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2019 DUAL-SPORT BUYER’S GUIDE | Dirt Bike Magazine

2019 DUAL-SPORT BUYER'S GUIDE | Dirt Bike Magazine


Twin-sport bikes have improved steadily through the years as a result of they needed to. Some makers have dropped devoted off-road bikes and supply solely street-legal bikes. That’s as a result of U.S. federal regulation now has necessities that off-road bikes move noise and emissions laws which might be virtually as strict and simply as pricey for the maker. This purchaser’s information offers solely with federally authorised fashions. For different Dirt Bike Magazine Purchaser’s Guides, click on right here.HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO: $11,899
The Husqvarna 701 is constructed round a single OHC motor with a fly-by-wire throttle and downdraft EFI system that makes big-time energy. The bike is beefy, however the general seat peak is cheap, aided by the gasoline tank underneath the seat. It has linkage rear suspension and a WP closed-cartridge 4CS fork.

New for this yr, the Husqvarna 701 Supermoto options 74 horsepower by way of a single-overhead-camshaft design that makes use of superior electronics, a 50mm Keihin gasoline injection and a six-speed gearbox, all wrapped round a state-of-the-art chassis. At 319 kilos, the 701 Supermoto is a beast on the racetrack and a thrill on the freeway.

KTM 690 ENDURO: $10,899
KTM made few modifications to its ADV/dual-sport bike for 2019. The engine is match with a twin-plug ignition and ride-by-wire, and the water-cooled, LC4, single-cylinder powerplant delivers 67 horsepower. The motor in KTM’s personal Duke road bike makes barely extra energy, however this machine can nonetheless deal with an off-road tour fairly adeptly. The trellis body is uncommon within the off-road world, however the bike could be very dirt-worthy.

SUZUKI DR650S: $6599
Suzuki’s DR650S could be referred to as a basic with its air-cooled, carbureted powerplant. As with the Kawasaki KLR, the know-how is dated, nevertheless it’s usually thought-about a succesful performer on hearth roads. The load isn’t overly ponderous, although it does lack respectable gasoline vary, baggage capability and wind safety.

HONDA XR650L: $6999
Of the 2 Japanese 650cc dual-sport bikes, the Honda is by far probably the most dirt-worthy. The air-cooled, electric-start, CV-carbureted five-speed retains most of its unique heritage from virtually three many years in the past. Its suspension continues to be excellent off-road, though the XR is girthy (346 kilos with petrol) and underpowered by trendy requirements.

For a current check of the Honda XR650L, click on  right here.

HUSQVARNA FE501: $11,299
That is the alpha male of the Husqvarna line with a six-speed, EFI, balanced powerplant that makes excellent off-road energy and nonetheless meets or surpasses each commonplace set by the U.S. authorities. The FE501 is similar to the KTM 500EXC-F, however has linkage rear suspension, Magura brakes/hydraulic clutch and a carbon fiber subframe amongst different variations. The suspension is WP, the fork an Xplor unit and the triple clamps are machined.

For extra editorial options on the Husqvarna FE501, click on right here.

BETA 500RR-S: $10,599
This Italian firm is making waves within the off-road area because it goes into the ring preventing KTM for a spot within the hard-core dual-sport world. Of Beta’s 4 dual-sport bikes, the 500 is the most important. All of them are based mostly on the identical chassis and motor, and have Sachs ZF forks, shock, Path Tech Voyager GPS, gasoline injection, six speeds, and, in fact, electrical begin. Beta claims a weight of 247 kilos moist with no gasoline.

For extra editorial options on the Beta 500RR-S, click on right here.

KTM 500EXC-F: $11,199 
The KTM dual-sport flagship acquired a brand new motor in 2017, plus new measures to make it tremendous quiet with little or no loss in efficiency. Amongst them are a reed valve within the consumption boot and Continental TKC 80 tires. It’s a link-less rear suspension system and is match with the WP Xplor cut up fork design that makes for simpler on-the-fly changes.

For extra editorial options on the KTM 500EXC, click on right here.

SWM RS500/SM500: $7795/$8495
It’s been six years because the KTM buyout of Husqvarna. The previous Husky manufacturing unit in Italy is now producing bikes underneath the SWM identify. The RS500 is predicated on the 2007–2010 Husqvarna TE500. That bike will get the credit score for being the primary of immediately’s hard-core dual-sports. The the RS is KYB-equipped and is available in at a really aggressive worth. SWM will supply a Tremendous Motard model and a brand new RS300 later within the yr.

