ADV-Touring Comparison – BMW 1200GS, KTM & Yamaha

You be the judge….is this a good review of the three BIG ADV bikes out there?  No Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200?  I guess we will have to wait for that review later.


Author: advgrrl

Avid ADV rider! This Blog is all about the adventure in adventure riding. Researching new bikes, routes, accessories, learning about other riders and hopefully a great place for others to comment and explore with me. PLUS, up and down's, wildlife, my dogs, my life!

6 thoughts on “ADV-Touring Comparison – BMW 1200GS, KTM & Yamaha”

  1. KTM would be great if your a big Dakar fan and like getting down and dirty, I don’t like it all box in panels though, The BMW nice bike hate the Beak below head light needs a real front fender a little on the heavy side, Yamaha I don’t like the looks of it and the suspension look a little soft for off road in the test, out of the three I would take the BMW and Yes where was the Triumph !!!

  2. With any bikes the size of these “dirt worthy” is relative at the least. Looks like Yamaha may be onto something.

    I guess in the end it would come down to final ride price after farkling etc. and the availability of after market farkles and extras, which probably leans to the BMW just through current market share.

    Will stick with my F800 for now but take a serious look at these units in the years to come when the new BMW liquid cool and the Triumph are out there with a few years of growing pains under their belts.

    1. marketing is brilliant isn’t it…makes you think maybe bigger is better…as tempted as we might be to invest in one of the BIG bikes I have to remind myself what my BMW sales guys said to us when we bought our F650GS bikes….”what type of riding do you do you do 90% of the time?”

      When you answer this question for yourself…the answer is easy. We ride to work…so street comfort a PLUS with decent off road capabilities….a need….weight of the bike, price and power all important. Hence the F800GS and Tiger 800XC still front runners for our next bikes. We have to times everything by 2 in our house…big factor with thinking of buying new bikes in the end.

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