WHAT WE’D BUY FOR... £10,000
WORLD RECORD-BREAKING RIDERS TELL US
NICK SANDERS - GLOBE-TROTTING SPEED DEMON BRAT STYLE YAMAHA SCR950
Big travel bikes were never about practicality but rather about elegance over expediency. I never packed much (toothbrush, credit card) so don’t need much. When I ride my bike I am defined by how it makes me feel, not what’s in my topbox. I’d go for Go Takamine who has built some Brat Style Yamaha SCR950S. I just love the look and the motor is decent, too.
RHYS LAWREY - YOUNGEST GLOBAL ADENTURE RIDER HERALD RAMBLER WITH LOADS OF EXTRAS
At just £3500, a brand new Herald Rambler 250 looks tempting. It’s a good-looking bike and simple to maintain. It’s a bike you could fix at the side of road easily. And I’d still be left with a whopping £6500 to spend on waterproof soft luggage, camping gear, action camera and bike freight to South America and still have some spending money in my pocket.
JULIA SANDERS - HOLDS MANY RECORDS TRIUMPH TIGER 800 SPECCED UP
I’d look for a good, used Triumph Tiger 800. We’ve ridden them in some of the most demanding environments, including the Andes, Himalayas and Africa, and they never let us down. You can pick up a low-mileage, five-year old model for about £6k, leaving plenty spare cash for luggage, spotlights, crash bars and so on. They are fast and comfy too.