When it comes to specifying the perfect motorcycle for a round-the-world journey, does size matter?
Given the growing trend towards a preference for smaller, lighter machines, Overland Junction’s third brand-independent QUEST research survey aimed to answer that and other questions. The survey ran from February 2016 to January 2017. It consisted of 29 simple multiple-choice questions and all responses were completely anonymous. 416 riders from around the world took part.
The Perfect RTW Motorcycle
Based on the most popular preferences expressed in the survey, the research suggests that the perfect motorcycle for going around the world would be a single cylinder, water cooled adventure-style bike, with a fuel-injected engine not larger than 800cc. It would have ABS and electronic engine management, cable operated throttle, a 6-speed manual gearbox, and chain and sprocket final drive. Built around a steel chassis, it would run 21′ spoked rims on the front and 18′ on the rear with tubeless, multi-purpose tyres. The seat height would be in the range 30-34′ (762-864 mm) and it would weight no more than 200 kg (443 lbs) with a full 26 L (6.9 gallon) tank, which would deliver a range of up to 300 miles (482 km).
The full survey results are summarised below.