Originally Posted by Wallachian Spikes
Good point. Everyone has their own opinions but, a 50/50 dual sport should be exactly that otherwise it's a 60/40 or 40/60 or some other percent dual sport. If your idea of a perfect Dual Sport is a GNCC replica or a Gold wing with knobbies that's fine but neither bike is a 50/50 Dual Sport.
I have a 450 EXC ('05 before they were plated) & it's light years ahead of my KLR 650 IN THE DIRT. I have thought about getting it plated as that would be convenient for forrest roads & SHORT trips to a riding area, & maybe I will someday. However a plate & some mirrors won't turn my cross country racing bike into a true 50/50 D.S. bike any more than removing the lights, mirrors & putting agressive knobbies on my KLR will turn it into a cross country racing bike.
I stand corrected. A plated 450 EXC or a GS 1200 IS a dual sport or dual purpose bike but, neither bike is a 50/50 D.S./D.P. bike.
However some bikes like the KTM EXC 500 blur that line a lot more now. I could see one as a dual sport as it is smooth and strong enough for the road as well as a passable trail machine. They need to work on getting their prices down, getting larger fuel tanks and a stronger rear subframe is about all I can see..... But we digress from the original subject....and no, I don't own a KTM.