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2016 - 2022 2016 - 2022 Suzuki DR-Z400S / DR-Z400SM - Performance, Price, and Photos

2016 - 2022 2016 - 2022 Suzuki DR-Z400S / DR-Z400SM - Performance, Price, and Photos

Fuel-injection haters rejoice! Suzuki still has carbureted dual sports

Pitting the fuel-injection fans against the carburetor fans, we score a point for the latter with the DR-Z400S and DR-Z400SM from Suzuki. Fuel injection hasn’t yet made an appearance in Suzuki’s dual-sport lineup, which was a good thing or a bad thing, depending on which side of the fence you’re on. For 2022, the DR-Z siblings haven’t yet been touched by the FI update. Sharing the same engine as the 500EXC from KTM, the DR-Zs come on a different chassis with progressive-link rear suspension. The “SM” — the SuperMoto of the family — and the “S” feature a six-liter air box with quick-release fasteners trouble-free access to the air filter and special low profile mirrors that rotate hoping to avoid damage, both are pluses when you’re playing in the dirt.

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2015 - 2022 Yamaha XT250 - Performance, Price, and Photos

2015 - 2022 Yamaha XT250 - Performance, Price, and Photos

It’s a scrappy dual sport with a double-dose of fun

With a wide-ratio five-speed and an air-cooled 250 cc engine, the Yamaha XT250 is a proper little dual-sport machine and with a little more attention to two-up riding than you might expect in an off-road-capable bike.

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2016 - 2022 Yamaha TW200 - Performance, Price, and Photos

2016 - 2022 Yamaha TW200 - Performance, Price, and Photos

Fuel-injection haters rejoice! Yamaha still makes a carbureted dual sport

The Yamaha TW200, brought forward for 2022 with its scrappy little 196 cc engine, is a nice learning bike, fully street legal but with that distinctive motocross-style swale seat that says you’re going off-road. On the move, the bike has nice low-end torque and you’ll feel the front end trying to come up when you get even a little twisty. Dual sport, yes, but so much about this bike just begs to be in the dirt.

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2015 - 2022Suzuki DR650S - Performance, Price, and Photos

2015 - 2022Suzuki DR650S - Performance, Price, and Photos

The DR650S could be the “I-wanna-have-fun” bike you’ll hang on to

It’s not the most attractive bike in the dual sport stable, though it’s small and scrappy with a 644 cc engine and so much fun to ride. With a glance at the DR650S from Suzuki you might just dismiss it as an enduro bike. That would be doing it an injustice. It’s really a basic adventure bike that will get you off the pavement and into the woods with perhaps more gumption than a real adventure bike. Priced affordably, it isn’t tragic to drop it as it would be otherwise and it is lightweight enough that you can pick it up and keep going.

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2021 - 2023 Kawasaki KLX300

2021 - 2023 Kawasaki KLX300

This should be on your short list of zombie apocalypse bikes

Kawasaki put together its KLX300 model with dual-sport riders in mind and a definite bias for the off-road work. Suspension stroke and ground clearance point to a capacity for fairly rugged terrain, while the mirrors and full all-around lighting make it street legal. Whether you plan on proper adventure riding, or just want to forego the trailer action every time you want to hit your favorite trails, the KLX300 has you covered.

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2021 - 2022 Honda CRF300L / CRF300L Rally

2021 - 2022 Honda CRF300L / CRF300L Rally

Reduced weight, increased power, and improved off-road performance

Good news sports fans! Honda spruced up its dual-sport CRF300L base model and its Rally variant ahead of 2021 with a solid 15-percent increase in displacement, a concurrent 10-percent increase in power, reduced weight, and improved off-road performance. The Rally model brings even more off-road prowess to the table with its Ricky Brabec-inspired equipment package for riders looking to do some actual trailblazing/globetrotting work.

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2015 - 2022 Honda XR650L

2015 - 2022 Honda XR650L

It’s the "I wanna have fun" bike you’ll hang on to

Honda carries its venerable XR650L line into 2022, but to be honest, it’s almost completely unchanged — save for a BNL update — from the original version unleashed on the world back in 1993. Before you scoff, I would point out that sharks haven’t changed in millions of years, having evolved long ago into creatures perfectly suited to their environments, and apparently, so it is with the XR650L. The Red Riders got it right out of the gate with this one, and popular support keeps the bike on Honda’s showroom floors even after nearly a quarter-century.

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Next Generation Husqvarna Road Bikes Spied Testing

Next Generation Husqvarna Road Bikes Spied Testing

Swartpilen and Vitpilen Set For Update

Husqvarna’s street bikes, the Svartpilen and Vitpilen, have been around since 2018 and they’re due for an update. These spy shots show what is likely to be the new Svartpilen 401.

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New Moto Guzzi V100 Sport To Take on Yamaha Tracer 900 Head To Head

New Moto Guzzi V100 Sport To Take on Yamaha Tracer 900 Head To Head

Spy Shots of a Photo Shoot Prior to EICMA Launch

Moto Guzzi continues to be faithful to the transverse V-twin that has powered all its models since 1967. The latest is set to be the V100 Sport, spied at a photo shoot near Lake Como in Northern Italy, presumably in preparation for the EICMA motorcycle show in November, where most manufacturers reveal new models.

