Myth of the "do everything" light weight adventure bike for dirt and adv riding? I've spent quite a few years trying out different bikes as a "do-everything" bike: a bike you can do easy dirt rides AND adventure ride which I believe means bike under 160kg or 330lb dry. Obviously owning two or more bikes is the ideal option, but this discussion assumes: - you only have the budget for one bike - you only have the garage space for one bike - your missus will kill you if you have more than one bike. You inevitably face compromises, the trick is how much you want to compromise. This isn't a comprehensive list, just some I've had experience with... starting the lightest enduro bikes and moving through to the solid reliable heavy plodders. BIG BORE ENDURO CONVERSIONS HUSABERG FE570 2009-2012 115kg, 50+hp at rear wheel. Why did KTM refuse to continue these? Sigh. YAMAHA WR450F 115kg, close to 50hp rear wheel. a high performance enduro bike that comes fairly close to low maintenance and longevity of the Husabergs. Then of course you have other big bore enduro bikes you could convert... Honda CRF450L 131kg. I haven't ridden this but after years of almost zero Japanese action in the dual sport market, they unleash this baby which appears to be something like a DRZ400 on steroids. On paper it certainly looks good for our purposes. Although at least in Australia it's expensive compared to a DRZ400. JAPANESE 250 DUAL SPORTS BIKES Surprisingly quite a few guys are adventurizing 250s, power in the high 20s weight around 125kg. Very popular in the USA for some reason, a lot of guys adv ride the TTR250 and similar Jap bikes. They have six speed boxes so can be geared to cruise ok on the highway but still go dirt ok. Personally i think the DRZ400 would have to be better, much more grunt, same weight and the main drawback is one less gear. The Honda 250 Rally looks like a nicely set up bike especially. CCM 450 Arguably the best contender for this category, this UK made bike is only 125kg dry and well set up for adventure riding or easy dirt riding. But it's barely avaiable anywhere outside of the UK as far as we can tell. DRZ400 around 125kg, 34 hp rear wheel. A popular light adv bike, very cheap to buy new and heaps of aftermarket parts and nearly indestructable. see this drz adv thread. HUSQVARNA TE610 136kg, not sure on hp but getting close to 50 at the rear wheel I think. Sadly these were discontinued. Very grunty engines, perfect if you short shift as they don't go any faster if you rev past 7000, just make more noise. I posted a review here. KTM 690R: 139 to 145kg depending on the year model, around 70hp (!!!) An interesting bike, I hated it and sold it within three months and noted that quite a few riders feel the same way about them. Yet a friend of mine got his at the same time and after spending a few thousand dollars extra on it says its his near perfect adventure bike - most owners would agree. I listed these negative and positive aspects of the 690r here. Suzuki DR650 About 147 kg dry, 34 hp at rear wheel, closer to 40 derestricted. very capable offroad compared to the KLR, still good on the highway. heaps of aftermarket gear. At this weight, i'd suggest it's only a contender if you mainly do adventure riding, and occasionally some easy dirt riding. And you'd really want to get the suspension done properly for dirt riding. huge array of aftermarket parts, very bulletproof although a small percentage have third gear failures. i've posted a pile of pros, cons, mods and tips here. HONDA XL650 we don't get this in australia, boohoo. but a great alternative to the DR650, about 7kg lighter, less known issues, only slightly more expensive. KTM 640 Quite similar to a DR650 with good suspension, the adventure/adventure-ized 640 SMC Fully farkled/semi rally-specced or left completely stock, is potentially the ultimate high speed dirt mile eater of the mid capacity bikes and with some talent still acceptably fun in the single track. Maybe swap to 19/17 wheels for more tyre choice depending on its duties. Cons - more care required in gnarly offroad riding, heavier than a 500. And they vibrate... especially the older models! KTM 390 Adventure After lots of rumors it finally appears! Except it weighs a lot at 157kg. And has cast wheels, ugh. It's based on the 390 Duke road bike made in India which has had a lot of teething problems due to the non-Austrian manufacturing. And it ain't that cheap. It would be cheaper to just convert a 390 Duke yourself. SWM Superdual 650 It is getting pretty heavy at 169kg, but if you take off the center stand and other unnecessary bits it comes within our weight limits. This Italian bike is exceptional value and long term reviews indicate it's very reliable. There's no way it's a proper dirt bike but it's still very light within the category of adventure bikes. AJP PR7 Initial reports on this offering from Portugal are good but scanty. 166kg wet weight, and looks great if you are into the rally look. TWO BIKE OPTION Personally i've settled on this now myself, I found the compromise too much with one bike doing it all, although I felt the FE570 was the closest I got. I'm now getting a DR650 for the adventure riding. What I like about this setup is they still overlap. I know the FE570 copes well with adv riding (just back from a one week trip!) but I've dirt ridden the DR650 and its quite capable as long as the track doesn't get too gnarly, and you have the usual suspension mods. good luck with the hunt!