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Anyone else dual sport?

Discussion in 'Moto Club' started by MeefZah, Jan 10, 2008.

  1. MeefZah

    MeefZah Cover is Code 3

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    Just curious.

    I'm not a cruiser guy, not a sport bike guy, maybe a sport touring guy... I did put 50,000 miles on my FZ1 in 2 years going all over the US... but now it's sold and I'm definetely a dual sport guy. Love riding gravel roads and trails.

    V-Strom for the more road oriented stuff
    KLR250 for dirt and trails
    CRF230F (with a plate) for strictly off road stuff

    Anyone else?

    BTW, my favorite website for dual sport-style riding is www.advrider.com
     
  2. BP44

    BP44

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    I would love a KLR250:embarassed::embarassed::embarassed:
     


  3. xring04

    xring04 On the Right.

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    A bmw gs is def in my plans for me and my wife in the year or so.
     
  4. Colorado4Wheel

    Colorado4Wheel

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    I am on that forum as well. I ride a DRZ400E that is tagged.
     
  5. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I'm getting there. I'm waiting for DynoJet to release the PCIII for the 990 Adventure so that I can cure the glitchy throttle response before taking the big beast offroad. Right now, the unpredictable throttle response is downright dangerous offroad. Damn Euro 3 and US emissions to hell!!!
     
  6. Rikki

    Rikki Pathetic Loser

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    I think you hit the nail on the head- a good gravel road bike...
    Most "dual sport" bikes don't do 'either' very well(for me)
    I DID take my Dr-Z to Panama City for Thunder Beach last May-and had fun with it because it was light on the street, liquid cooled, and EASY to spot in parking lots among
    the 1000's of HDs.
    But off the Gravel and on the hi-way it's a Honda750 middleweight cruiser for my tired old bones.
     
  7. Laszlo

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    If you still do a lot of travelling, than I think the BMW GS 1200 is the way to go. I think the seat on the KTM 990 Adventure is not as comfortable on long distance as the Bimmer`s.
    To me the KTM is an oversized dirtbike.

    Plus KTM was pretty snotty with Ewan and Charlie on the "longway round" trip.:supergrin:

    By the way, here is the new BMW 800 GS:
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  8. Rinspeed

    Rinspeed JAFO

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    I have a Yamaha XT600 which is a blast on the road or some light trails. Seeing I race a WR450 the XT always felt like it would hurt me easily if I got to frisky in the dirt. Most of the dual sports need to go on a serious diet as far as I'm concerned. If I was going to buy a new one this would be my choice.



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  9. MeefZah

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    KTM is one of the most maintenance intensive bikes you can buy. I like 'em, but I'd never own one.

    The GS800 / GS1200 are pretty cool, but big!

    I just finished up a weekend dual sport / camping trip in S.E. Ohio on the CRF230.
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    It was the perfect tool for the slow speed gravel roads and technical trail stuff! I spent a good part of the off road ride helping a guy on a GS1200 get unstuck...

    Nice to see there's others on here that enjoy a similar style of riding!
     
  10. CraigR

    CraigR NRA Member

    I've owned a lot of bikes, 15 to be exact, from an XL 250, an old Honda dual sport to a nitroused ZX 11 Kawasaki. The most fun I have ever had on a bike is the one I've owned for the last 3 years, an 04 Suzuki DR 650. I've toured on it, commuted on it to the tune of 425 miles a week into Boston and taken it off road quite a bit.

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  11. popnfresh

    popnfresh dauernd wachsam

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    I really cannot see myself buying any other bike other than a 650cc class DS bike. Anything else would be a step down in my riding enjoyment(unless someone builds a sub 400lb 800cc+ DS bike that isn't ridiculously priced) .
    My bike is great for my daily 80 mph freeway commute, it's my grocery getter, and offroader funbike all of this for $4299 brand new.

    It isn't much for looking cool or conforming to the societal standard of black leather and chrome, but if I wanted to fit in or look cool I wouldn't dress like this:






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    Got the street helmet, motard jacket, GP gloves, and MX boots....oh and the CTAC at 12:00 with 27 on board.


    But hey, it sure as hell is fun, I don't care how I look.......obviously.

    I can cruise with the cruisers and I can ride twisties with the sportbikes but they would have a hard time following me.
    urban fun
    little detour on way to gun showunder dressed and busted parts.
    Trying out my new rear tire
     
  12. MeefZah

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    I have been owned by my (now sold) KLR650 many a time, too.

    Part of the reason the smaller displacement duallys really appeal to me, way lighter, and better off road.

    One of the posters that replied to your Youtube video was right. When in doubt, gas it!

    Here's a video a buddy compiled for me from a ride through the Appalachians this summer on my '06 KLR650. I also wrote a story to go along with it which kind of clarifies some of the pictures.

    Story: http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=250252

    Video:
    <object width="425" height="355"><param name="movie" value="http://www.youtube.com/v/URbt8qKhTRE&rel=1"></param><param name="wmode" value="transparent"></param><embed src="http://www.youtube.com/v/URbt8qKhTRE&rel=1" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" wmode="transparent" width="425" height="355"></embed></object>
     
  13. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    As a BMW boxer twin owner I simply have to say that the BMW GS wouldn't make a good pimple on the KTM Adventure's ass.

    Adventure riding is all about on road and off road. Otherwise, it's called touring and there are bikes made specifically for touring. Besides Obiwan is a puss. No wonder KTM didn't want to support him and his boy toy Charlie. They have a reputation to protect.:tongueout:
     
  14. popnfresh

    popnfresh dauernd wachsam

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    If not for my freeway commute I would have gone with a lighter bike maybe smaller disp. probably an XR, but the KLR seemed to be the most highway friendly.

    As for the "when in doubt gas it" mantra, that would have been a very bad choice in this situation, it would have sent me into very deep washout ruts that ran at a 45 degree angle. I needed to make an immediate turn right after that bump, it is hard to turn when I am in the air. Also the KLR suspension doesn't allow much speed on rough terrain before bottoming.

    This is also my daily driver so I don't like braking things like mirrors, lights, levers, radiators, etc. so I can't get too aggressive like I could on a dirt bike.

    Your friend writes a great ride report, I wish we land like that around here. I lived in Johnson City TN for a few years that area of the country beautiful.
     
  15. I have an XR650 that set up for desert that I dual sport on. All of my friends had dual sport bikes and I was always stuck on the road. Finally broke down and bought one. It is pretty good commuter bike, though my CBR is better for that. What is great is being able to cruise to a good riding spot without trailering anything.
     
  16. backspinnn

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    I am a big time dualsport addict. I have had a bunch of different bikes. I have two KTMs right now a 640 Adventure and a DS 450 EXC. The F800 sure looks sweet.
     
  17. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    You must be one tall person to ride the 640 ADV. I couldn't even ballerina tiptoe that damn thing.:wow:
     
  18. backspinnn

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    I am only 5'9". As long as I can touch on one side I am good.
     
  19. fnfalman

    fnfalman Chicks Dig It

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    I'm 5ft6 with disproportionately short legs. I couldn't even get the 640 off the side stand, which is a damn shame because I like to try that mother out.