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Old 09-28-2012, 03:45 PM   #2
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Originally Posted by Ekrupa View Post
Looking to get another bike soon. Currently riding a 73 cb350. So what im looking for is a bike that can cruise highway anywhere for 2- to 5 hr rides. Comfort(seat/vibrations) is not a huge issue as long as the bike will feel at home doing those speeds.
For off road use i will probably only be riding dirt roads and wider trails(off-road novice)
I want the bike to basically be a stepping stone to what might be me buying a bmw 1200gs one day.

Im thinking the ducati is probably better for the road, but not sure if it can handle some if any off-road use.
The ktm can handle off road but not sure how it will due long hauling.

I like the supermoto look so Im also open to other suggestions.

So lets hear what you all have to think. ducati Hypermotard 796 or ktm 690 enduro r
Thanks in advance.
I wouldn't consider anything with a 17" front wheel if you want to do unpaved roads / easy jeep/quad trails.

I think the KTM 690 Enduro is probably the best 50/50 dual sport on the market, but I don't think you're really looking for a dual-sport if you figure your goal is a 1200GS.

How about a Tiger 800 (regular or XC) or one of the BMW 800cc options?

Or, for less money, a used Wee Strom with mods.

A Versys with a 19" front would be pretty bad-ass too.

And you shouldn't ignore the venerable KLR650 either.
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