Adventure bikes have become one of the most popular segments of motorcycling, not just in the Philippines, but all over the world. Loved for their versatility, go-anywhere ability, and undeniable big bike appeal, adventure bikes have evolved such that not all ADV machines feature neck-breakingly expensive price tags and power outputs beyond the capability of novice riders.
While a lot of adventure bikes geared towards beginner riders are available in the market, intermediate level machines are plentiful, as well, and provide quite a lot of value for money. Having said that, if you have a budget within the ballpark of around P400,000 to P700,000, and are in the market for a shiny, new adventure tourer ready to clock in the miles, then here are our top 5 picks for the best ADV bikes under P700,000.
Benelli TRK 502X - P379,000
The Benelli TRK 502X has proven itself as a worthy contender in the global market. Owned and built by Chinese motorcycle manufacturer QJ Motor, Benelli’s products have proven their durability and longevity in the global market when compared with more premium machines from Japanese and European manufacturers.
The same can be said for the company’s flagship adventure bike, the TRK 502X. Equipped with a 360-degree, 500cc parallel-twin engine, the TRK 502X pumps out 46 horsepower and 45 Nm of torque, making it quite the approachable machine. Its unique firing order gives it a very distinct exhaust note which is very much unlike that of your run-of-the-mill 180-degree parallel-twin motor.
Kawasaki Versys 650 - P450,000
Moving up the ladder, we find the Kawasaki Versys 650, a staple in the big bike market which is loved by civilians and law enforcement alike. It is by far the most tried and tested machine in this list, with its robust and bulletproof 649cc 180-degree parallel-twin motor being around since the early 2000s.
On top of this, its rigid chassis has been known to be capable of handling off road riding pretty well, despite the fact that Kawasaki has designed the bike as a more street-focused adventure tourer. The Kawasaki Versys 650 shares its engine with the likes of the Ninja 650, Z650, and Vulcan S, and pumps out a healthy 69 horsepower and 64 Nm of torque, making for quite a punchy and exhilarating ride.
Suzuki V-Strom 650 XT - P539,900
The next bike on this list features a unique engine configuration anong adventure bikes. The V-Strom 650 XT makes use of a 645cc 90-degree V-twin derived from Suzuki’s naked bike, the SV650. In XT trim, the V-Strom sports wire-spoke wheels and dual-purpose tires which lend themselves to a fair amount of off-road riding.
In terms of outright performance, the V-Strom 650 XT pumps out 66 ponies and 58Nm of torque out of a 645cc 90-degree V-twin engine. It gets Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve System which improves throttle response, and offers low RPM assist to prevent stalling.
Yamaha Ténéré 700 - P619,000
Perhaps the most premium when it comes to Japanese middleweight adventure bikes is the Yamaha Ténéré 700. Based on the tried and tested MT-07 platform, the Ténéré 700 offers an impeccable peso-to-performance ratio, with its 689cc crossplane parallel-twin engine delivering 72 horsepower and 68 Nm of torque.
To top it all off, it gets robust, long-travel suspension which makes it a very competent off-roader ready to go the distance. On the tech side, the Ténéré 700 features dual-channel ABS, a slipper clutch, and traction control.
KTM 790 Adventure - P699,000
The most powerful and performance-oriented bike on this list is also the most expensive bike, just barely below the P700,00 mark. Manufactured by Austrian motorcycle giant KTM, the 790 Adventure, and its more premium 790 Adventure R sibling, are by far the most technologically advanced motorcycle to be assembled locally in KTM’s Laguna production facility.
Equipped with KTM’s iconic LC8 parallel-twin motor, the 790 Adventure pumps out 105 horsepower and 85Nm of wheelie-popping torque. To top it all off, KTM has fitted this bike with a slew of techie features such as programmable ABS, traction control, and cruise control, all of which accessible via a fancy full-color TFT instrument pan