Do you want to ride a bike that can go both off-road and on-road? Then you need a scrambler! Or do you need an adventure bike? Both style of bike allows the rider to traverse both dirt and asphalt, but if you don’t understand the finer details of these two types of motorcycles, you could wind up riding the wrong beast on your favorite trail.
Are You an ADV Rider, or a Scrambler?
So, you like riding dirt trails but you also hear the call for the open road too. Boy do we have the bike for you. Their called scramblers, named after the style of racing they were used for in the fifties and sixties. Back then racers would come together for scrambles, that would take them through dirt tails, open fields, and solid paved roads. These bikes were light, like café racers, but they had longer suspension travel, knobby tires, high mounted exhausts and skid plates.
As time went on, and scramble races became fewer, these bikes fell away to more modern creations like the dirt bike and dual-sports. Yet, these machines were not forgotten, and in recent years, custom builder have created vintage-looking modern bikes that have captured the imagination of the public. Now Triumph, BMW and Ducati all have scrambler lines, but another bike moved into the space these motorcycles had left in the sixties.
Adventure Bikes, or ADVs, moved into the space once occupied by scramblers. These diverse motos are tools for getting your riding done both on and off-road. Forged from racing events like the Dakar Rally, ADV bikes are rough and tumble, but over the past few years, they have changed.
These bikes have continued to get bigger and bigger. Many of them now have engines larger than 1000cc, with equipped technology that almost rivals that of sportbikes. These advancements have made these bikes the weapon of choice for tourers and travelers. Encouraged by the exploits of Ewan McGregor in the Long Way Round, traveling gearheads have used these bike on difficult journeys stretching hundreds of miles over harsh and paved terrain.
So, if you are looking for a thrilling ride close to home, a vintage look, and don’t need the latest doodads and creature comforts, then a scrambler is probably the bike for you. But if you are in it for the long haul, you might want to look into an ADV bike that has all the latest and greatest tech to help your ride go smoothly.