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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 09-01-2011, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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Dual Sport on the Highway

Ok I know this has probably been asked before, and I did use the search function. I just need a definite answer. I have decided a Dual Sport would be really awesome to own, especially since I am in State College, PA and I have heard there are some good spots to ride off road around here. What I need to know is how well a 250 Dual Sport would last on a long highway trip. I am actually from Philly and it is a 200 or so mile ride home and I want to get it to and from school. It includes about an hour and a half on 322 and the same amount of time on 76. So will I make it in one piece (and I also suppose that I will have some stuff with me, nothing serious, clothes, laptop etc.)?
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Disclaimer: I have never ridden a dual sport. I have owned an 09 Ninja 250r.

If you plan on long highway trips and are going the dual sport route, I would aim higher than a 250. Get something bigger, and BE CAREFUL. Also, there's a massive difference between street and off-road tires, bear this in mind.
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Yes I have been talking to a frequent Dual Sport rider and he did suggest road tires for the long trips. Also I figured that the higher cc option would be better for that trip. Thanks for the advice I'll be sure to watch out and ride safe.
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I've had a 250 Dual Sport for many years. ( 1990 Honda NX250 )

I frequently ride on major highways, at 65 mph, for short distances. ( a mile or two ) Not much fun at those speeds.

Main Black top roads are better for longer distances, 50 - 75 miles or so at speeds of 40 - 50 mph. It does get to me after riding for a couple of hours at 50mph.

Where the NX250 shines is mixed riding. Paved, gravel and trails. I can ride up to 4 hours like that.

I did modify my seat by adding fabric covered foam cut to shape, and held on by velcro straps. Really made a difference in comfort.

My NX has very little vibration due to engine counter balancers. Not all dual purpose bikes have Ctr. Balancers.
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The fabric covered foam with velcro straps is actually an awesome idea for those longer rides. Also my roommate just reminded me that his dad has a massive pickup that he uses for construction work, and it will carry 3 bikes without issue. So the trip is not a problem now.
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Seat cover

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See here for my seat cover. http://powers31.info/nx250.htm

NOTE: I did same thing for my 1989 NX250 but the original cover I made for my 1990 NX feels more comfortable.

Guess you'll have to experiment with the foam to get it to your liking. Then make the cover. I went to my local fabric/sewing store and picked out what I wanted. I think the "thick shag" on the 1990 feels better. I couldn't find the same for my 1989, so I got a thinner "fur" fabric.
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You can do it on a 250, adjusting your gearing can probly help with some of the top speed issues, but will hurt you on the trails low end.


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Yes I have been talking to a frequent Dual Sport rider and he did suggest road tires for the long trips. Also I figured that the higher cc option would be better for that trip. Thanks for the advice I'll be sure to watch out and ride safe.


Biggest reason for road tires would be the rate of wear. I've got about 45,000 miles on my dual sport and have never run anything but 60 dirt/40 road dual sport tires. I run with my friends on their supermotos and sportbikes in the corners on the road, stick is no problem with 60/40 tires for me. But the road tires will last far longer.

I agree a 400 or 650 would be better than the 250. I actually think a 650 V-Strom would be better than all of them, because of all the road work.

If you want to ride actual trails and such and can work out a place to keep them, I'd recommend two bikes. One dual sport 250 and one 500-650 streetbike. You can get a good 500 range streetbike for $1000-2000 then go buy a used dual sport for $2000-3000. That is what I've done. My streetbike was a $900 Kawasaki Zephyr that I've currently put on about 10,000 miles of errand running, commuting, and play riding. Best thing I ever did. Saves the dual sport - which I was riding Saturday for a couple of hours on the dirt/gravel and winding paved back roads of eastern Ohio.

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I think having a Dual Sport and a regular rode bike would make life a lot easier in the long run now that you say it. I'll probably look to get an SV650 since I love the whole naked sports bike thing, and I would kill myself on the bike I really want, a Triumph Street Triple. Then I'll look into a little 250 dual sport.
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I have an older 250 dual sport. It will not go much above 60 mph flat out down a hill. granted it has a near perfect DIRTbike tire on the front (which is a little scary on high speed sharp turns) I would not want to ride it on the highway very far. I'm going to be regearing it in the spring just because there is a rough spot around 30 and 45 mph, one gear is too high, and the next is too low...

I would suggest following the advice of getting a street bike and a dual sport if you can swing the funds and have space for them both.
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I tried a Suzuki 400 dual sport and was tired after 25 miles of highway at 70 miles an hour. I don't know how you guys do it with 200 miles. Must have iron butts. I had to trade it in on what I'm riding now and still had to get a different saddle to be able to go for more than an hour.

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i have a zero ds 2010 bike, it's pretty heavy for a trail bike I wish it was a lot lighter. I think 2 bikes is the way to go.
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I tried a Suzuki 400 dual sport and was tired after 25 miles of highway at 70 miles an hour. I don't know how you guys do it with 200 miles. Must have iron butts. I had to trade it in on what I'm riding now and still had to get a different saddle to be able to go for more than an hour.
DRz does have a miserable seat. A friend got a different one a bit wider. I forget the name of the maker.

