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Old 09-14-2007, 03:21 AM   #1
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purchasing a dual-sport

Who here has a dual-sport?

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Click on picture for more information on the Versys.

I like everything besides the mirrors and the license plate area, but thats minor. Anyways the bike looks like it comes with street tires. Whats the point of owning a dual-sport if it has street tires? I thought these bikes came with the motorcycle version of an all-terrain tire. Does anyone have any input?
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Old 09-14-2007, 04:11 AM   #2
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I have a DR650 and love it. I bought an extra set of wheels so I can have dirt and street tires.
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I have a DR650 and love it. I bought an extra set of wheels so I can have dirt and street tires.
I had a dr350 and had a blast on it. , I would have been a happier fellow with the 650 I'll bet, but the 350 was an awesome bike and a 6 speed also
now I want another
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Old 09-14-2007, 11:11 AM   #4
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I did a quick google search on the DR650, and it looks more like a dirtbike than Kawasaki Versys. Is the Versys even a dual purpose bike? It reminds me more of the standard bikes like my CB400 superfour.

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Old 09-14-2007, 12:54 PM   #5
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Old 09-14-2007, 02:51 PM   #6
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That is sweet!

Can the dirt version (knobbies) ride on the street ok? I would prefer to ride on street tires, but it would probably not be a good idea if I decided to go off of the highway and jump a 20 ft hill lol.

I also noticed that every other "dual-sport" has a front fender that is so much further away from the tire than the Kawasaki Versys. Does that mean the Versys really isn't a dual-sport?
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Old 09-14-2007, 06:10 PM   #7
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I wouldn't go and jump a 20 ft hill on almost any dualsport lol. It's not a dirt bike its a 300 pound dualsport. It will handle curbs, grass, and dirt no problems on the stock setup. The street one is an extra set of wheels.
P.S. Wheelies are fun too.
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Old 09-14-2007, 06:14 PM   #8
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I would! And I dont think the first bike in the first pics is or can be a dual sport. Looks more like a touring or naked street bike to me.
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The Versys is on the edge of what is considered "dual sport". There are some who consider my bike DS, but the range is so wide mine is more of an all-purpose bike. It will do everything well but nothing great.

There's long threads about the Versys going here and here.
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I think anything that could ride on the dirt could be changed to handle the street. It would be very hard to make a street bike handle decent on dirt. Any one ever see the street bikes that they ride off road on in the movies, dirt bikes made to look like street bikes, so retarded.
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Old 09-14-2007, 06:44 PM   #11
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I have a dualsported Honda XR650R and a XR400R.

The big question here is what do you want the bike for? If you already own a street bike it wouldn't make sense to me to buy another bike that is mostly meant for the street. I'd buy another one that would be really good at taking me offroad but can make it on the road also. But it just depends on what you want. I have a pure street bike (919) and my XR650 will do 120mph on the street or take me accross Baja or through tight trails at SHNF.
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Old 09-14-2007, 07:11 PM   #12
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Depends on what your looking for in a bike... I dont think I'd take the versys/ vstrom any further offroad than a gravel road, weight & traction would become issues very fast.

If you want a more offroad oriented bike that still has acceptable road manners look into a dr/drz or xr or klr.

If you want a very offroad capable street legal (with minimal road use) dirt bike get a ktm exc or an aprilia rxv.
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