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Old 04-16-2013, 08:14 AM   #16
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Around here (New Jersey) Harleys rule, and 99% of those are the big Harley's. Almost none are close to stock.
Hardly any dual sports, mostly euro brand race bikes in the woods, some sport bikes for the young guys.

Its got to be 85% Harleys, with small amounts of all the others in the mix.
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Old 04-16-2013, 08:48 AM   #17
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I think motorcycle performance has advanced so far beyond what mere mortals can do with it that it's starting to make sport bikes kinda moot - might was well be more comfortable and practical.
My take also.

One other aspect: sport bikes are based on race bikes, even to sharing race-bike capacity restrictions.

That means screwing more and more horsepower out of 600s and 1000s.

The adventure bike market doesn't give a damn about race capacity limits. So you get bigger motors with more grunt and charm. And these days, enough power.

Nicer engines to use on the road.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:10 PM   #18
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I attribute it to the fact that vehicles are HUGE now, as opposed to 10 years ago. Getting hit no longer means getting injured, but killed instead. Couple that with the idiots who would rather text or watch youtube while driving, and you have a downright hostile environment for motorcycles on public highways. I would rather take my chances off-road on a dual sport, than at the hands of distracted drivers.

Besides all that - dual sports are just plain fun to ride!!!
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:23 PM   #19
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On our perma frost made lumpy roads, sport bikes with their short suspension and smaller wheels, are really out of their element, they have to take the road conditions into consideration, while planning a trip. The 990 adv, with it's 21¨ hoop in the front + nearly twice the suspension travel of the sport bike, will ride over potholes and craters on the road, especially like now, in the spring. Fast too, a bloke riding the new 1190, was hitting 270 km/h, 168mp/h, that's moving for a trail bike!
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Old 04-16-2013, 11:15 PM   #20
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:51 AM   #21
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At least that's the case here in Finland. The 600 Sport Bike sales have nearly stopped and the 1000 cc bikes are not doing much better, this has been the trend here for the past couple of years. The touring and dual sport bikes as well as the cruisers, are selling, but nowhere near the numbers that hit the roads few years back. The dealers reckon it's partly due to the sluggish economy, but they are also saying that motorcycling is not seen as 'glamorous' as it once was. Maybe the folks are too busy playing with their smart phones, instead of going for a bit of a burn.
What is scene in U.S and in other parts of the globe?

Mmmmmm dual sports/supermotos. The most fun you can have with your clothes on!

If in an urban area or a hilly/mountainous rural area they are impossible to beat for fun. We can ride a hundred fifty mile day on back dirt/gravel and winding pavement and not get 30 miles from home. You no longer have to look at that gravel road dropping down away from the highway and wonder where it goes - you can go there.

The last bike I'd give up would be the dual sport. What a shame so many other riders miss out on these bikes. I bugged my buddy for a few years before he finally gave in and bought a dual sport... then he's asking me why it took so long for me to get him to do it and why we didn't do it earlier. He rides his DRz400 SM far more than his ZX14 or any others. I prefer the KLX650 over the others too.
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Old 04-19-2013, 01:18 PM   #22
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I've only had my DR650 for 1 1/2 years and already know if I could only have one bike that's the one I'm keeping. Luckily I can have more than one bike though.
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Old 04-19-2013, 05:09 PM   #23
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I think motorcycle performance has advanced so far beyond what mere mortals can do with it that it's starting to make sport bikes kinda moot.
First time I head that: 1982.
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Old 04-20-2013, 04:38 AM   #24
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Off road takes real skill. Anybody can be a douche on a street bike. When I catch myself racing around on the asphalt, I just let some air out my tires and them go skim fat whoops at about 50mph. Calms me down real fast! especially being on a pig, and it makes me remember I'm not as good I think I am!

Also it don't cost $500 in plastic every time I drop the ugly Honda.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:16 AM   #25
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When I catch myself racing around on the asphalt, I just let some air out my tires and them go skim fat whoops at about 50mph. Calms me down real fast!
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Old 04-20-2013, 10:26 AM   #26
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Here it is in the simplest terms.

GSXR-600 = $11,599
DR650 = $6399

Class dismissed.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:02 PM   #27
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Here it is in the simplest terms.

GSXR-600 = $11,599
DR650 = $6399

Class dismissed.
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:41 PM   #28
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Mmmmmm dual sports/supermotos. The most fun you can have with your clothes on!

If in an urban area or a hilly/mountainous rural area they are impossible to beat for fun. We can ride a hundred fifty mile day on back dirt/gravel and winding pavement and not get 30 miles from home. You no longer have to look at that gravel road dropping down away from the highway and wonder where it goes - you can go there.

The last bike I'd give up would be the dual sport. What a shame so many other riders miss out on these bikes. I bugged my buddy for a few years before he finally gave in and bought a dual sport... then he's asking me why it took so long for me to get him to do it and why we didn't do it earlier. He rides his DRz400 SM far more than his ZX14 or any others. I prefer the KLX650 over the others too.
Just today, first ride of the season, i marveled at the versatility of the 990, nothing seems to unsettle it, split asphalt, bumps, potholes, it just take's it all in it's ride, perfect!
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Old 04-20-2013, 07:41 PM   #29
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We're old now, and need an upright riding position.
Roger that, dude.
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Old 04-20-2013, 11:04 PM   #30
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First time I head that: 1982.

It havent got any thing to do with the power.
I cant speak for other countries then Norway, but her the average rider age is getting higher by every year and getting a MC license cost more and more.
I think its costs 5000$ to complete the license her, its insane
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