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Jeff165 08-09-2013 03:11 PM

Best Dual sport Bike?
 
I am thinking about selling/trading my 2009 Triumph speed triple to get a street legal dirt bike. I'm just not having much fun on the Triumph riding in traffic. I want a light weight bike with great suspension for riding in the desert and it will also be used occasionally to commute 12 miles to Work on city streets.
Since GasGas doesn't sell this kind of bike I thought this would be the best place to get non-biased opinions. In Washington state you can make almost any bike street legal but I would prefer to have a bike that is legal in all 50 states.
So far I am leaning toward the KTM 500 EXC. What do you think:rolleyes:

Jeff
2012 GasGas 300 EC
2009 Triumph speed triple

bkwdc 08-09-2013 03:42 PM

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Off road; GasGas 300. Anytime on any road; see attached. I know it's not a dual sport. But, I like having one for each "sport". Had over 50 bikes of all types. Now own two of my all time favorites. My GG300 and this 2005 carbureted 103. However, can't hardly beat those KLR's for DS. Pricewise, dependability, parts availability, maintenance.

Rick 08-09-2013 03:55 PM

Check this out if you want to stay with a GasGas.

It is down towards the bottom of the page.
http://www.lewisportusa.com/for_sale.htm

Darkside 08-09-2013 04:20 PM

Take a look at the Beta RS line 450 and 500.

AZRickD 08-09-2013 04:22 PM

Modern KTM XCW/EXC 450 or 500. Even a 350. The 6th gear does wonders when from cruel sport to true (paved) Dual Sport.

hamilton 08-09-2013 05:18 PM

I had a 09 530 exc and now a 500 exc they both have been excellent. If your street use is limited it is a very good choice.

arminhammer 08-09-2013 10:29 PM

Can't go wrong with a Husky 630.

AZRickD 08-09-2013 10:51 PM

My cruel sport bike is a barely-used 2005 WR450.

It really needs a 6th gear and a weight reduction on the order of 40 pounds.

bowhunter007 08-09-2013 10:52 PM

If cashflow is a concern...Tough to beat a DR650. Cheap, reliable, and they are all pretty much the same from 96-2012. However, if you lean heavily to the off-road side, then maybe a more suitable bike would be XR650L or EXC 500. Have ridden modern versions of all three. The common denominator...heavy. WR450 would also make a fine choice, as well as a 450X. Hmmmm, so many choices...at least common ones around here.

waycrazy 08-10-2013 02:52 AM

I have a XR650l I usually put on 35-45 miles round trip to town often and put many miles off road. It is single track capable but definitely heavy . Desert type riding is sweet!!!

Beta Steve 08-10-2013 06:40 PM

What's light weight to you? Coming from a ST it could be 400 lbs... Also two stroke or four? Price range? I-90 Motorsports has a nice 350 exc demo you might want to throw a leg over, but be prepared, the way they have it set up it'll run ya well over 10k out the door. At Roscoe's last GG ride there was a very nicely done '12 street legal EC300 you might find interesting too. Don't remember who's it was but likely you can reach him here. KR, DR or XL 650 in the desert? Not on a bet... Not under my ass anyway.

Jeff165 08-10-2013 11:42 PM

Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I really want a street legal 4 stroke race bike under 300 lbs, 500 cc max suitable for riding the Odessa 100. Im on the fence about buying new versus used. I like the idea of a warranty but 4500 sounds better than 10k .

The Beta's are very interesting and the used 450 gasser with the Yamaha engine definitely has my attention but I'm a little concerned about parts and aftermarket accessories for those bikes. I briefly owened a husky te610 and really regret selling that bike and would consider getting a used te450. Since KTM bought husky I'm Again a little concerned about parts.

The xr 600/650 is a proven steed for the desert 4-sure and in the right hands can blast through the woods but Unfortunatley I don't have those skills. I can remember hopelessly attempting to keep up with Scott Summers on his XR 600 back in the late 80's . He rode that bike like it was on rails!

All of the magazines rave about the KTM 500 EXC and so far I Haven't found any major complaints about them other than filter/EFI issues with 2012 models which I think KTM resolved.

Yup so many choices :D

adv rider 11-17-2013 11:23 AM

ds bike
 
I know this is old,but.. You can't go wrong with a 350/500 EXC.Tasks had a a try legal TE300 not long ago. And it wouldn't take much to street legal your choice of off-road -Tasky's does the conversion if you don't want to deal with it.

Bandit9 11-23-2013 06:52 PM

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A plated Yamaha WR450 is hard to beat. I've raced Enduros, Harescrambles, Trans America Trail, and will be doing some desert racing on it soon. It never breaks, has a great power spread, super stable, and if you are a good rider, can be just as fast as anything else. Here is mine.
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Coop 11-24-2013 07:51 AM

A guy I know has one of those KTM 500EXC's and he loves it. Pricey and high strung, but very nice.

I've had a lot of dual sports. Currently have a BMW F650. They are great but mostly for one road/dirt road stuff. I miss my WR250R for trails, plus I commuted 40 miles each way on the highway on it. Great little bikes.


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