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The Best Used Off-Road Motorcycles Under $10,000

There are a number of excellent affordable motorcycles that you can take off-road. However, some may be nervous about bringing a brand-new bike to get banged up off-pavement. However, as is the case for most beginner bikes, the simple solution is to get a used motorcycle. It’s likely already been beat-up a bit. Plus, buying used means you can get access to high-end bikes at more affordable prices. In fact, you can get any one of the used adventure or dual sport bikes listed below for under $10,000.

Used adventure motorcycles

2020 BMW R 1250 GS Adventure
2020 BMW R 1250 GS Adventure | BMW

BMW arguably created the ADV segment with the 1981 GS. The latest R 1250 GS Adventure offers features like electronically-adjustable suspension, stability and hill-descent control, and GPS. But even in base spec, it starts at $20,195.

Used 2013 BMW F 800 GS motorcycle with saddle bags
Used 2013 BMW F 800 GS motorcycle | Cycle Trader

Fortunately, used GS models make excellent used adventure motorcycle purchases, Motorcyclist reports. 1994 and later models gained the Telelever suspension still found on the modern GS. A 6-speed came in 2000. The 1000c+ bikes are the range-toppers, but smaller-engine models are still great used adventure motorcycles. The 2013 F 800 GS shown above has ABS, stability control, heated grips, skid plate, and adjustable windscreen.

2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin
2020 Honda CRF1100L Africa Twin | Honda

The 2020 Honda Africa Twin is a great ADV bike, but the Adventure starts at $17,199. Fortunately, lightly-used ones can be had for under $10k on Cycle Trader, even automatic-equipped ones. And 2016-2019 models still offer adjustable traction control and ABS, Cycle World reports.

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Or, Motorcyclist reports, you can get the previous-gen XR750VT model. It ceased production in 2003, Bennetts reports, and it doesn’t have the current bike’s electronics or fuel injection. But for under $10k, you get a used adventure motorcycle with skid plates, pannier racks, and brake guards.

Triumph doesn’t just make neo-classic bikes. It also makes a great ADV, the Tiger. Re-introduced in 2011, the current Tiger 800 starts at $12.5k. But you don’t lose out on much by going with earlier models, Motorcyclist reports. With handguards, adjustable ABS, and multiple skid plates, a Tiger 800 is an excellent used adventure motorcycle. Especially the XC models.

Finally, there are KTM’s adventure motorcycles. Available in a variety of engine capacities, these bikes have won multiple Cycle World awards. The 1190 Adventure R offers ABS, traction control, adjustable riding modes, and electronic suspension. Plus, you can adjust everything from the footpegs to the windshield.

Used dual sport motorcycles

Black 2018 Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycle
2018 Kawasaki KLR650 | Kawasaki

It’s tough finding a more stalwart used off-road motorcycle than the Kawasaki KLR650. The dual-sport was in production for 32 years, receiving an update in 2008 before being canceled in 2018. And even then, it still had a carbureted, 651cc air-cooled single-cylinder engine.

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But, as with the Nissan Frontier and Toyota 4Runner, that old-school simplicity has its charms and benefits. Motorcyclist calls it “the John Deere of the motorcycle world.” It has the bare off-road essentials: windscreen, 8” of ground clearance, a few gauges and indicator lights, and a luggage rack.

The Kawasaki’s rival, the Honda XR650L, also makes a good used off-road motorcycle, Gear Patrol reports. Honda still makes it and hasn’t really changed it since the 90s. It’s slightly more agile off-road than the KLR650, Motorcyclist reports. And it has 11” of suspension travel and 13” of ground clearance. Plus, its 644cc carbureted single-cylinder is very reliable. A new XR650L costs $6999, but used ones can be found for as little as $2000.

2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro
2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro | Husqvarna

The Husqvarna 701 Enduro is one of the fastest dual-sports on the market, but at almost $12k, it’s a bit pricey. Lightly-used ones, though, do squeak in under our $10k limit. For that, you get 9.8” of suspension travel, slipper clutch, a fuel-injected 693cc single-cylinder engine, and ABS. It also comes with multiple riding modes and traction control.

Finally, there’s the Suzuki DR-Z400. True, it’s also on our recommended new off-road bike list. But, as with the KLR650 and XR650L, this dirt-simple Suzuki makes a great used off-road motorcycle. The only real difference between the used and 2020 models is the inclusion of fuel injection. But for less than $5000, you can get a lightweight mule of a bike with disc brakes and a 398cc single-cylinder engine.

On the V-Strom

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The 2020 V-Strom 650XT Adventure – Renowned for versatility, reliability, and value, Suzuki’s V-Strom 650 models have attracted many riders who use their motorcycles for touring, commuting, or a fun ride when the spirit moves them. These are touchstone motorcycles balanced with a natural riding position, comfortable seat, and a flexible engine character that produces stress-free riding during brief daily use or a high-mile adventure. – The V-Strom 650XT Adventure comes equipped with adventure-ready tubeless-spoke wheels, plus a set of Suzuki’s aluminum panniers, a rugged accessory bar, a handlebar cross-brace, and mirror extensions. – Loaded and ready for any road, the 2020 V-Strom 650XT Adventure continues the V-Strom family tradition of being a fun and logical motorcycle to buy and ride. The engine delivers stellar performance and great fuel economy while achieving worldwide emission standards. Suzuki’s engineering accomplishments also include low weight and a trim chassis, creating a V-Strom 650XT Adventure that is versatile, controllable, and financially accessible. – The V-Strom 650XT Adventure is a motorcycle that’s greater than the sum of its parts, offering versatility, reliability, and function like no other bike in its class. Check out a V-Strom 650XT Adventure for your next ride and you’ll see it checks off every box on your exploration list. This V-Strom is so ready for adventure, all that’s needed is you and a map. – – – #Suzuki #SuzukiCycles #VStrom #ADV #WhenItsTimeToRide

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There is one more oft-recommended used off-road motorcycle: the Suzuki V-Strom. It does make an excellent all-round bike, RideApart reports. For touring and commuting, the 650 model has a lot to offer. The new 650XT Adventure is even on our recommended new off-road bike list. And indeed, used models can be bought for under $10k.

Red 2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT with saddle bags in a shop
2019 Suzuki V-Strom 650XT | Cycle Trader

However, the base Suzuki V-Strom is more of a touring bike than a proper off-roader. It can be out-fitted with pannier bags, crash bars, handguards, and engine protectors. But its ground clearance is fairly limited. If you’re not planning on going further than some gravel roads, that might be enough. But if your adventure plans call for something more advanced, there are better used off-road motorcycles.

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