What Dual Sport should Honda build next

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  1. ping

    ping Been here awhile

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    Honda could make a 350cc dual sport.. For more power on the highway than a 250cc. Still light and small.
  2. frog13

    frog13 Long timer

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    Something like a Yamaha TW200,but,make it a 250 or 300cc?.Larger gas tank especially.
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    Tachedoutoffroad Mr. Parrish

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    Evenflo76 Cheap and Easy

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    Please Honda, make a streetegal version of that new 450 Ralleye thing.
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    xr400r Long timer

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    and sell it in the states!
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    never gonna happen when they already have a 250. too close.
    honda will more than likely release an updated 650 dual-sport and hopefully a 450 but i would not hold your breath on that size.
    unlike ktm, the japanese are not trying to make a bike for all the sizes. they will stick with 250, 650 and one of them (suzuki?) might delve into the 450 street legal size. after that expect them to compete in the mid-displacement multi-cyl adv bike and the 1200+ size.
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    guns_equal_freedom Long timer

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    Take the KTM EXC 500, build a Honda version of it. :lol3
  10. DualsportWA

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    Yes! And make the oil capacity larger, and add a small spin on oil filter...
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    tHEtREV Captain Awesome

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    Yeah every time I look at this thread I think "Does it really matter who makes it?"

    Besides dealer network, I don't see why you wouldn't go to another brand to get what you want.
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    With the intro of the 7 new models to include the CB500X 'adventure' bike we are still waiting, Honda...

    Waiting to see if anything develops for a retail 450X Dakar or similar.

    Hondas are great, tough to find too many threads about Hondas that fail. Honda engineering is superior in regard to mechanical attributes and also geometry. Honda chooses certain levels of performance for the masses, not for a niche. :huh

    (note- above related to the topic and Honda motorcycles).

    In the meantime I added another brand of fine Japanese moto to my quiver, but will keep my excellent Honda!:D
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    Ned1 Lend Me Yu Choppa

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    Ned1 Lend Me Yu Choppa

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    Hey ADVNCW, I see you opted to revise your post ablove to exclude the trolling material. Good choice and a far better choice than sending me the rather classless PM you just did.

    If it comes down to it, I will either post that PM out in the open (not really my style) or ask a moderator to evaluate the situation with a suggestion you take a ride in the penalty box.

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  16. DualsportWA

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    Getting back to the topic at hand, I think Honda should take what Kawasaki did with the KLX250s (modern design, 6-speed), bump it up to the 500cc - 600cc mark @ ~50hp, keep the weight at 325 or less, and sell it for a reasonable price (~$6000).
  17. Ned1

    Ned1 Lend Me Yu Choppa

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    Hey Gavin, I'd like to see them produce a viable competitor to that Husqy you picked up. If it existed I would have bought one a few weeks back after that DRZ sold.
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    Agreed. I was close to buying a DRZ before I bought the TE610- and may have if it was a 6-speed.

    In 2006, I test drove a brand new KLX250S and really liked it- everything except the power output! :) It's a good looking bike, seems well built, and has a great sticker price. But... I need power.
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    APJ757 Been here awhile

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    Maybe a smaller front sprocket,,, for more low end,,,??
  20. Ned1

    Ned1 Lend Me Yu Choppa

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    I concur, the design is solid and the geometry is very capable. I've tried the 250 version owned by a friend and even with a pipe, jet kit and opened air box it was anemic compared to that stock DRZ of mine you rode for a moment or two. The 351 kit might be the solution but by then you're applying lipstick to the swine.

    Perhaps a 400/450L as a big brother to the new offering?