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I'm hoping the community here might be able to offer some advice. I've only been riding dirt for a little while now, but I'm thinking that with my schedule difficulties and whatnot, something street legal and multi-purpose might be a better fit for me than the 125 2-stroke I've been riding. What am I hoping is that I'll be able to find something that works decently well for some street riding, some trail riding (probably nothing too crazy), and just maybe a little track time. So I was thinking that if I could get a supermoto-type bike, that could work pretty well. I was thinking that something with high displacement, but still reasonably lightweight, something that I can get multiple types of tires for, etc.

I would like something street legal that I can keep reasonable dual sport tires on most of the time so that I'm able to hop on and ride the highway an hour or so to be able to ride trails. Preferably I'd like to also be able to throw real knobby tires on for more purposeful dirt riding as well as real street tires on for a little bit of supermoto-style track stuff.

So, I'm curious, for this purpose, what y'all think of an early 2000s KTM LC4 640 Adventure. Thoughts?

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Any single cylinder design is going to be taxed, at freeway speeds for an hour..... If you want that to be part of the mix, look for a Honda XR600. Probably one of the most off road biased big thumpers out there.

If you can step down in displacement, I think the DRz400 SM is one of the most versatile designs going.

The Versys, and DL650 are both really street bikes that can take a little bit of fire road riding, IMHO. Trying to wade around off road at anything above parking lot speeds requires a much lighter bike for it to be fun.....

The more exotic the bike, the more expensive it will be to maintain.

I like the idea of a highway capable dual sport styled bike -- the ergos are far more reasonable than a SS, the seating position lets you see over traffic, and you have more options on escape routes..... not to mention how much more plush the ride will be when you have another few inches of suspension travel.

The Scramblers Triumph and Ducati have come out with speak to my generation, as they harken back to when one bike could really do it all.... in this day and age, that means it can do anything, but it won't excel at any of it. Except maybe in overall comfort. The Versys and DL are 'modern' versions of this same concept.

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I like these bikes as well as some of their competitors, but I really think that for my purposes, I want something lighter than this. I think I want something that feels more like a somewhat heavier dirt bike.

Thoughts on that?

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I like these bikes as well as some of their competitors, but I really think that for my purposes, I want something lighter than this. I think I want something that feels more like a somewhat heavier dirt bike.

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I guess being a primarily street rider I would prefer a bike that is better on the highway and a little less so on the dirt. If you want to go the other way around I think you almost have to go with a full on dirt bike and hope that it doesn't explode at extended highway speeds.
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I've heard great things about the DRZ400 or 440 or whatever it's number is. I've also heard that the Honda Africa Twin behaves like a bike 200lb lighter than it is.

The Adv sites I was reading all list little dirt bikes like the KTM LC 640 or the Honda XR600 as good options, or something like the DR650.

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If that were in MI rather than OR, I'd probably buy it...

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^^shipping a dual sport is less than $500, I'd bet.

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^^shipping a dual sport is less than $500, I'd bet.


That's still 10% of the value of the bike though...also, I'm really not in any hurry...even if I have to wait a year, I'll find something locally that I can be happy with

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