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Do You Dual-Sport ??

Lot's of cruisers and sportbikes here..... not much in the way of "adventure touring".


Anybody here dual sport ??


Tony's Multi-Strada almost qualifies....as woul dthe new Triumph Tiger.



I am really talking about bikes like Fattkaw's Kawasaki KLR650,

BMWR1200GS,
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Triumph Tiger - the old off-roady one


That sort of thing ..... street-ish with knobbies !



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I suppose I didn't mention I sold it just a little bit ago!
But, in all seriousness. I highly regret selling that thing. I'd like to find another KLR. I bought it for $950 last semester, drove that thing for hours on end with no hiccups or anything. Original motor, new clutch, nothing major done to it at all. I need another DS. That was a hell of a deal for the shape it was in.

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I really want a dual sport, something light with a small displacement motor. I'd like to explore the UP.

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the multistrada is nothing more than a funny looking street bike. way too expensive to crash for serious dual sporting. don't ask how I know

I'd like to do some adventure touring on my DRZ eventually. just need to find the time.
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Adventure tourers aren't dual sports IMO.

I loved my DR650, and loved my SM610 even more. I can't imagine a more fun bike for my general commuting needs. It sucks on group rides or any kind of distance, but perfect for ripping through neighborhoods.

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Adventure tourers aren't dual sports IMO.

I would agree.....


Adventure Tourer - Road bike that doens't completely suck off-road.
Not completely competent in the dirt.

Dual-Sport - An almost-dirt bike that doesn't completely suck on pavement.
Not completely comfortable at highway speeds.


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Adventure tourers aren't dual sports IMO.

+1

I want a dual sport too. I've spent hours on Advrider just reading ride reports. VERY cool stuff

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+1

I want a dual sport too. I've spent hours on Advrider just reading ride reports. VERY cool stuff
I've wasted a lot of company time browsing that forum.

there's a thread on there right now about the difference between an adventure bike vs a touring bikes vs a dual sport. most common answer: the rider.
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I dual-sported for a while, before I had my streetbike. Rode an '02 Suzuki DR350. Eventually decided I don't really care for the heavier 4 strokes, for trail riding.

Now I stick with my R6 for the street and my YZ-125 for the dirt.
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My main problem is finding someone to ride with. Finding a noob dual-sport ride around Chicago is tough. If there was a good local network to get involved in it, I would have a dual-sport next week.

Jack on here does it as well. I know hes posted a Michigan UP ride report on here somewhere. It looked awsome.

I really want a plated KDX. I don't see myself doing a long highway dual-sport ride. But I could see myself trucking a bike somewhere and then riding for a few days...then drive it back home

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My only bike right now is a dual sport. An 05 Drz400E. The Honda Crf450x is really nice way more power but a real maintenance hog. They yamaha 450 is nice too.

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I dual-sported for a while, before I had my streetbike. Rode an '02 Suzuki DR350. Eventually decided I don't really care for the heavier 4 strokes, for trail riding.

Now I stick with my R6 for the street and my YZ-125 for the dirt.
they stopped making the 350 in 99
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I don't call what I do dual sport, but my TTR 250 has a plate and I have done some of the rides called dual sport rides that were really trail rides. So I guess I'm much more a trail rider than a dual sport rider. If you want to contact dual sport riders in the area and learn more about it check out www.ADVrider.com. It's kinda like the CLSB of dual sport and adventure riding. Nice site, with some interesting photo's and threads.

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I've wasted a lot of company time browsing that forum.

there's a thread on there right now about the difference between an adventure bike vs a touring bikes vs a dual sport. most common answer: the rider.
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DRZ400 I bought from a member here.

In a couple weeks I'm doing a couple day ride down in Arkansas (White Mountain) and then the big dog, CannonTrek again this year. 1100 miles (mostly dirt) in 3.5 days.

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the multistrada is nothing more than a funny looking street bike. way too expensive to crash for serious dual sporting. don't ask how I know
It can be toughened up a bit: http://www.strada-avventurosa.com/ (click on the SA project bike build on the left, can't link to damn frames)

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I have the KLX250S for this exact purpose the only problem is finding good rides. I don't really want pavement. I'm not saying all woods but all gravel, unpaved, some woods is what I'd prefer. I have no interest in riding on just paved roads for any extended period of time.

If people are interested we should put together a ride sometime. Jack maybe up by you, aren't most of the CannonTraks up your way?

Also Tom/Kneeinpain did have the KTM 940 Adventure so he'd be another candidate.
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I ride a 650 vstrom. Fine for gravel and jeep track, but stay off of mud and sand. However its very comfortable, handles fine, and can be loaded up with adventure touring crap. 43k miles and it just keeps cruising along. Have you checked out the central forum in advrider? We are always planning and doing rides, although they are mainly in WI because it sucks around here.
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I guess this qualifies.
450x, for now its more of an around town bike. but I I keep both sets of wheels and sprockets.





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I will soon be adding a KLR650 to my stable....it is NOT an adventure bike! You don't need a specific bike to have an "adventure", every ride is an adventure. If Jammin chimes in on how great the DR650 is, I'm going to smack him 3Gs in mod to make it into a rideable dual-sport, ridiculous! Its a so-so dirtbike which is street legal

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