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Old 06-11-2015, 03:05 PM   #1
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Location: Switzerland
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First dual-purpose bike - CB500X, XT660Z, WR250R or 690 Enduro R?

Hi Advriders!

This is my first post after a lot of reading through the forums. It's a really cool community and every visit here is a pleasure :-)

At now 38 years of age and after lots of road/offroad cycling, the devil of adventure riding is biting me and I would be happy to get your advices for a first motorbike. It's meant to be:
  • dual purpose,
  • fun,
  • easy to ride,
  • not too heavy
  • reliable.
On average, I intend to ride ~200km or 300km / day on week-ends and holidays, just for fun and tasting a bit of adventure. Mostly solo around Switzerland and France for a start.

After reading the big threads almost entirely, I came down to a short list of four bikes that could do the job:

Looks perfect for a first bike. Meeting all criteria, except maybe a bit limited for off-road. Price index: 100

A bit pricey in Switzerland compared to others, conception dates back to 2008. Limited tank capacity. No ABS. However good looking, well built, lightest, easy on- and off-road, certainly lots of fun and a good learning bike. Price index: 116

The adventure one! The more I look at it the more it teases me. Compared to the CB500X it seems more dual purpose, although possibly a bit heavier and has more vibrations? Conception also dates back to 2009 for a price that is close to a good roadster. Meanwhile, rock-solid, lots of good feedback from owners and the adventure feel is strong! Price index: 134

KTM 690 Enduro R:
A beauty. Tons of sex appeal, great fun factor, light, reliable, decent autonomy, power! All you want, but maybe too much power for a beginner and starting bike, even with a cool head? Maybe overkill for the purpose? Price index: 155 (but worth it)

Please share some thoughts, any will be greatly appreciated!

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Old 06-11-2015, 05:33 PM   #2
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Hi mate, welcome to ADV!

If you are totally new to motorcycling I'd say get the WR250R. Light is good! But be prepared to upgrade once you have built some skills & you find out what sort of riding you like best.

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Old 06-11-2015, 05:51 PM   #3
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I started on a CRF250L. Similar to the WR250R. It was a great bike to learn on. Forgiving and cheap and rarely scared me.

Got a 690 enduro r now. I honestly wish I would have picked up the 690 first. I don't know how that would have affected my learning curve, but I don't feel it is too crazy for a new rider with some basic skills riding a dual sport bike.

My suggestion is to go ride them all and then decide.
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