Top 5 Reasons to ride Small Motorcycle on a Long Adventure trip

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most of the experienced riders will advise you that on the long motorcycle tip you need the big adventure bike something like BMW GS 1200 Yamaha Super Tenere or a KTM 1290 you need a powerful engine and enough luggage capacity big petrol tank is absolutely necessary and there is nothing better than driveshaft yes this is the reality but the reality and functionality are two different things let me explain you why stay with me [Applause] number one the price of the trip it is obvious that to travel the world you need the motorcycle the big adventure bikes like BMW GS 1200 adventure or KTM 1290 adventure or Yamaha Super Tenere will cost you not less than 15,000 euros when you include the price of your gear your heart cases and many more things the price will go up to 18 maybe 20,000 euros and this will be just to have the bike then will come the tyres oils maintenance taxes and insurance with the big boys I just said the cost will be 3040 up to 50% higher compared to the prices of owning a small 600 650 cc motorcycle and what is interesting here that spending that amount of money will not guarantee that we will have a better adventure it's only guarantee that you'll spend much more before you even start your trip here maybe you'll defend yourself and you're gonna say yeah but I'm gonna have this powerful motorcycle I can right up to 160 km/h on the highway I can cover so many miles per day that's correct you can do it but is this your understanding about motorcycle adventure trip right only on the highways to sleep in luxury hotels and drink very expensive wine every night probably not you have to confess that the highways are boring we did not bolt our motorcycles to write on the highways we're looking for different ways different roles probably twisty roads to write and enjoy the landscape around us so how fast you can write on the normal roads 90 100 110 km/h you can have that speed even with 250 cc Chinese bike the fresh example I have it's my last trip to Russia and Mongolia so guys we spent almost 15 16 thousand kilometers riding in Russia and Mongolia but there is no highway we use only the normal roads so how fast you can write your GS or your KTM on that roads you cannot exceed my top speed you cannot go over 120 because it is impossible it's a small road a lot of traffic and in some places is just narrow so that your maximum speed is going to be hundred hundred and ten maxim 120 km/h of course if you plan to write only in Europe then will be 90% highways and I perfectly understand that but it's a different story it's a different type of trip number two is the weight the weight always matter if you are looking for adventure sooner or later you'll leave the comfort asphalt ropes and you'll go deep into the off-road world it is just a matter of times you realize that the lighter you are better chances to stay safe you have to learn that the big and heavy engine is useless on the dirt and to find out that it's much easier to lift 200 instead of 300 or 350 kilograms you can make it once twice or ten times but you cannot do it all day round with heavy bike you have to skip some parts of the tip or you will need help so finally more you travel more you will learn and a lighter you will became number three constant instead of top speed you don't need to be a mathematical guru to see that on the long motorcycle trip it's much better to have a constant in state of top speed you might disagree with me and tell me that you prefer to have a big engine a big power for motorcycle but you can ride it slowly is that right really why you buying a big motorcycle then I have seen many guys write a small motorcycle fast but I have never seen a guy with a big motorcycle to write slow oops sorry I have seen some but only when they go on the dirt roads really slow helping with the legs they use any kind of unusual motorcycle riding techniques just to go past a simple river or a little sump or something like that another one comes of riding fast is that you cannot really enjoy your you have to be focused on the road and your motorcycle you cannot really look around and just do it slowly and really enjoying the trip also when you ride fast you can miss important things or miss important information sign you increase your chances to make accident or to avoid somebody else mistake as I said many times before it's a long motorcycle trip it is not a race reduce the speed if you want to see the world number for less luggage with small and light bike you will probably go to the solution of soft luggage which is right if you ask me by taking this decision you will automatically reduce the number of the items you're taking with you you don't need to double or triple everything you will write on the earth not on Mars leave the kitchen sink and the toilet at home they are too heavy and again the resistance yes but on a long motorcycle trip you need more stuff really you don't need more stop guys it's the same stuff for one week one month or three months trip it's the same stuff and one personal advice one month before the trip stop to going to this big motorcycle accessory shop you will buy so many things the things you don't really need it just check at home what you have make a list plan exactly what you need this is very important number five safety I will split into two categories personal and bike safety number one personal safety with small and light bike it's much easier to write in the traffic to make some not so legal maneuvers to Street the lanes or park the bike it is easy to move it when the engine is not working easy to write it on and off road and easy to lift it if you have to it's more likely to stay unhurt if you fell down and you stuck under the bike it is much easier to cross the rivers alright in the sound especially if you alone by having this easy control you increases the chances to finish your trip without any problems and number two is bike safety it's much easier to find a parking spot you can push the bike into the hotel backyards into the small narrow street if you sleep in motel on the ground-floor you can have the bike even inside of your room and one very important when you have small and cheap motorcycle you're not actually attracting people pool think that you're some kind of boring millionaire and you're happy to share your wallet with everyone you will be invisible so guys the definition of adventure is exciting or unusual experience that usually involving some risk you can do it with any bike so instead of spending twenty thousand euro for motorcycle spend five or seven and the rest used to see the world and remember the last thing you're gonna need on the long motorcycle trip it's a heavy bike thank you very much for watching and don't forget to subscribe for a new video every week ride safe ciao [Applause] you


45 Comments

Alan Hutchins · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Why do you think the Dakar derated their bikes……?

