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Old 04-22-2013, 09:31 AM   #91
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Some consider the best dual sport bike to be something that will allow them ride on the road in order to connect single track trails.

Some consider it a bike that will take them the 500 miles they have to travel to get to the long gravel road that leads to a great campground.

Some see it as a bike they can ride to Baja with the desire to ride some of the paved roads, the dirt roads, the washes and even the beaches.

And then you add the desire to do some of this stuff 2-up…

In the end there is no single bike that can do all of these things so the decision really comes down to your intentions and desires and your willingness to compromise on comfort vs. capability vs. on the fly repairs vs carry capacity vs etc.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:01 PM   #92
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Yep, I think there needs to be at least a couple of more classifications added to "Dual Sport". Maybe "Adventure Touring" and I don't know what you call touring on a TW200. I'd just call it fun.
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Old 04-22-2013, 06:13 PM   #93
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:34 AM   #94
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Would anyone nominate the 650gs single cylinder. Maybe a Dakar or Sertao?
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:51 AM   #95
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Would anyone nominate the 650gs single cylinder. Maybe a Dakar or Sertao?
I had a Dakar for 5 years. Sertao is almost the same (although I think the engine is made by some lower-profile licensee now... Kymco?).
Dakar was virtually unbreakable. Great bike for everything (except sport riding), although I cannot put it on the same league with my current GS. On the Dakar I did jump of highter ledges and steeper steps though. (more ground clearance)
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:50 PM   #96
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Would anyone nominate the 650gs single cylinder. Maybe a Dakar or Sertao?

They wouldn't after rowing through gears all day in the mountains

But in flatland... it's a great machine
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Old 04-24-2013, 02:59 PM   #97
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Hey all

I'm new to biking and I am fairly certain I don't have the best dual purpose bike(dl650) however I still enjoy some rather adventurous riding. I have been thinking about my next bike. Best 650ish thumper on a budget would be? I like offroad riding but I do like an occasional short trip and some 2up with my wife. Any advice much appreciated.
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Old 04-24-2013, 03:05 PM   #98
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They wouldn't after rowing through gears all day in the mountains

But in flatland... it's a great machine

I would, and I just did (as in, I returned home Sunday the 21st) 5300 miles on it from Windsor and back, across Wolf Creek Pass at 10,800 feet and 15f degrees.

It was a great bike, ran 70 all day when it had to, went down every goat trail in Death Valley I probably shouldn't have been down since I was solo, and never complained. That's 5300 miles in 10 days of riding.

There were times, to be sure, that I wished I had my 1150. It would have been more comfortable on the slab and I could have ridden most of what I did with a big bike. Two of the routes I took would take an absolute stunner on a 1150 to ride and keep upright.

But I sure had a lot of run on the Dakar. An Ohlins shock and a YZ450 front end really sweeten the deal.
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:00 PM   #99
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I would, and I just did (as in, I returned home Sunday the 21st) 5300 miles on it from Windsor and back, across Wolf Creek Pass at 10,800 feet and 15f degrees.

It was a great bike, ran 70 all day when it had to, went down every goat trail in Death Valley I probably shouldn't have been down since I was solo, and never complained. That's 5300 miles in 10 days of riding.

There were times, to be sure, that I wished I had my 1150. It would have been more comfortable on the slab and I could have ridden most of what I did with a big bike. Two of the routes I took would take an absolute stunner on a 1150 to ride and keep upright.

But I sure had a lot of run on the Dakar. An Ohlins shock and a YZ450 front end really sweeten the deal.



Dakar must be one of the most under-estimated bikes on the planet.
(something like completely the opposite of a Harley Davidson - oups I just made a few enemies)
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Old 04-24-2013, 04:07 PM   #100
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Not much other than some put around experience with the Dakar, but the X-Challenge I rode at a dirt track was a really nice bike. It was a little heavy for the vet track, but some of the more experienced dirt riders were doing fine on it. Not bad for a bike that even had ABS for the street.
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Old 05-03-2013, 09:20 AM   #101
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..but the X-Challenge I rode at a dirt track was a really nice bike. It was a little heavy for the vet track, but some of the more experienced dirt riders were doing fine on it. Not bad for a bike that even had ABS for the street.
seems like it'd be the ultimate D.S. GREAT engine, and suspension. Could take it on LONG rides with no complaints and ride pretty much anything but the gnarly single track.


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Old 11-21-2013, 10:05 AM   #102
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Would anyone nominate the 650gs single cylinder. Maybe a Dakar or Sertao?
Not me.

Like the Dr650 Suzi, KLR, and some others, it's a great commuter, too heavy off road, and I hate to feel like I'm flogging it with a full load and at highway speed. Like others have written, there is no single "Best all around dual sport bike"

With knives, I have different jobs for my razor knife, carving knife, serrated bread knife, and a big meat knife.

You need the right tool for the job, even though others may work ok.
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Old 11-22-2013, 10:29 PM   #103
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I own this HP2 Enduro and have travelled thousands of kms on it through all kinds of tracks and tar work. There is no way i would even think about a KLR. I am 198 cm tall so don't fit the standard bikes. Not to say the KLR are bad, they would not be my first pick. I am racing this monster again this year in the Finke Desert Race. Alice Springs. Plenty of sand and long open streches to open the big girl up.
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Old 11-23-2013, 02:04 AM   #104
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In my mind it's impossible to have the best all round dual purpose bike because you can't have a great single track lightweight bike that will do long Tarmac sections comfortably.The only one that could do both at a medium pace would be the Gs 800.
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Old 11-23-2013, 03:47 AM   #105
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