Dual Sport Newby
June 29, 2009 at 7:50 pm #3094klawmanParticipant
In my life I’ve ridden almost exclusively off-road with most of my time spent on friends/relatives CRF250R, CRF450R and CRF230L dirt bikes (the family seems to like Honda).
I live close to the North Georgia mountains and am thinking about buying a Dual Sport so I can get to/from the trailheads with a street legal bike.
I’m 5′ 6″ and weight 155 lbs so I don’t think I need anything too heavy or with huge displacement. I’ve been weighing the pros and cons of the Kawasaki KLX250S (read the review here) and the Yamaha WR250R.
I was wondering if anyone here has ridden the Yamaha and/or could review both side by side. From what I’ve seen so far, the Kawi is a bit taller, slower, cheaper…
Anything to add?July 7, 2009 at 10:09 pm #20434eonParticipant
Sorry, obviously not many people here have Dual Sports. There is one guy who has I think a 400cc Suzuki, but thats about it. I’m sure you would have more luck on DS specific sites. Let us know what you find.July 18, 2009 at 1:11 am #20720dcJohnParticipant
The extra suspension and ground clearance of dual sports typically mean that they have a tall seat height. It might be tough to find a good fit at 5’6″. For whatever it’s worth, I love my Kawi Versys, but its stock configuration is definitely aimed at spending the bulk of the time on paved roads.
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