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Old 06-27-2014, 07:09 PM   #1
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having sold my klr 650 to my son , i am in the market for a better dual sport. i have the opportunity for a 2000xr650 r for 2900$ or a 2007 rxv 550 for3600$ i know the 2007 rxv aprilia has a lot of baggage and potential problems, it has 1600 odd miles and if i rode it and all seemed well would any of you gamble on it ? my first instinct is to offer 2000 for the rxv because of its potential to grenade . ironbasher
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Old 06-27-2014, 07:17 PM   #2
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Go to apriliaforums and read the RXV sub-forum. Sure seems like a hot-rod.
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Old 06-28-2014, 03:13 AM   #3
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The RXV is a full-on race bike. Mega power, mega torque, too much for many racing it. Race maintenance intervals, poor maintenance history, no rear sub-frame and low alternator output. It is NOT in any way, shape or form a Dual Sport. Unless you are racing it or a pure hooligan, you will be disappointed. And this is from some one who desperately wanted the SXV/RXV to be more.
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Old 06-29-2014, 09:43 AM   #4
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Thank you guys for the replies, They gives me more points of view to ponder.I have my 650 v strom for street and dirt road, and am only pondering 10 mile or so trips on the street to get to single track stuff. I wanted more power and less weight than my klr and the 2 bikes locally were in my price range.Thanks again ironbasher1

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For competent, relatively lighter-weight dual sports (as opposed to KTM Enduro dirt bikes), you might consider:

Yamaha WR250R
Kawasaki KLX250S
Suzuki DR-Z400 (E or S)
Husqvarna TE610 or TE630
Suzuki DR-650
KTM 690E

depending on your preferences for power, torque, FI, weight, suspension and maintenance.

I can't plate a Honda XR650R in my State, but maybe you can. Great bike, really reliable - but no battery, so limited lighting and power accessory options without a full DS kit (which still doesn't do what I want it to). The XR650L is heavy and other choices above are better for me, but you might like one, especially if you are big/tall.

If you really don't need a Dual Sport, any of the recent KTM EXCs are street legal and many of the XCs can be made so, depending on your State regulations. Ditto for some Huskys and Husabergs, the Yamaha WR250F & 450F and Honda CRF250X/R and 450X/R.
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having sold my klr 650 to my son , i am in the market for a better dual sport. i have the opportunity for a 2000xr650 r for 2900$ or a 2007 rxv 550 for3600$ i know the 2007 rxv aprilia has a lot of baggage and potential problems, it has 1600 odd miles and if i rode it and all seemed well would any of you gamble on it ? my first instinct is to offer 2000 for the rxv because of its potential to grenade . ironbasher
RXV is a race bike that needs attention every weekend.
If you need to ask if it's for you then it probably isn't.

I wouldn't buy that bike unless I owned an Aprilia dealership.
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