However, very little of anything has been coming through eBay lately.
So, I thought, why not just price new ones?
Wow... what a surprise. Suzuki doesn't even offer any off road 4s bikes except the 125's. Of course, the DRZ400s is still available... but was hoping to go with something noticeably lighter and more off-road capable. (Like a DRZ400e?)
So, over to Kawasaki: No dice. Only actual Dual Sport is the overweight and underpowered KLX 250s. Only off road 4s offered is the 140's and 110's! The mid-bore and bigger KLX's are history!
Next stop: Yamaha. Of course, there's the WR250R. (And I could be tempted to go that route... just not as convinced as I was a while back. I have begun to find the "other view" from former owners and those exposed to them. Many are saying it's overweight and underpowered, etc.) Yamaha DOES offer the 450f and 250f... but I guess I'm a bit concerned they may be too high-tech and too much of a thoroughbred for dual sporting?
Lastly, there's Honda. They do have the CRF450R and the CRF250R... but 13.2 to 1 compression ratios? Close ratio 5 speeds? Doesn't sound like a very good start for a user-friendly dual sport conversion. And their prices... they're kidding, aren't they?
SO... I've not been around the "modern" scene for a while... what happened to the nice selections of decent mid-big bore strokers that the big 4 used to make????
Not very many genuine options for a mid-big bore trail-worthy Dual Sport off the showroom floor... and no longer much selection of a suitable off road "start here" bike, either.
In view of our future, Is Dual Sporting screwed???
Edited by Vinduroman, 19 February 2012 - 03:19 PM.