Riding Standard vs Dual Sport

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Alcanfinforo, Jan 24, 2014.

  1. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    Clearly you've been gone too long and forget what the pleasant wintertime can do to the roads in states like Michigan and Ohio. Makes me happy for 10" travel on the dual sport when I hit some of that heaved and potholed pavement.

    Besides gotta bitch about how the state DOT takes care of the roads. It's our duty to bitch about guvmint.
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  2. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    Pretty cool bike, but it could use a skid plate.

    An inmate I know uses a CX500 as a dual sport. It's still basically stock though...
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    That's the best photo I have of it. He easily kept up with us on an old jeep trail. After riding with him I've been looking hard at CX500's. Water cooled, shaft drive, bullet proof reliability, what's not to love? Every now and then a nice one comes up for sale on CL.
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  3. SloMo228

    SloMo228 World Class Cheapass

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    I had one as my first bike, it managed to survive that abuse without issue. A little down on power compared to modern bikes but still plenty to cruise on the freeway at 70mph all day long. I started a CX650 ADV build a while back but ran out of garage space and my wife's patience, so I passed it on to my brother. He's been doing nothing with it, though, so lately I've been thinking of stealing it back....

    If you were going to buy a CX with the goal of modding it to be an ADV bike, I wouldn't recommend the CX650 - 15" rear wheel gives you no DS tire options whatsoever. You can, with difficulty, modify a spoked wheel off of a VT-something to fit, but it's going to be expensive. Go with a CX500, or the GL versions of either the 500 or 650. The GLs have a mono-shock swingarm which looks nicer but might be more of a PITA to get extended travel on.
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  4. markk53

    markk53 jack of all trades...

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    I'll tell you what's not to love - the performance of the engine. I rode a 78 CX a fair amount back in the mid 80s when working at a Honda dealership. Really soft. What would be cool would be to hang one of the 83 CX650 engines in the frame. They had serious power in the same basic engine. They were almost as quick as a CB650 and quicker than the first VT750 Shadows (which weren't slouches).

    But still a kinda cool bike ala MotoGuzzi from Japan.

    By the way, how often do you have to clean out the sewer drain on that XR650? :rofl
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  5. dogjaw

    dogjaw plays well alone

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    this was my theory before taking off for Colorado on a 91 Nighthawk 750; check my ride report below.

    I would do it again tomorrow...
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  6. bwalsh

    bwalsh Long timer

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    I just throw some Rid X in there every few months.
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  7. Lion BR

    Lion BR I'd rather be riding

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    Che Guevara tried it on a Norton, 2-up. Would have made it if he had the $ to keep fixing it. Any bike will do. But you being 6'4"... unless you want to make a point (any bike can do it, old bikes can do it, etc.) you would probably be more comfortable on a bike that would better fit your height.
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  8. IHWillys

    IHWillys Been here awhile

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    A friend of mine did this. It requires a bit more than just an engine swap. If anyone is truly interested in such a mod I can get more info from him and pass it along.

    Ken
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