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Types Of Dual Sport Motorcycles

Posted by on Feb 8, 2015 in Dual Purpose, More, Off road, On Road | 0 comments

Whether you’re looking for a new dual sport motorcycle to add to your collection, or just looking forward to your first ride on the trails, you can visit a dual sport outlet to see the options that are available to you. This type of activity is atypical, so expert advice can save you money and possibly even your life as well. Dual sport outlets are often managed by fellow riders who will gladly offer you valuable information on engine types, tires that are the best for certain terrains, and the appropriate riding gear that will keep you safe on the trails.

The term “dual sport” refers to motorcycles that can be used for all roads, or dual purpose. A dual sport bike can be used for long-term travel or for off-roading or circuit tracks. Dual bikes can also be referred to as “enduro,” “dualie,” or “adventure” bikes. Here’s an overview of the different types of dual sport bikes you can buy, based on the type of driving and terrain they can handle.

Commuter Riders: Dual sport riders can be categorized as “dirt bike riders,” “commuting riders,” or “long-range adventure riders.” Commuting riders prefer large cc bikes that can still experience high speeds on rough roads. Usually bikes that can handle this type of activity are 650-class dual sport motorcycles. Their ergonomic yet larger design can reduce stress and vibration on the rider. This bike can either be a lightweight or middle-weight bike that can ride on graded dirt roads and pavement. Examples of commuter dual sport bikes include the Kawasaki KLX250S and the Honda CRF250L.

Adventure Bikes: Long-range adventure riders use bikes that can endure months of travel. These fall into the heavyweight dual sports category and can weigh more than 350 lbs. If these heavy bikes fall over, they need two people to pick them back up. Most dual sport outlets will advise customers to get a bike with an 800cc engine. With this kind of power, a bike can carry more than just the rider, like luggage, tents, a spare tire, and camping gear – everything you need for a great road trip. Among the favorites in adventure bikes are the BMW F800 GS and the Triumph Tiger 800XC. For newer adventure bike models, there’s the 2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure, BMW’s S1000XR and the Ducati Multistrada 1200S.

Motocross Bikes: Short-distance, off-road, and rugged trails are for dirt bike riders. Also known as “motocross bikes,” these bikes are lightweight machines that typically weigh about 250 lbs. and have high ground clearance and fenders to handle the spur of dirt and gravel. These dirt bikes are also equipped with high traction tires called “knobbies.” Controlling a dirt bike also requires expert balancing skills. The motocross circuit demands extreme physical endurance for all kinds of weather. Mounds and turns can contain loose pavement on dry trails and if it rains, slopes can become muddy and slippery. Competitions are all about completing the trail first. Among the popular models for this kind of activity are the Yamaha YZ250F, the Kawasaki KX450F, and the KTM 350 XC-W.

Before you buy a motorcycle, ask yourself where you will use it. If you’re looking for off road, mountain, or tight technical trail motorcycles, choose lightweight ones with superb traction elements. For hours of high-speed cruising, you’ll need the stability that heavyweight adventure bikes provide. You also need to consider your weight, height, and skill level. For tall riders, pay special attention to the height of the seat, as well as how much your knee bends on foot pegs, and choose models that come with upright handle bars.