F650GS Dakar £4495
Sticking to the road with just a dash of gravel? This is the best choice, and the most comfortable.
Despite bearing the Dakar name, the F650GS offers a much softer approach to single-cylinder trailies. It’s the adventure version of the standard GS, and comes with a Dakar paintjob, taller screen and seat, spoked wheels and longer suspension.
But it’s still more at home on the road compared to the other three. It’s not a bike you can push hard; it quickly wallows and is heavy when tipped into bends, and the gearbox is clunky. But, it’s a proper workhorse with smooth power delivery and a riding position that’s far more suited to touring than off-roading as you sink into its comfy seat.
It will tackle gravel tracks and fire roads but not much more as it is really a road bike with light off-road abilities which suits the occasional dirt rider. Plenty around secondhand.