For extra editorial options on SWM, click on right here.

ZERO FX ZF3.6: $8495

The Zero FX is an electrical dual-sport that’s depraved quick and simply the match of a 450cc gasoline-powered street-legal bike when it comes to acceleration. The bike has two battery choices. The ZF7.2 is rated at 7.2kWh and has a variety between 39 and 91 miles, relying on the mode chosen and the driving fashion. The ZF3.6 has a variety between 19 and 27 miles, however has a battery that’s compact sufficient to be modified within the area.  An additional battery sells for $2895. The FX with the ZF7.2 battery choice sells for $10,495.

For extra editorial options on Zero Motorbike, click on right here.


Christini’s all-wheel-drive system makes use of telescoping drive shafts to energy the entrance wheel at a decreased velocity in order that it solely engages when there’s wheelspin within the rear. The 450 has an Asian-made engine and chassis that bear a putting resemblance to the Honda CRF450X’s, nevertheless it has gasoline injection, WP suspension, a skid plate, handguards. The Explorer model has some further add-ons, which embrace an prolonged rear rack tank and Christini’s U.S.-engineered AWD system.

CSC RX4 ($5895)
This can be a brand-new entry-level ADV bike from an upstart firm. CSC has already had some success with a 250cc dual-sport bike, and now there’s a brand new 450 within the line. The RX4 has a 450cc fuel-injected DOHC motor with a six-speed gearbox. The 5.Three gallon gasoline tank provides it a variety of round 300 miles. CSC additionally offeres detachable aluminum panniers which might be priced nicely and look superior. The corporate sells its merchandise on line and presents a two-year guarantee.  The TT250 might be again for 2019 and carries an MSRP of $2195.

HUSQVARNA FE450: $11,099
There isn’t any doubt that the Husqvarna FE450 is likely one of the greatest dual-sport bikes going. The efficiency is clean. There’s little or no vibration, and it’s a lot simpler to journey than the 501. Its efficiency is similar to any full-time off-road 450s by way of a moto-based chassis, a WP Xplor fork, rear linkage, Magura brakes and a hydraulic clutch. It’s absolutely compliant with DOT and EPA guidelines in all 50 states.

For extra editorial options on the Husqvarna FE450, click on right here.

HONDA CRF450L: $10,399
The twin-sporting public has been ready for this machine ever since KTM blew up the world with its dirt-oriented street-legal machines. The brand new Honda 450L includes a twin-spar aluminum body, full Showa suspension, electrical begin and gasoline injection. They name it a real trail-to-trail machine. To satisfy the EPA regs, Honda match it with a catalytic muffler and know-how that hold it quiet and authorized. The one disadvantage is it ain’t no light-weight.

For extra options on the Honda CRF450L, click on right here.

BETA 430RR: $10,499
To create the 430RR, Beta began with the identical chassis and motor platform used within the 500RR however decreased the bore 5mm. The machine is nimble and is match with the brand new ZF Sachs fork and shock, a cooling fan, dual-map ignition and a Voyager GPS, making the 430 a really dirt-oriented motorbike that simply squeaks by sound and emission laws beneath guidelines which are extra relaxed for small producers.

For extra options on the Beta 430RR-S, click on right here.


KTM 450EXC-F SIX DAYS: $11,899
The blood should run deep, as Husqvarna was the one brother to supply a 450cc dual-sport bike. KTM’s new 450EXC-F Six Days includes a single OHC, fuel-injected, six-speed engine match into the link-less chassis utilizing a WP Xplor cut up fork and WP rear damper. This machine will get particular machined triple clamps and is adorned with enduro choices which might be distinctive to the 450. The graphics package deal is ISDE-based across the Chilean occasion.

SUZUKI DR-Z400S: $6749
The Suzuki DR-Z400S instructions a better price ticket than its massive brother, the DR650, as a result of it’s a extra trendy motorbike and far more succesful within the filth. Nonetheless, the DR-Z has gone almost unchanged for 18 years and is dated in comparison with the costlier, hardcore dual-sport bikes from KTM, Husqvarna, Beta and now SWM. It’s water-cooled however is generally aspirated.

BETA 390/350 RR-S: $10,399/$10,299
Each of those bikes are constructed on the identical primary platform. The 350 has a bore and stroke of 88mm x 57.4mm, and the 390 measures out to 88mm x 63.4mm. That provides the 350 a a lot lighter really feel. Each come outfitted with a Path Voyager GPS, a brand new ZF Sachs fork and shock, are fuel-injected, and are match with a cooling fan on the radiator.

