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WE DO GET a bit of stick pe­ri­od­i­cally at RIDE for talk­ing about the BMW R1200GS. Bri­tain’s favourite large-ca­pac­ity mo­tor­bike is hugely pop­u­lar and re­ally can do it all (see page 104)… but it’s far from be­ing the only great ad­ven­ture bike. In this is­sue we’re also look­ing at some of the al­ter­na­tives – the Yamaha Su­per Ténéré, Suzuki V-strom 1000 and the great-value used dual-sport ma­chines you can get if you’re look­ing for a big bike that is, as so many peo­ple of­ten point out, “not an­other GS”.

Mind you, even BMW make an al­ter­na­tive to the GS: the new R ninet Ur­ban G/S. We’ve taken it on an ad­ven­tur­ous ride with the equally left-field Du­cati Scram­bler Desert Sled and the pop­u­lar Tri­umph Street Scram­bler. Can th­ese retro-styled al­ter­na­tive ad­ven­ture bikes de­liver prac­ti­cal­ity and fun?

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