trying to figure out what to buy. None of these bikes are cheap, well, maybe the Suzuki could be considered affordable. So, buying a new bike is an investment and most likely will not be taken lightly. I doubt the average rider is rich and for those who are “rich” I bet it still isn’t an easy decision unless you are Jay Leno and can afford a museum of bikes. :-)
Happy bike hunting and whatever bike you end up on, I bet it will put a smile on your face.
Why this BLOG? When I talk to my buddies who do not understand ADV riding addiction they get a glazed look on their face when I try to explain the overall feeling I get when we ride. Even other riders out there who own cruisers or sport bikes don’t get why we ride in the pouring rain, camp out, get dirty, don’t wash our bikes and go places where we might run out of gas. This blog allows me to just not have to explain….I think most of the readers get it. Just that simple, ADV riding is all about freedom, the unknown, trials and tribulations, challenges and of course spectacular views, people we meet and getting to places as far off the beaten path as possible.