MA­CHINE V

UL­TI­MATE AD­VEN­TURE SHOOTOUT 2016's hottest ad­ven­ture bikes take on Europe's highest ac­tive vol­cano in an erup­tion of all-ter­rain ac­tion The mis­sion We’re go­ing climb the highest ac­tive vol­cano in Europe, Mount Etna, not just once but twice: first on-road

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Adam Child, Se­nior Road Tester Age 39 Height 5ft6in CV Cov­ered half a mil­lion road miles, but a novice off-road.

Michael Neeves,

Se­nior Road Tester Age 46 Height 6ft CV Hugely ex­pe­ri­enced road tester and na­tional racer.

Michael Guy, Sports Edi­tor Age 43 Height 5ft 10in CV Skilled off-roader who will be run­ning a Honda Africa Twin this year.

An­to­nio Man­cuso Guest rider Age 24 Height 5ft 5in CV Triple Ital­ian Su­per­mare­cross ( beach MX) cham­pion.

Vin­cenzo Lom­bardo, Guest rider Age 49 Height 5ft 9in CV Mul­ti­ple Ital­ian En­duro and MX cham­pion.

£15,000

New and im­proved for 2016, the Ex­plorer's more pow­er­ful, grun­tier, more aero­dy­namic, com­fier and, Tri­umph claim, 5% more fru­gal than the 2012 orig­i­nal. The XRT is the fully equipped road-bi­ased ver­sion with semi-ac­tive

sus­pen­sion.

BMW R1200GS £12,185 (TE ver­sion £14,640)

We couldn’t have an ad­ven­ture test with­out the bike that de­fines the class. In re­cent years it’s re­mained the best-sell­ing bike in this cat­e­gory. Since 2013 the R1200GS has been pow­ered by a wa­ter-cooled

Boxer en­gine.

KTM 1190 Ad­ven­ture £ 14,149

Launched back in 2014, the 1190 KTM quotes a mighty 150bhp; only the 160bhp Du­cati claims more. It was the first bike to have lean an­gle-sen­si­tive ABS and also comes equipped with three-axis trac­tion con­trol and

rider modes.

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin £10,499

We’ve al­ready de­scribed the Honda as a true ad­ven­ture bike with globe-trot­ting po­ten­tial. It has im­pressed us so far both on and off-road, but in this elite group will its com­par­a­tive d

rider aids hold it back?

£ 16,690 (red)

Du­cati’s new off-road-bi­ased Mul­tistrada comes with the same mighty DVT mo­tor as its ‘Strada sib­lings, but has a larger 19-inch front wheel and 30-litre fuel tank, a longer nose, bash plate and off-road stone

pro­tec­tion.

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