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Adventure Motorcycles for Riding Around the World

Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro adventure motorcycle painted in purple

We started the around-the-world adventure on ten-year-old BMW motorcycles. After just weeks on the road, Jess’s BMW G650GS – named Moxie Thumper – began leaking oil. The problem persisted despite multiple attempts to fix it.

Eventually the repair bill amounted to a complete engine rebuild. So, we replaced that 2013 G650GS with a 2015 model named Luna Laguna. That motorcycle carried her and our German shepherd copilot, Moxie, all the way to the Arctic Ocean.

Then, as we rode south to the Antarctic, Greg was struck by a chicken bus on the Pan-American Highway in Guatemala. The damage was extensive, so while his broken hand healed, we began considering the options…

Triumph North America Comes to Our Aid

Is there anyone who can afford to buy a new motorcycle while they are traveling the world, working from the road, and trying to grow a small business in a developing country?

Certainly not us! But just for sport we decided to visit the dealership of each major motorcycle brand. Why not, right?

When Jess threw her leg over the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro on the showroom floor of the Guatemala City Triumph dealership, a huge, goofy grin spread across her face!

These are top-shelf motorcycles, so don’t even dare to hope…

Except, if you don’t hope or dare to ask, then at least you’ll always be sure the answer is no. So, just on a whim, we reached out to Triumph North America.

It turns out, they are huge dog-lovers and enthusiastic to embrace all kinds of crazy adventures – like riding around the world with a big dog on the back!

To our huge surprise, they provided enormous support to continue GoRUFFLY Around the World on two gorgeous, ferocious, and fully outfitted Tiger 900 Rally Pro adventure motorcycles!

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Are These Tiger 900s the Ideal Adventure Motorcycle?

We certainly think so or we wouldn’t have fallen so completely in love with them! They are astonishingly capable, luxuriously comfortable, and endlessly reliable.

You’ll hear it said: “The ideal motorcycle for a big adventure is the one you’ve got!” That’s true in some cases but not always.

The motorcycle you’ve got might not be capable on challenging terrain, comfortable for long distances, or reliable enough to venture off with confidence.

If your bike is lacking on any one or more of these points, it’s likely to impact what you’re able to do and how much enjoyment you experience on your big adventure. We know first hand because that’s what we experienced on past trips!

So, if you have the resources and wherewithal, then it’s a good idea to outfit yourself with a capable, comfortable, and reliable bike for your adventure.

But before you spiral down a rabbit hole comparing the technical specs of each make and model, here’s the most important thing to consider:

The ideal motorcycle for a big adventure isn’t necessarily the fastest, lightest, or most capable off-road. It might be but there something even more important. The ideal motorcycle is the one that puts a big, goofy grin on your face every time you look over in the garage or across the campsite.

For comfort, performance, reliability – and the big, goofy grins – we think the Triumph Tiger 900 Rally Pro is the ideal adventure motorcycle!

Check out the other gear that helps us GoRUFFLY Around the World

Adventure motorcycle crash helmet in white and black

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Lightweight backpacking tent in yellow and sea blue

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Water-resistant dog food travel bag with kibble

DOG ≫

GoRUFFLY Around the World on a Macbook Pro, iPad, and iPhone

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Adventure motorcycle crash helmet in white and black

RIDING ≫

Lightweight backpacking tent in yellow and sea blue

OUTDOORS ≫

Water-resistant dog food travel bag with kibble

DOG ≫

GoRUFFLY Around the World on a Macbook Pro, iPad, and iPhone

REMOTE WORK ≫