Paul Davidson · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Now I'm in my 60s my ass can't take the DR 650 seat for more than 70 – 80 miles at a stretch ,so KTM 1190 for the long haul boys!

Hardworking American · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Agree .

B P · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

If you are not physically fit as Pavlin you will ride light bike. If you are strong 250kg bike is no problem…

Joubert x · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

I like the bigger singles for that, although a bigger one is attractive if you do much pavement distance and dirt roads. Remote areas the single is best and if doing smaller twisty pavement is more enjoyable. Lot's of choices today in between. I had an XT500 years back, that was also a great city bike.

Swarniya Sargam · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Very good suggestions. I like it very much. Thanks for it.

Jeff Grimes · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

I don't reply to vids often…but as I am shopping for my first "touring", maybe adventure bike, I came across this video. Excellent points! For a week I've been shying away from considering too small a bike because I envision A LOT of highway usage as my wife and I criss-cross the American west…But, your right…thats not the purpose of a "tour". Its the winding roads that take you to breathtaking scenery, leaning curves…the point should be to stay OFF the freeways. Thank you for that perspective.

mike opheij · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

thank you very much for the information. I think another positive point about a light weight bike is that it's easier to fix because the engine and the parts are lighter.

But do you think the Husqvarna endure 701 is light weight? And is it right that endure and adventure bikes need more regular maintenance?

Dwight Hoover · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

I agree totally. I have a Suzuki AN 400 scooter and a CTX 1300. I like them both. I love the 400 because it is so practical and light. Lotsa storage. I use it more than one he 1300….

kunalk · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

just got a BMW gs 310 and now i feel more happy with the decision! <3

cat nip · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

155 cc below is enough 😀
or maybe 200 😛 …
cost less .. less to maintain …
and still get you to where u want to go …

Phil Chap · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

What if you are riding with a pillion though? 650 imo doesnt cut it especially when on the freeway trying to do 70 and the engine rpms are way up there rattling the shit out of your bum.

Peter Zeimet · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Nice video. Good production and message!

Peter Leonidas · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

I agree with everything apart from riding a big bike slowly. I have no problem riding my Honda Valkyrie 1520 cc slowly and enjoying the view. But yes it is a heavy son of a gun.

dverns · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

you're right mate, you do not need to spend big money on a big bike while you can still have a fun adventure ride on a smaller bike. Cheers

qdllc · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Different here in the USA, but on other continents, smaller bikes are also more disposable. If you have a bad breakdown, you might be cut off from getting quality repairs. Might as well buy a "new" bike. Also, some 2nd world or 3rd world nations have poor roads. Smaller and lighter bikes may be better than heavy and larger bikes.

Finally, CORRUPTION. If you have a ratty, smallish bike, odds are people won't think you have much. A big, fancy bike would be ill advised somewhere where authorities are likely to shake down tourists because they think they have money on them.

jlstarman · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Great video…

Chuck Hall · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Very interesting, humerous, and appropriate.

C a r b o u m e n · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

That's why I just bought my beautifull Honda Transalp XL700VA. It cost me 5.800€ with just 9.400 km (blue & white with golden rims). I'm in love with my first motorcycle….😳

Shivu Nair · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

A 200 cc with on road off-road spoke wheel bike is way better than gs or multistrada

Michiel Kotze · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Well said. I can't agree more. Thanks!

Homo Sexual · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

I knew a guy that did australia on a suzuki tu250x… no problemo, packing light is the way to go anyway

D.A. Risse · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Find an old BMW r80rt. All you need.

Jaymal Modhvadiya · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Ayman Joudar · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

I like your logic, what do u recommend for late 40's first time bike owner to use for an adventure bike?? Vstrom 650 or klr 650 or…..I like japanese due to their low maint and cheaper price. I am more for pragmtic solution….thanks for advice

pratik Jawarkar · May 14, 2019 at 8:37 pm

Absolutely agree