What’s the Difference Between a Scrambler and an Adventure Bike?

Its the Scrambler Versus the Adventure, who will win?

The style of motorcycle you ride depends on the type of ride you want to enjoy, and in the motorcycling world the ride depends on the road you take. So, if you take a paved road, that turns into a dirt road, and then goes away, then you want a bike that can handle it. But do you want an adventure bike—or a scrambler? Well, let’s take a look at history and see if we can find an answer.

Do You Know the Difference Between a Scrambler and an Adventure Bike?

Back in the fifties and sixties, there was a motorcycle modification craze. From this era, many motorcycling icons were born—the café racer for example—but there was another type of bike born of this period of innovation—the scrambler.

Just like their café racer cousins, these bikes were meant to race. However, unlike café racers, which normally raced on roads, scramblers raced through fields, mud, dirt and on roads. These bikes had to be versatile to meet these demands, so all nonessential systems were chopped out to save weight. Next, suspension travel was increased, knobby tires were added to spoked wheels, and exhausts were rerouted for ground clearance. The result was a racer that could go off-road and on, but as times rolled on, a new two-wheeled beast emerged.

Out of rally races like the Dakar emerged adventure bikes. These bad to the bone machines could handle dirt and pavement just like the scramblers, but there was always something different in the ADV DNA. These bikes have become bigger and heavier, many with engines over 1000cc. Most scrambler bikes found themselves between 500 and 650cc. In turn, ADV bikes they have turned into tourers that take their riders to exotic dirt trails far from the rider’s central base.

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