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#1 toomanytoys84 ONLINE  

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Posted August 08, 2015 - 07:42 PM

Thinking about getting into a dual sport bike. A lot of friends are getting rid of their atvs. Sxs. And big street bikes and getting street and trail bikes.

Kind of throwing around the idea myself. I don't use my quads like I used to. Thought about buying a sxs but probably not worth it since the riding areas are going away again.

Anyone got any words of wisdom? I'm more of afraid of riding on the road than on the dirt. People scare me.
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Posted August 08, 2015 - 08:15 PM

I was thinking of looking at those too, cept new ones are 5 or 6000 dollars and seems way too much. There are a few nice 250's out there if you want small, but most are going to big engined 800 or bigger now and real big price. KTM comes to mind, but there are others.  One question, just what is an SxS?  Get the Quads, but this was new term to me. This just the bigger working rigs with dual seating and dump body's?  I know they are getting pretty big now days too and off-road built suspensions and such.



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Posted August 08, 2015 - 08:26 PM

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Posted August 08, 2015 - 08:37 PM

I'm looking at a Yamaha wr250r at 6690. Or honda crf650l 6690.

You can pick up either left over in new for 5,000 range

I have ridden a crf650L. Very nice but the power is very tame for 650cc.

Or used in the 3500 range.

KTM is king of dual sport bikes but with a 10,000 dollar entry fee!

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Posted August 08, 2015 - 10:09 PM

I like the old vintage ones. I am looking for one now. Something from about 1970 to 1975. Between 250 and 400 CC. Yamaha preferably.

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Posted August 09, 2015 - 06:18 AM

I had dual sport bikes in my younger years. The Yamahas from the 70s were nice but I prefer the later 70s ones with the mono shock rear suspension. The 175 was a really nice bike, not powerful but very light and easy to handle in tight off road situations. The new 250s all look nice but they are big and heavy. I guess that's the price you pay for electric start, long travel suspension, disk brakes etc. I still get the urge to have one every spring. 

   If you plan to go off road much, weight is a big factor to consider. A smaller, lighter more maneuverable bike is a lot easier to handle off road. 



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Posted August 09, 2015 - 10:23 AM

The wr appears to be more of a street legal dirt bike and the xr650 is more of a street bike that can go on the dirt.

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Posted August 09, 2015 - 10:43 AM

    New to the dual sport world about 3 months ago.  I bought my dads old dr650 off the one guy thats had it for 8 years.  its a 1996 and they have been have the same engine in those bike form 1991 to present if that dont tell you something. 

    There pretty fast torquey and you can cruise 75 comfortably  i had  $1000 bucks in mine but on craigslist there bringing anywhere from 2-2500 and there realiable as all get out where as these new bike have to chage oil every 500 or less mile (250-450s) and valve adjustments. the dr650 is 649cc oil cold carb bike easy to work on.

    I have  a 450  fourwheeler but the trails are getting like that around here so i just been cruising the dr you can go somewhat offroad as long as it aint wet a really hilly. One thing thats nice is you can cover a pile of miles in a day and mines gets like 50 mpg.

   But watch out for DEER!!  (the picture is mine (1996) next to my uncles (1997))

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Posted August 09, 2015 - 12:21 PM

I always rode dual sport bikes. Have seriously considered a Suzuki Vstrom 650.
The dual sport bikes built today, may be a little awkward to get on and off for those of us vertically challenged and not as limber as we once were?
I am 5 ft 9 and have a 30 inch inseam, most have a seat height of 34 inches or better. Fine once your in the seat, but I seem to catch my heel getting over the seat.

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Posted August 09, 2015 - 12:26 PM

New to the dual sport world about 3 months ago.  I bought my dads old dr650 off the one guy thats had it for 8 years.  its a 1996 and they have been have the same engine in those bike form 1991 to present if that dont tell you something. 
    There pretty fast torquey and you can cruise 75 comfortably  i had  $1000 bucks in mine but on craigslist there bringing anywhere from 2-2500 and there realiable as all get out where as these new bike have to chage oil every 500 or less mile (250-450s) and valve adjustments. the dr650 is 649cc oil cold carb bike easy to work on.
    I have  a 450  fourwheeler but the trails are getting like that around here so i just been cruising the dr you can go somewhat offroad as long as it aint wet a really hilly. One thing thats nice is you can cover a pile of miles in a day and mines gets like 50 mpg.
   But watch out for DEER!!  (the picture is mine (1996) next to my uncles (1997))


My brother used to live on the western slope in Colorado. He loved his Dr650 for commuting and riding fire roads.
He now lives in Wisconsin and rides a low milage Gs 1100.
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Posted August 09, 2015 - 02:38 PM

I like the old vintage ones. I am looking for one now. Something from about 1970 to 1975. Between 250 and 400 CC. Yamaha preferably.

Most of my riding was done when the two strokes were still king.
I always liked the style of track bikes. One of the reasons I loved my street legal 250 Ossa Trials bike.
I think a Yamaha DT400 or Suzuki TS 400 would make up into a neat really fun Street Tracker.

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Posted August 09, 2015 - 08:31 PM

Most of my riding was done when the two strokes were still king.
I always liked the style of track bikes. One of the reasons I loved my street legal 250 Ossa Trials bike.
I think a Yamaha DT400 or Suzuki TS 400 would make up into a neat really fun Street Tracker.


I couldn't agree more. Just what I want. I had a 74 Suzuki TS 400 back in the day. I guess that is why I want one now.

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Posted August 11, 2015 - 12:07 PM

I am 5 ft 9 and have a 30 inch inseam, most have a seat height of 34 inches or better. Fine once your in the seat, but I seem to catch my heel getting over the seat.


I'm 5'11 32" in seam. The crf650l is 37" seat height

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Posted August 11, 2015 - 03:55 PM

It's been a long time since I had a dual sport bike.  The last one I had was a Bultaco Matador I had in Spain.  Boy did I love that bike, it was only a 250 but back then a 250 - 350 was really good.  I think about the place that bike took me and never let me down.  When I was transferred back state side I got more into the the street bikes and eventually cruisers.  Now it is hard enough to get my leg over a cruiser bike much less the tall dual sports.


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Posted August 11, 2015 - 08:20 PM

I always rode dual sport bikes. Have seriously considered a Suzuki Vstrom 650.
The dual sport bikes built today, may be a little awkward to get on and off for those of us vertically challenged and not as limber as we once were?
I am 5 ft 9 and have a 30 inch inseam, most have a seat height of 34 inches or better. Fine once your in the seat, but I seem to catch my heel getting over the seat.

Leave it on the side stand. Step on the left peg get on like normal and then kick up the side stand. My short legged buddy does it on everything he owns. 


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