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I posted this in another thread and didn't much of a response. I'm hoping you guys can help me out.

Hi everybody! I'm just looking into riding and I'm trying to decide on what bike to get. I thought that I wanted a sportsbike (Probably a Ninja 250), but after watching online videos and looking through forums I think I want a supermoto. They sound more fun, more safe, and better for beginners. I'm just confused on what exactly makes a supermoto. Is it just an altered dirt bike? How is it different from a dual sport? What is an enduro bike? If I look on craigslist what should I look for? Are factory made supermotos street legal or do I need to put some work into it? Thanks in advance!
 

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Dual sport motorcycle is a type which can be ridden on a bad gravel roads as well as on normal tarmac roads.

Traditionally supermoto is a type of motorcycle that can be ridden in motocross tracks and on the road.

Enduro type of motorcycle is completely made for out of roads, for example with enduro motorcycle you can ride in a forest.
 

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MikeFromNewYork I believe you are mistaken, a dual sport if Japanese is not very good at either road or off road but can do either. Enduro means it can be off road only or in the case of European (KTM, Husqvarna, Beta) could be street legal but be very good off road. Supermoto can mean single cylinder based on a motocross racing only or enduro based street legal single cylinder of up to 690cc or twin cylinder street bike of 750cc or more, Ducati Hypomotad, Ktm 990 SMC/SMT to name a couple.
 

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Dual-sport and enduro are basically the same to me. Supermoto I am unsure about, so I will leave it alone. The difference between dual-sport and enduro is just brand. Long ago Yamaha branded a street legal dirt bike and called it an enduro (for long distance endurance races that ran on and off road). Dual sport I don't believe is trademarked. Search both to see all different brands. Suzuki has a DR-Z racer out that is a dirt bike suspension with super street tires on it. It is a bad little dude. Usually a 450. All these bikes are extremely light, and I think well balanced. Maybe a touch top heavy if you are accustomed to a cruiser, but not as top heavy as a sport bike.
 

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I have always defined a dual sport as a dirt bike platform and street legal (DOT tires and exhaust,horn,titled for road use), and often come equipped turn signals and brake light. An enduro only has a head light and a tail light. To me supermoto is just a dual sport built on a modern MX platform with street tires. my $.02
 
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