I took my WSM Adventure bike for a trial-by-fire ride in Oregon, two weeks after delivery last fall. In the course of a 7 day, 1500-mile ride, with every kind of terrain imaginable, from single track to sand to hard packed beaches to gravel fire roads to mountain passes to high speed asphalt bombing, it performed flawlessly. In fact, it was the only bike (among seven typical large displacement dual sports from the usual manufacturers) that didn’t slow us down due to mechanical issues or the need for extra fuel stops. The ONLY issue I had was some reluctance on my part, early in the trip, to really beat on it; the bike is just so beautiful and so well put together, it felt like it would be a shame to drop it. I got over this on day 2 with my first drop, and then I dropped it two more times on the trip, all with no real damage.
My particular ADV bike was built to my specifications (height, weight, natural body position for balance, etc) and with a dual sport mindset. After the Oregon trip, and with a worn out set of TKCs to show for it, Walt requested the bike back for evaluation and upgrades over this past winter, including a custom rack system with Givi hard bags, the addition of passenger pegs, and lastly, more road-oriented Avon tires. I am lucky in being relatively close to WSM’s NH base, but I know from other owners that this type of service after the sale, this strong desire for the customer to be happy with their purchase, is a cornerstone of WSM. This ADV was my second bike with WSM (after a Leggero in 2017) and I look forward to our next project, a WSM SBK.
It is clear that a lot of time and energy was spent by Walt and team to get the details right on this machine, with both an eye toward creating something special, something custom…but also something imminently useable. And this is one of the key distinctions of the bikes from WSM, in general. This isn’t some cobbled together art object intended to sit in someone’s home as a subject for dinner conversation. As good as it looked new, it looked even better with some wear and tear from intended use, as all great things do! — Jamie Waters, owner