A well-equipped two-wheeler may be the perfect vehicle to ride out the apocalypse. These nine are the sickest, most hardcore, most versatile bikes designed to do just that.

Best Motorcycles to Bug-out After the Apolcalypse

#1: Ducati 1199 Panigale TerraCorsa

MotoCorsa Ducati 1199 Panigale S Off-Road Bike

Portland’s MotoCorsa is well-known as one of the Northwest’s sickest Ducati dealers. They started with a 2013 Ducati 1199 Panigale S, heavily modified it for offroad use, and dubbed it the Ducati 1199 Panigale TerraCorsa.

MotoCorsa Ducati 1199 TerraCorsa (by campfire)

MotoCorsa Ducati 1199 TerraCorsa © Taylor Ramsauer

According to them:

We painted the bodywork that Desert Storm color then, depending on your perspective, raised or lowered the suspension. We dropped the forks as low as we could in the triple and raised the shock’s ride height as much as possible; the idea being to max out the ground clearance. it probably only got us a half inch or so, but that’s something. Then, we went through the suspension settings and made everything as soft as possible so we could mimic an off-road bike’s travel.

In action:


  • Insanely fast, both on- and offroad
  • Legendary Ducati quality
  • Killer looks

  • Limited availability
  • Low ground clearance for an offroader

#2: Trials Bike

Honda Montesa Cota 4RT

Honda Montesa Cota 4RT

Trials bikes are purpose-built for offroad stunt riding and not much else. But that means they’re designed to go almost anywhere — dirt, mud, cliff jumping, running rivers … whatever. They’d be ideal as a compliment to your existing bug out vehicle plan (e.g. throw one in the back of your truck for when you need to get somewhere your truck just can’t go).


  • Capable of going almost anywhere
  • Lightweight and portable
  • Super easy handling

  • Limited range (small gas tank)
  • Not ideal as primary mode of transportation

#3: Tarus 2×2 Off-Road Motorbike

Tarus 2x2 Off-Road Motorbike

Tarus 2×2 Off-Road Motorbike

Leave it to the Russians (the same crazy folks who brought us this bug-out-worthy beast) to invent a collapsible, offroad motorbike capable of going anywhere. The purpose-built Tarus 2×2 is ultra-light, small, and folds down/sets up in less than five minutes. Given its primary use as an offroad vehicle, it’s best as a supplementary mode of transportation.


  • Affordable — $1,700 (not bad, given its versatility)
  • Lightweight
  • Disassembles for ultimate portability
  • Capable of going almost anywhere

  • Only available in Russia (for now)
  • Built exclusively for offroad use

#4: Motoped Survival Bike (Black Ops Edition)

Motorped Survival Bike Black Ops Edition

Motorped Survival Bike Black Ops Edition

It may seem like a novelty, but Motoped’s Survival Bike: Black Ops Edition is purpose-built to ride out the upcoming apocalypse. The company’s original Motoped — a conversion kit that consists of bolting a 50-190cc Honda motor to any mountain bike — is a mainstay. But this latest addition ups the ante with a host of zombie-crushing options: an ax, survival shovels, a reserve gas tank, a crossbow, and even a harpoon.


  • Lightweight / portable
  • Tight design allows it to go anywhere
  • 400-mile range
  • Foot-powered when your gas runs out

  • Almost $4K
  • Limited availability

#5: Hayes Diversified Technologies (HDT) JP8/Diesel

HDT Kawasaki JP8/Diesel Military Motorbike

HDT Kawasaki JP8/Diesel Military Motorbike © Off-Road Illustrated

Hayes Diversified Technologies has been supplying the U.S. military with custom dirt bikes since the early 1980s. One of their latest models — the JP8 — is built on Kawasaki’s KLR650 (also a very capable two-wheeler).

There’s a lot to like about this bike, but for SHTF/survival purposes, its most important feature is its multi-fuel capability. While the rest of the world is scrambling to find unleaded gas, this beast runs on both diesel and alternative fuels. And did we mention it’s good enough for the Marines?


  • Lightweight
  • Designed for the U.S. Marine Corps
  • Extremely durable/reliable
  • Multi-fuel capable

  • Around $18,000 (!)
  • Limited availability — not available at retail

#6: BMW R1200 GS Adventure

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Motorcycle

BMW R 1200 GS Adventure Motorcycle © ADV Pulse

BMW’s R 1200GS Adventure is bulkier than most every bike on this list. But that bulk equates to better durability and the ability to take a beating. It also means that it’s capable of carrying plenty of gear — a very good feature in a bug out situation.

Coupled with a 400-mile (or more) range, it could serve as your primary bug out ride. The beefier engine is further proof:

For the R 1200 GS Adventure, torque was given higher priority than output in line with practical considerations. And you can feel it. 88 ft-lb of torque at the peak at 6000 rpm is one thing, but the consistently higher level of torque in the relevant range up to 5000 rpm can be fully experienced. The output has been increased to 110 hp at 7750 rpm.


  • Lots of storage
  • Killer suspension
  • More than 400-mile range
  • Offroad and onroad capable

  • Heavy/bulky design
  • Expensive

#7: Zero FX Stealthfighter

Zero FX Stealthfighter (Electric Motorcycle)

2016 Zero FX Stealthfighter

Electric or gas? Few questions are more polarizing among survivalists when it comes to their vehicles. If you’re all in with the electric-powered camp, then Zero FX’s Stealthfighter is the two-wheeler for you. It’s compact, lightweight, and both on- and offroad capable.


  • Small/lightweight (less than 300 pounds)
  • Instant 70 ft-lb of torque
  • Offroad and onroad capable
  • Electric-powered (solar capable)
  • Extremely quiet motor

  • Electric-powered
  • Limited (70-ish miles) range

#8: KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R Motorcycle

KTM 1290 Super Adventure R

KTM’s flagship Adventure line of two-wheelers packs a sh*t ton of features. The top-of-the-line 1290 Super Adventure R is the company’s most extreme of all, packing “1.301cc, 140 Nm of torque and 160 hp into the world’s most advanced Travel Enduro chassis.” The three offroad modes are purpose-built to tackle seriously tough terrain.


  • Powerful engine and extreme power-to-weight ratio
  • On- and offroad capable
  • Legendary KTM reliability
  • Three offroad ride modes

  • Fancy electrical coveniences provide additional points of failure

#9: Christini AWD 450 Military Edition

Christini AWD 450 Military Edition

Christini AWD 450 Military Edition Motorcycle

It goes without saying that the best bike for a survival situation is likely to be one that’s military tested and approved. Enter Christini’s AWD 450 Military Edition. The relatively tight package fits a 450cc, liquid-cooled, four-stroke engine and it can be customized to fit almost any purpose. Baja-style LED headlights, auxiliary fuel tanks, snap-on tool bags, and heavy-duty skid plates are all available. But the best part? Despite it’s military moniker, it’s available for civilian purchase.


  • Military-grade durability
  • Extreme offroad capability
  • Extensive customizations available

  • Limited availability

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