road rider looking for ADV advice

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by Hikingtigger, Jan 14, 2021.

  1. scottrnelson

    scottrnelson Mr. Dual Sport Rider

    Apr 3, 2006
    Meridian, ID
    Based on what you've said here, I wouldn't consider any adventure bike. They're fine on easy single track, but difficult when things get technical. I would also probably rule out the bigger dual sports too. A KTM 500EXC would likely work well for what you want to do.

    As for riding skills coming back, I took about a year off from riding in the dirt when I was in the process of moving. My street skills were fine. I had sold a KTM 990 Adventure, then bought a 1090R once I was settled. I figured I should be able to ride it anywhere I would have taken the 990 a couple of years earlier, but my confidence was gone once I got back to it. After half a dozen rides on the mountain dirt roads around here on my XR650L, I was mostly back where I wanted to be. Another half a dozen rides on the KTM and I was okay. It didn't come back instantly. Now that I have a slightly smaller adventure bike and get out once a week on average the skills are back. But I keep those bikes out of the tight rough stuff.

    Now I'm looking for a third bike under 250 pounds for the single track stuff. Weight and suspension travel make a huge difference in that stuff.