Originally Posted by Paebr332
Just curious what is required for a bike to be considered "an off-roader?"
Seems these guys did pretty well on bikes far heavier and with far less suspension travel than the new 500x. Does that make them posers?http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=29723
It all depends on two things :-
1, what bike you own.
2, how easy you want to make it.
So, dealing with "1". If you really want to go somewhere, you'll do it on whatever you've got, like those guys.
And "2", if you want it as easy as it gets you buy something like a CRF250F or WRF250F.
For an off roader, the bigger the front wheel the better because it'll then roll over the lumps and bumps better. So any bike with a front less than 19" diameter cannot be considered as dirt capable.
If you can only afford one bike and want it to do it all you have to compromise in one or more departments. IMO the best all round, do it all bike, with the least compromises, on the planet at the moment is the Triumph Tiger800XC
. Good engine, good suspension, good ergonomics, good range, etc. etc.. The compromise is that it's on the heavy side compared to the CRF, WRF types if you want to do the mountain goat, single track trail rides.