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Old 02-17-2013, 06:14 PM   #1
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New guy trying to pick a bike to dual sport

Greetings. After spending the last several years on the road with my 2009 Speed Triple. I'm beginning to get the itch to get back into dirt riding for the first time in about 7 years.

I'm looking to dual sport primarly interested in short commutes and trail riding. I'm looking for advice/suggestions on bikes. My spending limit is about 4k, but could probably be talked into spending 5k.

I'm currently entertaining the following:

1998 Husaberg fs600e. Comes with supermoto and dirt tires and rims (dual sets of tires is a big selling point for me) The bike is spotless and street legal 3400

2001 drz400e - 450 big bore kit, yosh exhaust, steering damper, rev box - was supposedly a Mike Kreidowski factory race bike. Would still need to be street legalized by me, but not hard to do in Indiana. 2900.

2004 ktm 525 mxc. Pretty much stock but in excellent condition. Would still need to be street legalized. 2800

Thoughts, suggestions, watchouts?
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Old 02-17-2013, 06:50 PM   #2
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The Berg is a bit of an antique and obscure.

The DRZ isn't bad and has nice mods, but a bike w/ lots of custom mods can be a pain to sort as few have the same set up. Even w/ the mods, it's still no KTM.

The 525mxc - newest and best (and least $$) of the bunch. Stock is good here. RFS engine is one the best ever. Lots of online support and knowledge, lots of proven aftermarket. HOWEVER, the one you want is an exc for the gearbox.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:06 PM   #3
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RFS all the way.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:28 PM   #4
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Of the bikes listed, I'd opt for the RFS too. The suzuki is built, they might have done a good job on the work, might not have but if the 400 wasn't enough hp for the owner there's a good chance it's seen it's rev limit more than once, possibly every ride. The Husaberg is a bit older than I'd want to go with, there could be parts issues down the road, possibly not though. it's already 14 years old and not what you'd consider a common bike and it's been street ridden, that doesn't necessisarily mean anything bad but it can mean it's been ridden hard and you'd probably never know looking at it. I'd get the most bike you can within your budget, preferably newer, preferably babied, look for a wide ratio tranny if possible. $4K should get you an '06 or 07 RFS that's possibly streetlegal. If you shoot for an EXE or XCW you'll be getting a wide ratio 6 speed that should have more HP than the suzuki, definately lighter and better handling. The MXC can be geared to be acceptable it's gearing isn't optimal for DS work. I was a honda guy for years and now the garage is full of orange bikes. Mainly because I think KTM caters to the serious dualsport rider much better then the other brands.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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Out of those three I have another vote for the KTM. I already know I can live with the MXC close ratio transmission. But, as said, holding out for an EXC would be better. Though I have to admit I might end up hauling that old Berg home IF it was about a grand cheaper.
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KTM.

Does the MXC come with a 4/5 speed gearbox? If so, look for an EXC, imo.
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Old 02-17-2013, 07:48 PM   #7
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The MXC will be a six speed close ratio box. So you generally gear them up at the countershaft for dual sport use. I was able to squeeze two extra teeth on the countershaft of my 200 plus dropped a couple off the rear and it pulls that with ease. So I doubt a 525 will struggle with higher gearing. But an EXC or XCW does make street duty easier with that tall sixth.
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For 4-5k I'd get something newer than those.
It'll cost over 1k to make one street legal with factory parts tires etc....

You need to decide if you want a dual sport, dr klr xr klx wrr te630 690 or race bike, husa ktm husky, made street legal.
For street I'd go 500cc or more, for the trail the lighter the better.
Te630 for more street, 200-350 race bike for trail. Or best compromise would be a wr250r, not as fast as either but will keep up with either while getting 60-70 mpg , better on nasty terrain than the 630 and better on the street than the race bikes.
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Old 02-18-2013, 07:01 AM   #9
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Thanks for all the great advice. I had been leaning towards an EXC for awhile and actually just ran across a street legal 2005 525 exc for about $4k.

Is there anything that I should be looking out for in particular for a bike that's been dual sported?
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Thanks for all the great advice. I had been leaning towards an EXC for awhile and actually just ran across a street legal 2005 525 exc for about $4k.

Is there anything that I should be looking out for in particular for a bike that's been dual sported?
It will eventually need the valves replaced, that's difficult to determine though without taking it apart (as in doing a valve adjustment) 160~260 hrs seems to be around the time that shows up.
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Old 02-18-2013, 11:48 AM   #11
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Not on your list, but I know where a nice KLR650 is for sale....just saying

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=861313
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Old 02-18-2013, 05:14 PM   #12
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That is a great deal, however, I'm looking for something a little more trail/woods friendly.
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