What do you value in a Dual Sport Motorcycle???

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Designer Jake, Feb 6, 2013.

  1. Designer Jake

    Designer Jake n00b

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    Hello riders,

    My name is Jake and I am currently doing a research report on what people value in Dual Sport Motorcycles and how that lead them to their purchasing decision. The report requires me to gather quantitative data from surveys, so below are a several question that you can answer on a scale of 1 to 5. I have some qualitative questions as well that are more open ended. I am also a rider, but my experience with bikes can only go so far, so I would really appreciate your feedback regarding the questions below.

    Quantitative Questions:

    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? (1 being not very often, 5 being very often)

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost?
    2. How important is power?
    3. How important is suspension?
    4. How important is aesthetics?
    5. How important is comfort?
    6. How important is customization/accessories?
    7. How important is storage?
    8. How important is weight?
    9. How important is ease of maintenance?

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes?

    What features sold you to the bike?

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike?

    Thank you!

    Jake
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  2. ride4321

    ride4321 Long timer

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    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? (1 being not very often, 5 being very often) 5

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost? 5
    2. How important is power? 3
    3. How important is suspension? 3
    4. How important is aesthetics? 3
    5. How important is comfort? 4
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 4
    7. How important is storage? 4
    8. How important is weight? 4
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 5

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes? I'm pretty happy the way they are.

    What features sold you to the bike? Simple maintenance, low bike cost, low parts cost.

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike? This is fun!

    DR650
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  3. DAKEZ

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  4. CNS-IT

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    Quantitative Questions:

    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? (1 being not very often, 5 being very often) = 5

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost? = 4
    2. How important is power? = 3
    3. How important is suspension? = 5
    4. How important is aesthetics? = 2
    5. How important is comfort? = 4
    6. How important is customization/accessories? = 4
    7. How important is storage? = 3
    8. How important is weight? = 2
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? = 2

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes?

    What features sold you to the bike? Engine size, Adaptability to various roads and conditions

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike? Calm, Happy, Content
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  5. mamm

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    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? (1 being not very often, 5 being very often): 5 (every day)

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost? 1
    2. How important is power? 4
    3. How important is suspension? 4
    4. How important is aesthetics? 1
    5. How important is comfort? 4
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 4
    7. How important is storage? 4
    8. How important is weight? 5
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 4

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes? I'd make them all lighter (through better materials, better designs, etc).

    What features sold you to the bike? The possibility of ignoring most pavement hazards (potholes, speedbumps, curbs, etc) and the fact that nothing breakes in a low speed fall (you just pick it up, readjust the mirrors and continue on your merry way).

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike? So long, cagers!
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  6. Hawk62cj5

    Hawk62cj5 2 Cheap 4 a KLR

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    Quantitative Questions:

    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? (1 being not very often, 5 being very often) 3 ..... At lest once a week

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost? 4
    2. How important is power? 3
    3. How important is suspension? 4
    4. How important is aesthetics? 3
    5. How important is comfort? 4
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 4
    7. How important is storage? 2 as long as I can mod to add my own
    8. How important is weight? 3
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 5 not only easy but far between .

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes? Better factory seats , better electrical system

    What features sold you to the bike? Cheap ,reliable , gas mileage , easy of maintance

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike? :D and "hey where does that do to , lets see. "

    Thank you!
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  7. Spiritwalker2222

    Spiritwalker2222 Been here awhile

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    Reliability should be added to the list.
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  8. Grreatdog

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    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? (1 being not very often, 5 being very often) 2

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost? 3
    2. How important is power? 5
    3. How important is suspension? 5
    4. How important is aesthetics? 1
    5. How important is comfort? 3
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 1
    7. How important is storage? 1
    8. How important is weight? 5
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 3

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes? Japanese=less weight, more power & Euro=less cost

    What features sold you to the bike? Suspension, power, brakes

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike? woo hoo
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  9. Alijonny

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    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? 3

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is:

    1. How important is cost? 4
    2. How important is power? 4
    3. How important is suspension? 5
    4. How important is aesthetics? 3
    5. How important is comfort? 5
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 4
    7. How important is storage? 4
    8. How important is weight? 2
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 3

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes? I can't think of anything to change them as of now.

    What features sold you to the bike? Off-road capability if needed, higher seating position, size, accessory options, community, engine, etc...

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike? WEEEEE YIPEEEE YYEAAHHH!!!
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  10. squiffynimrod

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    [On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost? 3
    2. How important is power? 4
    3. How important is suspension? 4
    4. How important is aesthetics? 2
    5. How important is comfort? 3
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 4
    7. How important is storage? 4
    8. How important is weight? 3
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 5

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes? more durable, less electronic gizmos

    What features sold you to the bike? Ease of mtce/ parts availability

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike? Free, alone, content

    Thank you!

