Originally Posted by Keithert
Looking for a 200-250 class dual sport for under $2000. Considering TW200 and XT225 mostly but not counting anything out. Even (cautiously) considering new Chinese bikes. I've ridden the TW and XT as a motorcycle safety instructor but never had one offroad or at high speed. I like how the TW handles on pavement. In the classes they were good bikes to do the figure 8 on. Slightly leaning toward the XT225 because of the sixth gear and slightly larger engine.
I'll use it offroad on power line trails with adjacent wooded sections. This is to complement my Honda 4x4 ATV and have another offroad capable machine so my wife can join my son and I.
I'd also like to be able to commute with it. My commute is 30 miles and can either be mostly expressway or all surface streets. I know this type of bike will do better on the surface streets.
Have ridden both. TW's a cool bike. Climbs like a billy goat but the fat front tire tends to wash on the dirt/gravel roads. No 'bite'.
XT225 is a solid choice.
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