There is no question that adventure bikes are hot. Early on, it was a one-pony show occupied by only BMW; but this segment, which is arguably motorcycling’s most versatile, has grown dramatically in the past few years. So, it was due time to judge adventure bikes solely against their peers. It is only fitting, then, that one of the most well-rounded machines we’ve ever ridden should take the honors in the award’s inaugural year: the Yamaha Super Ténéré. This 1200cc Twin makes a comfortable long-distance tourer, provides a commanding seating position for urban riding and performs quite well off-highway. Exactly what you need when you don’t know what lies ahead.