Originally Posted by mtntrails
You guys are "missing the boat" in a big way...
The market is (and has been for years) screaming out for a proper, modern, mid-size (300cc - 450cc) dual-sport - a more potent version of the excellent Yamaha WR250R & Honda CRF250L
35 - 45 RWHP
Target Weight at or Under 300lbs
3000-4000 Mile Oil Change Intervals
15k + Mile Valve Adjustment Intervals
Modern, Fully Adjustable Suspension
A Subframe Capable of Carrying Luggage & Camping Gear
Build it for Unquestionable Reliability & Durability
$5000 - $9000 MSRP (depending on displacement & specs)
ADVRider, ThumperTalk, HorizonsUnlimited, et al are filled with threads and posts lamenting this huge "hole" in the marketplace. When will the "Big 4" step up and build this bike? Whoever is the first out of the gate will have a blockbuster hit on their hands - the rest will hopefully follow.
Don't forget to build a SM version too!
Put a big-bore and/or a turbo on a WR250R/X.
Put a 351cc big-bore, a pumper carb, and a reinforced subframe on a KLX250S/SF.
Put a wide-ratio gearset into a DR-Z400S/SM, then build the motor for up to 60WHP.