It's sad, but true, here are five 2016 motorcycles US riders can only dream about...for now.
1. The CCM GP450 Adventure
In 2014, news had circulated about CCM motorcycles being available in North America, but at the time of writing, we weren't able to find any for sale here in the US, so we're including it on this list. (Please let us know if you know of them being available.)
Dual-sport in every sense, the GP450 is by all measure a very capable, go anywhere machine. The 449cc motor is based on the now defunct BMW 450 Dakar's motor, which is still being built in Southeast Asia.
Founded in 1971, CCM Motorcycles was created by Alan Clews in Bolton, UK, who built the first motorcycles in his home garage. What makes the GP450 so exciting for the long-haul, around the world adventure crowd is its lightweight construction and handling performance combo. With 40hp, 275 pounds (dry) and a highly adjustable suspension out of the box, the boutique ADV machine is made with customization in mind. From the factory, the GP450 can be ordered with seat heights ranging from 31 inches to 33.5 inches of adjustment at no extra cost. And that's a good thing, because estimates predict that it would cost nearly$12,000 US.
2. Kawasaki W800
Why this machine isn't available in the United States is a mystery. With the retro reboots coming to market from practically every other manufacturer, it seems like shipping the W800 to the US would be low hanging fruit for Kawasaki.
Based on the W series, which was produced in various model ranges between 1967 and 1975, the W800 has been in production and available internationally since 2011. It hits every note of classic British styling and would be a solid alternative to actual British bikes available to US enthusiasts.
3. Benelli TRK502
Spend any time in an ADV riding forum and you'll find near fanatical commentary from riders demanding that ADV machines be made with in smaller displacement options and are made lighter, not heavier. On specs, the Benelli TRK502 fits this bill. What's more, it's priced right. In India, we found the steel trellis framed 500cc twin-cylinder, liquid-cooled four-stroke available for ₹400,000.00 (Rupees) or $6000.00 US.
Is it possible that motorcycle manufacturers know something about the US market that us ADV enthusiasts don't?
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Sales in the Adventure segment are continuing to rise, so we think that right-priced and lighter-weight options would do well here in America, no?
4. Yamaha XTZ 250 Ténéré
Here's another example of baby Dual-sport, ADV-styled bike we won't see on American roads and trails. From Yamaha Moto de Brazil, the diminutive Ténéré sports a 249cc, air-cooled single-cylinder SOHC 4 stroke with fuel-injection.
This little bike may be more purely ADV in style than function, but it seems to us that a 250cc bike in this category would make an excellent entry level for American riders who can't afford the other available options.
5. Bimota DBx 1100
Might as well put this one in the "unobtanium" category. Besides not being available in the US, it's priced at £22,000.00 Euros, or nearly $24,000.00 US. By every measure, the DBx is a BEAST of a Dual-sport bike and by weighing in at only 385 lbs, it's the lightest and most powerful bike in its class. It's also powered by a 95hp Ducati 1100DS engine.
Housing an L-twin, desmodromic 4-stroke engine the DBx is wrapped in a steel trellis frame and drips with Bremo and Öhlins everything. If ultra performance and rarity is your thing, this is your dream bike. While many of us would second guess actually taking it off-road, chances are if you could afford something like this you wouldn't care.