Ultimate mid size dual sport?

Discussion in 'Thumpers' started by mudluva, Mar 31, 2013.

  1. mudluva

    mudluva Adventurer

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    Wanted, 300 lb or less (ideally) dual sport. 50% road/dirt roads, 50% trails.

    KTM 500exc, KTM 690, DRZ400.........

    I'm 6'5" 210 lbs and also want reasonable seat comfort for occasional passenger for short rides. Needs to be reliable.

    KLR, XR650L, are heavier than ideal.

    thoughts or suggestions?
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  2. GAS GUY

    GAS GUY MILE EATER

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    Ktm 690 or Husky 610
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  3. zxrider11

    zxrider11 Been here awhile

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    KTM 690 or Husky TE610 will fit your size nicely
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  4. bill pierce

    bill pierce I don't wana pickle

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    A plated xr650r is just about perfect, if the state you live in allows it.

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  5. SRG

    SRG SRG

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    ^^Who's gonna ride b#%*h on that?^^

    Not on the KTM500 either.

    New suggestion - KTM 640Adv or E.
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  6. Blue&Yellow

    Blue&Yellow but orange inside...

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    I would say the Husky 610, it has a better gearbox for dual sport than the 690. But unfortunately they don't make it anymore - been replaced by the more softroadish 650.
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  7. Velociraptor

    Velociraptor TrackBum

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    690 with a better seat would work. Love mine but no passengers. Would be passable for passenger, but not great I would imagine.
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  8. Kommando

    Kommando Long timer

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    At your size, even the 400lb+ bikes aren't likely to fit a passenger without lengthening the seat like Phreaky Phil did to his DR. You will want a strong subframe for that.
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