    Jake[/QUOTE]
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  11. Idle

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    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? (1 being not very often, 5 being very often) 3

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost? 2
    2. How important is power? 4
    3. How important is suspension? 5
    4. How important is aesthetics? 3
    5. How important is comfort? 3
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 2
    7. How important is storage? 2
    8. How important is weight? 5
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 3

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes?
    I would make a kickstarter, 3 gallon tanks and 6 speed transmissions mandatory.

    What features sold you to the bike? It's good power to weight ratio and how well put together it is.
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  12. High Country Herb

    High Country Herb Adventure Connoiseur

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  14. No False Enthusiasm

    No False Enthusiasm a quiet adventurer

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    Quantitative Questions:

    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? (1 being not very often, 5 being very often) 5 (almost daily...)

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost? 3
    2. How important is power? 3
    3. How important is suspension? 4
    4. How important is aesthetics? 2
    5. How important is comfort? 4
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 3
    7. How important is storage? 2
    8. How important is weight? 3
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 5

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes? Build the mythic WR450R, FI, 6 spd wide ratio, 4 gals, etc.

    What features sold you to the bike? Versatile

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike?

    With apologies to both Rodgers and Hammerstein... "Oh, what a beautiful mornin', Oh what a beautiful day!"

    NFE
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  15. HooliKen

    HooliKen Awesome is a flavor

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    uantitative Questions:

    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? 5

    1. How important is cost? 3
    2. How important is power? 3
    3. How important is suspension? 5
    4. How important is aesthetics? 4
    5. How important is comfort? 5
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 3
    7. How important is storage? 5
    8. How important is weight? 5
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 3

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes? Light weight, street legal, two stroke. :deal

    What features sold you to the bike? Engine Character, ergonomics, durability, capability.

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike? Relaxed, Focused, Stoked!
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  16. Ceri JC

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    Hello Jake, answers below:

    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? (1 being not very often, 5 being very often)
    4

    1. How important is cost?
    2
    2. How important is power?
    3
    3. How important is suspension?
    4
    4. How important is aesthetics?
    2
    5. How important is comfort?
    4
    6. How important is customization/accessories?
    4
    7. How important is storage?
    3
    8. How important is weight?
    3
    9. How important is ease of maintenance?
    5


    How would you change current dual sport bikes?
    I would keep my current one for now as I am happy with it, know how to do most of the jobs on it and have it set up well for what I use it for. I am currently looking at a small capacity dirt/long distance trials bike for the more focussed dirt riding. I've ridden lots of other dual sport bikes, but nothing does everything quite so well as my F8: Other bikes excel in one area, but nothing is as good all around.
    EDIT: I misunderstood the question; my above answer was to "What would lead me to change my current dual sport bike". My answer to the original question is as follows:
    Simpler maintenance; a real focus on being able to do everything at the side of the road and using common, standardised parts and fasteners wherever possible.
    More ground clearance; this IMO is the main weakness of most DS bikes compared to their dirt-oriented rivals, not the much-maligned heavier weight.

    What features sold you to the bike?
    How quickly I felt at home on it. Even on my test ride on one, I was filtering as aggressively as I was on my previous bike that I had done 50K miles on. Never before, or since, have I felt so at ease with a bike so quickly.

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike?
    "Freedom and Joy"
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  17. ddavidv

    ddavidv Thrifty not cheap

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    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? 2

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost? 5
    2. How important is power? 2
    3. How important is suspension? 2
    4. How important is aesthetics? 1
    5. How important is comfort? 4
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 4
    7. How important is storage? 3
    8. How important is weight? 3
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 4

    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes? Less weight, less useless cosmetic plastic that costs a fortune and is easily broken

    What features sold you to the bike? price, reliability, ergonomics

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike? freedom, confidence, pleasure
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  18. bryantjt

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    Quantitative Questions:

    On scale of 1-5 how often do you ride? (1 being not very often, 5 being very often) 3

    On a scale of 1-5, how important is: (1 being least important and 5 being most important)

    1. How important is cost? 3
    2. How important is power? 3
    3. How important is suspension? 4
    4. How important is aesthetics? 2
    5. How important is comfort? 4
    6. How important is customization/accessories? 4
    7. How important is storage? 4
    8. How important is weight? 5
    9. How important is ease of maintenance? 5

    10. Reliability? 5


    Qualitative Questions:

    How would you change current dual sport bikes? Either higher performance and lighter 250cc models, or have more options in the 300-400cc class that weight about the same as the current 250cc offerings.

    What features sold you to the bike? Availablity, local dealership, ease of maintenance, wealth of online information on maintenance and upgrades.

    In three words, please describe your primary emotions when you ride your bike? Fun, Free, Exciting.
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