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Old 12-12-2013, 12:12 PM   #1
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Dual Sport - The Unexpected Passion

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Old 12-22-2013, 07:03 PM   #2
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How many of you started out street riding first and then started dual sport?
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Old 12-22-2013, 07:33 PM   #3
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I went the other direction. Started on dirt in 3rd grade, then got a honda 200 reflex street legal trials bike at 16. Kept riding almost exclusively dirt until more recently. Never owned an actual street bike, figured the only way to have fun on tarmac involved a lot of tickets and a good chance of getting killed.
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Old 12-24-2013, 12:01 PM   #4
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I went the other direction. Started on dirt in 3rd grade, then got a honda 200 reflex street legal trials bike at 16. Kept riding almost exclusively dirt until more recently. Never owned an actual street bike, figured the only way to have fun on tarmac involved a lot of tickets and a good chance of getting killed.
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Ha! That's the truth. I have managed to keep the number of "performance awards" low on the street, but the potential is HUGE! :)

Ironically, I have been hurt more offroad than on.
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Old 12-24-2013, 01:12 PM   #5
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Same here. I had 7 street bikes before I got a Klr. The first time I got off road with the Klr I couldn't stop laughing. I haven't looked back. Tarmac is nice for cars, but for motorcycling, roads are just the things I have to take to get to trails.
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Old 12-26-2013, 10:51 PM   #6
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Same here. I had 7 street bikes before I got a Klr. The first time I got off road with the Klr I couldn't stop laughing. I haven't looked back. Tarmac is nice for cars, but for motorcycling, roads are just the things I have to take to get to trails.
Oddly enough, I have been hurt more times offroad than on road. Albeit, offroad speeds are not typically lethal speeds.

The cool thing is you don't have to give up street riding on a dual sport. You get to do both! Our dual sport street riding is still pretty "spirited" even with knobs.
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Old 12-27-2013, 06:31 AM   #7
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I went the other direction. Started on dirt in 3rd grade, then got a honda 200 reflex street legal trials bike at 16. Kept riding almost exclusively dirt until more recently. Never owned an actual street bike, figured the only way to have fun on tarmac involved a lot of tickets and a good chance of getting killed.
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Ha! That's the truth. I have managed to keep the number of "performance awards" low on the street, but the potential is HUGE! :)

Ironically, I have been hurt more offroad than on.
You guys need to try a dedicated road course and a properly sorted track/racebike.

That said, i have a ton fun with my XR as well and my GS tractor. I think all have their places they shine.
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Old 12-27-2013, 09:43 AM   #8
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Great article. I started on street as well, on a SV650, and was all into the fast knee dragging stuff on the mountain twisty roads for a while. I sold that bike, and got out of street riding all together, mainly because my other passion (auto restoration) was taking up a lot of discretionary cash. Later on, I went completely the other direction and bought an RMZ 250 to trail ride on with my wife and friends. The magic combination of street and trail riding on one bike really tugged at me for a long time, though, so I gave in and bought the KLX. I can honestly say this is the best kind of riding I have ever done. I'm glad to read about others that have basically the exact same thoughts.
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