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Old 12-13-2012, 05:59 AM   #1
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Lightweight dual-sports?

The thought of getting a big ass heavy tourer just makes me

Any tried and tested dual-sports (for touring Europe) out there that don't weigh a whale? Dry weight under 130kg if possible...

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Old 12-13-2012, 06:52 AM   #2
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Sub 130kg capable of touring on? You find one and I'm buying.
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Old 12-13-2012, 09:16 AM   #3
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I tour on a Yamaha WR250R and also a KTM 690R. They both come in about 137kg unloaded and more like 155kg packed for travel. Both have flyscreens, soft pannier luggage systems and power heated gear.

The 690 replaces a KTM 950. My objective was to end up with a motorcycle I could pick up by myself when solo. I can.
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Old 12-13-2012, 01:58 PM   #4
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How much does 130kg weigh on mars?
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:20 PM   #5
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About 130kg.

Funny, editing ;)

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Old 12-13-2012, 02:30 PM   #6
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I'm waiting for this one:



More info here:

http://www.motoconnectionvt.com/?page_id=514

74 KG dry! I don't know if it will ever make it to the US, though.
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Old 12-13-2012, 02:33 PM   #7
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About 130kg.

That one put a big smile on my face....

1 kilogram = 2.2 pounds (roughly)
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Old 12-13-2012, 04:35 PM   #8
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i would look at what is for sale near you and then google the spec of the bikes.

i would keep far away from a klr 650
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484 Newtons.
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Old 12-13-2012, 07:12 PM   #10
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The thought of getting a big ass heavy tourer just makes me

Any tried and tested dual-sports (for touring Europe) out there that don't weigh a whale? Dry weight under 130kg if possible...

DR350SE
KLX250S...strip some weight and put a big-bore on it.
CRF230L
XT225/250

Several 500cc+ dualsports aren't much more weight than several modern 250 dualsports, but the torque is typically much better. The new CRF250L is like 320lb, and the WR250R is around 300lb curb. An XR650R is around that weight. Even a DR650SE can be stripped down close to the CRF250L's weight. The TE610/630 or KTM 690E is already there.
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The XT225 is a remarkably competent, light bike. I got one for my best ridin' bud from another inmate. I look like a trained bear on it, but it's a hoot. Not exactly the thing to take on the Autobahn, but if you strap on some luggage, it will take you almost anywhere for mere pennies. Lois Pryce proved it will go the length of the Americas. The combo of a stump-pulling first with a very tall top gear is sweet. It runs well on lower octane fuel. My only criticism is that it is poorly jetted from the factory, but that's a cheap fix.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:16 PM   #12
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My buddy has an old dr350. That thing never gets old. My klx650R weighs in at a little over 300lbs, but it is a tractor going up hills, and it will do highway speeds with ease.
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Old 12-13-2012, 08:50 PM   #13
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Old 12-14-2012, 12:06 AM   #14
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I did quite a bit of touring around Europe and the British Isles between jobs over about 5 years in the early - mid '90s, using a '82 Honda CB250RS.... until it got stolen

The nearest equivalents now would be the Honda CBR250R and the CRF250L. Bothe have the same motor. The former is sporty looking, with a usefully sized 13 litre fuel tank. The latter looks more of an off-road machine, with a rather small 7 litre tank.
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:12 AM   #15
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... another call for the mythic WR450R...

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