KTM 350EXC-F: $10,799
There are lots of dual-sport aficionados who consider that this charges as top-of-the-line authorized dust/road machines made. Excessive enduro riders adore it as a result of it has PDS rear suspension with out linkage. That provides it extra floor clearance. KTM’s competition-oriented 350XCF and even the Husqvarna FEs all use shock linkage. The 350 is match with a Brembo hydraulic clutch, Brembo brakes and DOT-legal tires.

That is one other of the bikes that was initially designed by Husqvarna within the days earlier than KTM. It’s similar to the SWM RS500 however with a smaller bore and stroke, and it isn’t associated to the Husqvarna 310 that was launched within the days of BMW’s possession. The SWMs have solely lately handed via U.S. testing and ought to be obtainable later within the yr.

HUSQVARNA FE250: $9899
The Husky FE250 is the smallest machine within the enduro line and is absolutely street-legal. It has linkage suspension, the open-chamber WP Xplor 48 fork and machined triple clamps. It makes use of Professional Taper bars, and Magura brakes and hydraulic clutch. Like all the Husqvarna line, it comes with a chromoly body and a composite carbon fiber subframe. The motor is fuel-injected, likes to be revved, and is absolutely EPA-compliant and tremendous quiet.


HONDA CRF250L RALLY: $5899 (2018)

Honda did a stellar job of portray the CRF250L into slightly rally bike and maintaining the worth to a suitable degree. Nestled beneath the rally fairing, it’s primarily the identical budget-minded, Thai-built, entry-level machine. Seems-wise, it’s a winner, although it is rather delicate in each motor output and suspension efficiency.

HONDA CRF250L: $5149 (2018)
When it comes to worth, the Honda CRF250L is an eye-opener. It’s manufactured in Thailand to maintain the worth down however is as much as Honda’s requirements. The facility is enjoyable, being fuel-injected, and the suspension at each ends is slightly below 10 inches. On the road, the bike is clean and cozy. On the path, it’s pretty tender and doesn’t wish to be hammered too exhausting.

KTM 250EXC-F: $9799
KTM’s smallest dual-sport bike makes use of the identical chassis and suspension because the FE350, however softer energy makes it really feel smaller and lighter. This machine is 90-percent dust bike and can by no means be an open-highway cruiser. The horsepower degree is potent in case you rev it, however critical riders will seek for mods making an attempt for extra backside energy. WP handles the suspension; the triple clamps are forged models and really adjustable.

KAWASAKI KLX250: $5349
This bike got here again into Kawasaki’s lineup after a three-year hiatus. When it returned, it was fuel-injected and is reasonably dirt-worthy as entry-level 250s go. It has adjustable suspension, a low seat peak and clean, easy-to-manage energy, making it an entry-level, marginally accented, dual-sport machine. The camo model is $5549.

YAMAHA WR250R: $6699
Of the Japanese 250cc dual-sport choices, the Yamaha’s WR250R gives probably the most efficiency in each the motor division and the suspension. It’s nonetheless an entry-level bike with modest potential for critical dust driving by way of adjustable dampers, gasoline injection and twin disc brakes. It does carry a worth that’s considerably larger than the Honda’s and Kawasaki’s.

YAMAHA XT250: $5199
Yamaha gives two 250cc dual-sport fashions, and the XT250 is the extra price-conscious machine. The XT250 has an air-cooled, two-valve motor. It has respectable journey within the suspension—eight.9 inches up entrance and seven.1 inches within the rear. It makes use of a CV carburetor, and the transmission is a five-speed unit.

SUZUKI DR200S: $4649
This machine has been within the Suzuki line persistently, primarily as a result of it’s a really succesful commuter and minor off-road tour machine. The bike has an air-cooled, two-valve, carbureted motor, a rear drum brake and primary suspension. It includes a Three.Three-gallon gasoline tank and will get a claimed 88 miles per gallon.

This mannequin has solely been within the U.S. marketplace for a few years and is clearly impressed by the long-term success of the Yamaha TW200. The VanVan could be very retro, with a low seat peak and balloon-style tires. It options electrical beginning and is fuel-injected, concentrating on campground-level recreation and around-town road use.

YAMAHA TW200: $4599
Yamaha has a timeless basic within the TW, which has been round because the late 1980s. It options electrical begin, a low seat peak, broad balloon tires and a entrance disc brake mated to a rear drum unit. It’s designed to cruise the campground or make journeys to the native retailer and put a smile in your face.