Then we have the growing number of 2- and 3-cylinder bikes in the 650 to 800cc class that many people view as the best all-round packages, with performance, size and weight smack in between the 650 single and litre-plus bikes. BMW, Triumph, Suzuki and Honda all offer adventure bikes in this category.
GO WITH A FRIEND: There's really no limit on where you can get to on a dual-purpose motorcycle - and it's always more fun to go with friends.
The Suzuki DL650 V-Strom kicks off at R78 000 (R83 000 with ABS brakes) and the 700cc Honda Transalp at R87 000. The British Triumph factory offers a pair of 800cc three cylinder machines – the Triumph Tiger 800 and the more dirt capable Tiger 800XC - at R104 500 and R109 500 respectively, both with ABS brakes.
EAT OUT SOMEWHERE DIFFERENT: Don't be deceived by looks - the bike will take you anywhere and who knows how good the foot is inside?