PRICE RANGE: £4000-£6000

RiDE (UK) - - Used Adventure Bikes -

For solid build qual­ity at a de­cent price, look no fur­ther than a Yamaha Su­per Ténéré. Prices start just below £6000 from a dealer. The orig­i­nal 2010 ‘First Edi­tion’ model came with pan­niers, bash plate and a head­light cover. Its smooth 1199cc par­al­lel twin is hap­pi­est in the midrange and while the Ténéré isn’t light (at 261kg), it is well-bal­anced.

An­other heavy­weight is the first Kawasaki Ver­sys 1000. Zero off-road abil­ity but an ideal two-up tourer with its wide, flat seats and mighty car­ry­ing ca­pac­ity. The 1043cc in­line four is from the Z1000SX but it’s not at all a sporty ride. The first 2012 bikes start at around £5000.

At the op­po­site end of the ad­ven­ture spec­trum is the KTM 990 Ad­ven­ture – a mod­est seat, snarling en­gine and Dakar Rally her­itage. The older 950s are nicer to ride (the 990’s fuel in­jec­tion is sharp) but harder to find in good con­di­tion – there’s more choice of clean 990s.

An­other left-field op­tion (for dif­fer­ent rea­sons) is the Moto Guzzi Stelvio. From the frog-faced styling to the air-cooled V-twin’s pro­nounced pulses, there’s no short­age of char­ac­ter. Very com­fort­able, if on the hefty side, with bikes ad­ver­tised from £4000. 2010 Yamaha Su­per Ténéré, 13,526 miles, Yamaha pan­niers, heated grips, £5995. Dealer ad­vert on mc­n­bikesfor­sale.com

The Moto Guzzi Stelvio is full of char­ac­ter...

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