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Old 02-25-2009, 08:57 AM   #1
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V-Strom a dual sport?

First of all, if space and $ allowed I'd have one of every type bike in my garage. I've enjoyed riding street, mx, woods, trials, .....


That being said, I saw on Suzuki's website the V-Strom is considered a Dual Sport?

"Dual" being a cross between the street and what?

Maybe they have a little more suspension than most street bikes, but how are they any different than other street bikes?

I've seen pictures of guys trying to ride them off-road, but why???

Not trying to knock another guys favorite ride, just didn't see the "dual sport' part of it.

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Old 02-25-2009, 09:03 AM   #2
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:07 AM   #3
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There's no trademark on the term Dual Sport, so anyone is free to apply it as they see fit.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:09 AM   #4
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Adventure Tourer best describes the Suzuki DL series
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:28 AM   #5
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I don't really understand what your question is, or what point you're trying to make.

A V-Strom is designed and built to be a versatile motorcycle, capable of being ridden on and off road. That would seem to fit the generalized and non-specific description of a "dual sport".

I do agree that a better description would be Adventure Tourer, but that being a more recently coined term, it probably doesn't fit into the marketing department definitions because it wasn't commonly used when the V-Strom came out.
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Old 02-25-2009, 09:56 AM   #6
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Its nothing close to a dual sport, adventure tourer is what it is. To me a dual sport is more then taking something on a gravel road.
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:24 AM   #7
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I don't really understand what your question is, or what point you're trying to make.

That is why I tried not to make it sound like I was knocking the V-Stroms.

I'd never ridden one, nor seen one up close, so I just wasn't seeing the "dual" part. It doesn't look like something I'd want to powerslide around a gravel turn.

I thought someone would say how they were different than a pure street bike.

.....they don't have to fit into any catagory.....I was just curious, they seem to be a popular bike.

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Old 02-25-2009, 10:26 AM   #8
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Oh, no. Just wait until he sees Dillon or Skippii's EX250's offroading.
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Old 02-25-2009, 11:29 AM   #9
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It's a street bike very capable of handling poorly constructed or minimally maintained roads..
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Old 02-25-2009, 07:13 PM   #11
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Its nothing close to a dual sport, adventure tourer is what it is. To me a dual sport is more then taking something on a gravel road.
So, WTF is a dual sport?















I prolly got another 50 photos of stuff I have ridden most guys never ride on a dirt bike. Point being....people get too hung up on the bike classification....it is ABOUT THE RIDER. Hayabusas ride to Prudhoe....It's all marketing hype....ride your own ride...whatever you enjoy.
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Old 02-25-2009, 10:00 PM   #12
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I think if one wishes to effectively go cross country where there are absolutely no roads for tens of miles, a dirt bike would do. For those who want to take a path less traveled and perhaps a bit off the beaten track, a DL650 or DL1000 works to get you there. Other dual sports may have more off road bias and ability, but the DL series at least have a bit more ability to handle less than perfect roads than say a sport bike.

All that being said, the rider is what makes the most of a bike's abilities. Skills can make up for what a mount lacks at times. Besides, there is a challenge in getting someplace with a mount that is not the perfect one for the job, but adaptable.
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Old 02-26-2009, 01:12 AM   #13
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Oh, no. Just wait until he sees Dillon or Skippii's EX250's offroading.



V-strom off-road:
http://www.dragonsofasshat.org/image...Dirttrails.wmv
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I considered this Adventure touring

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Old 02-26-2009, 06:38 AM   #15
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So, xxxxx is a dual sport?

....people get too hung up on the bike classification....it is ABOUT THE RIDER. ..ride your own ride...whatever you enjoy.

My bikes are from the 80s, I DO ride what I have and enjoy them.

I thought maybe someone would come back saying the V-Stroms have off-road suspension, or a wider range (with a low 1st gear) transmission, or something that allowed it to go well on something other than pavement.

I don't care about bike classification, just wondered what was different about the V-Stroms than say my Honda Nighthawk....which I'd NEVER take off road.
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