When you look at the toughest adventure event in the world, the Dakar Rally, the bikes are all 450s now. They’re a far cry from the tribe of road-focused 1200cc road bikes that has evolved from the earlier generations of desert racers. So perhaps for everyday riders, a smaller capacity may offer the best balance of on-and-off road ability.
This month the road testers crossed hundreds of miles of tarmac to ride the British stretch of the Trans Euro Trail on the updated Honda Africa Twin and Triumph Tiger 800 XCX plus the all-new BMW F850GS (which still has a bigger capacity than the original Dakar-winning BMW R80G/S).
Meanwhile Chris Scott tests the BMW G310GS in the desert. Whatever you ride, and wherever you ride it, enjoy the summer — and enjoy this issue.
Inside this month's issue...
Highways & Byways
Three of 2018’s new dirt-ready adventurers head to Wiltshire for a taste of the Trans Euro Trail
Oh Come All Ye Faithful
KTM expands its successful Adventure Rally series with a British event, at the Sweet Lamb complex in Wales
Sporty Summer Gloves
Tough enough for the racetrack but are they light enough for the road? We test 29 pairs of sporty summer gloves
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