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Best used dual sport option for me?

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I just found this board - great info out here.

I'm in western Montana with all sorts of 2-lane and off-road riding. I'm seriously considering dual sport - too often I'm on my touring bike and see a dirt road that takes off somewhere and wish I could head up it. So I can go home, load up my YZ (Widowmaker) and head back........it's not street legal, and beyond the add-on spark arrestor, is questionable to it's legality in the woods.... :thumbsup:

I've had an ATV which I can make street legal easily, but they're worthless for travelling down highways - I'm looking for something that I can drive 30-80 miles on pavement, then turn off and away I go.

I'm a big guy - 6'2", 235#, and I prefer big bikes. I've been riding dirt and street for 30+ years, so plenty of experience in all types of environments. I've pretty much narrowed it down to Suzuki's DR or Kawasaki's KLR 650's. I'm not a Honda fan (no offense), I'm dyed-in-the-wool Yamaha, however, their dual sport options suck for all intent and purpose.

A couple that I'm looking at currently - a '97 DR 650 and an '01 KLR 650. My riding would be close to a 50/50 split of dirt vs. pavement - maybe leaning a little heavier to dirt - I just want to GET there by pavement......

Just curious of everybody's thots on these two bikes, any other options, etc.

Thanks in advance.

Rick

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WOW well i had the same thoughts so i went with the wr 450 added a little JUNK and made it street legal. more dirtbike than street tho, imo i say the wr would be a nice bike and parts are easy to get and yama is very dependable.

i ride 36-50 miles a day on the highway and have no problems, with the non dot knobbies )

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One of the reasons I'm leaning towards the KLR is rear rack and availability of accessories. I need a place to store fly fishing necessities and of course a small cooler...............

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I recently junked a KLR650 and it was no dirt machine. Really ate up highway/freeway miles but I rarely had fun with it offroad.

I switched to a DRZ400 and it seems to be an acceptable compromise. Runs down the freeway just fine and feels almost like a dirt bike once you get their. Most of my decision was based on the difficulty of plating something in California and I have been happy so far.

We are not far off in weight as I weigh 215 at the moment. I am all of 5'5" standing on a curb so the seat was tall for me but should be fine for you. The DRZ has low bars so taller guys sometimes mount risers for standing, I fit the bars just fine.

I also carry a bunch of stuff on mine. However, I did manufacture my own sidecases/parcel shelf as that crud is way overpriced. For what I paid for the tig welder and remnant material I have saved money and built boxes to suit my particular needs (camera gear).

Good luck on the decision.

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The DRZ 400 will cruise on the freeway at 65 just fine, and it is a superior offroad machine. It has the same suspension as the offroad only version.

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Dualsport by their nature have to be street bikes. The DRZ, a used DRZ 400 for around 3 grand is a great option for the described purposes.

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