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Old 11-27-2009, 11:51 AM   #1
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Want Suggestions for a good Dual Sport!!

Ok fellow inmates,

I'm planning on picking up a Good used DS bike somewhere around the end of January. I'm interested in riding gravel/dirt/trails/hill climbs/and some street.
I rode a DRZ400S (briefly) and really loved it, but I'm open to others.

My current bike is just not suitable, and I really DON'T want to tear it up riding it like I have been

I'm interested in the following between 400-650cc's and street legal.

DRZ400s/KLX400
KTM
Husky
Any other suggestions welcome.

Soo.....let the Pros/Cons/suggestions begin!
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Old 11-27-2009, 12:23 PM   #2
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Hey Wolfy, there has to be literally a dozen of these threads with exactly the same criteria you've listed. I think there have been a couple just in the last little while. Have a look for the threads and see if you can get some basic information, then when you think you've narrowed it down, start searching for information on bike specific threads. There has been enough said here already to answer any question you're thinking about asking. Good searching.
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Old 11-27-2009, 02:06 PM   #3
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I glanced before I posted, and didn't see a fresh one, but as soon as I submitted one appeared under mine haha. Thanks though.
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:12 PM   #4
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The dRZ is a good choice with one big exception. It has the closest ratio gearbox of any thumper. So if you need/want some tight woods low gears, you will not have highway gears, and there is no 6th gear. It also likes to go straight. So tight woods can be work. Other than that it's a great play bike, Rugged, dependable etc.
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Old 11-27-2009, 07:16 PM   #5
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Ok fellow inmates,

I'm planning on picking up a Good used DS bike somewhere around the end of January. I'm interested in riding gravel/dirt/trails/hill climbs/and some street.
I rode a DRZ400S (briefly) and really loved it, but I'm open to others.

My current bike is just not suitable, and I really DON'T want to tear it up riding it like I have been

I'm interested in the following between 400-650cc's and street legal.

DRZ400s/KLX400
KTM
Husky
Any other suggestions welcome.

Soo.....let the Pros/Cons/suggestions begin!
'Depends on how aggressive you want to ride, and many other factors, but there is also:

- Suzuki DR650.

- Kawi KLR650, KLX250S, and KL250.

- Yamaha WR250R, XT250, XT225, and TW200.

- Honda XR650L and CRF230L.

- BMW G and F series dualsports.

- Husky, KTM, ATK, Husaberg, Gasgas, ATK, and many others.

What kind of trails/dirt/street and how hard? Your size? Experience? Expectations for performance/reliability/maintenance/aftermarket?
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:33 PM   #6
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2008 and later KLRs are dogs ... oil burners, rotting rubber, defective wiring harness, muffler bolts falling off, turn signals falling of spontaneously, erratic fuel mileage from one bike to another ... and it weighs a ton. Top it off with a manufacturer that doesn't give a sh
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Old 11-27-2009, 08:43 PM   #7
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All dualsports have their own trade off characteristics. Some are better in the dirt and not as good on road and vice versa. The rider must decide what their primary *action plan* is and choose accordingly.
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Old 11-27-2009, 09:10 PM   #8
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I'm surprised a guy with two BMWs isn't considering the XChallenge (unless you're looking to buy new). I'm biased, but I went from a DRZ-S to the XCh and find it better in almost every way except price - and even that isn't a huge difference.

I agree about the narrow ratio 5 speed on the DRZ as well.
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Old 11-27-2009, 09:11 PM   #9
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'Depends on how aggressive you want to ride, and many other factors, but there is also:

- Suzuki DR650.

- Kawi KLR650, KLX250S, and KL250.

- Yamaha WR250R, XT250, XT225, and TW200.

- Honda XR650L and CRF230L.

- BMW G and F series dualsports.

- Husky, KTM, ATK, Husaberg, Gasgas, ATK, and many others.

What kind of trails/dirt/street and how hard? Your size? Experience? Expectations for performance/reliability/maintenance/aftermarket?
Well for starters,

I'm 6' @ 265lbs, and I tend to ride street aggressively (at least as aggresive as I can on a 1971 bmw r75/5 ). I've been riding for 18 years, but I'm pretty new to riding dirt/gravel. I used to ride dirtbikes as a kid, but my family was always street/touring oriented. I've recently started riding gravel and dirt a lot, and find I really enjoy it. So I want a bike that is suitable for me to improve my skills with, but also be a bike I can grow into. I'm not a fan of the beasts for the type of riding I want to do, and I really don't care much for the KLR.

I'd like something that is good for parts availability (I don't mind online ordering) and is easy to maintain.

I lean heavily towards the DRZ/KLX 400's after riding one, but seeing as it's the only one I've ridden I thought I'd ask to see what people thought of it and others. I like the KTM525/625 and the 640 enduro, and I like the TE610 as well.

I also want to stay relatively inexpensive, maybe around $4k. Ideally I'd like a bmw f650gs dakar, but I think there are more bikes to choose from in my price range.

Aftermarket stuff is of minimal concern to me.
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