MOTORCYCLIST Bike Comparison 2015


Austria | Slovenia | Croatia

9 Days | 3 Countries | 3 Bike Types | 1 Trip of a Lifetime

ULTIMATE SUPER ADV TEST RIDE > BMW S 1000 XR | Ducati Multistrada DVT | KTM 1290 Super Adventure

In 2013, Edelweiss Bike Travel and Motorcyclist Magazine teamed up to perform a comparison test of the new Adventure bikes through the European Alps. More than 200 riders applied, eight got lucky to join Motorcyclist staff members . By day two, three brand names started to stand out and never left a chance for anyone of the other models from there on.


In 2014, we rode a fantastic group of roadsters on a “Factory Tour” from BMW to KTM to Ducati, featuring the latest and most engaging “naked” bikes from Europe and Japan.




Here’s your opportunity to ride BMW’s astonishing S1000XR, Ducati’s totally revised and technically groundbreaking Multistrada 1200 with DVT, and KTM’s brutally fast and incredibly capable 1290 Super Adventure. Three amazing “uber-ADVs” put to the test on some of Europe’s finest, most technical roads.


Join the Motorcyclist team in the ultimate test ride. Switch among the bikes each day, just as the journalists do, to learn each one’s strengths. Be a part of a complete magazine feature story and video. Share your thoughts and experience with the Motorcyclist crew.


The playground


We will need the passes and country roads of three picturesque countries to collect our impressions of these fascinating motorcycles. Sometimes the beauty of the scenery will distract you from evaluating handling, power delivery and steering precision. Some of the locations served as film sets for famous movies after all. Starting in Salzburg where they shot Sound of Music we head south across Wurzenpass into Slovenia passing the cave of Postojna.


From here along our way down toward the Croatian national park Prijeboj with its stunning lakes and waterfalls, a whole series of so called ‘Karl May’ films were produced in the sixties, dealing about a very German idea of the Wild West. The films share the beauty of their locations, their fame in their ‘home’countries but also the fact to be almost entirely unknown in the areas where the story allegedly happened. Well, we can enjoy the inland and coastal roads, the landscape and the Italian style towns of the region of Istria, part of Italy before WWII after which most Italians left, among them Mario and Aldo Andretti.


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