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Old 12-14-2011, 11:26 AM
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Default My Duel sport search is over after one video.

I have been at a few motorcycle shops and on line looking for the best duel sport bike to be my first. I was already leaning toward the Kawasaki KLR 650 but also considering the BMW 650. After this video I think the Kawasaki might be a better fit for me. ..http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zibj7KnjClk
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Old 12-14-2011, 12:03 PM
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This is what you want - you can get dual sport tires for the 17" rims. super fun to ride.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:22 PM
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I like it. What year and model is that and what mods did you do?
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:35 PM
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The KLR is an excellent buy
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I bought a KLR 650 this past summer. Great bike. Runs great, easy to maintain, super fun on anything but the worst trails. I considered everything from the DRZ 400 to the Triumph 800xc, best bang for the buck is the KLR. I found mine, a new left over 2009, for $4626. I just put on some D606s and it will shred some dirt! Have fun and be safe.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:39 PM
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Yep that dr400 is a nice dual sport made from suzuki.
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Old 12-14-2011, 01:41 PM
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Funny video ! KLR's are a great value !

I personally have a farkled DRZ 400 for 90% offroad . The damn things just runs ...and runs... and runs !

Check out advrider.com

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Old 12-15-2011, 08:12 AM
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As motocross guy the KLR650 is a very heavy bike - my dad had one a couple of years back and tooled around on it. I'd say it's 75% street 25% offroad. it would be fine for back roads and maybe the desert but in tight trails it will suck. My DRZ400SM is an '08 with big bore,cam,pipe,and carb..
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Old 12-17-2011, 07:53 PM
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Drz400 is my only experience but I'd like something thinner than a klr650, Drz650 with some supermoto addons and a gel seat would make a perfect bike for my personality but I'm only 5'9" 175
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Old 12-17-2011, 10:45 PM
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Check out the Yamaha WR250X or R. I'm 6'2 220lbs and it rips me around just fine. It is light enough you can throw it around in the woods but can still go 80 down the highway (6 speed tranny). Those KLR's are nicer if you are rarely going to take it offroad. My buddy has one and offroad it feels exactly like a street bike. The Honda XR650L's are pretty nice but weigh quite a bit. It all comes down to what you want to do with it. Check out ADV Rider for some good info. They are to the dual sport world what THT is to boating.
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KLR 650 is offroad capable for sure. You need to be a little more skilled and aware; technique has to be more developed. But for all but the most technical trails you can get it done with the KLR. Sure you aren’t going to be able to plant your foot and do an up-and-over turn around but most lack those chops anyway. For rec riding you will be hard pressed to find a more 'dual' dual sport than the KLR. I have owned the small bore 'dual' bikes and offroad they are fun light and nimble but you pay dearly on a weekend riding with friends. You will be last from the stoplights, rowing the transmission up hills, and heaven forbid you have a 'guest' that wants to go...
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What dual sport has the lowest seat hight? It seams all these bikes are build for tall people.
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I think the lowest you will find is going to be about 30-32 inches. That will be on the 200-250 bikes. The seat height is measured unladen, so sitting on the bike will compress the suspension, and really that is the only way to know if you can manage.
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Old 12-20-2011, 01:26 PM
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Thanks for all the great responses! I honestly have ridden but never owned an off road bike, but have had many street bikes and raced mountian bikes in expert and vet class for years. I have mainly been looking at 650 - 800 because I will be riding mostly roads and don't want anything to under powered for that. Before anyone says I'm crazy inexperienced and will kill myself on a 650 off road. I realize I will have to stick to the dirt roads and clean cut trails and avoid the technical stuff for quite a while, I'm 47 know my limits and have no death wish. I have been looking for a used klr 650 but not found much. I did find a new 2011 for 5200.00 but might wait to see if they go any lower when they get the 2012 bikes in. If they sell out the flat black 2012 looks good to me.
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Originally Posted by FloatinChecks View Post
. heaven forbid you have a 'guest' that wants to go...
How is it with a passenger and are they comfy enough to enjoy the ride. Wife might want to go once and a while.
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Yesterday I was going to suggest taking another look at the zuk 400, however I waited to post because I was somewhat unclear on your experience. After you clearing it up a bit, I think the 650 - 800 route could work. Don't however underestimate the 400, depending on the road riding you are going to be doing, it still could offer everything you want, yet give you a light, flickable, and very easy to maneuver package. Obviously a long ride at highway speeds will takes it toll, but if you were talking back roads, switchbacks, etc. the 400 would do fine. Anything offroad that is tight, MX style, jumps, etc, the 400 will far outshine the 650 - 800 crowd. Don't be afraid to take a look at the Euro imports either, although having good dealer support seems to be a must with these.

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Originally Posted by alligatorgar View Post
Yep that dr400 is a nice dual sport made from suzuki.

Originally Posted by notgottaboatyet View Post
Drz650 with some supermoto addons...
It's actually a DR-Z400 and DR650. And +1 for the DR-Z400 as a first dual sport bike. They have plenty of power, they're super reliable, easy to work-on, there's tons of aftermarket support and they're a dime-a-dozen.

ThumperTalk is the best source for DR-Z information
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If you have any doubts of what the DR-Z is capable of, have a look at my buddy's on-going ride report on ADV.

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Old 12-21-2011, 06:44 AM
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I am going to go take a look at the Suzuki DR400 and 650 after the holidays. I am not totaly against a 400 on the road as long as its similar riding position to the 650s because I am tall, and want to be comfortable on long rides two to three hours on mostly back roads. I would like to do lots of trail riding but there are just not many trails open to motorcycles around here but lots of dirt roads and service roads. That the main reason wanting a bigger bike but I will definantally add suzuki to my used search.
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I love my Road King but want to venture out. Will a 6'4" 250 pound guy fit on one of those 650's?
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Originally Posted by Shag View Post
I love my Road King but want to venture out. Will a 6'4" 250 pound guy fit on one of those 650's?
Yup. Sure will. But you will end up never riding your HD again.
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