There are threeo things that contribute to long miles on a dual sport:
  1. Lots of miles riding breaks in your butt.
  2. Avoiding the long straight roads, riding in curves makes you move about a bit and is far less tiring. I've easily ridden the 2-1/2 hour ride to my parents place in eastern Ohio aided by riding SR541 and SR751... worth it.
  3. Last but not least, you can get one of the ATV seat pads from WalMart for around $20 that have a lot of good reviews from dual sport riders.

I am considering selling off the streetbike because I got another set of dual sport hubs and am lacing up some 17" rims to them to have either set of wheels depending on the kind of riding I'm going to do. About a half hour swap out since the hubs, rotors, spacers, and gearing will be identical.

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If i was you i would just buy a honda shadow vt 600 man you can get them for the same price i know its a cruiser but thats much better for wat u tryna do.
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I would look at a KLR 650 intead of a 250. They have been making those bikes for many years so there are lots of used ones out there and a very big aftermarket for parts.
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Well I have a UM 200 and no way in hell would I get out on a highway, maybe ride in the grass along side of one, but not on one.

Here in Indiana, you can ride a scooter or motor bike with 49CC or less all over except the expressway, and they do. Just burns me up to have to slow down to 25 and 30 mph on a state road and wait to get a safe passing zone. Nothing like having 80G plus on the deck, pole cars, trailing cars and the truck is like a speeding turtle and have to contend with a moron on a minibike. The kicker, they don't even have to plate the damn thing and your liable if they get hurt.
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I just sold my KLR 650 to a guy in PA, I was running Dunlop d606 knobby tires, not bad on the highway just real noisy. Second problem with the tires were they were shot in 5000 miles. I didnt like riding the KLR on the highway for two reasons, it is a light motorcycle and you are very aware of the speed, I didnt feel save at 70MPH, the rider position probably didnt help that much either, secondly if a truck passed you at speed, you could find your self in the adjacent lane. I did love that it was simple to work on and it would take you anywhere!
I thought I would do much more off road riding when I bought it, but found myself wanting to get on the highway and just go. So I sold my KLR and bought a CBR1000f. And I really like it!!
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A 250 dual sport will do fine probably best to get 50road/50off road or higher road percentage first though. I took a trip from CT to Rhode island on a 1978 two stroke 250 about 120 miles there ad back and it was fine when I got back home so any newer bike would do fine. Just make sure youre not going WOT or close to it a lot that kills those bikes. Bigger is better though definitely. A 650 will have be a lot more willing to be driven around at 55-85 for long periods of time.
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i just bought a 2009 BMW 650 X Country and I love it! It has lots of power, esp. on the interstate. She has a throaty growl around 60mph. It's a blast around town, too. Very nimble and responsive.
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i just bought a 2009 BMW 650 X Country and I love it! It has lots of power, esp. on the interstate. She has a throaty growl around 60mph. It's a blast around town, too. Very nimble and responsive.
you have any pictures? Sounds nice
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i just bought a 2009 BMW 650 X Country and I love it! It has lots of power, esp. on the interstate. She has a throaty growl around 60mph. It's a blast around town, too. Very nimble and responsive.
Just looked it up on the net. That is a really nice looking bike. I am glad that I sold my KLR for reasons previously stated, but when I am riding my CBR and see a dirt road/trail I have to remind myself, "nope cant do that with this bike"
Good luck with it!
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being a petite (short) woman, i searched for months before i found this great bike. it's still a little tall for me (even though i had the seat cut down and the rear shock lowered). my little YAMAHA XT225 fits perfectly, but it just doesn't have the power i need (the X COUNTRY is like my XT on steroids!). apparently, BMW made the '09 for smaller riders. not sure why they just did it for one year.

hand me my soapbox, please... WHY won't a major motorcycle manufacturer make women specific bikes?! bicycle companies do it. they are missing out on a potentially huge market. just make a bike with lower seat height and more power (that's not a cruiser or a ninja 250). is that TOO much to ask??
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hand me my soapbox, please... WHY won't a major motorcycle manufacturer make women specific bikes?! bicycle companies do it. they are missing out on a potentially huge market. just make a bike with lower seat height and more power (that's not a cruiser or a ninja 250). is that TOO much to ask??
Well I think its kinda a society/image thing.

If you made "women" specific motorcycles......I doubt most small guys would ride them.....which means you'd have a mutli-million if not billion dollar investment in something with the narrowest of markets.

Also SOME of the women I know would take offense to the "its a womans" bike thing.

My girlfriend rides a 2011 BMW G650GS for much of the same reasons you mentioned.....low center of gravity, seat height etc. Shes ridden and can ride everything I own from my 850lb Victory Vision touring bike to my Ninja 600r......but that bikes the right size that she feels comfortable and in control on it......so its perfect. However if it was designed in any way to be a womens bike (ie if it said that....had a flower/daisy/pink crap anywhere near it) she would torch it with a flamethrower before she'd toss a leg over it.

......there are tons of small bikes out there great for small people.

