With Yamaha’s stateside debut of the much anticipated Super Tenere 1200 has come speculation about when other manufacturers are going to jump on the big adventure bike bandwagon. Its no secret that Honda and Kawasaki have had their eye on this burgeoning market, which has historically been dominated by BMW and KTM.
It looks like we won’t have to wait much longer…
Cycle News recently reported on Kawi and Honda’s future plans, with a trifecta of apparently capable competitors, one of which I have some familiarity with.
Kawasaki is apparently bringing to European dealers a Versys 1000, boasting the same 4cyl motor as the Ninja 1000. This bigger brother of the Versys 650 (see my cross country tour on one of these puppies here) should make a dent in the adventure bike market when it finally comes to the US, hopefully in the next year or two.
Honda has also entered this segment with the planned addition of the Crosstourer and Crossrunner adventure bikes. The Crossrunner will be the smaller of the two, powered by the same 782cc power plant as the VFR800. The Crosstourer will be more similar to the BMW 1200GS, with its 1237cc displacement and slough of adventure ad-ons.
Look for more chatter about these bikes hitting showroom floors in the USA sometime late next year.