Goodbye Dakar, long live the xCountry

BMW G650 xCountry

Well chicks might dig Dakars, but after a year of ownership and 10,000 miles I’ve finally sold mine. The Dakar served me well on Trips to Hungary, Spain, and Wales, but I decided that I wanted something a little lighter and more agile.

The perfect adventure bike, made in Britain?

CCM 450GP British built adventure bike

What’s your dream adventure bike? A F650 Dakar, BMW X-Challenge, KTM690, DRZ400, or perhaps the XT660z Tenere? These are just some of the tried and tested bikes used by overland riders worldwide. (We’ll almost, some Americans are still bitter about Yamaha not realising the Tenere there.

Chicks dig Dakars

Girl on BMW F650 Dakar

I’ve had the Dakar for five months now, and recently put 3,000 miles on it during a trip to Budapest at the end of August.

BMW F650 Dakar

Having ridden sports bikes since 2008 I decided that it was time for a change. As my interest in adventure travel grew I began looker for an overlander that would be equally at home on the tarmac as it would off it.