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Dual sports like and ride badaxx, but they lack power. and a 250 sound way underpowered
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I remember when I once rode my 04 KLR250 on the highway, found myself at full throttle just hardly keeping up with the flow of traffic. Cross winds bullied me alot of times, engine sounded like it was screaming. Not a comfortable or worthy highway bike. Nice country road doing 50 mph was better for me.

I bought the KLR 250 new cause I liked riding at the time on trails and wanted a dual purpose for legally getting me to the trails. It's a fun trail bike to ride, but by no means a motocross 2 stroke bike feel off road power wise.

Kawasaki has been making the KLR 250 for a few decades and never changed the engine much at all. It's well built bike, but I think for someone who weighs under 160 would find it to be more faster at top end. For some reason mine hated to start after sitting for a month or longer and would require alot of kick starting and a min of choke almost until it warmed up.

The KLR 650 is a little more highway friendly but not by much. I found the 650 not as fun for off road riding even though it is capable of it.


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The KLR 650 is a little more highway friendly but not by much. I found the 650 not as fun for off road riding even though it is capable of it.
Really....Ive hammered on my KLR650 at 80mph all day long on the highway....no problems.

I will agree with you its a heavy sumbitch off road.....but Im 6ft4in and 320lbs so its not as big of a problem for me as it would be for some.

Its still heavy when your on your ass and its on top of you though......been there more times then I care to admit.

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You can do a new 250 dual sport on the highway for sure, it just depends on your comfort level. I would avoid the highway myself, but if you are happy to cruise along in the slower lane you should be fine, if not a little bit stressed.
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being a petite (short) woman, i searched for months before i found this great bike. it's still a little tall for me (even though i had the seat cut down and the rear shock lowered). my little YAMAHA XT225 fits perfectly, but it just doesn't have the power i need (the X COUNTRY is like my XT on steroids!). apparently, BMW made the '09 for smaller riders. not sure why they just did it for one year.

hand me my soapbox, please... WHY won't a major motorcycle manufacturer make women specific bikes?! bicycle companies do it. they are missing out on a potentially huge market. just make a bike with lower seat height and more power (that's not a cruiser or a ninja 250). is that TOO much to ask??
Kawasaki did in the 250 Supersherpa. It sold so-so. Any of the dual sports presently made can be lowered half their travel rather easily with a bit of expense. The forks can have travel limiter spacers inserted with shortened springs and the rear can have the same done if the shock can be disassembled. Flat trackers do it for racing short track on the MX bikes.

A KLX250 could be dropped probably 5" that way. Of course that makes it a bit rougher riding, but they're so cushy the way it is it would be like a regular street bike.

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I ride a dual sport 650 single cylinder and would not want to go any smaller than that for much highway riding. I do have tires biased towards road riding, so I am pretty comfortable on the highway. Although I am leaning towards upping my ride to maybe a 800 twin (less vibration). just my thoughts on the subject.
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Ok I know this has probably been asked before, and I did use the search function. I just need a definite answer. I have decided a Dual Sport would be really awesome to own, especially since I am in State College, PA and I have heard there are some good spots to ride off road around here. What I need to know is how well a 250 Dual Sport would last on a long highway trip. I am actually from Philly and it is a 200 or so mile ride home and I want to get it to and from school. It includes about an hour and a half on 322 and the same amount of time on 76. So will I make it in one piece (and I also suppose that I will have some stuff with me, nothing serious, clothes, laptop etc.)?
Have you considered stepping up to the 650 class? Honda makes an XR650 that should handle the highway pretty well. And IMO is a pretty good bike.
One of my customers rode one cross country and had a great time.

If you are so inclined, there is a ton of aftermarket performance parts available for it.
You can also get oversize fuel tanks for them in case you want to go way way off road.

I've serviced and done performance tuning on both the KLR650 and the XR650. My nod goes to the Honda.
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I ride a Suzuki Dr 650, it's great on the highway and great in the trails. Cruise 70 mph at the bottom of 5th its a nice quiet smooth ride. But if you were going to be riding that far I would invest in a new seat for whatever you get.. I ride mine to the lake on the weekends 80 miles and it's not bad, but any further and I'd start hurting.
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Ok I know this has probably been asked before, and I did use the search function. I just need a definite answer. I have decided a Dual Sport would be really awesome to own, especially since I am in State College, PA and I have heard there are some good spots to ride off road around here. What I need to know is how well a 250 Dual Sport would last on a long highway trip. I am actually from Philly and it is a 200 or so mile ride home and I want to get it to and from school. It includes about an hour and a half on 322 and the same amount of time on 76. So will I make it in one piece (and I also suppose that I will have some stuff with me, nothing serious, clothes, laptop etc.)?
I did it for the first time on my CRF250L a couple months ago but it I dunno about a 200 commute! Here's video evidence! lol Check it out and let me know what you think

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I use to have a KLR 650 with 80/20 tires on it, that bike was too light for interstate rides, with 287 about 2 miles away that is where I would ride mine. Didnt like the highway with it, but to find a dirt road or trail made up for the bikes other short comings. I sold mine several years ago, but miss it when I am out riding and I see a trail....
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