Join Date: Sep 2016
Location: So Cal
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Dual sports are the part of motorcycling where compromise comes to the forefront in a big way. They're not great street bikes nor are they great off road. You can tweek them to be better, say, in the dirt, but then street performance can suffer. Either way, if you can overlook they're deficiencies, they can be fun, fun, fun!
If I was buying one my pick would be the
I've owned Honda XR650L, a Suzuki DL650 V-Strom, and a DR200 dual sports. The V-Strom qualified as more of an Adventure Bike tho. I've also owned XR, DRZ, YZ, CRF ETC... But those were dirt only.
The DL ruled on the super slab. I freeway commuted it regularly. The fairing cut the wind on cold commutes on the freeway. For dirt I only ever did fire roads with it. Couldn't see it as a real bushwhacker.
The XR650L was the best all around-er. Its a legit dirt bike with good long travel suspension. Bikes tall for me, I'm 5'9". Ya do feet up slides on this beast. And on the stock tires, off road, slide you will. It worked on the freeway as the motor was appropriate for that use. But your way up there in the wind and get blown around quite a bit at speed. If I were going to buy a D.S. it'd be this one.
The DR200 was a likeable bike. I put DOT knobbies on it and the worked pretty good off road with those tires for trail rides. The suspension was more street, it'd bottom in the rough stuff. And on the freeway, the combination of knobby tires, and the engine practically redlining, made those rides a little hair raising.
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