Which Bike? Some stats for you...
I’ve been doing some analysis of the World Trip Reports sent in by adventure travel riders from all over to my AM Website over the last 7 years or so. Guess what the most popular bike is? Wrong! but while you’re working it out you may like to know the popularity by brand in the Trip Reports (that is not so surprising):
Suzuki 8 %
Among the BMs the ranking is:
100GS (including GSPDs) -23
1150 (incl Advs) -22
650 Funduro carbs -19
1100GS - 18
80 GS (not incl.G/S) 14
EFI 650s 11
By far the most popular Honda:
Africa Twin (32) of course
Wings and XR650Ls (6)
Yamahas, no surprise here:
XT600E (some Tenerised?) 18
Which brings me to currently the most popular bike on the AM Trip Reports:
33 KLR 650s beating the Af Twins by one - and with of course no other Kawas in sight. Only still available in North America (mostly) but that’s what you get for sticking to one model for 17-odd years!
Note: some riders put in a few reports and not all of them (eg: Wings…) are truly AM-ing to the ends of the earth, but it’s interesting to mull over.
Hope that makes your choice easier ;-)
Author of Sahara Overland and the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook, among other things
Sahara Overland ~ the book and online resource
and Adventure Motorcycling ~ the website of the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook
[This message has been edited by Chris Scott (edited 27 June 2004).]