Adventure-bred motorcycles mean machines that are accustomed to rugged terrains. While biking enthusiasts can indulge in adrenaline motoring through the year, the monsoon season means that the seasonal trend of off-road trailing comes into play, which focuses on routes that offer breathtaking views best experienced during the rains. Let’s be clear, these trails are no place for city bikes. The higher you go, the roads start to dwindle, with the rain and slippery slopes only making things harder. So there’s no denying the need for a safe, powerful two-wheeler. The best off-road bikes today pack features like advanced suspension, unique riding modes for different types of terrain, and digital support built onto the bike. Here are our picks for the best off-road bikes in India.
The Multistrada Enduro series is Ducati‘s adventure touring version of the Multistrada 1200S line. The Multistrada Enduro rides on rugged wire spoke wheels with knobbly Pirelli tyres to help off-roading with ease, and it has a finely tuned suspension. The Enduro is powered by a 1198cc Testastretta DVT L-twin engine, with a maximum power output of 160-bhp and a peak torque output of 136Nm. The engine is controlled through ride-by-wire and features switchable rider modes. In terms of tech, it takes tons of cues from its predecessor, the 1200S.
Price: Rs 18,00,000 onwards
On the frontline of Triumph’s adventure motoring sect, the Tiger 800 XCA looks like a high-octane mechanical wildcat waiting to be set loose on the mountains. The Tiger 800 franchise is one of adventure sports’ best-loved and most critically acclaimed motorcycles. Launched in March, it came with over 200 updates, the ‘Off-Road Mode’ being our favourite. The engine is much more responsive to low-range speeds, enabling better traction at gear one. With 800 cc and 79Nm of torque, the XCA offers an efficient 94-bhp and a seamless flow of power with control. The six riding modes include Road, Off-Road, Rain, Sport, Rider-Programmable, and Off-Road Pro.
Price: Rs 14,16,000
The R1200GS embraces skeletal elegance and brings road dominance for its size and thump. The BMW R 1200 GS Adventure is made for long rides across continents with the ability to take on any terrain. The bike comes with a 1170cc engine that delivers 125 bhp, and boasts other nifty features like electronically adjustable ABS, traction control, and suspension, making it great for cross-continent rides. The bike is also available in a much cheaper and less powerful version, the BMW 310 GS.
Price: Rs 15,85,000 onwards.
Quintessentially known for building high-end street vehicles, Benelli is no slouch in matters of adventure motoring, and the TRK 502 proves why. The Italian manufacturer has fitted a newly-developed parallel twin-cylinder, four-stroke liquidcooled 500cc engine with electronic injection, which puts out 45Nm of torque at 4,500rpm. It also has a 6-speed gearbox, which is controlled by a hydraulic clutch. The TRK notably comes with a 20-litre fuel tank and weighs about 210-kgs when topped up.
Price: Rs 5,10,000 onwards.
If you’re someone just starting off on your adventure motoring journey, consider the Versys 1000. Built as an entry-level off-roader, the bike brings a compact 300-cc engine that churns out the power of 40 horses and peak torque of 270-Nm. With a 6-speed gearbox, the Versys is perhaps the only adventure tourer bike in India that doses down to 300cc. But don’t be fooled. With the dual-channel ABS systems, spoke wheels, and the reliability of Kawasaki, the Versys 1000 is perfect for beginners.
Price: Rs 10,90,000 onwards.