KIWI RIDER 11 2018 VOL.2 - Page 17

READERS LETTER ADVENTURE WOES H ey there KR, I was wondering if you could do an article on why the manufacturers are making worse and worse ADVs every year. The more we scream for mid-weight ADVs the more they seem to make heavier and heavier ADVs. Is it a conspiracy? My guess is the motorcycling market is for the super rich now. The manufacturers seem to be avoiding building the ‘do-all’ model because they know their market is full of people who can park three to four bikes in their garage for different riding needs. I’ve ridden over 130 different makes and models over the years, and owned over 20, so I’ve got a pretty fair idea what’s out there and what works. Based on what I’ve owned and ridden it is obvious to me that the ultimate ‘all-rounder’ is possible to build out of existing parts, without massive expense to the manufacturers. That is to say they wouldn’t have to create a new bike out of all new parts. My biggest gripe with modern adventure bikes is how, not only have they not developed in a positive direction, for the most part they have gone backwards in performance. For a comparison let’s look at sports bikes. I took a small sample from the main manufacturers and looked at the power and weight improvements from the early 90s through to the more current models. On the whole power improved approx. 35%, whilst weight dropped approx. 15%. Here is a breakdown of those figures: Suzuki GSX-R1100 130hp, 240kg wet GSX-R1000R 199hp, 201kg wet Yamaha FZR1000R 131hp, 236kg wet 2018 YZF-R1 195hp, 199kg wet Kawasaki 1996 ZX9 141hp, 242kg wet 2018 ZX-10R 210hp, 204kg wet Honda 1990 CBR900RR 2018 CBR1000RR Yamaha’s very light DT175 being pressed into adventure duties KIWI RIDER 17