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2021 Triumph Trident 660

2021 Triumph Trident 660

It Ticks All The Boxes

With the release of the Trident 660, Triumph has hit the jackpot right out of the box and matched, if not beaten, all the competition in in one fell swoop. With a brilliant engine and chassis, stunning build quality and great looks, it may be small and compact and carry a competitive price tag, but has so much character and ability that you have to wonder how Triumph has done it.

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2022 Kawasaki Off-Road Models

2022 Kawasaki Off-Road Models

Everyone Gets a Look-In

Kawasaki’s 2022 MX and Enduro bikes offer something for everyone, be they young or old, beginner or experienced

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2020 - 2021 Kawasaki KLX230

2020 - 2021 Kawasaki KLX230

Designed from the ground up to be your “I wanna have fun” bike

Kawasaki doubled down on its dual-sport lineup for 2020 with the all-new KLX230 and KLX230 ABS. Set up primarily as an off-road machine complete with knobby tires and long-stroke suspension, it also carries all of the requisite equipment to qualify as a street-legal machine that’ll go just about anywhere, trail or tarmac.

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2015 - 2020 Suzuki DR200S

2015 - 2020 Suzuki DR200S

It’s a tried-and-true dual sport

Suzuki brings dual-sport capabilities to the entry-level sector with its DR200S. A heavy emphasis on off-road performance defines the overall look; and a 199 cc engine drives it over hill and dale, as well as down the road with all the appropriate lighting for safety and legalities. The end result is a functional, if plain, bike that provides a stable ride and moderate power with a humble overall bearing. A carry-over for the last few years, it hasn’t changed much, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing.

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2021 Honda Hunter Cub CT125

2021 Honda Hunter Cub CT125

Honda’s latest 125 cc fun-machine with terrain-tackling capabilities

Honda teased us last year with a tantalizing glimpse of its CT125 Hunter Cub update as a concept model, and now it looks like the bike is going into production and coming to our side of the pond. Based on the legendary Super Cub that also recently saw a relaunch with an updated, modernized model, the Hunter Cub is built with a bias toward back-road/off-road work. Laced wheels and stealth knobbies join with the already handy little Super Cub platform and a specially-tuned, 8-plus horsepower plant to boost its terrain-tackling capabilities.

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2015 - 2020 Yamaha WR250R

2015 - 2020 Yamaha WR250R

It Shares DNA With Yamaha’s YZ-F Motocross Bikes

Essentially a carry-over from 2008 when the WR250R was added as a street-legal offering in the Yamaha WR lineup, the 2020 model carries-on carrying-on dual-sport fun. It’s not really a street-legal version of the WR250F, though the model designation tends to make it seem so. “WR” indicates it’s a wide-ratio gear box, and beyond that, the sky’s the limit. The wide-ratio gives an acceptable balance of highway capability and off-road responsiveness, both desirable in the dual-sport market

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2019 - 2020 Honda CRF450L

2019 - 2020 Honda CRF450L

It’s More Than Just an Off-Roader With A Tag Holder

If you’re all about that trail-life, but aren’t necessarily feeling the trailer-life aspect of it, then Honda’s new CRF450L was built with you in mind. The “L” is based on the CRF450R, and was designed as a sister-bike to the 450X of the same family. It’s a street-legal machine with mirrors and lights that’ll let you connect the dots between your favorite trails via blacktop. As for the brown top, a 449 cc plant generates the power with a light-pull clutch and knobbies to keep it under control.

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1988 - 1999 Suzuki DR Big

1988 - 1999 Suzuki DR Big

The Grand-Daddy Of The Dual-Sports

Suzuki arguably launched the adventure-bike genre all the way back in 1988 with its DR750S “Big” model. Also called the “Desert Express,” it delivered long range off-road performance and comfort superior to that which you could expect from the enduro-style bikes of the day. The factory boosted the displacement ahead of the 1990 model year to set up a decade-long reign as the grand-daddy of dual-sports.

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2018 - 2019 Kawasaki KLX250

2018 - 2019 Kawasaki KLX250

Revamped And Reintroduced To The US Market

Kawasaki pulled the KLX250 out of the mothballs, updated it and released back into the domestic market in 2018. That came on the heels of a three-year break, over which the KLX250 became kind of like the Loch Ness Monster, much discussed but rarely seen. Among the improvements are updated looks, revised suspension components and electronic fuel-injection that replaces the old Keihin carb from the previous generation. So, better looks, better ride and better performance in a market that hasn’t been glutted with KLX250 models for a few years.

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2019 Zero Motorcycles DS / DSR

2019 Zero Motorcycles DS / DSR

More Horsepower, More Torque, Faster Charging and Greater Range

For years now, Zero Motorcycles has pushed the EV-bike envelope in an attempt to show how viable/flexible battery-bikes can actually be, and the factory just took another important developmental step with a fresh set of updates for its DS and DSR. These dual-sport rides toe the genre line with their overall design, but of course, the real magic is under the hood with an all-electric drivetrain the factory graced with both a power boost and a range increase in an effort to expand the factory’s footprint within this rapidly burgeoning market segment. Street-electrics generally stay in relatively civilized areas, but dual-sport rides are just as happy off the beaten path and that brings its own set of variables and issues to be resolved, so today I want to take a look at this pair to see what all the factory has done to address those concerns.

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