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Hey guys. I know the basic difference between the sports. I do not know anything about the difference between the three machines @ motorcycles though.

Is there any difference or just marketing terms? Goodday all.
 

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It sounds like you are trying to decide what kind of bike to buy to do some road and some dirt riding? I will try to help you out.

An enduro was what they called dual-purpose and supermoto bikes in the 70's. Streel legal, but built on a dirt bike platform. Honda XL's, Kawasaki KLR's and Suzuki DRZ's are good examples of these. They are the best dirt performers of the street legal group. They are generally light for a street legal bike, and fairly tall. They have good suspension for rough terrain. Not as good as a true off road bike, but good enough to have fun on. Many states (like mine) require that all bikes be street legal in order to ride trails in wilderness areas, so they fill this niche well. So, just to clarify, an enduro, a supermoto and a dual-sport are basically the same thing. Enduro is a term we don't generally use in the states much anymore, but is being used more in recent days because people are starting to restore and collect them. Supermoto, I believe, is a term more commonly used in Europe.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/mcd/d/2007-kawasaki-klr-650/6637223652.html

A trail bike is very similar to an enduro/dual purpose, except they are not street legal. The main difference is they do not have all the necessary lighting, turn signals, etc. They also often have plastic gas tanks to reduce weight. They are often nearly the same bike as the dual purpose version. For instance, a Honda XR250 is a non-street legal version of an XL250. It has more aggressive suspension, tires, etc. Trail bikes have become super aggressive in the last 30 or 40 years, they can be really powerful and handle really gnarly terrain. Due to emission controls they have become almost exclusively 4 stroke engines.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/mcy/d/honda-crf-450/6623641826.html

An adventure bike is a heavier bike, that is closer to a standard street bike, but can be used in light offroad situations. They are decent for road use, but not as good offroad as a dual purpose. A lot of people buy them to ride cross country and explore the mountains, old fire roads, dirt roads, etc. In the last 20 years they have gotten bigger and bigger. KTM now makes a 1290.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/mcy/d/2007-suzuki-strom-650/6622436669.html

A Scrambler was a popular bike in the 60's and 70's for desert racing. They generally lean more towards street riding, but come with dual purpose tires. They have become more popular in the last 10 or 15 years since Triumph and Ducati started making retro bikes.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/mcy/d/2006-triumph-scrambler/6630682713.html

What is it you want to do? We can help you find what you are looking for if you tell us what you aim to do. I hope this helps.
 

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It sounds like you are trying to decide what kind of bike to buy to do some road and some dirt riding? I will try to help you out.

An enduro was what they called dual-purpose and supermoto bikes in the 70's. Streel legal, but built on a dirt bike platform. Honda XL's, Kawasaki KLR's and Suzuki DRZ's are good examples of these. They are the best dirt performers of the street legal group. They are generally light for a street legal bike, and fairly tall. They have good suspension for rough terrain. Not as good as a true off road bike, but good enough to have fun on. Many states (like mine) require that all bikes be street legal in order to ride trails in wilderness areas, so they fill this niche well. So, just to clarify, an enduro, a supermoto and a dual-sport are basically the same thing. Enduro is a term we don't generally use in the states much anymore, but is being used more in recent days because people are starting to restore and collect them. Supermoto, I believe, is a term more commonly used in Europe.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/oly/mcd/d/2007-kawasaki-klr-650/6637223652.html

A trail bike is very similar to an enduro/dual purpose, except they are not street legal. The main difference is they do not have all the necessary lighting, turn signals, etc. They also often have plastic gas tanks to reduce weight. They are often nearly the same bike as the dual purpose version. For instance, a Honda XR250 is a non-street legal version of an XL250. It has more aggressive suspension, tires, etc. Trail bikes have become super aggressive in the last 30 or 40 years, they can be really powerful and handle really gnarly terrain. Due to emission controls they have become almost exclusively 4 stroke engines.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/kit/mcy/d/honda-crf-450/6623641826.html

An adventure bike is a heavier bike, that is closer to a standard street bike, but can be used in light offroad situations. They are decent for road use, but not as good offroad as a dual purpose. A lot of people buy them to ride cross country and explore the mountains, old fire roads, dirt roads, etc. In the last 20 years they have gotten bigger and bigger. KTM now makes a 1290.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/mcy/d/2007-suzuki-strom-650/6622436669.html

A Scrambler was a popular bike in the 60's and 70's for desert racing. They generally lean more towards street riding, but come with dual purpose tires. They have become more popular in the last 10 or 15 years since Triumph and Ducati started making retro bikes.

https://seattle.craigslist.org/skc/mcy/d/2006-triumph-scrambler/6630682713.html

What is it you want to do? We can help you find what you are looking for if you tell us what you aim to do. I hope this helps.
Thank You
 
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